2009 2ème Cru Classé Barsac

Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Sauternes-Barsac
Village Barsac
Classification 2ème Cru Classé
ABV 13.5%

Big, blunt, smoky nose. Very sweet, to the point that it almost turns bitter. Good acidity but very sweet indeed and the aromas not really excaping this sweetness at present. Slightly rustic texture compared to the supreme elegance of Doisy Daene, but much sweeter too. (One should not really compare these two, they make such very different wines year in year out.) Rating: 91-91 L&S (Sep 2019)

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Deep yellow-gold. Knockout nose offers sweet banana, peach, flowers, citrus, mango and plenty of spicy botrytis. Very rich, ripe and smooth, this very sweet and full Sauternes displays uncommon depth and concentration to its flavors of ripe apricot, pineapple and spices. In the typically lush and sweet style of this estate's best vintages. Finishes focused and long, with hints of apple cider and peach nectar. One of the most refined, layered and balanced versions of Dosiy-Vedrines I recall at a similar stage of development. Rating: 90-93 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website

By the standards of some of the 2009 Sauternes, this is something of a wall flower, partly because of a little too much free sulphur dioxide. But when that disappears in the glass, the wine reveals its understated charms: grapefruit, a hint of orange peel and fresh acidity allied to 145 grams of residual sugar and the faintest hint of tropical fruit. 10+ years. Rating: 92-92 Tim Atkin MW,

This is comparatively timid on the nose, giving very little away at the moment despite rigorous coaxing. But the palate is very promising, very well balanced, very focused with a fine citrus attack on the entry, fanning out towards an apricot, white peach and lime tinged finish that shows a great deal of unctuous honeyed fruit on the finish. This is an exuberant Doisy-Vedrines that yearns to offer pleasure. Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin,

Bright and fresh, showing slightly cleaner lines than Doisy-Daëne, with a fabulous crystalline style. Fresh, layered and complex, building though the palate, becoming complex with more time. A beautiful character in the mouth, so lively and defined. A supreme effort in a great vintage. Rating: 18-19+ Chris Kissack,

Shows lots of lemon pie and almond spice, with hints of bitter lemon. Full-bodied, with a nutmeg and honey finish. Racy. Rating: 92-95 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator

The opposite style (as always) of Barsac than Doisy-Daëne, slightly less pale, heavier pear and apricot aromas, rounder, more oily texture, great length too, less harmonious finish but great stuff for the ageing. Rating: ****16.5

Pale straw. Rather simple sweet aromas. And a bit of alcohol on the finish. Pear drops rather than pear juice - not a good trade. Definitely one of the less complex 2009 sweet white Bordeaux. Fades a bit fast. 2015-2025 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE -

Château Doisy Védrines

Barsac Deuxième cru 1855 As one might expect, there was originally one Doisy estate. Sometime in the earlier 19th Century, it was divided into three parts - two smaller parts were sold to the Dubroca brothers and Jean-Jacques Emmanuel Daëne becoming the rarely encountered Château Doisy-Dubroca and Château Doisy-Daëne respectively, whilst the larger proportion became Château Doisy-Védrines. In 1851, it was purchased by the Boireau family who's descendents the, Castéja family, own Doisy-Védrines to this day. Around 30ha of vineyard are planted with 85% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc. Fermentation is in stainless-steel before and 18 month aging period in oak, of which 70% is new. Doisy-Védrines is a richer rounder style than Doisy-Daëne. Interestingly, although entitled to the Barsac appellation, the wines are always labelled as Sauternes.

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