2010 2ème Cru Classé Barsac

Origin France, Bordeaux
Village Barsac
Classification 2ème Cru Classé
ABV 14.5%

Very pure: crystalline definition and very intense sweetness. Lipsmacking intense acidity balances, and draws out the finish. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2011)

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Well priced for a Barsac (in all probability), this Semillon-dominated blend is very sweet for the vintage, with 145g of residual sugar. It’s grapey and almost Muscat-like, with notes of pear, apple and peach, subtle oak and refreshing minerality to balance the sweetness. 8+ years. Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW,

Residual sugar 145 g/l. I find honeyed yellow fruit on the nose here, showing a much more delineated and correct style than the Doisy-Daëne on the nose. A very dense substance, much more fruit density then the rather crisp nose suggested. Rich, powerful, fairly liquorous, and with great acid. A very pure and golden style with defined fruit character but I can't help preferring the more flashy, more deeply grained Doisy-Daëne. This may well show better with time though. Rating: 17-18/20 Chris Kissack,

The Doisy-Vedrines has a refined bouquet of lemon curd, dried honey and just a touch of quince, perhaps not quite as rich as recent vintages, but very well-defined. The palate is well-balanced, with a touch of lime cordial and passion fruit on the entry, and zesty acidity and impressive precision towards the taut, slightly spicy rich finish. Returning after an hour, this sample has enhanced clarity and volume, and subsequent encounters confirm a very promising Doisy-Vedrines. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin,

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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