2011 2ème Cru Classé Barsac

Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Sauternes-Barsac
Village Barsac
Classification 2ème Cru Classé
ABV 14.5%

Aromatically very dense. Rich full-flavoured attack. White honey, white flowers. Very sweet, very pure, developing waxy apricot and fresh tropical fruit and citrus. Very sweet, intense and mouthwatering. An absolute stand-out for defined character and balance in this vintage. Rating: 92+ L&S (Oct 2019)

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Charming apricot nose which is not sumptuous but elegant. Sweet but lean, with silky, textured stone fruits and pineapple. Not a heavyweight but lively and balanced, with a candied finish. (Highly recommended, Sauternes & Barsac) Drinking range: 2017 - 2030 Rating: 90-90 Decanter Magazine(Nov 2015)

Bright golden straw-yellow. Pear, peach, mango and flowers on the enticing, lively nose. Intensely flavored, fresh and sweet, offering lovely penetration and definition to the ripe white stone fruit, lime oil and floral flavors. Really stains the palate while retaining a light touch on the finish, which hints at soil and coconut. This strikes me as more vibrant and less opulent than some past vintages of this wine, which I had found somewhat heavy. Rating: 92 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(Jul 2014)

Although the nose is light it has a fragrant charm white peach and tropical fruit. There is more weight on the mid palate richer fruit with sweetness more flesh at the back. The finish is long quite light and fragrant. 2018-30 Rating: 91 Derek Smedley MW,

Quite high acetic and then very sweet butterscotch flavours. Dry finish. 2018-2028 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE -

The 2011 Doisy-Vedrines has a far more taciturn bouquet than the Doisy-Daene, offering its trademark tropical, peachy aromas that will hopefully develop more delineation throughout its maturation. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous entry. There are attractive spicy notes and a satisfying build in the mouth towards its botrytis-rich, tropical finish, although on this occasion I find it needing more tension to merit a higher score. Drink 2014-2030. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin,

This turns up the exotic fruit intensity a little, the nose here not flirting with mango and pineapple but presenting a clear statement, mixed with a tinge of vanilla. A very convincing nose. This flavour intensity comes through on the palate as well, but with a very fresh and defined richness, the definition building through the palate to frame the wine, although along with this the fruit character moves more into a dried, desiccated intensity which has slightly less appeal than the purity found aromatically. Still plenty of hidden depths here though. Should be very fine. Rating: 17.5-18.5 Chris Kissack,

Oily lemon nose. Very sweet and relatively soft. Viscous but a bit flat on the finish. 2018-2026 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE -

Perfect combination of generous flavours, lifted aromatics and freshness. Despite its power, the palate feels fresh and lively, ready for another sip. 150g per litre residual sugar with nearly 14% alcohol! Very successful vintage that is denser and sweeter than the 2009. Drink 2025-2047. Rating: 18

A bright, almost chiseled style, offering fresh-cut pineapple, quince and candied Meyer lemon flavors, with a long, floral-filled finish. Seriously long, with lovely lacy detail already showing on the finish. Should be long-lived. Rating: 94-97 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator

The most extensive of the Doisy estates has made a stunning wine in 2011: fine, elegant and beautifully restrained with peachy concentration balanced by flavours of citrus peel and pink grapefruit. Powerful and dense, this is rich yet refreshing on the palate, promising up to a decade of bottle development. 8+ years. Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW,

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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