2013 2ème Cru Classé Barsac

Colour White
Origin France, Bordeaux
Village Barsac
Classification 2ème Cru Classé

Very delicate mix of Sauvignon 'smoke' and pure lemon cream. Very fresh and crystalline. Lovely purity. Superb. Creamy, mildly caramel and honey finish. Rating: 93-93 L&S (Apr 2018)

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Plump and forward, this delivers peach, nectarine and candied lemon peel notes gilded with lots of honeysuckle and heather. A flash of bitter almond helps streamline everything through the racy finish. Drinking range: 2017 - 2027 Rating: 94 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Jan 2016)

Palish yellow-gold. High-toned but closed on the nose today, hinting at honey, lime, ginger and grilled nuts. Then quite pure and aromatic in the mouth, offering flavors of fresh citrus fruits, saffron and honey complicated by a botrytis-related smoky bitterness. Perfumed and nicely delineated on the long finish, showing lively snap thanks to zippy acidity. Lovely wine. Rating: 90-92 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website

The nose has a lovely mix of fruits rich ripe apricot some candied citrus peel and slightly fresher tropical fruits. Rich and fleshy on the start of the palate the mid palate is lighter yet there is richness at the back with fleshy depth on the finish. 2020-35. Rating: 89-93 Derek Smedley MW,

Floral, subtle and refined, this is a very aromatic sweet wine, with the acidity, freshness and lightness of touch that are so typical of Barsac. Ethereal, balanced, yet concentrated at the same time, this carries its sweetness lightly. 2016-22 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW,

Denis Dubourdieu has a created a fine Doisy-Daene, with attractive white peach and honeysuckle on the precise bouquet, which exudes wonderful transparency. The palate is very well-defined with fine acidity, the oak deftly integrated. It gradually builds in the mouth: harmonious and refined with great composure towards the long and satisfying finish. This is one of the finest Barsac wines of the vintage. Rating: 93-95 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (May 2014)

Pretty, primary and quite lightweight. This is a silkily textured wine but it is not complex and it seems to be rather lacking in balancing acidity. Forward-drinking and mildly diverting. Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes

Fresh and vibrant with layers of dried flowers, dried mangos and orange peel. Drink: 2020-2029. Rating: 18 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Decanter

Albeit youthfully raw, this is stunning already, with gorgeous, creamed Jonagold apple, melon, pineapple and white ginger notes all melded together and backed by a long finish that drips with almond, honeysuckle and orange blossom. Rating: 93–96 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator

A model of total grace and understatement, the 2013 Doisy-Daëne is drop-dead-gorgeous. Freshly cut white flowers, mint, sweet spices, pears and lychee all meld together in the glass in an effortless, gracious wine. The soft, intensely floral, crystalline finish makes it impossible to resist a second taste. The 2013 Doisy-Daëne impresses for its superb drinkability. If I was going to buy only one moderately-priced Sauternes in 2013, Doisy-Daëne would be it. Rating: 93-96 Antonio Galloni,

A wine with dried-apple and papaya character. Medium body, medium sweetness and a simple finish. Rating: 87-88 James Suckling,

Château Doisy Daëne

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 - the larger part became Doisy-Vedrines, and two smaller parts became the rarely encountered Doisy-Dubroca and, the part purchased by Jean-Jacques Emmanuel Daëne, Doisy-Daëne. Jean-Jacques' sons later sold another portion of Doisy-Daëne to Doisy-Dubroca. Georges Dubourdieu bought Doisy-Daëne in 1924, and his family still own it to this day. The little over 16ha of vineyard sit sandwiched between Châteaus Coutet and Climens, and are planted with 87% Semillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle. The Grand Vin is fermented in stainless-steel, but aged in wood, producing a style that is finer and cleaner than many other wines of the region. It would sit easily alongside the Premier Crus from the area, making Doisy-Daëne a sort of Barsac "super-second". In better vintages, a super-cuvée - L'Extravagant de Doisy Daëne - that rivals Yquem is produced from very late-picked grapes. Pierre Dubourdieu (Georges' son) was not so much interested in the classic dessert wines of the region as dry wines and under his stewardship, in 1949, Doisy-Daëne became the first Sauternes/Barsac producer to make a dry white. This 100% barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc is still produced in small quantities, although the modern generation place more appropriate emphasis on the sweeter end of the spectrum.

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