Tasted single blind at Southwold. This is closed on the nose with dried lychee and pineapple, but there is a hefty dose of SO2 here. The palate is much better, very pure botrytized fruit, honey, quince, honeysuckle. Has a refined manner to it. Nice kick on the finish, touch of citrus fruit, dried mango and lovely botrytis. Exudes confidence! Drink 2012-2030+ Tasted January 2009.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, July 2009|
Loads of pear and honey character follow through to a full-bodied palate, with lots of spicy character and a sweet, long finish. Very, very spicy on the finish. Better than 2003, but will it ultimately be better than 2001?
|Score: 95/100||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006|
Tasted blind. Lightly cheesy, exciting nose. Great weight on the palate with unctuous texture and reverberation. A tad brûlée. Finishes just a little suddenly.
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017|
Greenish notes in the gold. Dense and nutty on the nose. Very positive palate impact and attack. Layers of flavour – a little note of brûlée but interesting. Very well done. Really zesty acidity as well as neat and satisfying sweetness even if this is far from the sweetest wine of the vintage. Brisk and neat. Drink 2015-28
|Score: 18+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006|
Tasted blind in February 2017 in a tasting of all the top Chateaux of Sauternes and Barsac in the 2005 vintage. This sensational Sauternes was voted the outright winner by a panel that included Neal Martin, Jancis Robinson, Steven Spurrier and Bill Blatch. A bright gold colour and a stunningly opulent nose of honey and ripe stone fruits. A huge wine on the palate with great viscosity and depth. Incredible intensitity and packed full of sweet, botrytised raisiny fruit with touches of vanilla, cinnamon and marzipan. Despite the richness there is good balancing acidity that never allows it to feel clumsy. Long lingering finish, today this tasted more like Yquem than Yquem. Superb Sauternes.
|Score: 18.5||Farr Vintners, February 2017|
Medium yellow-gold. Incredibly sweet aromas of apricot, acacia honey and marzipan. Supersweet, round and fat, but with enough ripe acidity to leaven the wine's huge impression of volume. A powerfully fruit-driven Sauternes with superb depth, but it's almost too rich today. Finishes with palate-staining sweetness and length and surprisingly fresh acidity (I suspect the actual acid number is low). I'd give this 15 years in the cellar. This is carrying a high 165 grams per liter of residual sugar, and the percentage of new oak was raised from a normal 35% to 65% for this vintage, and yet the wine does not come across as woody.
|Score: 92||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, July 2008|
Fairly pale yellow with a green tinge. Aromas of peach nectar, mirabelle and dusty ginger. Spicy and firm on the palate, with modest complexity to the flavors of candied stone fruits. Not a particularly glyceral style. The dusty ginger notes recurs on the back.
|Score: 92/94||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, December 2007|
Ripe apricots the nose has depth the start of the palate fleshy richness orange marmalade and a
hint of honey. There is balance underlying tangerine and lime freshness but it fills out at the
back supple fleshy and rich.
|Score: 94||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, March 2017|
The improvement here continues unabated. The nose shows a terrific perfume and unctuousness plus great breed. The wine has great concentration and opulent fruit - a glorious wine with a wonderfully honeyed finish. 5 stars
|Score: 5||David Peppercorn MW, Decanter.com, May 2006|