The 2009 Doisy-Vedrines exceeded my expectations under blind conditions. It is usually seen as a less refined Barsac predisposed to richness and viscosity, but the 2009 exudes far more tension and elegance than I anticipated. It has a perfumed, floral bouquet with scents of dried honey, melted wax, lemon curd and a touch of lemon thyme. It is beautifully defined and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with beautiful balance and precision. There is real grace and tension in this Sauternes: very focused and precise though with patently a lot of botrytis towards the mellifluous finish. This is a wonderful Doisy-Vedrines. Drink now-2035+
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013|
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.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
Shows lots of lemon pie and almond spice, with hints of bitter lemon. Full-bodied, with a nutmeg and honey finish. Racy.
|Score: 92/95||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010|
Firm and toasty on the nose - not as much tension as some with a little burnt caramel but this will probably be a good buy.
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
One of the best Chateaux of Barsac and a top performer in recent vintages. Acacia, honeysuckle, crème brûlée and lemon curd. The botrytis is developed with a creaminess of fruit shot through with clean acidity, showing its long term potential. Classy stuff indeed, and exciting.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, January 2010|
It is all upfront both nose and palate packed with richness of fruit. Apricot tends to dominate with behind fleshy white peach and pear. Under the richness is lime freshness that lifts and lengthens the flavours. Drink 2020-2040.
|Score: 90/94||Derek Smedley MW, April 2010|
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.
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, April 2010|
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.
|Score: 16.5||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2010|