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| ||Tasted by JesperR on 6/6/2015 & rated 93 points: Bottle 4 of 6. Consistent note. Lovely! (1117 views)|
| ||Tasted by Neras on 5/16/2015 & rated 92 points: The young freshness is begining to disappear, and more serious, heavy notes become notitable. Still sweet and complex, but about to turn away from the freshness I like. (1095 views)|
| ||Tasted by MC2 Wines on 5/16/2015: South or Sweet (Q2 wine party) (The Apartment): (Wine #5 - Sweet) The nose and palette on this wine seemed to be at odds with each other. On the tongue this is burnt caramel and maybe a bit of lemon and possibly even some almond. On the nose I get more of an offputting smell, almost mold like. Not sure what was driving the difference. Overall though enjoyed the wine. (1205 views)|
| ||Tasted by UTPK on 5/6/2015: Served three of these at a large party and all were perfect. Very nice if you like them young and fresh. Solid sweetness but backed up by nice acidity, very unlike another warm vintage like 2003. Better than expected and Doisy Daene is certainly improving each year. (1496 views)|
| ||Tasted by Blacksmith450 on 4/5/2015 & rated 92 points: Solide ! Pas d'arôme de vernis au nez, bouche bien balancée entre le sucre et l'acidité. Potentiel de garde évident ! (1510 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tavastgatan on 12/31/2014 & rated 92 points: 2005, 2007 and 2009 served at the same time. All very good but 2007 stole the show. 2009 runner up. QPR is very high. (2095 views)|
| ||Tasted by Neras on 12/31/2014 & rated 94 points: I tend to like these Sauternes/Barsac young. This remain absolutely wonderful now and I am tempted to drink my bottles sooner rather than later. From 375 ml. (2143 views)|
| ||Tasted by ArtF on 12/24/2014 & rated 94 points: I love Sauternes young when they are this good. Light lemon color. I got a whiff of pink grapefruit on the scrumptuous nose. Palate is sweet but balanced with a touch of bitters from lots of botrytis. A bit of petrol on finish is not obtrusive. Drank from .375. (1894 views)|
| ||Tasted by skifree on 11/11/2014 & rated 92 points: Brought to CT SEA group. Loved it once again, with very ripe, sweet white and yellow fruits (pear, pineapple, apricot) predominating. Remains clean and fresh. (2258 views)|
| ||Tasted by MikeZ on 8/22/2014: Glorious. Exceptional wine, no rush but fun to try now. (2591 views)|
| ||Tasted by JesperR on 7/7/2014: Bottle no. 3 of 6. Extremely pure, quite light and utterly elegant. Little complexity, more to come, but drinking excellent right now. If You have some, don't miss out on it in this phase. Near perfect match for panna cotta with fresh raspberry-coulis. (92-95 pts.) (2838 views)|
| ||Tasted by MPAN on 5/31/2014 & rated 97 points: Plain yellow; nice sweet exotic fruit, pineapple; lovely rounded, sweet, good acidity, very nice taste; golden liquid, notes of pear; very very good (2758 views)|
| ||Tasted by mreinitz on 4/20/2014: This seemed a little young and primary but it was still enjoyable. On the sweet side but very nice acidity cuts the sweetness on the midpalate. With time pineapple flavors added to the honey and light citrus. (2968 views)|
| ||Tasted by BVal on 12/29/2013 & rated 93 points: Realized I had opened a bottle of this at Thanksgiving dinner a month ago at the mother-in-laws'. We all tried about a third of the bottle then corked it and into the fridge it went. Showed up for Xmas celebration and lo and behold, the bottle was still in the fridge. Never wrote a note from a month ago; feared the wine might be shot but . . . .|
Color: brilliant light straw yellow. Striking nose showing excellent levels of botrytis, pineapple, lemon rind, honey, peaches and a little lime zest. Palate was atypically plump for Daene; it's been quite a long time since I've tasted this level of viscosity and sweetness in DD. Comes across with quite the mineral element; peach, some apple pie spice, a little amaretto. Oak treatment is quite deft. This is a powerhouse but still has incredible nervosity; perfect acidity and stupendous length. Redguy has it right, this is downright sexy! This will no doubt be thrilling to follow over the next 20+ years. Well worth the effort to search out and purchase if looking for a reasonably priced '09. (3528 views)
| ||Tasted by mcease on 12/25/2013 & rated 93 points: Absolutely love this wine. Honey, citrus, and white fruit. Sweet and supple. I have 2 bottles that I will sit on for a while. (2592 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 12/25/2013 & rated 93 points: Consistent with my note from earlier this year. A lot of sweetness, honey and ripe yellow fruits and also beautiful fresh acidity. I have to save a few bottles for later, but this is so lovely drinking now. (3175 views)|
| ||Tasted by skifree on 12/15/2013 & rated 92 points: Excellent again, unctious in its mouth feel, wonderful honey and white fruit. Had with pie! (2806 views)|
| ||Tasted by yofog on 11/14/2013 & rated 93 points: Like the most elegant and peach-filled cream. (2985 views)|
| ||Tasted by skifree on 7/19/2013 & rated 92 points: So luscious in it's youth - not sure any will make it to old age. (3205 views)|
| ||Tasted by f22nickell on 7/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Seattle Wine Group - July 2013 Wine Tasting Event - Theme: Old World Whites ABCR (Freelon's house - Kent/Covington Area): Color: Pale yellow-golden color|
Aroma: white peach, pineapple, apricot
Palate: well balanced, good acidity. stone fruits (pears, apricots), a hint of lime. Moderate length
Preferred the flavors of the single berry late harvest riesling we had two months ago, but this was a better, balanced wine.
Freelon brought this out with chocolate as the evening started to wind down. Quite the host Freelon, very generous! (3928 views)
| ||Tasted by Redguy on 7/10/2013: Quite lifted and minerally, though very energetic across the palate... This crackles with intensity. Fine and full with good acidity lurking behind all that initial sweetness. Fantastic Sauternes that is drinking well in its youth but with a very long life ahead. This should age brilliantly for decades. Great wine from a great vintage. (3567 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 7/7/2013 & rated 93 points: Shimmering golden liquid with medium+ viscosity. There is a creme brulee profile with lots of botrytis spice, followed by hints of lemon curd and candied pineapple. This DD falls towards the sweet & powerful end of the sauternes spectrum but remains wonderfully balanced and agile on the palate. Demolished expectations. A step up over the Doisy-Vedrines in this vintage. (3215 views)|
| ||Tasted by Neras on 5/27/2013 & rated 94 points: Fruity, sweety and not to overwhelming on the brotylis. Great. (3135 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 4/27/2013 & rated 93 points: No formal notes, but opening a Sauternes very young is what I should do more often. The wine was beautifully crisp with a beautiful play between sweetness and acidity, and of course the usual tastes like apricots and pineapple. So elegant and not sticky at all. Great wine! (2574 views)|
| ||Tasted by Redguy on 4/18/2013 & rated 94 points: I know it's early but thought I'd check in... glad I did. This amazing effort from Double D really caught me off guard. Started off as a pnp, then sampled over the next 4+ hours. Upon opening, this showed an extremely fine texture, a delicately composed disposition, great concentration, and electric sweetness resulting in an effortless and classy appeal. No baked apricots here. After a few hours air and as it warmed, fatness, richness, depth, and power came forth. Much more purposeful, but still with that extremely fine texture and near weightless impression...the least sticky sticky. After airing and warming this exploded with opulence and immense sweetness, butterscotchy candied citrus fruits, pear juice, and a bit of graham cracker. So purposefull yet effortless as it excites each taste bud intensely. There is plenty of acidity here, it's just so well integrated within the massive sweetness it's easy to miss. Great structure as well. From start to finish this danced across the palate: with ballet like movement when chilled and more like salsa when aired and warmed to 55+. Nothing short of fabulous in the mouth, this rolls around like liquid quicksilver coating every measure with luxurious golden ripeness. Sexy!|
Somewhere between the refinement and class when chilled and the power and richenss as it warms is the sweet spot for this beauty. That somewhere should appear with another 10 years in the cellar and continue for decades. Had an '02 d'Yquem recently... this was every bit as good. Great wine, great Barsac, great QPR. 94+ (2815 views)
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|The World of Fine Wine, June 2010, Issue #28|
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|By Ian D'Agata|
Vinous, May 2010
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|By John Gilman|
View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2010, Issue #26, The 2009 Bordeaux Vintage- Futures’ Glory?
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|By Richard Jennings|
(Château Doisy-Daëne) Light golden color; light footed, delicate, ripe pear nose; delicate, ripe pear, botrytis, powdered sugar, golden raisin palate; long finish 92+ points (87% Semillon, 13% Sauvignon Blanc) 92 points
|By Chris Kissack|
Winedoctor, October 2011
(Château Doisy-Daëne (Barsac)) Beautiful purity here, with pineapple and citrus fruits, elegant and fresh, with a really attractive style. There is a really fine weight to this on the palate, supple and rather more weighty and creamy, with softer and sweeter edges than I expected from a Barsac. There is some good grip in the middle though, coming in beneath the fine fruit. More crystalline elements on a second taste, with star fruit, perhaps a little more typical of Barsac, but also nuances of lychee, honey and cinnamon, so overall this is a very rich and expressive wine. Nevertheless there is plenty of good acidity beneath the fruit too. 18 points
|By Chris Kissack|
Winedoctor, March 2010
(Chateau Doisy-Daëne Barsac) Residual sugar 155 g/l and 15% Sauvignon Blanc in the assemblage. A fabulously vibrant nose here, with melded crystals of honey and aromatic yellow fruits. A rather fat start on the palate, although it is composed and also rather floral, rich and elegant with a nice acidic cut. Great harmony here. This is very fine indeed. 18-19+ points
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Forty kilometres south of Bordeaux, Sauternes is an AOC that includes together 5 communes, including Barsac. For centuries, humans have been patiently learning to master this region's climate, soils and grape varieties. But Mother Nature did a good job laying the foundation. The Sauternes terroir is distinguished by a geological predisposition to gravel and pebbles that cover limestone streaked with veins of clay. In the communes of Fargues and Sauternes, a layer of hardpan (iron-oxide cemented sand) in which vines flourish can be found. The vineyards at the highest elevations and farthest from the river have the best terroirs and produce the majority of the Crus Classés, including the monumental Château Yquem.Sauternes wines are made from Sémillon (80% of vines planted) and Sauvignon (15%) grapes. A bit of Muscadelle occasionally is used to give the wines an untamed touch. Sauternes have an "aged gold" colour that is denser and darker than other dessert wines. When they age, they develop a stunning amber colour. The nose has aromas of flowers and fruit that melt together to create a bouquet of remarkable complexity and balance. The primary aromas include almond, quince, mango, pineapple, stewed peach, dried apricot and passion fruit. There are also floral notes, with touches of linden, acacia, mimosa and honeysuckle. And as is typical with Sémillon, there are also notes of beeswax, almond and hazelnut. In the mouth, Sauternes wines have a powerful style that is viscous but extremely elegant. Its strong sweetness is captivating. Finally, its aromatic finish is something that simply must be experienced.