The wine has a clear, medium intensity yellow color.
Fully developed on the nose with a medium+ aroma intensity. Aromas of dried stone fruit, resin, slightly botrytis(?), yellow raisins, over ripe red apples, some nutty/oxi notes and mushrooms. With aeration aromas of fresh peach, spice box and fennel seeds came through. Really impressive and intriguing nose.
It's dry on the palate with a high acidity and medium body. The flavor intensity is medium+. It shows flavors of bruised apples, yellow raisins, apricot, wet stones and fennel. The mouthfeel is slightly waxy. The finish is long and acidic with flavors of apple core and stone fruits. I like how the acidity kinda grows on the palate and leaving a very refreshing and light feeling.
Doubtless a wine of outstanding quality which is ready to drink now and for another 1-2 years. It lacks all of my classic Sauvignon attributes and even when the bottle was revealed I had a hard time finding any herbal, black currant or grassy notes. This is how to treat this grape right in my opinion.
Boxwood, Cat pee- yes, but also some nice tropical notes. Mouth watering acidity on the palate, tight and mineral- though more accessible than some of the younger vintages I have had- with some mouth weight and roundness. A little toasted cereal sneaking up, with more to develop hopefully.
Chicago: wine, food, friends...cigars!; 9/17/2014-9/20/2014 (Blackbird, Les Nomades, Naha, with lunch at Shaw's Crab House): Herbs, hay, a whiff of anise seed, wet rocks, loam; the palate is medium-bodied, chewy at times, with a narrow (temperature) band of enjoyment for my palate. Distinctly rocky, and minerally on the nose, the aromas seem in a somewhat bitter contrast to the viscous fruit. In retrospect, we should have decanted this an hour. Give it another year or so in hopes that further integration is possible. Served side by side with the '09 Silex, I think the latter was my favorite my a fair margin (if only because the '09 is fully integrated and ready to roll, now).
Whites and Fish @ Tonny's (Tonny Restaurant, Geylang Lor 3, Singapore): A wonderful wine. I was rather underwhelmed by a good but not great bottle that I had a few years back, but served blind again, this just about smashed all the other wines tonight, including a white Hermitage and two Chablis Grand Crus, that preceded it. The nose was pure Sauvignon Blanc, and yet clearly not of the new world, kiwi variety. There was a little shade of cat's pee and a little rubbery bounce in there somewhere, but this was all about summery fruit – green mangoes, lychees, passionfruit – all lovely sunny aromas, with the littlest rivulet of earthier mineral scents just starting to emerge at the edges of the bouquet. The palate had superb weight. The sticker read only 12.5%, but this felt like it had more depth and power and presence than even the 14% Rhone. Great depth of flavours too – from citrusy notes of green mangoes and green apples to more exotic lychees and a hint of passionfruit at the edges of the midpalate. Glorious balance all round, with rivers of perfectly integrated acidity and muscular mineral undertones running through into a super long finish, where chalky mineral and a little spice lingered with a lick citrusy freshness. Beautiful stuff. I was very taken by this wine. It was solid and impressive, and can probably last another 20 years with that amazing minerality and structure, but it was already so enjoyable on the night – complete, complex and absolutely compelling. 92-94-95
Lite gold with medium viscosity in the glass. Complex nose of herbs, flowers, matchstick, pit fruit, meringue, melon, spice, white tea, wet stone and grass. Medium body with an unbelievably rich, round and complex halo of fruit, flint and spice around an uncut, almost flabby core. Somewhat diluted edges. Opening helped with the edges, but I preferred it at cellar temps. Medium finish. Entirely pleasing, though I need more focus and precision at this price.
Dinner at Jason's (Jason's House): This bottle far exceeded the other bottle I had. Lots of powerful citrus tones, flinty notes, some tropical fruits but very low acidity. Normally, low acidity would turn me off, but I couldn't get enough of this...
Sauvignon Blanc tasting (Riga): Light golden colour. Intense, interesting, clean nose of lime, citrus, lemongrass, very sweet but with perfect balance and poise, not sugary in any way, just superbly pleasant. Like a spring breeze from a flower meadow after a long winter. Hard candy, flowers, watermelon bubble gum. Exquisite. (A)
Medium straw color. One hour slow ox in the fridge. Nose is reserved at first, with notes of preserved lemons, stone and light hints of oak. Palate started out like a typical SB, but evolved as the wine's temperature increased and with more air in the glass. Lots of steely minerality, balanced with sweet grapefruit and maybe a bit of lychee fruit. Wine is in nice balance, but probably on the back end of its useful life. Very enjoyable. Don't wait on this one much longer.
enjoyed at bistro db moderen in miami. pnp, this wine is simply wow. i haven't had better sauv. blanc. it's showing no signs of age. citrus zest and incredibly minerality like a cross between chablis and white burgundy. timeless and beautiful, i can't believe this is 6 almost 7 years old, it tastes fresh and brand new.
Slightly muted on the nose but then it oozes class in every other department. It may have lost the citric intensity of its younger days but this has been replaced by a minerality that gives it a graceful elegance. Whilst the classic sauvignon blanc flavours are there they give way on the long finish to layers of hazelnuts and, well, minerals that one might normally associate with a quality white burgundy or top riesling. It may lack the burst of florality that make the 2005 so phenomenal but it is still a wonderful Silex. It is showing no signs of deterioration, quite the opposite, so my remaining bottles will remain where they are for a couple of years at least.
Followed a fabulous Baron L and I think this was the better. The Silex had an edginess that carried more complexity while still maintaining balanced nuances of citrus and tropical fruit. Surely the best pair of SB's I've had in one evening.
Parlak,temiz saman sarısı renkli bu şarabın, kapalı olan ön burnunda is, mineral çakıl taşı notaları ile birlikte limon, yeşil erik ,yeşil elma benzeri meyve aromaları var. Arkada otsu dokunuşlarla, kompleksite katan ve yıllanmadan geldiğini düşünebileceğimiz silik oksidasyon notaları algılanıyor. Damaktaki izlenimi, orta gövdeli, yumuşak , hafifçe yağlımsı , konsantre ,diri asitli ,tazeleyici ve tamamen sek olması ile birlikte,genel dengesi ile, zarif olarak tanımlanabilir. Burunla uyumlu olarak limon, yeşil elma, yeşil erik ve mineral tatları bırakıyor. Ortanın üstü uzunluktaki canlı bitimi, gevrek diye tanımlayabileceğimiz bir bitimin güzel örneği iken,tüm bunlar, bir stile de işaret ediyor.Şu an ve önümüzdeki 8-10 sene içinde rahatlıkla içilebilir.
Keith P @ Trompette (La Trompette, London): Bright and obviously Sauvignon nose. Classy. Quite creamy. One of Keith's new-discovery Cape numbers or maybe a Cotat? The latter I think. Relatively young. Oops, no, Tom goes for Dageneau and it's confirmed. Quite flinty and focused, light on its feet and with great line. With air it becomes more expressively Sauvignon on the nose. ****
Popped and poured at Joe's. ( I keep forgetting that I want to decant a Silex and see if it opens more.) IMO, Silex is the best Sauvignon Blanc on earth for it's vintage. I don't think this comes close to the '05, but nothing much comes close to this. Crisp, mineral, fllnty. Great with King Crab Legs.
The wine looks Yellow gold colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like and Grapefruit. It tastes like Diesel, Grapefruit, and Stoniness. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Round texture. The wine finishes Long. @ Michael's Genuine w Spring, Erica, Christine & John. Christin'es wine. Had just purchased from their new distributor, not as good as my 07's, Either needed to settle, or their storage or provenance is off!
Dinner at Marc's (Marc's House - Bellingham, WA): Big wine and hardly recognizable as Sauvignon Blanc. What this does do well is showcase abundant tropical fruit, nice texture (so weird to say for a sauvignon blanc!) and great acidity. So while this steps outside the realm of Loire Sauvignon Blanc, it still tastes pretty darn good.
2012 - Gary's wine bash! (Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant, The Forum Shopping Mall, Orchard Road): Alcohol :: 12.5% Light gold with green tint. This got to be the best Sauvignon Blanc for the region or a most funky one? The aromas is a bit shy. Discreet, focus with hint of pineapple and underlying sweetness of pear, melon then added better complexity with fresh grass, a bit of nut and floral. Medium - full bodied, good creaminess and nuttiness over soft mineral, concentrated of lemon fruits. This does taste like a Raveneau except the hint of grassiness. It is so intense, with razor sharp precision and focus. Long, lingering finished. Really tasty and delicious.
Dagueneau (2005-2008) (Arlequin Wine Merchant, San Francisco): Light yellow. Wow, this wine is all about the precise focus of its tart lemon fruit and a dusting of crushed rock. Incredible intensity, length and purity without overbearing Sauvignon varietal character. A great wine and leagues ahead of anything else tonight.
Still a baby, started to develop a bit more complexity. Outstanding wine with uncanny structure and texture, weight and depth, without excessive alcohol or ripeness. Grapefruit, lime and green apple. Bracing acidity maintains the balance. Massive mineral concentration. I wish I could stop drinking these and let them reach their potential, but my self control breaks down a few times a year. Still my WWOTY.
A wonderful and complex wine...but just not at the same level as the Pur Sang I had less than a month ago...everyone loved this...but to me this is Didier's second label...and on par with his normal Pouilly-Fumé
blind tasted against 16 others in my cellar with friends, this showed strongly. deep straw and bright, it smelled lightly of herb and peach. light, clean, classic SB, a full citrus with clear current of lemon and flint. good length, medium acidity and medium complexity. good balance.
Perhaps setting it up to fail, squeezing this in between a fruity NZ sauv blanc and a ten year old Barolo. But it was all class, a chiseled work of art against the sauteed ocean perch. Strict and austere, it had mineral, grassy, and citrus notes. Extremely balanced fruit and acidity. Long finish. Held some in reserve for the cheese course, and preferred it as companion over the (good) Barolo.
Giallo paglierino carico con riflessi oro, naso floreale, camomilla , poi molto varitale senza sconfinare nella lettiera del gatto :lol: , foglia di pomodoro e peperone verde, ritorni di ananas con curry, bocca molta materia, copre bene tutto il palato , molto persistente con una piacevole freschezza, finale ritorna il verde da peperone.
Consistent with my previous note. If there were Loire classifications, this would be Grand Cru. Light yellow-gold color. Almost contradictory virtues of lithe grace and dense concentration. The most striking quality is its minerality, both on the nose and palate. Aromatically ripe without high alcohol, the dense grapefruit, lime, and mowed grass are foiled by crisp acidity. Complex and harmonious, perfectly balanced. My WOTY.
Loire Odyssey, Part I - the Non-Chenin Whites (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): A very good wine, but nowehere near as good as it should be given its price tag and reputation. This had always been one of my very favourite bottlings to come out of the Loire, but on the day, served blind, it was neither more or less outstanding than the best couple of other (much cheaper) Loire whites on show. Granted, it was still very young and will need plenty more time to show, but it was nowehere near the heights of previous bottles of Silex from the vintages that immediately preceded this (i.e. 2004, 2005 or 2006). Sure, this had a lovely nose, with touches of grass, passionfruit, green guava and a bit of chalky earth. Still tight, but very pleasant in an unshowy way. The palate still had a long way to go though. There was great balance - this much was obvious, with really well-integrated acidity forming a backdrop for rather simple, primary flavours of sweet lemons flecked with green grass and gooseberry notes on the attack. There was nice depth, along with a very classy, silky feel on the midpalate moving into a long juicy finish was more citrus fruit notes - lemons and tangerines I thought - alongside some flassic flint and nutty accents. All very tight and monolithic at this stage though. It did open up slowly in the glass, but this is a wine clearly deserves a few more years before broaching again. Right now clearly good, but not quite great. It lacked something in terms of both the breadth of expression and the precision of focus that I usually look for in a Silex. I liked the wine, but must confessed that I felt a twinge of disappointment when it was unveiled. Time might still transform this bottle into something else - but at the moment, not quite worth the entry fee.
Saturday night in the O.C. (Chez GlennK): Possibly the best dry white still wine I have tasted. Bright, fresh notes of gooseberry, white grapefruit, and lemon, with crisp flinty minerality. Somebody, take this bottle away from me before I empty it. Reminds me of the 2009 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc, or a top quality Sancerre, or even a Muscadet. This is what California fume blancs wish they could be, but aren't ... although Merry Edwards comes close. But ... $100 for a sauvignon blanc? I dunno... This tied for first place as wine of the night.
Nose: mineral, refreshing, vibrant. Flowery rather than fruity. Taste: complex and subtle. Aplles, lemon, grass, limestone. Long acid finish. Still the price tag and reputation are quite a bit beyond my personal experience. Could try again, just to check. If someone is good enough to foot the bill.
My first experience with this wine ... not as precise as I'd expected. A bit fleshier. Tons of orange peel, melon, honeysuckle, pencil shavings on the nose. Nice. long, citrusy finish. Almost a little saline mouthfeel.
Despite its youth, easily the best Sauvignon Blanc I've had, and one of the most profound white wines I've encountered. Light yellow-gold color announces its elegance but belies its weight. Almost contradictory virtues of lithe grace and dense concentration. The most striking quality is its minerality, notable on the nose and palate. Dense pear, grapefruit, lime, green apple are foiled by crisp acidity. This was the first time my wife and I raced through a bottle to prevent the other from getting an extra glass. Complex and harmonious, one of the most perfect wines I've ever drunk.
Maybe this wine is beyond me, but I simply don't get what the fuss is about. Some citrus, some minerality, very austere and certainly not anywhere near worth the $100 price tag. Not sure its even much better than Oyster Bay.
Taste at Elysian. Had been open for one day. Served a bit cool. Nice citric notes of lemons, limes and light petrol quality. Some alcohol showing on the palate on the back end. Not worth the price tag but some unique characteristics. A nice minerality upon second taste.
Like Didier said, "Wine is like a painting and music, it's great that my wine can be part of people's memorable moment." His last vintage 2007, this wine undoubtedly commemorated his attitudes towards wine. Light golden yellow with medium to high viscosity. Complex and seductive nose boasts a basket of citrus fruits including lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine and pomelo with stone fruits undertone such as apricot and nectarine wrapped together nicely in malic fruits like La France pear and green apple. It also includes honey dew melon and honey suckle with a hint of herbaceousness. Tamed scent of silex is present but not overpowering. On the palate, it demonstrates overwhelming concentration and thick mouth feel unlike any other Sauvignon, that is almost reminiscent of Mosel Auslese or Montrachet with emphasis on crisp, rigid acidity towards the end. All the juicy and tangy citrus fruits come together and leads to a washed stone like mineral, acidic and infinitely long finish that lasts for well over a minute. It was almost too powerful and chaotic at the beginning, then it settled down and brought out clean focus on aroma and palate. This wine will overpower almost any seafood due to sky rocking high concentration and it should be enjoyed by itself. Serve slightly chilled at 10C-12C (50F-54F). Certainly let it breathe for a while. I was blown away and overwhelmed by the potential of Sauvignon Blanc and the man's dedication to his grape, terroir, and meticulous viticulture and vinification. It definitely was an experience. I wish if I had more of this to see how this develops over the years. Cheers to the bottling, and cheers to its great vigneron.
Opened to celebrate my wife's birthday and did not disappoint - Rose petals, honeysuckle, grassy lemon peel and pure limestone on the nose. Still quite young but palate consistent with the nose, with elegant construction and really vibrant acidity. Only going to get better with age, but drinking fantastically well at the moment!
White Icons @ my place (Netherlands): Nice and pure on the nose, showing bright notes of gooseberry, cotton candy, lemon-peel-preserve. In the mouth this is still very young and nervous. Mineral-driven, creamy and mouth-watering. Pure like glacier water. Lovely now, but needs a few more years to become really impressive by gaining depth and complexity. 17.5/20
The "Grand Cru" tasting with Bacchus Wine Society (Merton College, Oxford): With the 2007 we were in much more familiar territory than the bizarre 2006. Stony, citric, lots of grapefruit, a drumstick-like creaminess, very pure, very focused, very very good, but still nothing crazy. One of the best Sauvignon Blancs I've had, but I didn't fall in love. The price tag (what, £70-100) is absurd in my book.
First experience ever of a Didier Dagueneau Sauvignon and it is ironic that this is the last wine he has made. Before a sniff or a sip this wine displays its qualities through the appearance. A shiny, greenish, pale yellow in colour it looks so viscous that it is highly possible to misjudge the variety at sight. Initially, the nose is elegant and compound and poses its charm after the first swirl. A complex array of green flavours; fruity and herbaceous covers the nose with aromas of fresh cut grass, rosemary and gooseberry along with artichokes and asparagus. Very well balanced on the palate, young and refreshing despite its weight, with a long, pleasant finish displaying a strong mineral edge.
I found this rather muted. There is lots of clarity and minerality there, but it isn't fully expressing itself at the moment. Whether this is a lack of age or of air I'm not quite sure, but this wasn't quite what I was hoping for.
The wine looks Yellow colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Grapefruit, Lime, and Pineapple. It tastes like Pineapple, and Papaya. The body is Full. The wine is textured Narrow. The wine finishes Long.
beautiful thick complex wine with that dark silex spiciness. Long evolving finish. Needs a bit of air and warmth to really shine. I can see how this is a bit young after recently having a bottle of 2005. A pretty unique SB. One to keep on hand for special occasions, and it will last and grow...
Intense nose of grapefruit, gooseberry, stone dust and herbaceousness. Dry and medium bodied on the palate with slyly rising acidity bringing struscture to the sweetish ripe fruit: pear, gooseberry and citrus. Some nutty and yeasty notes and huge smoky minerality in the long finish. Intense interplay between the sweet ripe fruit and the refreshing qualities. I sure did like it now, but would like to see it again after some years in the bottle.
Poured by a generous co-diner. Very light. All grapefruit. Light, clean, crisp citrus with powerful soil-filled finish. Great focus and drive. I haven't had this cuvee in years and this was a world apart from the more oily, weighty examples I remember from the '90s.
This was the shiznit. Easily the best sauvignon blanc I've ever had. Light yellow in color, the nose just bursts of limestone, chalk, citrus. Touch of sweet butter on the palate with freshly cut green grass, unripe pear, fuji apple, and a nice balance of acid to cut the sweet butter. Absolutely loved it! 94pts.
The nose of this wine had ripe citrus with notes of crushed limestone and salty minerals. The palate had beautiful candied lemon and grapefruit flavors while remaining crisp yet smooth at the same time. Really great balance, and one of the most satisfying white wines that I have ever had. The finish was long and the mineral notes lingered long after the citrus notes started to fade.
much richer than the pur sang, the nose has a deeper and more intense oily citrus and smoke perfume. broader and deeper on the palate too, with great fragrant length. the acidity is here, but kind of buried beneath fruit right now. this is incredible wine, of great intensity and also great balance, and it seems to offer great aging potential.
Showing a pale canary yellow with scents of citrus, cats pee, minerals and a hint that reminds me of the breeze off the sea. In the mouth there is tart lemon, lime, minerals, and good acidity that cuts through the mid-palate and opens up a lingering flavor of fresh lemon zest along a medium length finish. Having only one bottle left I will not be revisiting this for at least two more years...