Fantastic nose straight out of the bottle. Not as powerful as some of the richer vintages, but very elegant and complex with sweet pears, hay, tropical fruit compote, paper glue, honey and botrytis. Dense palate with good balance, ripe sweetness. Oily mouthfeel. Ends with dried, candied fruits on the long finish. The 2008 vintage has a rather modest reputation, but this is very, very good.
WFA - 2008 Bordeaux Horizontal (Suntec Convention Hall): The nose is much intense, fresher and also tighter than the Doisy. This has the almond, nutty complexity that I'm looking for with a little bit smoke, fresh honey that added better breadth to the aromatic profile. Sweeter, bigger with better lift and precision. Layers of lychee, honey and some dried herb as well as almond and spices. Already showing good complexity and depth with very good freshness and long, intense finish. Very well but slightly lean toward sweeter side to me at this moment, perhaps some bottle age will help to tone down the sweetness level for better balance. 87-89+
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(Chateau Suduiraut (Sauternes)) Gloriously pure golden fruit on the nose here, very open and evocative, sweet and lightly honeyed fruit but with elements of coconut and pineapple above all else. Lots of broad substance on the palate, stylish and rich, with some tangible grip and also plenty of lively acidity. A very substantial style, a wine endowed both with build and structure but also a savoury grip and a sense of power. This is a wine which will go the distance with ease. A better showing than my brief encounter with a barrel sample in 2009 suggested.
(Château Suduiraut (Sauternes)) A lovely nose here, open and expressive, full of citrus and mango face cream. An impressive palate, polished and very complete, with a fine depth and grip to it. There is a greater sense of substance and completeness here than the tropical fruit on the nose might have suggested; although there is a pithy grip to it. The finish is firm and impressive, with lots of granularity. A lovely wine with great potential, but again it features sweetly concentrated fruit more than great botrytis.
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