Bordeaux 2011 – Sauternes

Tasting notes by David Allen MW, April 2012

Château d’Yquem, 1er Cru Supérieur, Sauternes 2011

Translucent medium lemon yellow colour
Pronounced, complex vivid aromas of fresh apricot, mango, pineapple, mandarin and fragrant liquid honey.
The palate is very sweet (145g/ltr sugar) and has fresh acidity. Again the fabulous array of mango, pineapple were displayed on the palate, where they were augmented by note of honeysuckle and marzipan. The finish possessed wonderful length.  13.5% alcohol

Score: 96-98/100

Château Suduiraut, 1er Cru Sauternes 2011

This has a fabulous nose with marzipan, mango and liquid honey aromas.
The wine is very sweet, has an oily viscosity with intense pineapple, vanilla and clean new oak flavours bursting onto the palate. The wine’s acidity is fresh and the fruit goes on to display touches of grapefruit and sweet orange. The alcohol is balanced, allowing the finish to be light and fresh, long and floral. 150g/ltr residual sugar, 13.5% Alcohol

Score: 94-95+/100

Château De Fargues, Sauternes 2011

The wine has a vibrant, medium lemon yellow colour.
There are concentrated honeysuckle and marmalade aromas.
Very sweet, rich and concentrated on the palate with complex flavours of ripe mango, mandarin and honey. There is plenty of fresh acidity and balanced alcohol on the finish which is not cloying and lasts very well.

Score: 94-96/100

Château Doisy-Daëne, 2eme Cru Sauternes 2011

This has bright a medium pale lemon yellow colour.
The aromas are high toned mandarin and mandarin peel aromas.
This is an extremely sweet wine with a mid-weight of fragrant honey, ripe peach and honeysuckle fruit and an oily viscosity. The sweetness is balanced by a wonderfully fresh acidity. A lovely wine with a fresh purity of fruit that is very typical of a top Barsac.

Score: 94-96/100

Château Rieussec, 1er Cru Sauternes 2011

Pale to medium straw yellow in colour.
The aromas are rich and honeyed.
The wine is intensely sweet, has good body and complex honey and crème brulee flavours. The alcohol is balanced to warm and the acidity balances the sweetness so the long finish doesn’t cloy. This is an impressive example of Rieussec.

Score: 92-94+/100


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