En Primeur Bordeaux 2015

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[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Climens Sauternes/Barsac Unreleased £420 - £650 96-98 - - 18 - -
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The 2015 Climens was tasted from different lots (after naughty Bérénice Lurton had successfully duped me with her April Fool's joke by saying that she had done a final blend). The fruit was picked from 8 September until 4 October at 21 hl/ha. The residual sugar is 130 grams per liter this year. Aromas that spring from samples included acacia honey, orange blossom, grapefruit and a little frangipane, all beautifully defined and gaining intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous opening, a dash of spice on the entry, lively in the mouth with ginger and a dash of pepper tincturing the honeyed fruit, long and sustained as it fans out with vigor. This is a fabulous Climens from Bérénice Lurton and her team, and as usual, those with wise heads will opt to lay bottles down for 15 years to get the most from this special Barsac. It is destined to be a great Climens - and that's no April Fool's joke.

Score: 96 - 98 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2025-2060

Of the 22 very promising ingredients, many are big and muscular, while some are particularly spicy. As usual, Bérénice Lurton did not show the final blend, which is likely to be about 14.3% alcohol.

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2027-2050

[Add to shopping basket] Coutet Sauternes/Barsac £275 £230 - £320 94-96 - 94-95 18 - -
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The 2015 Coutet comes with 153 grams per liter of residual sugar at 13.8% alcohol. It has a fragrant bouquet with acacia honey, citrus scents and a touch of melted butter, all very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive purity, those limestone soils imparting the acidity that defined this Barsac, and lending great precision and tension on the live-wire finish. This is a wonderful Coutet that feels energetic - a compressed spring coil that will drink earlier than the likes of Climens or de Fargues, but has the DNA to age gracefully over 25-30 years.

Score: 94 - 96 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2050

A Coutet with great depth and fruit. So much dried tropical fruit character, bright acidity and fruit sweetness. Vivid and clean.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Looks very substantial in the glass. Floral nose. Massive weight. This tastes very ripe indeed and with considerable botrytis influence. Quite a dramatic statement! Though the finish is surprisingly dry and appetising.

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2028-2050

[Add to shopping basket] Doisy Daene NEW Sauternes/Barsac £280 £250 - £320 95-97 - 95-96 18-19 - -
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The 2015 Doisy-Daene has a detailed bouquet, very correct, nothing showy or flamboyant as is typical of Denis Dubourdieu's Barsac. The palate is extremely well balanced and very pure: citrus fruit infusing the honeyed botrytis, veins of white peach and quince, leading to a very precise and sustained finish that leaves you with a smile on your face...and the wine ain't even finished yet! Just a wonderful wine - full of class and nascent joie-de-vivre. Chapeau Denis!

Score: 95 - 97 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2050

Wow. This is really impressive with a fabulous density and style. So much mushroom, almond and dried apple, apricot character. Fresh and bright. Joyous.

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Bright greenish gold. Complex, immediately appealing nose. Racy yet with weight. A very superior wine. Real attack and structure. I wonder what L'Extravagant is like?! Really very rewarding and compelling. Lots of substance but not at all heavy. Such drive and energy here!

Score: 18 - 19 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 20262050

[Add to shopping basket] Doisy Vedrines NEW Sauternes/Barsac £245 £250 - £320 93-95 - 95-96 17-18 - -
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The 2015 Doisy-Vedrines has quite an intense nose, perhaps less fat and honeyed than recent vintages, more finesse if not quite capturing the same level of details as the Doisy-Daëne this year. The palate is very promising with layers of honeyed fruit tinged with white chocolate and almond, a lovely swagger about this Doisy-Vedrines that reminds me of great vintages such as 1989. Always well priced, you won't harm your cellar with a case of Olivier Castèja's sumptuous Barsac.

Score: 93 - 95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-2040

This has phenolic tension and power with so much dried fruit character from pineapple to mango. Full, medium sweet and lively. Really excellent.

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Deep gold. Broad pear-juice nose. Massive weight and some spice. Big and bold. Dramatic weight even if not the raciness of the other Doisy. Clear botrytis influence.

Score: 17 - 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2027-2042

[Add to shopping basket] Extravagant de Doisy Daene NEW Sauternes/Barsac £2,900 £2,000 - £3,400 96-98 - - - - -
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The 2015 L'Extravagant de Doisy Daene has a powerful, intense but very pure bouquet laden with acacia honey, peach and quince, yet very defined and not at all overwhelming - remarkable given the richness locked into this Sauternes. The palate is medium-bodied with sensual, rounded, honeyed fruit, plenty of botrytis as you would expect, but leavened with a keen line of acidity. The finish offers peach and nectarine mixed with wild honey and a dash of spice to complete a fabulous wine from Denis Dubourdieu.

Score: 96 - 98 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2045

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