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[Add to shopping basket] Climens Sauternes/Barsac £430 - 94-96 - - - - -
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The Château Climens was tasted from several lots that Bérénice Lurton and her team are preparing to blend together during its barrel maturation. Having conducted this practice over many years, I would point out that whereas in some years one has to conjecture to the full, in 2014 the lots were both smaller in number, less heterogeneous and paradoxically, more "complete". This made it easier to envisage the final wine. Here, you had to focus on the second trie where 80% of the crop was picked with widespread onset of botrytis. There are fleeting senses of dried honey, juniper berries and marigold, dried apricot on a couple of barrels. There is clearly good acidity here, most of the lots spicier than 2013. As usual, this Climens is bestowed a sense of volume and persistence in the mouth and you have the sense that this will be a more approachable Barsac compared to other vintages. Overall, Bérénice Lurton has a winning Climens on her hands, one that will in the top two or three sweet wines of the vintage.

Score: 94 - 96 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

[Add to shopping basket] Coutet Sauternes/Barsac £235 - 93-95 - 92-93 18 95-98 90-93
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The Château Coutet 2014 is a blend of 75% Sémillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle and delivers...cue the drumroll...a whopping 162 grams per liter of residual sugar, the highest level of any Sauternes that I have data for. As you would expect, the total acidity is slightly, but not dramatically lower than its peers at 3.9 grams per liter (compared to say, 4.3 grams per liter at Doisy-Daëne.) This Coutet '14 has a complex bouquet with razor-sharp, minerally, citrus fruit mixed with wild honey and a touch of Riesling-like petrol. The palate is totally convincing. There is a great thrust of rich botrytized fruit sliced through with Coutet’s trademark acidity, despite the spoonfuls of sugar, that lends this such vibrancy and tension. It possesses and almost clinical precision with long persistence on the finish. This is a divine Coutet that may warrant a higher score subject to how it evolves in barrel. (93-95+ Points)

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

This shows a lively density, intensity of fruit and spiciness. Pineapples as well. Full body, medium sweetness and a long finish.

Score: 92 - 93 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Looks heavy in the glass. Unusually spicy. This wine really grabs the palate in a tactile way. Lots of texture and tension between sweetness and acidity. Exuberant. And unashamed.

Score: 18 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2040

Plump at first, with a praline note around the heather, pineapple and nectarine flavors. Stretches out, with a juicy feel, while orange blossom and white peach accents fill in, imparting lift and cut. This packs a bit of power, but there’s lots of buried freshness as well. The finish is seriously long already.

Score: 95 - 98 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Coutet is absolutely delicious. Nothing stands out, instead it is the wine's overall balance that is most impressive. Attractive scents of pear, white flowers and pastry convey and impression of finesse. The style is a bit laid back, but the Coutet is a real overachiever.

Score: 90 - 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Doisy Daene Sauternes/Barsac £260 - 95-97 - 90-91 17 92-95 92-95
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The Château Doisy-Daëne 2014 is bestowed with 144 grams per liter residual sugar and a pH of 3.7. It is much more introspective compared to the Coutet at the moment, perhaps because of less residual, but it is fragrant and ethereal with wild honey, yellow flower and orange blossom scents developing with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with superb tension and fruit intensity on the entry. It is more linear than recent vintages, minerally with a lovely twist of sour lemon imparting tension and vivacity on the crystalline finish. This is a fabulous Doisy-Daëne from Denis Dubourdieu.

Score: 95 - 97 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2020-2045

This shows lots of dried fruits and intensity. Full body, medium sweetness and a long, flavorful finish. Plenty of dried fruit character. Very dense.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Light and clean on the nose. Pears and riches and very nervy. Exciting wine that is not playing the concentration card. Neat and correct.

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2035

Bright peach, nectarine and tangerine notes form the core, with a lacing of hazelnut. Shows a touch of youthful coarseness on the finish that has yet to settle in, but this remains concentrated overall.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Doisy-Daëne is one of the most intensely mineral wines of the year. Lime, petrol and graphite appear in a beautifully perfumed Sauternes with distinct Riesling-like aromas. Pliant and beautifully textured throughout, with mid-weight structure and no sense of heaviness whatsoever, the Doisy-Daëne is a gorgeous example of the year at its best. Both of proprietor Denis Dubourdieu's Sauternes are superb in 2014.

Score: 92 - 95 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Doisy Vedrines Sauternes/Barsac £220 - 94-96 - 95-96 18 94-97 91-94
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The Château Doisy-Védrines 2014 is a blend of 85% Sémillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc, a modest 134 grams per liter residual sugar and a pH of 3.55 (a figure that might be a little lower than recent vintages.) It has a fragrant bouquet that is actually quite similar to Doisy-Daëne this year, a reticent at first but opens up with honey, orange zest and mineral aromas. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with a fine line of acidity, much more race than recent vintage with citrus lemon, honey and orange peel on the long, persistent finish. Yes, there is a little more unctuousness on the finish compared to Doisy-Daëne but at the end of the day, they are both superb expressions of Barsac.

Score: 94 - 96 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2035

A solid wine with dried fruits, spices, dried mushrooms and medium sweetness. Full-bodied, sweet and intense.

Score: 95 - 96 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Subtle nose and extremely rich on the palate. Very beguiling. With a tingly finish.

Score: 18 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2038

Offers a bold, spicy profile, with nectarine, ginger, hazelnut and pineapple notes. Shows lots of energy, brimming with spice and focused acidity through the finish. A great showing.

Score: 94 - 97 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Doisy-Védrines is all about class and polish. Lightly honeyed notes meld into almonds, wild flowers and orange peel. Fresh and invigorating, the mid-weight Doisy-Védrines is impeccable, pretty and very nicely balanced.

Score: 91 - 94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Extravagant de Doisy Daene Sauternes/Barsac Unreleased - 95-97 - - 18 95-98 94-96
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The L’Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne 2014 has a very intense bouquet of wild honey, acacia and orange blossom that soars from the glass. The palate is unctuous, decadent and powerful - completely living up to its name - with layers of honeyed fruit on the long finish. It is like a super-charged Beerenauslese, somehow retaining immense tension and precision on the finish. For hedonists only. Queue up.

Score: 95 - 97 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-2035

Smoky and pretty with some floral elements. No more concentrated than La Tour Blanche but very pretty indeed. Lots of vegy floral elements.

Score: 18 JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2020-2038

Unctuous, with almond paste, nectarine and creamed yellow apple notes forming the core, leading to a finish laced with hazelnut oil accents. This tightly coiled version will take some time to unwind. A likely classic in the making.

Score: 95 - 98 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

The 2014 Doisy-Daëne L'Extravagant is a bit subdued in this vintage, but its class and pedigree comes through just the same. Brioche, coconut, baked apple tart, vanilla and butter all emerge from the glass, but in the brighter, more floral style that is the key signature of this vintage. The clean, fresh finish is invigorating. There is so much to like here. Both of proprietor Denis Dubourdieu's Sauternes are superb in 2014.

Score: 94 - 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

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