En Primeur Bordeaux 2013

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[Add to shopping basket] Climens Sauternes/Barsac £435 - - 17 - - - 94
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100% Sémillon. At the time of tasting, this wine was unblended, so this is an amalgamated note from several barrel samples. There is plenty of botrytic influence on display, and quite a muscular structure too. The texture is chewy and pithy with flavours ranging from floral to lemon and apple fruit with treacle and golden syrup sweetness throughout. The samples display plenty of acidity, and there is no question the component parts have all the makings of great Sauternes. This mark is likely to be conservative, then, assuming that the blending is done as well as can be expected from this estate. (17+)

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2016-2026

A greater diversity of lots this year than usual, ranging from delicate to unctuous, but the final blend should be terrific. An elegant, layered, harmonious wine with freshness.

Score: 94 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2021-2031

[Add to shopping basket] Coutet Sauternes/Barsac £265 £260 - £420 - 16-17 93-95 94-97 - 91
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Citrus peel, ginger and sweet spice, and a mid palate with great power. Just enough acidity. Lovely waxy feel, and an attractive mushroom note. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2024

Intense barley sugar nose with slightly burnt sugar character. Plenty of richness in the middle but nicely balanced with a mouthwatering finish.

Score: 93 - 95 Albany Vintners

Powerful, with intense apricot, tangerine and pineapple notes forming the core, all wrapped with toasted almond, shortbread and sweetened butter notes. Has loads in reserve, with serious cut still to fully show itself.

Score: 94 - 97 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Sweet and luscious with wonderful floral notes and intense flavours that range from dried tropical fruits to sweet spices. Fairly long finish.

Score: 91 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2028

Extremely sleek and balanced with dried-apple, pear, honey and caramel character. Full body with integrated fruit, acid and sweetness. Lively and balanced.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to shopping basket] Doisy Daene Sauternes/Barsac £295 £190 - £300 - 16-17 92-94 93-96 - 93
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Honeyed, viscous and fleshy. Really heavyweight, indulgent stuff. Modern, tropical fruit character, needs matching with the richest desserts. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2020

Exotic notes on the nose of pineapple, mango and citrus. Richer and heavier than Vedrines in the mouth with a very racy finish.

Score: 92 - 94 Albany Vintners

Albeit youthfully raw, this is stunning already, with gorgeous, creamed Jonagold apple, melon, pineapple and white ginger notes all melded together and backed by a long finish that drips with almond, honeysuckle and orange blossom.

Score: 93 - 96 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Fresh and vibrant with layers of dried flowers, dried mangos and orange peel.

Score: 93 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2029

A wine with dried-apple and papaya character. Medium body, medium sweetness and a simple finish.

Score: 87 - 88 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to shopping basket] Doisy Vedrines Sauternes/Barsac £225 £180 - £280 - 17 92-94 92-95 - 92
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Lots of rich, waxy fruit on the palate, though the nose is very discreet. Spice honey and marmalade on the palate with loads of core concentration. Shows promise. (17+)

Score: 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2025

A delicious nose of butterscotch and lime aromas. Medium-bodied with lovely fruit purity. This is really lovely, refreshing and clean in style.

Score: 92 - 94 Albany Vintners

Ripe, unctuous, rounded style, with lots of orange cream, almond, heather and ginger notes backed by hazelnut and tangerine. Long, powerful finish should really stretch out.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Pure, focused and minerally with almost a salty edge despite the high level of sweetness. Beautifully composed with wonderful intensity and finish.

Score: 92 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2019-2026

Attractive apple-purée and honey character. Medium body, lightly sweet with a fresh finish. Outstanding length here.

Score: 90 - 91 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Fargues Sauternes/Barsac Unreleased £450 - £800 - 16-17 - 94-97 - 94
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Rich, sweet and indulgent. Slightly lacking in acidic bite on the palate, though. Plenty of flavour, but not quite enough refreshment. (16.5)

Score: 16 - 17 JancisRobinson.com, Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2025

Very spicy, with lots of dried peach, mango and apricot notes leading the way, backed by bold ginger and toasted almond. Layers and layers glide through the very unctuous finish. This is a deep, serious, mouthfilling wine in the making.

Score: 94 - 97 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Unctuous and full bodied with firm acidity and lifted flavours. Generous for 2013, with layered dried tropical fruit flavours and a long finish.

Score: 94 Decanter, Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2028

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