Sauternes 2013 En Primeur
Chateau Raymond Lafon AOC Sauternes 2013
Good, clean aromatics, stone fruits and lime blossom on the palate, enjoyable Sauternes with a very flattering mix of sweetness and fresh acidity. Pineapple lift on the finish. 90-91. Highly recommended. Drink 2017-2033.
Chateau Chantegril AOC Sauternes 2013
A Denis Dubourdieu estate. I get a touch of sulphur prickle on the nose, imagine just the sample that I have here (tasted at Grand Cercle de Bordeaux). Once that clears this is fresh, light, a mouth-watering take on the vintage, nothing too complex, should be an easy drinker from a young age, quite a modern take on Sauternes. 85. Recommended. Drink 2017-2030.
Chateau de Fargues AOC Sauternes 2013
A wonderful example of tension and minerality in this 2013 vintage, this is textbook stuff. The nose is floral, white flowers, gorgeous. Easily my favourite Sauternes this year, highly appealing combination of fresh juicy limes and mangos, with clear sparkling minerality, this is lively and fresh even at this early stage, but with great complexity. Should develop and age over the long term. 92-94. Highly recommended. Drink 2017-2040.
Chateau Doisy Daene AOC Barsac 2013
Again an attractive nose, fresh and clean, hints of white pepper and lovely minerality coming through here. Again clean, lemony, citrus, 89-90. Recommended to highly recommended. Drink 2017-2035.
Chateau Coutet AOC Barsac 2013
Good tension here, a lovely wine, rich texture, so silky, great persistancy, this is excellent, exotic and rich without straying into cloying. 91-92. Highly recommended. Drink 2018-2035.
Chateau Doisy Vedrines 2013
This is almost sharp, far less sweet than some, certainly majors on that Barsac minerality. Very pretty and floral on the nose, but twists into bitter orange on the palalte. Acidity clear, almost ice wine sweet and sour sharpness. I like this, it is fairly unusual. 87-89. Recommended. Drink 2016-2033.
Chateau Guiraud 2013 AOC Sauternes
Get that sauvignon nose coming through strongly from the first attack, this is silky smooth, well textured, gourmet. Good, clean fruit flavours, and happily the acidity crisps up on the finish, giving it a necessary lift. This is a fairly consistent and impressive tasting from Sauternes in this vintage, plenty of wines to enjoy. 89-90. Recommended to highly recommended. Drink 2017-2035.