2012 Ch. Doisy-Védrines, Barsac

2012 Ch. Doisy-Védrines, Barsac

White, For laying down   White | For laying down | Chateau Doisy-Vedrines | Code: 17296 | 2012 | France > Bordeaux > Barsac | Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon | Full Bodied, Sweet | 13.5 % alcohol


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DECANTER - Vibrant sweet wine with freshness and lift. This medium-bodied Barsac has good intensity and mid palate weight with 135 gm/l residual sugar. It is not a blockbuster but there is freshness here with lifted floral notes. Yields were low – 10 hl/ha; about 30,000 bottles made this year.
Jeannie Cho Lee MW - Decanter - Apr 2013

JANCIS - Pure fruited: citrus and a touch of pineapple and ripe apple. Delicately honeyed. Sour/fresh on the palate. Lively and bright if not yet complex.
Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com, 30 Apr 2013

WA - The 2012 Doisy-Vedrines has a typically forthright, honeyed, nectarine-scented bouquet that does not quite possess the complexity or nuance of recent successes. The palate is well-balanced with plenty of viscous, tropical-tinged fruit cut through by crisp acidity, though the finish is a little disjointed at the moment. I believe this Barsac will come together during barrel maturation and it will constitute a commendable short to medium-term wine.

Proprietor Olivier Casteja recently became president of Cru Classe de Sauternes et Barsac. He has always been refreshingly honest about the use of cryo-extraction, and in 2012 it was used on one-third of the crop just to ensure freshness in his fruit that were rained on every time they reached the pourri plein stage.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - Apr 2013

WS - Quite lively, with a floral edge to the white peach, pineapple and heather notes. Good freshness and definition.
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, April 8 2013

The Story

Chateau Doisy-Vedrines


Chateau Doisy-Vedrines

Château Doisy-Védrines,the largest of the Doisy estates and a 2éme Cru Classé Barsac property has been owned by the Castéja family since 1946. The family also own Batailley and Trotte Vieille).

Doisy-Védrines's 27 hectares of vineyards are situated on the highest plateau in Barsac and are planted with 80% Sémillon, 15% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle. The grapes are picked in several "tries" and the yields are painfully low, even by Sauternes standards. Fermentation starts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats for around a week before the must is transferred to 100% new oak barriques. The wine remains in barrique for 18-20 months.

Doisy-Védrines is one of the richest and most full-bodied wines in Barsac and it significantly uses the Sauternes AC rather than the Barsac one. It needs at least 5 years of bottle ageing and the best vintages will keep for up to 25 years.


Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon

Sauv.Blanc & Sémillon

The blend used for White Graves and Sauternes and rarely encountered outside France. In the great dry whites of Graves, Sauvignon Blanc tends to predominate in the blend, although properties such as Smith Haut Lafite use 100% Sauvignon Blanc while others such as Laville Haut Brion have as much as 60% Sémillon in their final blends. Sauvignon Blanc wines can lose their freshness and fruit after a couple of years in bottle - if blended with Sémillon, then the latter bolsters the wine when the initial fruit from the Sauvignon fades. Ultimately Sauvignon Blanc gives the wine its aroma and raciness while Sémillon gives it backbone and longevity.

In Sauternes, Sémillon is dominant, with Sauvignon Blanc playing a supporting role - it is generally harvested about 10 days before Sémillon and the botrytis concentrates its sweetness and dampens Sauvignon Blanc`s naturally pungent aroma. It contributes acidity, zip and freshness to Sauternes and is an important component of the blend.



Barsac is one of the communes of the Sauternes appellation (along with Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes itself). With marginally flatter land and soils of red sand and light gravels, the commune adjoins the northern boundary of the commune of Sauternes, separated by the Ciron River, whose cold waters are so instrumental in producing the region's necessary autumn fogs.

There are just over 800 hectares under vine, producing nearly two million bottles in an average year. The châteaux can choose to sell their wine under either the Sauternes or the Barsac appellation, but stylistically the wines are arguably a little lighter in style than those of Sauternes.

The leading producers are Châteaux Climens and Coutet, with Châteaux NairacDoisy-Daëne and Doisy-Vedrines making good value, attractive wines.

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