2014 Ch. Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes

2014 Ch. Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes

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2014 Ch. Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes

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On the nose 2014 Ch. Doisy Vedrines shows more yellow fruit and citric characters than some of their brethren, fresh apricot and lively lemon really leap on you. There is great interplay here between the fruit and oak; oak which is more subtle than just wood character, more custard and opulent creaminess cosseting the palate. The acidity, so important in Barsac, is very well rooted, almost seamlessly part of the wine's structure. The finish is tangy, fresh and lively.
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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.

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Barsac

Barsac

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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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.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

The Wine Advocate94-96/100
Jancis18/20
Decanter17.5/100

Critic reviews

The Wine Advocate94-96/100
The Chteau Doisy-Vdrines 2014 is a blend of 85% Smillon 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-Dane 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-Dane but at the end of the day, they are both superb expressions of Barsac.
Neal Martin - 30/04/2015 Read more
Jancis18/20
Subtle nose and extremely rich on the palate. Very beguiling. With a tingly finish.
Jancis Robinson MW - jancisrobinson.com - Mar 2015 Read more
Decanter17.5/100
Fresh, subdued nose of lemony botrytis, fresh citrus fruits and green fig – the blend's 15% Sauvignon Blanc is almost too noticeable. Lovely floral lift to stone fruit and papaya flavours, extended by lively but harmonious acidity. A trace of alcoholic heat here.
Ian D'Agata - decanter.com - Apr 2015 Read more