Fruit purity and strong Botrytis character on the nose. Full spectrum, including fresh apricot, peach, grape fruit, acacia and marmalade. Super rich palate (of course, it’s a Barsac) but kept in line with fresh acidity that lifts the mid-palate through to the finish. Very very long and intense palate. There is a miniscule quantities of a cuvée called "L'Extravagant" in some vintages. (We may have a small number of OWC6 cases). Long haul. WA97, JS95, WS95.
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The 2016 Doisy Daene has a generous bouquet with lovely scents of yellow flower and peach infusing the honeyed aromas. The palate is fresh on the entry with tangy orange peel and peachy notes, very harmonious and viscous in texture, leading to a detailed and persistent finish that is one of the most delicious I can remember from this Barsac estate. This wine will always be tinged with sadness, since it coincides with the passing of Denis Dubourdieu. But his legacy will live on in his wines, including this one, which is magnificent.
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Score: 95/97 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017
This is very serious with lots of spicy, botrytis character and a deep and dense palate. Full-bodied, very sweet and long on the finish.
Score: 94/95 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2017
The 2016 Doisy-Daëne is all subtlety and finesse. White flowers, mint, orchard fruit, lemon confit and a kiss of new French oak add to an impression of elegance. Beautifully layered and open-knit, the 2016 exudes class from start to finish. The mid-weight structure and sense of freshness are incredibly appealing. I can't think of too many other Sauternes I would rather reach for than Doisy-Daëne.
Score: 91/94 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017
Serious stuff. Very precise. Racy edge that reminds me of something medical – a refreshing pine disinfectant? Lots of energy. Valérie Lavigne has taking an interest in this for some time. A worthy memento of the late Denis Dubordieu.
Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017
I love the ginger-spiced quality that is so evident in the sweet wines this year, a gorgeous addition that deepens the experience. This feels like a drop of luxury, and on a second tasting I covet the seams of minerality that are clearly evident. A rich style.
Score: 93 Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017