Read Decanter's tasting note for Château Doisy-Daëne, Barsac, Bordeaux, France 2011 from a 16ha vineyard planted to 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon.
Château Doisy-Daëne, Barsac, Bordeaux, France 2011
Decanter average score: 95
In the late 1880s, owner Jacques Emmanuel Daëne added his family name to that of the vineyard’s (Doisy). In 1924 it was bought by Georges Dubourdieu and the estate is now being run by Denis Dubordiueu, one of Bordeaux’ most famous consulting winemakers, as well as an esteemed University of Bordeaux oenology professor known the world over for his important research work.
The 16ha vineyard is planted to 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. The wines are noted for their refinement and grace, often showing a mineral, almost-Riesling like quality. In exceptional years, a top cuvée is made, L’Extravagant.
Stephen Brook 95 Smoky apricot and passion fruit nose, very stylish, with nicely judged oak. Sleek and seductive, this has gorgeous fruit and vibrant acidity. Very concentrated and intense, with distinct but classy oak, a silky texture and great persistence. Very long.
Sebastian Payne MW 95 Intensely sweet but fresh too. Ticks all the boxes, and makes for a very good wine.
Xavier Rousset MS 95 Great nose and the complex palate is equally harmonious despite a high level of residual sugar. This plus a lovely lengthy finish shows this was created by a skilled winemaker.
Price £45-£55 Corkr, Fine & Rare, Lay & Wheeler