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L'Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne 2017

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Review by Robert Parker
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The purity and delicacy of a grand Sauternes

A Second Classified Growth of 1855, Château Doisy-Daëne is one of the most prestigious names in the Sauternes appellation, in the south of the Bordeaux region.

With the first vintage produced in 1990, the Extravagant from Doisy-Daëne has become an exceptional wine that combines the rarity and epitome of the expression of Botrytised Sauvignon Blanc. Much more than a great sweet wine, this wine reflects the experience of the late Denis Dubourdieu, who will be remembered for all the monumental work he accomplished during his life as a teacher and winemaker. This wine is extremely rare and luxurious since it is only produced in years that will give a great vintage. The Extravagant Doisy-Daëne comes from an uncompromising selection of the most beautiful botrytized berries of the this exceptional wine’s grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc.

Land of great sweet wines, the prestige of Château Doisy-Daëne’s wines comes from the excellence of its soil. On these unusual soils on the Barsac plateau, the clay red sands of the Baracais cover a limestone substoil, and these give the wines incomparable power and finesse.

The 2017 will remain a vintage associated with the frosts that hit the Bordeaux vineyards, and these did not spare Sauternes. Despite the frosts, the 2017 vintage is recognized as an exceptional vintage for sweet wines from Bordeaux. The Extravagant Doisy-Daëne 2017 is indisputably one of those exceptional wines.

With 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the Extravagant Doisy-Daëne 2017 got a great amount of attention in the vineyard that allowed the berries to reach their best ripeness. The perfect harvest was achieved when the berries reached “noble rot” with a balance of sugar and acidity. This provided the opportunity to orchestrate a vinification conducted by one of the greatest Bordeaux winemakers.

Bursting with freshness, the Extravagant Doisy-Daëne 2017 perfectly reveals pure fruit and floral delicacy. The complexity of the nose reveals vivacious grapefruit, exotic pineapple and lemon confit sweetness, and hints of greedy honey with subtle spicy notes reminiscent of ginger. There is a juicy attack on the palate with a full mouthfeel that combines roundness and acidity, and then offers a pleasurable, persistent finish. The Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne 2017 has everything of a great Sauternes, and is a masterpiece from the appellation.

L'Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne 2017