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2011 D'Yquem

(en primeur price all up final landed cost due in mid 2014) The 2011 has a clear silvery gold hue, perhaps not quite as deep as I recall the 2010 last year. The bouquet is very fragrant and well‐defined, with scents of wild honey, honeysuckle and a touch of vanilla. It is a refined, sedate and beautifully focused bouquet that does not need to show off. The palate displays superb weight in the mouth, even though at first it seems almost understated. Yet there is clearly a high level of spicy, botrytized fruit with notes of honey, orange zest and a touch of mandarin. There is no explosion on the finish; the 2011 is rather a lesson in control, complexity and nuance. It is utterly seductive. Drink 2016‐2040+.score 96-98 Neal Martin – The en primeur sample of Château d'Yquem Sauternes 2011 is also presented at Cheval-Blanc. Its usual classic blend of 80/20 Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc captures the beautiful cut and freshness of the vintage, with blazing pineapple, white peach, yellow apple and melon flavors that are remarkably light on their feet. Blanched ginger root, cherry blossom and light citrus notes dance through the finish. The wine is already showing terrific range and purity in a very, very stylish frame. It should give the stunning 2001 and authoritative '09 a run for their money. Score 96-99. James Molesworth – The Wine Spectactor


2012 Clos Floridene Blanc

"For vintage 2012, the dry whites from Graves are simply irresistible. These are the go-to wines for immediate pleasure in plump, textured, honeyed wines of immense drinkability that also offer a richness above even the sweet wines of the region. Clos Floridene, a 75-acre estate planted on the calcareous plateau near Barsac, was resurrected by Bordeaux's leading winemaker and consultant Denis Dubourdieu in the early 1980s. Denis recognized the potential for outstanding wines from this property through careful geological studies – discovering the "Barsac red sands," for one – and authorized replanting and conversion to organics. Today, Denis produces the top wine – Clos Floridene – from a combination of the replanted sections and a small five-acre parcel of very old Semillon and Muscadelle vines which were planted on the original property. For 2012, he bottled his crowning achievement; a wine bursting with citrus and honeydew, layered with complexity and brimming with mouthwatering acidity. This one will excite you, and you'll love it at the table or all on its own." 91/100 Wine Spectator. "Very rich nose. So rich you are left wondering whether this a dry or a sweet wine. In fact it turns out to be a very delightful rich dry wine with fantastic tension. Just the sort I like! Smoky."17/20 Jancis Robinson. Immensely drinkable.




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