Chateau Doisy Daene 2011
1 or more bottles$99.00
Robert Parker97 points
Jancis Robinson17 points
Viscous green plum, green almond, quince, pineapple, fig and pear notes blend together on the nose. The long, toasted almond and ginger-filled finish has terrific depth.
Scored 95-98 from Wine Spectator
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- Orange Marmalade
- White Flowers
- White Pepper
Critic Scores & reviews
"Score:95-97. The aromatics on the Doisy-Daene comes racing out of the blocks like a March hare, soaring from the glass with honey, quince and lychee aromas with a sorbet like freshness and vivacity. The palate is supremely well balanced with a heightened level of tension and purity, offering delectable but subtle notes of white peach and apricot towards the beautifully composed, mineral-rich finish. Curiously, it reminds me of a top-flight Mosel Auslese, but what a fabulous Barsac from Denis Dubourdieu! - Robert Parker"
Jancis Robinson MW17
"Score:17/20. Pure tart citrus liveliness on the nose and creamy too. Mineral and a light spice. Powerfully rich and honeyed. Broad across the mouth but long, too. Orangey freshness on the long finish and a hint of marzipan. Freshness right to the very end. Concentrated and pure. - Jancis Robinson"
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
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Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
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The left bank of Bordeaux is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, which thrives in the region's gravelly soils. These wines tend to be bold, tannic, and complex, with notes of blackcurrant, cedar, and tobacco. On the right bank, Merlot is king, producing wines that are softer and fruitier, with notes of plum, cherry, and chocolate.
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Bordeaux's classification system has evolved over time, with some estates moving up or down the ranks depending on the quality of their wines. Today, the system includes five growths, with Premier Cru being the highest and Deuxièmes Crus being the second-highest. There is also a separate classification for the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac, with Chateau d’Yquem holding the highest rank.
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Barsac is one of the top appellations in Bordeaux, France, for producing rich, opulent sweet wines. The appellation sits on the left bank of the Garonne River, near where that river meets the Ciron River. The cold waters of the Ciron merging with the warmer flows of the Garonne creates the perfect early-morning misty conditions for cultivating Botrytis cinerea (‘noble rot’) – a beneficial fungus that attacks grapes and concentrates their sugars. Typically warm, sunshiny afternoons then enable the grapes to dry, ensuring that noble rot does not turn into grey rot – an undesirable outcome. Grapes with noble rot can produce wines of greater concentration, acidity, and complexity. Barsac wines are generally made from botrytised Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes. These decadent wines feature aromas and flavours of tropical fruits, stone fruit, honey, and almonds.
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About the brand Chateau Doisy-Daëne
The name doisy-daëne was inspired by an owner in the late 1800’s, jacques emmanuel daëne. Daene took the vineyards name of doisy and used his name to come up what he considered to be the correct representation on the chateau, doisy daene.
In 1875, j.J.E. Daëne’s three sons inherited the bordeaux wine estate. Later that same year, they sold a portion of doisy daene to the dubroca brothers. Starting in 1878, doisy daene was sold again and again and again. Finally in 1924, georges dubourdieu purchased doisy daene from deban’s heirs. Today, this estate is managed by the noted wine consultant, denis dubourdieu. Denis consults numerous bordeaux wine estates in the medoc and the right bank on the production of their red and white wines.