Château Doisy-Daëne, Second Cru Classé in 1855, located in Barsac in the Sauternes appellation, has been in the Dubourdieu family since 1924. For over eighty years three generations of vine growers have exercised talents to produce great sweet white wines : Georges (1924-1948), Pierre (1949-1999) and Denis since 2000.
The composition of the soil of the Barsac plateau is from a geological standpoint and for the Bordeaux region unusual -a thin layer of clayey sands, known as “Barsac red sands”, tops the chalky subsoil. This soil is particularly well-suited to the making of elegant and distinguished white wines.
The harvest is performed by experienced grape pickers in 3 to 6 successive selective pickings in order to collect at the ideal ripening stage, the grapes concentrated by the “noble rot”. Extracted through slow pressings, the rich and pure juice ferments in oak barrels renewed by third. Ageing then starts with 10 month in oak barrels, in the coolness of the cellars and is regulated by the weekly toping of the barrels and regular rackings. This is followed by 9 month in stainless steal tank before bottling.
Doisy Daëne wine has a style of its own that privileges a bursting fruit concentrated by the “noble rot”, strength, balance and subtlety of the flavors. The Doisy-Daëne style is all at once the expression of a great calcareous soil and a truly aesthetic family tradition, the one of distinguished white wines, of crystal-like purity, combining power and freshness, in an infinite youth.
Pale gold in color, the 2009 Doisy Daëne features expressive notes of honeyed lemons, dried mango slices, apricot tart and Seville orange marmalade with a touch of shaved almonds. The palate delivers mouth-filling stone fruit and citrus preserves layers with great purity and a lively backbone, finishing wonderfully zesty and youthful. [95 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown – March 2019, robertparker.com]