Palate

There is an effective concentration of fruit, and a honeyed sweetness, with rapier-like acidity and a wonderful lightness of touch. The palate is promising, however, perhaps more linear and less honeyed than recent vintages, but that is compensated by greater tension towards the middle and finish.

Growing Conditions

Doisy-Védrines's 27 hectares of vineyards are situated on the highest plateau in Barsac and are planted with 80% Sémillon, 15% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle.

Harvest

The grapes are picked in several "tries" and the yields are painfully low, even by Sauternes standards.

Winemaking

Just 40% of production was included in the first wine in 2013. Fermentation starts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats for around a week before the must is transferred to 100% new oak barriques.

Aging

The wine remains in barrique for 18-20 months. Doisy-Védrines is one of the richest and most full-bodied wines in Barsac and it significantly uses the Sauternes AC rather than the Barsac one. It needs at least 5 years of bottle ageing and the best vintages will keep for up to 25 years.