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L'Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne

Vintage 2011

Appellation : Sauternes A.O.C

Producer
Château Doisy-Daëne
Pierre & Denis DUBOURDIEU EARL
33720 BARSAC
Contact us
Phone : 05 56 62 96 51
Fax. : 05 56 62 14 89
doisy-daene@wanadoo.fr
www.denisdubourdieu.com

Situation & History

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.

How was it born ?

Le premier millésime de l'Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne est 1990. Pierre Dubourdieu se souvient de cette expérience un peu folle: "Mon fils Denis se demandait ce que pourrait donner un Sauvignon de pourriture noble, poussé à l'extrême de sa concentration; au moment de la cueillette du Doisy-Daëne Sec, on n'a laissé que deux grappes par pied sur quelques parcelles et décidé d'attendre le plus longtemps possible. Quand on a vendangé ces raisins, début novembre, ils étaient extrêmement concentrés, complètement confits, d'une couleur légèrement mauve, la pellicule digérée par le Botrytis, la pulpe rassemblée autour des pépins. La richesse en sucre était impressionnante; 36° à 40° d'alcool potentiel. Le pressurage dura deux jours".
L'Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne a également été produit, selon le même procédé, en 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003. Les quantités ainsi obtenues sont très limitées: 4 barriques en 1990 et 1996, 5 en 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 6 en 2001 et 2002.

Soils

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 lightly cracked calcareous rock layer limits the rooting depth of the vine to about twenty inches. The water that got stored within the slightly porous rock throughout the summer, is progressively dispensed to the vine during the winter, preventing thus a water overload. This soil is particularly well-suited to the making of elegant and distinguished white wines.

Blending

65 % sémillon - 35 % sauvignon

Wine making and ageing

Traditional ploughing is performed on the soil of our vineyard and no weed-killer is used. Organic manures are made with vegetal-based composts. Bud removal, trellising and leaf removal are carefully done by hand. Thus "grown like in a garden", within an orderly and well preserved environment, our vines produce early concentrated tasty grapes which have the smoothness and brightness of fresh fruit aromas we wish to obtain in our wines.

Tasting

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.

Appreciation of the wine

The superstars tend towards Barsac for reasons I have mentioned. It is no surprise that Château Doisy Daëne and winemaker/magician Denis Dubourdieu produced a startling Barsac in 2011, suffused with so much vibrancy, minerality and joy that I could not help smiling. It should turn out to be one of the finest Bordeaux 2011 in terms of value, although hedonists among you can always opt for his deluxe L’Extravagant de Doisy Daëne, which has a precocious bouquet and yet is beautifully restrained and focused on the palate.
(Extrait article "Same old Sweet song : Sauternes and Barsac 2011  Neal Martin  www.erobertparker.com  Avril 2012)

Appreciation of the wine

The superstars tend towards Barsac for reasons I have mentioned. It is no surprise that Château Doisy Daëne and winemaker/magician Denis Dubourdieu produced a startling Barsac in 2011, suffused with so much vibrancy, minerality and joy that I could not help smiling. It should turn out to be one of the finest Bordeaux 2011s in terms of value, although hedonists among you can always opt for his deluxe L’Extravagant de Doisy Daëne, which has a precocious bouquet and yet is beautifully restrained and focused on the palate.
(Extrait article "Same old Sweet song : Sauternes and Barsac 2011  Neal Martin  www.erobertparker.com  Avril 2012)