1995 Château Doisy-Daëne
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $38.94 (reg. $59.94)
Few wines on earth age more gracefully than those of Sauternes and Barsac, and per Jancis Robinson, Sauternes “combines power, voluptuousness, and elegance, and good bottles can evolve and improve for up to 50 years.”
If 50 years seems a little too long to wait, how about 22? We’ve got the 1995 Doisy-Daëne, a mature gem with from a prestigious classified growth and one of the region’s most respected and beloved winemaking families. It can currently only be found in the US at JJB and, best of all, it’s 30% off our regular price.
Doisy-Daëne is an “iconic Barsac estate” per Neal Martin, and it’s easy to see why. The property is nestled between superstar first growths Coutet and Climens, occupying an enviable terroir that benefits greatly from its proximity to the Cirons river. Though ranked as a second growth, Doisy-Daëne’s reputation surpasses its official status. Per Chris Kissack, “along with Château Doisy-Védrines, the grand vin certainly tops the list of deuxièmes crus as far as quality is concerned, and would sit comfortably among the premiers crus”.
It’s got a long and rich history, but Doisy-Daëne’s modern success is attributable to its owners, the Dubourdieu family. Bordeaux collectors will need little introduction to the late Professor Denis Dubourdieu, a legendary figure in the region who sadly passed away last year. Per Decanter, “his contribution as château owner and consultant in Bordeaux itself – particularly on white wines and Sauternes – has been repeatedly praised by wine critics.” The man was a loved and respected educator in Bordeaux and consultant at, among many others, Yquem, Cheval Blanc, and Château Margaux. Doisy-Daëne was his family home, and it’s here that he honed a style that Neal Martin described as “very correct” with “nothing showy or flamboyant.”
Decanter calls 1995 in Sauternes and Barsac “a classic vintage with many very fine wines”. Stephen Tanzer says he has “always liked the 1995 Sauternes”, calling them “rich, almost fat wines marked by honeyed botrytis and delicate spicy-floral elements.”
22 years on, the Doisy-Daëne 1995 is now fully mature and drinking beautifully. The complex aromatics are beguiling while the palate is decadent and unctuous, though there’s more than enough acidity there to balance out the sweetness. Grab a case and drink in the heady pleasure of mature Sauternes without the wait!