The Balanced 1999 Chateau Doisy-Daene


Barsac is one of five communes that make up Sauternes which include Bommes, Fargues, Preignac, and Sauternes.  The wines produced here have long been identified as Barsac so the Appellation permits them to be labeled as either Barsac or Sauternes.  The terrain of Sauternes, Bommes, and Fargues is hilly but Barsac itself is a flat plateau.  The soils are composed of a thin layer of red clayey sands on top of limestone bedrock.  Due to the bedrock the roots are relatively shallow.  Because the limestone is porous it absorbs excess water during heavy rains.  Through capillary action it provides a slowly regulated source of water during the dry months.

Chateau Doisy-Daene is located in an ideal spot between Chateau Coutet and Chateau Climens.  It was originally part of the single Doisy estate but became divided under Napoleonic laws.  This resulted in Doisy-Daene, Doisy-Vedrines, and Doisy-Dubroca.  Doisy-Daene switched hands in 1924 when Georges Dubourdieu purchased the estate.   Today Fabrice and Jean-Jacques run the estate (though the 1999 vintage was produced under father Denis).  The wine is produced from some 18 hectares of vineyards mostly planted in the 1950s and 1960s.  Jenn and I really enjoyed this bottle….half-bottle.  It does not have the complexity, sweetness nor power of previous half-bottles of Sauternes we have recently drunk.  But this is fine for the balance is ideal.  It is quite youthful and perhaps it would reveal more complexity with extended air but we rapidly finished it.  This would be ideal in a three-quarter bottle.  This wine was purchased at Wide World of Wines.

1999 Chateau Doisy-Daene, Barsac – (375 mL) $25
Imported by Ginday Imports.  This wine is a blend of 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon which was fermented in 33% new oak barrels.  After 10 months of aging in barrel it was aged for nine months in stainless steel tank.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The color is a medium amber-orange.  The light+ nose is fresh and harmonious.  In the mouth the flavors are fresh with dried apricot and very well-balanced between the sweetness and acidity.  This medium bodied wine is very youthful with lifted apricot and apple notes.  The finish is a touch spicy with a young, citric aftertaste.  Drinking very well right now.  *** Now-2022.

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