2014 Chateau Clos Haut Peyraguey Sauternes 1er Cru Classé 375ml

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Opulent honey notes dominate the flavor of this super-rich wine. A dry core of botrytis gives an almost mineral character to the wine. Full bodied, a blend of apricot and crisp pear notes are generous and concentrated. ~93-95 WE

The Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey 2014 is a blend of 95% Sémillon and 5% Sauvignon Blanc picked between 16 September and 25 October. Michel Rolland actually told me that Bernard Magrez had insisted he oversee the wine himself despite Michel's protesting that Sauternes was not his area of expertise. Well, this is a damn fine Sauternes. It has captivating purity on the nose with that Sémillon in full flight, almost Climens-like in style. The palate is unctuous on the entry, the acidity nice judged, perhaps just a tad straight-laced on the finish but very pure and sensual. This is a very fine Clos Haut Peyraguey that could surpass recent vintages. ~92-94 WA

The intense candied-pineapple character of this wine is very appealing, and it’s a big, lush mouthful. Having said that, it’s a bit heavyweight with high sweetness that lacks some freshness and subtlety for the first rank of the vintage. Drink or hold. ~92JS