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Sauternes, Chateau Filhot 2009


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Despite the modest hype at best bestowed upon it, from experience this is actually top quality Sauternes and very long-lived. Again, the mere above-average wine critic scores based on early tastings serve to keep prices low and make this a great buy. The estate enjoys a distinguished history and track record. It was one of Thomas Jefferson's favorites, and we all know his taste is beyond reproach. Also, for decades the Lur-Saluces family owned this property alongside Yquem and de Fargues. This is Sauternes that doesn't blow you away because it is not concentrated like the others. Instead, it's elegant and well-balanced, possessing layers of flavors with excellent acidity. It's fruit is lush without being too ripe, offering a first-class finish. Thomas Jefferson got it right.

"Quite juicy, with toasty peach and tarte tartine notes laced with brighter verbena, honeysuckle and creamed yellow apple flavors. Good acidity lets the finish linger. Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. Best from 2013 through 2025. 4,165 cases made." 90/100 Wine Spectator

"Filhot--Sweet Whites, Good Value 2009s" Jancis Robinson MW

"Gabriel de Vaucelles claims to have produced a very similar wine to his famed '90 Certainly the analysis is the same: (13.8 alcohol, 140 g/l residual and 4.0 g/l total acidity). However, whereas the '90 had a certain roasted quality to the fruit, the '09 is fresher, and has a very pronounced mineral flavour that keeps it tighter amidst all the very strong concentration." Bill Blatch, Bordeaux Gold