d'Arche (Sauternes) 2003

SubregionSauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White

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Tasting Notes

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Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Space limitations preclude including tasting notes, but 2003 is a rich, sweet vintage of powerful, full-bodied wines that possess huge levels of glyercin, alcohol, and residual sugar.

Score: 90/92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

It is against my better judgment to taste the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes at such an early age, as I find they typically require at least 12 months to reveal the definition/delineation so essential in these creamy, creme brulee, and honeysuckle-flavored offerings. Nevertheless, because this vintage is so highly regarded, I tasted through most of the top estates. The 2003s appear to be somewhat in the style of the 1990s, with high levels of residual sugar (higher than 2001 for the most part) as well as botrytis, low acidity, and fat, full-bodied personalities. This region’s harvest began extremely early (early September), and was completely finished within three weeks. It does not appear that the nobleness and racy richness of the 2001 vintage will be found in the 2003s, but readers who like the big, flamboyant, over the top style of the 1990s will enjoy the 2003s even more than I did.

Unlike most of my red wine tastings, this offering was only tasted once. Readers should keep in mind that this a very early, pre-bottling judgment from very unevolved wine that is not nearly as defined and easy to evaluate as the reds.

Score: 90/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

Aromas of ripe apples, honey and spices follow through to a full-bodied palate, very sweet and spicy, with loads of spicy botrytis character and a long finish. Lively! Better than the 2001. Best after 2008. 4,165 cases made.

Score: 92James Suckling, Wine Spectator (March 2006), March 2006

Very fresh, with apple, pear and honey character. Full-bodied, yet refined and balanced, with lovely honey and light syrup character. Good length.

Score: 92/94James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004

Deep gold. Rich and broad with nice restraint and dry spicy on the nose. Then big and bold on the palate. Seductive package with a long throat-warming finish. Acidity is certainly not high but the balance is exciting. Early maturing.

Score: 18Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2005

Score: 14.5Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2007

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