TASTING NOTE: 2009 Château Doisy-Védrines Sauternes
Region: Barsac, Bordeaux, France
Price: $24.99 at Total Wine
Sight: Versailles gold
Smell: butterscotch, apricot, guava, almond
Taste: sweet, apricot, honey, butterscotch candy, orange, almond
Overall: Glorious. This dessert wine has a perfume of sweet apricots and buttery almonds. The texture of the wine is like a luxurious blanket over the palate, and the apricot notes are amplified all the way to the nutty almond finish. A hit of orange lightly strikes the glands, bringing in some acidity to balance out the filled-out honey sweetness. The core of the flavor of this entire experience is something like butterscotch candy. I bought this for my dad for Father’s Day, and when he tasted it, he said, “It’s my grandmother’s house!” and I said, “…What?” and he said, “Butterscotch candies!” Something about this wine brought back the memory of his grandmother’s ever-present bowl of Brach’s butterscotch hard candies. And that’s why wine is so awesome. It really can take you anywhere.