Roger Voss

European Editor

Reviews wines from Portugal and France.

Roger Voss is a veteran wine and food author, and a journalist and has been writing about wine and food for the past 25 years. His books include France: A Feast of Food and Wine; The Wines of the Loire; Pocket Guide to the Wines of the Loire, Alsace and the Rhône; and Fortified Wines. He is based in Bordeaux, France, and reviews the wines of Portugal and France (except for wines from Alsace, Languedoc-Roussillon and the Rhône Valley).

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Château d'Yquem 2014 Barrel Sample White (Sauternes)

97–99. Barrel Sample. Apricot tones with lively acidity give this rich wine a vein of freshness. Pear and white peach notes offer weight, while a lime backbone brings levity. There is a richness from the botrytis that is lifted by this wines delicious freshness.

 — R.V.  (4/3/2015)
97
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Château Coutet 2014 Barrel Sample White (Barsac)

96–98. Barrel Sample. Aromatic with the a note of wildflower honey, the palate brings white fruit flavors and rich botrytis power. The midpalate is densely concentrated with fruit tones, yet lightened by a vein of acidity.

 — R.V.  (4/3/2015)
96
points

Château la Tour Blanche 2014 Barrel Sample White (Sauternes)

95–97. Barrel Sample. The wine shows intensity and concentration, offering ripe yellow fruits and honeyed sweetness tempered by boytritis. Initially, it seems to be all sweetness, then that essential acidity creeps in with the wonderful freshness of squeezed lemon.

 — R.V.  (4/3/2015)
96
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Château Rabaud-Promis 2014 Barrel Sample White (Sauternes)

95–97. Barrel Sample. It takes time for this wine to reveal itself, eventually showing power and grace, with great concentration and contrasting freshness. From stone fruit to tropical fruit, an entire range of flavors appear on the rich palate, creating an opulent wine balanced by fresh acidity.

 — R.V.  (4/3/2015)
96
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Château Rieussec 2014 Barrel Sample White (Sauternes)

95–97. Barrel Sample. Piled with richness and weight, this wine is ripe with honey flavors. The opulence is balanced by a line of acidity and brings the wine to a fine conclusion showing beautiful freshness and intensity.

 — R.V.  (4/3/2015)
96
points

Château Suduiraut 2014 Barrel Sample White (Sauternes)

95–97. Barrel Sample. This wine shows great concentration, with rich honey and botrytis tones, leading to ripe apricot and peach. It's opulent and powerful character completely takes hold of the palate, yet by the end, lively acidity kicks in.

 — R.V.  (4/3/2015)
95
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Château Doisy-Védrines 2014 Barrel Sample White (Barsac)

94–96. Barrel Sample. While the texture is rich, the flavors are muted at this stage. It does have an opulent character that will develop to give ripe yellow fruit tones. Rich in nature, a vein of acidity runs under all this concentration. It will need time to develop and will age slowly.

 — R.V.  (4/3/2015)
95
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Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 2014 Barrel Sample White (Sauternes)

94–96. Barrel Sample. Lime and ripe pear tones are made richer by the yellow fruits that power out of this wine. Showing nice weight and freshness, this wine will be powerful and hugely concentrated.

 — R.V.  (4/3/2015)
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