En Primeur, Day One:
The Surprise Vintage

A sneak peek at the striking reds, plus reviews of select Sauternes and Barsac.

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More from En Primeur 2013: Roger Voss tastes Bordeaux

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Château la Tour Blanche 2012 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Sauternes)

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93–95. Barrel sample. A gorgeous wine that's very opulent while also structured. It has richness and weight, and is remarkably dry at the core, but with surrounding delicious sweetness. It's likely to be a long-lived wine.

 — R.V.  (4/8/2013)
93
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Château Filhot 2012 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Sauternes)

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92–94. Barrel sample. This wine is ripe and soft with hints of caramel, biscuit and vanilla, as well as full and ripe fruits. There's remarkable concentration and a smooth, soft texture with great acidity at the end.

 — R.V.  (4/8/2013)
93
points

Château de Myrat 2012 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Barsac)

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92–94. Barrel sample. Rich and spicy and full of ginger flavors, this is a concentrated wine that is still coming together. The wine is very rich and full of dry botrytis—a fine wine for this difficult vintage.

 — R.V.  (4/8/2013)
93
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Château de Rayne Vigneau 2012 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Sauternes)

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92–94. Barrel Sample. This wine feels concentrated and densely structured with a great texture of spice, botrytis and acidity. It's a success for the vintage—full and richly structured—with fruit and dry botrytis well in balance.

 — R.V.  (4/8/2013)
92
points

Château Broustet 2012 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Barsac)

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91–93. Barrel sample. Powerful and intense, this is a wine that's full of sweet and honeyed flavors. It has great power and concentration, and is packed with smooth peach and dried apricot flavors.

 — R.V.  (4/8/2013)
92
points

Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 2012 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Sauternes)

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91–93. Barrel sample. Fragrant aromas mark this almost delicate wine. While it does have richness and a full textured character, it's the lively acidity and crispness that gives it great elegance.

 — R.V.  (4/8/2013)
92
points

Château de Malle 2012 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Barsac)

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91–93. Barrel sample. A ripe wine with great freshness at the same time. The palate is concentrated, attractively rich and ripe. It has weight and delicious tropical fruits with smooth dollops of honey.

 — R.V.  (4/8/2013)
91
points

Château Coutet 2012 Barrel Sample Bordeaux-style White Blend (Barsac)

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90–92. Barrel sample. This is a rich wine with a dense texture and concentrated, opulent and ripe tropical and dried-fruit flavors. It misses some of that dry, botrytized character often found in Bordeaux, but it's just as much sweet as it is textured.

 — R.V.  (4/8/2013)
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