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Located in Barsac, in the Sauternes appellation, Château Doisy-Daëne has belonged to the Dubourdieu family since 1924. Led by three generations of winegrowers and boasting an exceptional terroir, this Classified Second Growth of 1855 produces sweet wines recognised as one of the greatest wines of Bordeaux. Since 2000, Denis Dubourdieu has been at the helm of the property.
Château Doisy-Daëne is situated on the Barsac plateau. This area is characterised by a unique geological formation. There is a thin layer of clayey sand referred to as "the red sands of the barsacais" which rest upon limestone subsoils. This porous limestone traps the rainfall during the winter and makes it available for the vines later on in the growing season. This contributes to the exceptional finesse of the wines from Château Doisy-Daëne.
L’Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne was born in 1990. This rare and exceptional cuvée resulted from an experiment carried out by Denis Dubourdieu. The latter wanted to experiment with making a cuvée from a Sauvignon Blanc with noble rot and taken to the extreme. The grapes were thus harvested at the beginning of November with a great richness in sugars, high alcohol potential and very concentrated flavours. Since 1990, only the best vintages have been produced of this wine and in very limited quantities.
The fine sweet wines of Château Doisy-Daëne are made possible by a very meticulous harvest carried out by experienced pickers through 3 to 6 passages. These different sorting make it possible to harvest the grapes with just the right amount of noble rot. The juices are then extracted by a slow pressing, before fermentation in oak barrels, which are renewed quarterly.
10 months in barrel, followed by 9 months of ageing in stainless steel tanks before bottling.
100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Tasted en primeur, L'Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne 2019 displays a beautiful yellow colour with golden reflections. From the very first moment, the nose exudes delicious aromas of citrus zest, candied fruit, summer plums ripened in the sun and hints of tobacco leaves. On the palate, this 100% Sauvignon Blanc impresses with its dense texture, its smoothness and a certain salinity, which create a perfect balance. An exceptional vintage of L’Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne, which will undoubtedly have the potential to age for decades.