Didier Dagueneau, Pouilly-Fume, Silex 2007

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This is Dagueneau's Grand Cru, if you will. It is produced only from plots high on the slopes of Saint Andelain, and only from vineyards that possess high amounts of silex. Vines here range from 15-50 years of age and are cropped to lower yields than in some other vineyards. Barrel fermented and aged in 450, 600 liter and cigar barrels. Before Didier's tragic death in September 2008, he described this wine as perhaps his favorite of all vintages. For him, the incremental changes made in both the winery and vineyards over the years had come together with a vintage that could best express what he was trying to say. Sit back and marvel at what the years have in store for this wine, and make sure you save some for later.

 94 points Wine & Spirits 

While this is clearly a wine that needs several years to show its best, its depth of flavor is multidimensional and immediately alluring, demonstrating a dark, almost meaty concentration and an elegantly silky texture. Its rich aromas of apple and spiced pear are intertwined with smoky notes of minerality, and the entire package resonates with nearly electric energy from beginning to end. (4/2010) 

94 points Wine Spectator 

Weighty, but lithe and balanced, with gorgeous, alluring notes of honeysuckle, macadamia nut, white asparagus, lemon curd, quinine and straw all carrying through seamlessly on the long, invigorating finish. This beautiful wine transcends the vintage. *Top 100 Wines of 2010, Collectibles* (JM) (7/2010)

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