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Château Climens 1996 Sauternes, Barsac Premier Cru ($75) Silky, complex and deep with honey, sweet peach and mature notes; long, smooth with toastiness on the finish. 100% Semillon. 91 points Château Climens 2004 Sauternes, Barsac Premier Cru ($70) Vanilla- peach nose; silky, mellow and rich with creamy apricot and a firm backbone of acidity; balanced, long and lovely. 93 Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey 2005 Sauternes Premier Cru ($50) Silky, smooth and creamy with mellow, lush sweet peach and honey; long, elegant and charming. 90% Sémillon, 10% Sauvignon. 93 Château Coutet 1998 Sauternes, Barsac Premier Cru ($50) Soft and smooth with a touch of oxidation; light, honeyed and showing restrained acid- ity with decent length. 75% Sémillon, 23% Sauvignon, 2% Muscadelle. 87 Château Coutet 2004 Sauternes, Barsac Premier Cru ($45) Smooth, toasted nose; silky and lush with elegant candied apricot and honey; balanced and long. 92 Château Coutet 2006 Sauternes, Barsac Premier Cru ($60) Silky and smooth with light weight, sweet honey and ripe peach fruit; subtle acid structure and a long, bright finish. 75% Sémillon, 23% Sauvignon, 2% Muscadelle. 90 Château d’Arche 2006 Sauternes ($33) Smooth, bright and showing clean, peachy fruit with vanilla and honey; medium-weight and good balance. 90% Sémillon and 10% Sauvignon. 90 Château La Tour Blanche 2005 Sauternes Premier Cru ($53) Dense and rich with lush texture and creamy vanilla-peach fruit; long, balanced and showing depth and finesse. 83 % Sémillon, 12 % Sauvignon, 5 % Muscadelle. 92 Château Lamothe Guignard 2006 Sauternes ($30) Light, smooth and soft with simple sweet peach and bright acidity; long, mellow and attractive. 90% Sémillon, 5% Sauvignon, 5% Muscadelle. 89 Château Myrat 2001 Sauternes Grand Cru ($56) Lush and dark with creamy texture and toasted sweet apri- cot; mature, complex and balanced. 92 Château Suduiraut 1999 Sauternes Premier Cru ($39) Silky and mature with fresh apricot and honey; toasty, dense and rich with balance, style and finesse. 90% Sémillon, 10% Sauvignon. 94 Château Suduiraut 2003 Sauternes Premier Cru ($60) Ripe and creamy with toasted sweet apricot and nec- tarine; mellow, balanced and deep with crisp acidity on the finish. 90% Sémillon and 10% Sauvignon. 92 Château Suduiraut 2005 Sauternes Premier Cru ($80) Creamy and lush with intensity and depth; rich orange and apricot fruit with butterscotch and honey; long, complex and balanced. 95 april 2010 / the tasting panel / 97 Château Guiraud 2002 Sauternes Premier Cru ($40) Fresh, smooth and silky with bright sweet peach and some nice tangy acidity in the background; bal- anced, long and charming. 90% Sémillon, 5% Sauvignon, 5% Muscadelle. 91 Château Sigalas-Rabaud 2005 Sauternes Premier Cru ($70) Smooth and sweet with toasty notes and nice balance; long, juicy and fresh. 84% Sémillon, 15% Sauvignon, 1% Muscadelle. 90 Château Doisy Daëne 2007 Sauternes, Barsac ($50) Fresh, youth- ful and smooth with sweet peach and toasted notes; clean, mellow and bright with good structure and length. 80% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon. 91 Château Nairac 2006 Sauternes, Barsac ($60) Smooth and bright with sweet peach and soft acidity; fresh, lively and beautifully balanced with a long, juicy finish. 90% Sémillon, 6% Sauvignon, 4% Muscadelle. 92 Château Doisy Daëne 2005 Sauternes, Barsac ($40) Silky, lus- cious and bright with sweet peach and toasted honey; firm acidity and a long, balanced finish. 92 Château Doisy-Védrines 2005 Sauternes ($40) Butterscotch nose; smooth and creamy with bright acid structure and lovely notes of vanilla peach; long, balanced and totally charming. 80% Sémillon, 15% Sauvignon, 5% Muscadelle. 93 Château Myrat 2005 Sauternes ($50) Silky and lush with dense, smooth honeyed peach fruit and good acid structure; fresh and long. 88% Sémillon, 8% Sauvignon, 4% Muscadelle. 91 Château Nairac 2001 Sauternes, Barsac ($42) Creamy, dark and rich with some toasty, oxidative notes; lush orange and vanilla flavors with a long, smooth finish. 90% Sémillon, 6% Sauvignon, 4% Muscadelle. 90 PHOTO: FRANÇOIS POINCET, COURTEST OF CH. GUIRAUD PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHÂTEAU LA TOUR BLANCHE

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