The 2019 Clos Haut-Peyraguey has a slightly oaky nose indicative of a Sauternes requiring more bottle age. This just needs time to cohere, though there is freshness and concentration. The palate is well-balanced with a smooth and viscous entry, dried honey commingling with dried apricot and persimmon, moderate length on the finish. Very fine. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045
Robert Parker 92
Pale lemon-gold colored, the 2019 Clos Haut-Peyraguey prances out of the glass with notes of candied orange peel, shaved ginger, allspice and honeycomb plus suggestions of lemon marmalade and lime cordial. The palate is already beautifully poised with loads of perfumed citrus layers and just enough freshness to lift the sweet, seductive honeyed characters through the long finish.
Lemon syrup but not quite enough acidity. Very sweet. But not that subtle.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2042