2011 d'Arche


89Average Score
0 Immediate | 5 Marketplace
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The Chateau d’Arche has a seductive bouquet that opens teasingly with each swirl of the glass, with pure aromas of honey, quince and a tang of marmalade. The palate has a vibrant, racy opening with superb acidity that has more energy than it knows what to do with! It is threaded through with pure citrus fruits complemented by apricot and white peach that leads to a defined the crisp, focused, tensile finish. This is an impressive Chateau d’Arche. Drink 2015-2030. Neal Martin, Wine Advocate April 2012

Score: 92-94/100The Wine Advocate

A gutsy, powerful style, offering lots of apricot, dried mango and peach flavors, with a richly layered finish of toasted almond, bitter orange and quince paste. James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com

Score: 91-94/100Wine Spectator

Intense botrytis character with dried oranges and lemons that follow through to a full body, with medium sweetness and an intense finish. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

Score: 91-92/100James Suckling

Good concentration, sweet generous style. Ripe tropical fruits and dried orange peel notes. Balanced, generous with good length. Jeannie Cho Lee MW, AsianPalate.com

Score: 91-/100Jeannie Cho Lee MW

Good concentration, sweet generous style. Ripe tropical fruits and dried orange peel notes. Balanced, generous with good length. Drink 2019-2031. Decanter.com

Score: 16.5-/20Decanter

Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. The Chateau d’Arche 2011 does not quite match my expectations from barrel, though it remains a commendable contribution to the vintage. It has a waxy bouquet with dried peach and dried mango intermingling with spice and orange blossom scents. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity and a decent level of botrytis. However, the second half appears to wind down in terms of complexity and compared to its peers, it feels rather one-dimensional and missing a sense of personality. Not a bad Sauternes however, there is better out there. Feb 2015, www.robertparker.com

Score: 90-/100Neal Martin

RS 137 g/l, TA 3.8 g/l. So gentle after Ch Filhot. Lightly floral lemon. Then some grapefruit and honey on the palate, but a slight bitterness on the finish. Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com

Score: 16-/20Jancis Robinson

Also recommended, but no tasting note given. Wine Advocate.April, 2014

Score: 77-/100Robert Parker
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