Chateau Filhot 2004

87++? points

Sauternes, Bordeaux, France.

Sauterne really needs about 12 years of age, but sometimes when it is very young (3-4 years) it can offer a burst of fruit flavour that is very attractive. Filhot is a clean, not oaky style, and I sort of hoped it might offer something attractive in extreme youth. Decanter magazine gave it a very good rating recently. But it was closed and mild. Nicely balanced but not complex nor bursting with pure young fruit flavours.

It was better after bing open for 3 nights – which bodes very well for its future.

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