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A recognized reputation...

« Cru Barréjats 1995 : Gold/ International Wine Challenge 2001. Divinely rich and raisiny, the effects of Noble Rot are happily evident in this wine, giving it a marmalade and burnt sugar flavour. It is a honeyed liquid gold, with flavours of dried apricots and an elegant, crisp acidity to balance. »
Wine Magazine

« Cru Barréjats 1996 : 18/20. A tiny, organic vineyard ; fabulous, old-fashioned, gamey, text book Sauternes. Drink with all types of patisserie. »
20 great stickies, John Radford, Decanter January 2003

« Cru Barréjats 1997 : A heady nose – full,waxy and opulent. An exotic palate with plenty of spice to partner the rich, sweet fruit in this powerful wine. A fine finish. » Recommended.
Decanter January 2002

« Lovingly grown and harvested by Mireille Daret and Ph. Andurand, this little cru of Barsac has reached in 5 years the firmament of Sauternes and plays in the same court as the best classed growth to which it is easily compared. Its finesse, its aromatic purity and the depth of taste of the difficult 1994 vintage are astonishing, the 1995 vintage is already a classic and the 1996 is almost an anthology. The prices are high but not speculative and completely justified. » Best wines of the 2000 chart : Cru Barréjats Sauternes 1994 & 1996
Classement des Meilleurs Vins de France. Bettane & Desseauve (1999-2003)

« This little jewel of a property works by the rules, with organic viticulture and the refusal to chaptalize the vintage. The wines have the aromatic charm of Barsac, with a great richness in sweetness, sometimes to the detriment of elegance. Their bottle ageing is faster than it was in the early 90s. »
Classement 2004 des Meilleurs Vins de France. Bettane & Desseauve

« The very old vines of this little cru are pampered by Mireille Daret et Philippe Andurand, who work them with a plow. By taking risks, they harvest the botrytis grapes berry by berry, and of course they never chaptalize. With aging as long as Yquem’s, they obtain a fabulous wine, one of the greatest sweet wines in the world, let’s not be afraid to state that. All vintages are very successful. »
Le Guide des vins Gault & Millau 2003

« This little cru well located in Barsac is a model of viticulture and vinification. A true jeweller’s craft that yields some very great sweet wines, mastering finesse after three years in new barriques! Unfortunately the production remains very small. »
Le Guide des Vins, Vignobles et Vignerons

« Three months after the tasting, the 96 and 95, whose remains were sitting in my fridge in half-bottles, were a marvel of freshness and purity. Incredible! This is the best test of the qualtiy of a great sweet wine. »
Carnets de Dégustation, Jean-Marie Quarin n°35.

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