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Château Gilette

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1997 Château Gilette Crème de Tête  (Sauternes) 95

Medium-bodied, fresh, lively, sweet and lifted, with a focus on its candied citrus, pineapple, roasted, candied orange, apricot, and mango, coupled with flowers, creme brulee, nuts and spice. The bracing acidity is there giving you freshness and ample, honeyed, sugary fruits. It is amazing to think that the wine spent 22 years in vat before it was bottled and shipped! 95 Points

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1996 Château Gilette Crème de Tête  (Sauternes) 92

Not a wine I see much, the color shows an orange tint, and so does the fruit. Fresh, racy, sweet, but not overly so, you find honeysuckle, candied orange rind, papaya and overripe apricots on the nose and palate. Gilette is an amazing wine when you consider it's aged in concrete 20 years or so before it is released. 92 Points

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1990 Château Gilette Crème de Tête  (Sauternes) 93

Lively, fresh, bright tropical fruits, tangerine, flowers, honey and marzipan notes blend together perfectly. Racy acidity and a honey soaked apricot finish is the name of the game here. In today's day and age, it is amazing to note this is their current release, some 27 years after the vintage! 93 Points

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1989 Château Gilette Crème de Tête  (Sauternes) 91

I like the fruit, honey, floral, stone and spicy notes in the wine. But the lack of fatness, vanilla, custard, creme brulee and other attributes I find in young Sauternes is always a bit odd at first. It is a good, albeit unusual style of wine, due to the complete lack of oak in the aging process. Interestingly, even though it spends close to 25 years in cement vats before bottling, the wine continues aging and improving in the bottle. 91 Points

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1983 Château Gilette Crème de Tête  (Sauternes) 92

This light copper colored wine offered apricots, honeyed orange rind, sweet tropical and apricot flavors, soft, rich textures and a fully mature, pineapple, orange and citrus finish. There is ample sweetness and freshness. I did not know it at the time, but this was my last bottle. Gilette is an interesting Sauternes as it does not see ageing in oak. It's aged in cement vats for 20-25 years before bottling, so you do not find the typical, vanilla or custard sensations that are found in most sweet Bordeaux wines. 92 Points

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Sweet, honeyed tropical fruits greet your nose, while ripe honey drenched. pineapple, pear, apricot and orange fruit grace your palate. For lovers of sweet wines, this was very nice. It's improved over the past year. I liked this bottle a lot more than the last bottle I opened. It's hard not to love a winery that their most recent releasewas the 1983, and that came out in 2006! 93 Points

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Light in color and light on the palate, this wine reminded me more of a Barsac than a Sauternes. Medium sweetness, but not enough concentration to be more than good. Good acidity with a nice lift. It reminded us of a good, but not great Climens. 91 Points

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1976 Château Gilette Crème de Tête  (Sauternes) 94

Ripe, sweet and with searing acidity, the candied apricot, pineapple, mango and tangerine fruits coated with all that delicious honey hit the spot. This is a very specific, full bodied, concentrated, bright style of Sauternes, as the wine is not aged in oak. So, while you get the sweetness, there is no vanilla, caramel or fat from oak. Instead you find more purity of fruit and higher levels of acidity, with an orange peel leaning. This is a good thing here, as the wine was delcious to the last drop. 94 Points

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Much better than the previous, and both were from the same case. This was loaded with fresh pineapples, pears, peaches, apricot, honey and nuts. The fruit was sweet, the acidity was lively. This was a sweet treat in a glass. 93 Points

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1976 Château Gilette Crème de Tête opens with an orange, Christmas spice, nectarine, cinnamon, peach, honey and floral perfume. If that was all there was supposed to be the wine, that would have been fine. But wines need to offer pleasure on the palate too and this wine stopped short of that. Semi tart, lacking sweetness and freshness, while not great, this was average at best. Based on this bottle, the wine is slowly starting to dry out and drop its fruit. Perhaps it was the specific bottle. I'll try to open another in the moderate future. 88 Points

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1975 Château Gilette Crème de Tête  (Sauternes) 95

Much better and more interesting than anticipated, the sweet, orange and tropical fruits had loads of lift, length and complexity. Fully mature, this is great with, or as dessert. 95 Points

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Light copper in color and filled with apricot, pineapple, orange blossom and honey accents. It had the weight of a Climens instead of Rieussec. This is ready to drink. 92 Points

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The wine is all ripe fruit. As it sees no oak, there are none of the vanilla or honeyed tones you normally find in Sauternes. The deep, orange hued wine with its elegant, ripe, tropical fruit was very rich, had good concentration and complexity and made a perfect paring with the Foies Gras 95 Points

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Thick, rich, concentrated, opulent flavors exploded from glass. This wine is best described as a boatload of dense, extremely ripe, honeyed fruit accompanied by a healthy dose of unique spices. 95 Points

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1971 Château Gilette Crème de Tête  (Sauternes) 83

Getting tired and starting to become oxidized. The wine was dull and lacked a lot of fragrance or fruit showing. I hope this was an off bottle. However, I think it's just old age setting in. 83 Points

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1967 Château Gilette Crème de Tête  (Sauternes) 93

Full bodied, dense and intense, the wine focuses on its marmalade, apricot, earthy citrus, honey, tangerine and spicy personality. Fresh, powerful, bright and even zippy, the wine is not exactly refined. This is a very distinctive, even idiosyncratic style of Sauternes, due to having been aged in cement tanks for close to 25 years without seeing any oak. Perhaps, this wine is best suited for contemplation, rather than pure, sweet pleasure. 93 Points

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This deep orange, copperish colored wine was vibrant and alive. Full of ripe, honeyed tropical fruit and the lift of acidity. Thick, rich and concentrated, this will deliver pleasure for years. 96 Points

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1950 Château Gilette Crème de Tête  (Sauternes) 90

Dark as molasses. It had an interesting burnt caramel nose. Lots of depth, but lacking finesse. Some sweetnees and fruit remained, but the majority of sensations came from the burnt qualities. Still, it was quite an adventure to taste a Sauternes close to 60 years old. 90 Points

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