2004 Domaine Didier Dagueneau "Les Jardins de Babylone" Jurancon (500ml)
93 points Richard Jennings
Medium dark golden yellow color; fabulous deep, dark honey, caramel, marzipan and treacle nose; rich, but elegant and juicy, honeyed peach, apple with caramel; long finish (10/2008)
Dagueneau is one of France's great, iconic estates making singluar, age-worthy Sauvignon Blancs from the appellation of Pouilly-Fumé. Vines are farmed meticulously with an average of one full-time worker per hectare - unheard of except at top domaines like Bize-Leroy in Burgundy. The cellar is pristine, very cold, and home to many cutting edge experiments like the rare hermetically-sealed glass "wine globe". Today, the domaine is run by fifth generation Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau, whose curiosity and drive have further solidified the domain's place in the upper echelon of the wine world.