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Sauternes, Chateau de Fargues Lur Saluces 2004


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A brilliant vintage from this historic Sauternes estate owned by the Lur Saluces family (previous owners of Yquem) since 1472. Very fresh, elegant, revealing good balance amidst great concentration and power. Harvest lasted over a month involving four separate waves of pickings. The resulting yields were just 6 hectoliters/hectare. 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc aged for three years in one-year used barrels from Chateau d'Yquem. A beautiful Sauternes that combines finesse and power. This will be very long-lived. A great buy in this vintage!

"The 2004 Chateau de Fargues is a fantastic wine for the vintage and should not be overlooked. It boasts a heavenly bouquet with touches of white chocolate, dried honey, marmalade and quince that opens exuberantly with aeration. The palate is extremely well-balanced with a fine line of acidity. There is certainly very good weight here, similar to the Doisy-Vedrines, albeit packed with greater sophistication and breeding. It builds gloriously in the mouth toward its tender praline and honey finish, which lingers long in the mouth. This is a superb and perhaps overlooked Chateau de Fargues. Drink now-2035. Tasted February 2014." 95/100 Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Proudly nestled on a hill in the middle of the vineyard, the ancient Fargues chateau remains a vestige, symbolizing the strength of medieval architecture while possessing a serene atmosphere. Very expressive, this wine offers dry notes of apricot and honey. Dense, bold, fresh and powerful palate impresses with its aromas of orange peel, candied pineapple and pepper, revealing its complexity. This 2004 has a future ahead of it." 2 Stars/3 Stars Guide Hachette