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Château de Fargues


Address: 33210 Fargues de Landon

Telephone: +33 (0)5 57 98 04 20



Unclassified Sauternes owned by the Lur-Saluces family for over five hundred years, Château de Fargues has an excellent reputation and the estate has fastidious attention to detail. Average production 15000 bottles. Second wine Guilhem de Fargues. 2007 and 2009 are excellent and have great potential. 2011 is mind-blowingly good, and 2013 looks something of a whopper.

Vineyard/Terrior: 15 hectares on gravel soils with a clay base planted with 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc.

Winemaking/Elévage: Aged in oak barrels for three years.

Tasting notes:

  • 2013 Pale straw/gold; rich and thick; unctuous with botrytis notes; pretty fat but with acidity to keep the belt tight; quite weighty but with refreshing acidity. Impressive weight. [80% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc]. Tasted UGCB 1/4/14. Drink 2018-2028. 92-94+
  • 2011 Golden; unctuous and deep; candied fruit tones; very fat and luscious; very long but maybe lacks a bit of zip but this could simply be the residual sweetness. Still in barrel [30 months ageing]. Certainly a full and lush style. Drink 2015-2026. 92+UGCB Oct ’13 [Earlier note] Bright gold; lovely nose; honey, lift, cream; gloss but quite piercing; real precision; creamy unctuous palate; absolutely sumptuous; real richness but acid too; very, very good indeed. 94-96+ UGCB April ‘12
  • 2010 Pale gold/green; fresh some wax and wet wool; bold, rich palate with lots of oomph and sugar but with sufficient acid to prevent it from feeling flat footed. Rich style. Tasted Oct ’12 at UGCB. 93+
  • 2009 Mid gold; grassy, slightly waxy note; medium weight, nicely balanced; medium sweet and very attractive. Fresh here. 90+/100 March ‘10
  • 2007 Mid gold; quite luscious with real richness here; some butterscotch; apples and very attractive. Good to very good 90+/100 UGC tasting Oct ‘09


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