2011 Chateau de Fargues

Year: 2011
Appellation: Sauternes
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 98
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 92-95
Wine Enthusiast: 92-94--Jeff Leve: 92
Dessert Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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Château de Fargues, known as ”poor man’s d’Yquem”, produces stunning sweet wines and is a fine proof of, that there also is a world outside the classified growths in Bordeaux. This is an amazing drink!

"Shows fantastic range, featuring creamed Jonagold apple, papaya, toasted coconut, brioche and pineapple notes, laced with macadamia nut and heather honey details. The long, sweetened butter-filled finish shows citrus oil and bitter almond accents. Displays amazing depth and purity, with the elements glistening beautifully as the finish goes on. Best from 2018 through 2045. 1,250 cases made. –JM" (WS)

"Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. The Château de Fargues 2011 has a slightly disjointed nose at first, although with aeration it appears to coalesce with scents of honey, almond shavings, an exotic hint of marzipan and just a touch of mandarin. The palate is well balanced with a keen line of acidity, well balanced and poised with a noticeable spicy finish that just tapers in slightly, yet there is genuine persistence and breeding here." (WA)

"(6.5 g/l total acidity; 120 g/l residual sugar): Bright golden yellow. Exotic, full-blown aromas of apricot, pineapple syrup, honey, marzipan and crepe suzette. Thick, fat and honeyed, but with excellent lift to its opulent flavors of apricot, yellow peach and honeycomb complicated by coconut, caramel and vanilla nuances. This very dense wine features penetrating acidity that provides sharp definition and lift on the very long finish. Lately, Alexandre de Lur Saluces has been making opulent wines at de Fargues that remind me of the Yquem vintages he made in years past. " (VM)

"92-94. Barrel sample. A smooth and rich wine that also shows depth of flavor. Wrapped in its tight texture are notes of peach and mango, bitter orange and lemon zest. It’s a fine wine that should age for many years. -(5/11/2012) -93" (WE)

"With a nose packed with carmel corn, butterscotch, vanilla, creme brulee, honeysuckle and pineapple, this richly textured, soft, full bodied sweet treat ends with a delicious spicy note. 92 points - Tasted Feb 12, 2014" (JL)