2016 Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey 375 ml

Year: 2016
Appellation: Sauternes
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 95+
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 98
Jeb Dunnuck: 97
Wine Enthusiast: 93-95
Jeff Leve: 94
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"Direct, with a polished beam of pineapple, yellow apple, honeysuckle and elderflower honey notes, this has a pretty charm and good range for the vintage. Best from 2022 through 2032. 3,833 cases made. -JM " (WS)

"Pale lemon colored, the 2016 Lafaurie-Peyraguey gives up bold notions of fresh pineapple, green mango, lemon meringue pie and yuzu zest with touches of beeswax, lime blossoms, toasted almonds and cedar chest. The palate is all class with fantastic poise, purity and precision giving the tropical and citrus layers loads of sparkle through the long finish." (WA)

"The 2016 Lafaurie-Peyraguey has a very pure, honeyed, brioche- and clementine-scented bouquet, not powerful but certainly seductive. The palate is well balanced, viscous and generous, with a honeyed opening and an almost creamy, almond-tinged finish and a long, honeyed aftertaste. Though not the best recent vintage of Lafaurie-Peyraguey that I have tasted, it is certainly a gorgeous Sauternes." (VM)

"The breathtaking nose of this Sauternes is like an essence of fresh pineapples with hints of lemon balm and floral honey. Then comes the most extraordinary marriage of creaminess and freshness that gives the palate a fluffy texture. Vibrant acidity makes this taste almost weightless at the very long, brilliant finish. Drink or hold." (JS)

"Vying for the top Sauternes in this report, the 2016 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey is made by Valérie Lavigne and is 93% Sémillon, 6% Sauvignon, and 1% Muscadelle that was harvested between September 29th and November 4th. Brought up in one-third new oak, it boasts a beautifully honeyed bouquet of orange blossom, brioche, crushed rocks, and flower oil. Thick, opulent, and straight-up sexy on the palate, it has balancing acidity and a great, great finish. Drink this brilliant Sauternes any time over the coming two decades or more." (JD)

"93–95. Barrel Sample. A perfectly balanced wine, this boasts a beautiful harmony between bright acidity and ripe, sweet fruit. It is rich, but balanced by great acidity as well as lingering spicy notes. It is suited for long-term aging." (WE)

"The blend of vanilla bean, pineapple, honey and nuts in the perfume gets you going. The rich, round, ripe and over ripe tropical fruits coated with honey on the palate is already delicious. For the record, this tastes almost as good as the stunning, Lalique bottle looks on your table which clearly makes a statement. 433 Views Tasted Feb 11, 2019" (JL)

Winery Notes:
Average of 18 hl/ha depending on the harvest.

Grapes are hand picked extremely selectively on successive passes (4 to 7, depending on the year) according to their maturity, only harvesting those grapes that have attained the required degree of concentration under the influence of noble rot – also called botrytis cinerea – and to preserve the precise aromatic qualities desired. Depending on the vintage, some parcels are sacrificed in order to concentrate on those with the appropriate potential quality.

- 1 pneumatic press (for the first pressing)

- 4 vertical basket presses (second and third pressings) to obtain the richest, sweet juice.

Settling of the juice
Static, in temperature controlled vats at 15°C for 12 hours.

Alcoholic fermentation
In finely grained French oak barriques, 30% of which are renewed each year. Fermentation takes place at between 17°C and 23°C in air conditioned cellars for 18 to 30 days depending on the batch.

Traditional, in barriques, bung upwards, for 18 to 20 months.

Every 3 to 5 months subject to tasting.

Sémillon: brings structure, body and aging potential.

Sauvignon: brings aromatic freshness and liveliness, especially in the wine’s youth.

Muscadelle: difficult to grow and only used in a small proportion, contributes to the wine’s aromatic complexity.

Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey: an average of 5,500 cases a year.

La Chapelle de Lafaurie-Peyraguey: an average of 2,000 cases a year.

At the Château.

Aging potential
An average of 40 years, depending on the vintage. A vertical tasting of 20 vintages of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey (1906 to 1959) organized at the property March 30, 2008 showed that, in certain vintages, our wines have considerable aging potential of 75 and even 100 years and more.