Chateau de Fargues 'Lur Saluces' Sauternes 2006


Château de Fargues is a unique wine estate located in the prestigious Sauternes appellation in Bordeaux, which is known for its sweet white wines.

This estate has belonged to the Lur Saluces family since 1472, a unique example of continuity and longevity of heritage. The history of this family is intimately linked to that of the region and its wine. The Château de Fargues produces a very appreciated Sauternes. The magic of this appellation lies in the observation of Botrytis Cinerea, a microscopic fungus better known as “noble rot”. When it appears in autumn, the juice in the grape is transformed, it loses its volume to acquire flavors of candied fruits and aromas of flowers. The vineyard is planted with two grape varieties: Semillon (80% of the surface) which brings fatness, roundness and ample structure to the wine and Sauvignon Blanc (20% of the surface) cultivated for its aromatic side and its great freshness. In Fargues, quantity is not the goal. It is indeed the quality, vineyard of Fargues seeks to capture and bottle the exceptional aromatic palette of its wine.

A beautifully brilliant colour. At first the bouquet is rather discreet - a sign of youth - but then the freshness and elegance of the vintage comes through. Acacia, broom and candied lemon aromas lead into a rich, botrytized bouquet with toasty overtones. On the palate, this wine is round, full, and well-balanced. The richness comes to the fore and the sweetness enhances the impression of elegance. The candied fruit (lemon) and quince jelly provide a refreshing prelude to the toasty, slightly spicy flavour. A perfect balance between power and elegance. A lovely, aromatic aftertaste. A classic Sauternes with great ageing potential.

"Tasted at the Sauternes 2006 ten-year on horizontal in Bordeaux. The 2006 de Fargues has a broody nose, piqued at being broached too young (at least for Château de Fargues). The palate is rounded on the entry with orange zest and marmalade notes, very good weight but it feels a little muted towards the finish at the moment. That is typical de Fargues - cellar this for another ten years because all the component parts are here. Tasted April 2016." - 93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"This is really attention-getting, with a seamless toasted coconut note weaving through lush tarte tartine, creamed apricot and heather flavors. As exotic as the flavors are, they are tightly focused and framed by a mouthwatering date note, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2030." - 95 points, Wine Spectator

"A firm, densely structured wine, with the sweetness turned as much into richness. The flavors are of Seville orange zest, the richness coming from honey and almonds, balanced with dry botrytis. An impressive wine that needs time for aging." - 94 points, Wine Enthusiast

Producer: Château de Fargues

Country: France

Region: Bordeaux

Varietal: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc

Appellation: Sauternes

Vintage: 2006

Size: 375ml