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  • "This is really crazy... Tasted it and said OMG right away!" James Suckling
  • "This is a complex Sauternes, armed with superb acidity and bite..." Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
  • "Quite an impact!" Jancis Robinson MW
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Golden-Yellow
Nose "The 2016 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey has a perfumed, minerally bouquet that is taut and focused, beautifully defined and very precise." Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
Palate "The palate is very well balanced with peach, nectarine and honey on the entry. This is a complex Sauternes, armed with superb acidity and bite, leading to a persistent finish that offers a dab of peaches and cream on the aftertaste." Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
Food Pairing Fois Gras.
Cellaring 15+ Years
Notes A great wine from the finest terroir.
Variety SSB / SBS Blend
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Sauternes
Country France
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Sauternes
65km south of Bordeaux city lies Sauternes, the most revered sweet wine region in the world. The entire appellation has just over 2000 hectares of vineyards, divided into five communes - of these five, Barsac is the only one with a label of its own.



The region is noteworthy thanks to its unique microclimate. The heavy evening mists often persist long into the morning, allowing the Botrytis cinerea fungus (the trademark of Sauternes, often called noble rot) to take hold of the grapes, and the warm midday sun dries the fruit out and prevents the fungus from progressing and ruining the crop.



Noble rot reduces the water content of each grape and concentrates their naturally occurring sugars, creating an incredibly sweet, intense juice for winemaking. Because of the delicate balance of meteorological conditions required for successful noble rot, entire vintages often fail. However, a good vintage, aged appropriately, cannot be beaten by any other sweet wine in the world.
99*
points
James Suckling
This is really crazy. The layers of fruit to this and the sheer intensity are really superb. Full-bodied and very sweet yet energetic and focused. Dense and tight. Tasted it and said OMG right away! 98-99 points.
96*
points
Neal Martin
The 2016 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey has a perfumed, minerally bouquet that is taut and focused, beautifully defined and very precise. The palate is very well balanced with peach, nectarine and honey on the entry. This is a complex Sauternes, armed with superb acidity and bite, leading to a persistent finish that offers a dab of peaches and cream on the aftertaste. This is excellent. 94-96 points.



Drink Date: 2021 - 2060
95
points
Andrew Caillard MW
Medium deep colour. Lemon squash light cedar aromas with marzipan notes. Well concentrated bitter lemon, lemoncello flavours, with grapefruit notes, lovely generous sweet yet not sugary mid palate, fine underlying cedar oak notes. Finishes chalky dry with pure citrus fruit notes. Nice wine. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus.
95*
points
Wine Enthusiast
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. 93-95 points.
17.5/20
points
Jancis Robinson
Heady. Big and voluptuous. Masses of botrytised grapes in here, surely? Rich but (just) not too heavy. Quite an impact!



When to drink: 2025 - 2042

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