Take a straw poll of favourite Sauternes vintages and I suspect 2001 will come high up the list, and it would most probably come out on top. It is certainly one of mine, and this is why I have been featuring many wines from 2001 recently.
Next, we might have 2009, 2010 or 2011. Although these are very young, those who have tasted them (and I know that is going to be trade and press only for those still in barrel) know these are three very fine vintages.
Where next? Actually, there are many recent vintages I would happily buy, including 1999, 2005 and 2007. The latter is of some interest because my tasting impressions go right back to my primeur assessments. And although early on they impresed with vibrancy and purity, more recent tastings – such as this IMW 2007 tasting – indicate that the wines (a selection, at least) have taken on some weight and substance since those early first tastes.
The 2007 from Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey is one very fine example of this……
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey (Sauternes) 2007: A rich golden hue. Very pure, bright and aromatic character, with apricot, quince, pear and peach, along with some overt, fragrant, floral overtones. The fruit feels rich, and it is undercut by a very incisive, effusive, sherbetty vein, with a slightly high-toned suggestion. The palate is broad, fleshy, seductive, much more so than you would expect from the reputation of the vintage. Underneath there is a really vibrant feel to it, a stony cut, with bitter fruit elements framing the rest of the palate. Good acidity too. Sweet, rather primary fruit, oranges, but matched by promising sensory elements that suggest botrytis. 17.5/20 (May 2013)