It has been a few weeks since I returned to my irregular posting of random Sauternes notes. Well, I say random; you don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to see I have been going for my 2001s first, peppered with the occasional 1998 and 2007.
Here, in episode seven, a return to this vintage that I love so much with an estate that I have long favoured. Although I think Climens would have to be my favourite in Barsac, in Sauternes the book would be wide open. Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey would surely be a front-runner though.
This 2001 is typical of why I love this vintage, and this estate, so much. As is often the case with Sauternes, the wine remains available on the open market at a very fair price. Look at it against the prices of the most delicious Pomerols from the same vintage, and the disparity between the two is all too apparent.
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey (Sauternes) 2001: A fine, slightly matt, but certainly rich golden hue. Wonderful concentration and complexity on the nose, with the rich golden fruit aromas tempered by more savoury nuances which segue very readily into botrytis, lightly salted caramel, baked honey and more. It seems to have a very convincing and composed character, with plenty of evolved elements. There is a fine richness on the palate, broad and with a sweet substance to it, with some of the intense, baked honey elements seen on the nose. This has a very fine combination of harmony, great depth and a glycerine-infused richness, despite the savoury, bitter-orange characters presented by the fruit. This wine has exactly the same confidence and pure yet heavyweight integration that Rieussec possesses in this vintage. In other words, it’s a stunner. 19/20 (June 2013)