2006 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

Origin France, Bordeaux
District Sauternes-Barsac
Village Sauternes
Classification 1er Cru Classé
ABV 13.5%

Tasted at the Sauternes 2006 ten-year on horizontal in Bordeaux. The 2006 Lafaurie Peyraguey has a complex bouquet: honey, white chocolate, quince and dried pineapple scents that billow from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with marmalade and bitter orange on the entry, a fine line of acidity with a harmonious mandarin and grapefruit finish that carries ample botrytis with it. This appears to have improved over the last couple of years, suggesting an upward trajectory in bottle? Worth checking out. Tasted April 2016. Drinking range: 2016 - 2045 Rating: 92-92 Neal Martin, (May 2016)

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Medium gold with honeyed orange marmalade notes and other assorted citrus and rich, full-bodied flavors, this wine has an unctuous texture, and while the viscosity is high, the acidity is adequate for balance and harmony. This is a big, bold, impressively endowed wine to drink over the next 20+ years. Rating: 91-91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate,

Shows some serious concentration, with lots of subtle honey and spice character. Medium- to full-bodied, with medium sweetness and a medium finish. Broad-shouldered. Well done. Very good example of the vintage. Rating: 92-94 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator

This was disappointing in the context of the wines of the last decade. The apparent concentration is still very marked by lemony acidity. Time will tell. From 2010. Rating: ***

Sweet, very slightly cheesy but well intentioned with strong oak corset and influence. Quite tight though not desperately distinguished; the finish is a bit sickly. Flashy not fine. Some astringency on the finish - almost too much new oak. 2012-22 Rating: 16- Jancis Robinson MW OBE -

Château Lafaurie Peyraguey

Sauternes Premier Cru 1855 This was originally a fortification built at least as long ago as the 13th Century. By 1618, it was the home of Sieur Raymond Peyraguey. The vineyard business was developed by the Baron de Pichard, who bought the estate in 1742. Unfortunately for him, he lost his head in the Revolution and his château and vineyards were sold to a M. Lafaurie. The first half of the 19th Century saw Lafaurie-Peyraguey's reputation rise from nearly unknown to being ranked 3rd, behind ChâteauLa Tour Blanche and near neighbour Château d'Yquem in 1855. In 1879 a small portion of the estate was didvided off to become Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey. In 1917, Lafaurie-Peyraguey was bought by Désiré Cordier, who owned it until they sold to the Suez Group in 1984. The 40ha of vineyard are planted with 90% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle. The grapes are hand-picked and the wine fermented in wood, before ageing for 18 to 20 months.

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