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Orange peel. Fresh, pure, lovely definition. Orange skin oil comes back on the palate. Lots of citrus definition and mouthwatering intensity. And personality. Rating: 93+ L&S (Apr 2011)
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One of the most nuanced Sauternes of the vintage, this is comparatively low in sugar (128 grams) but more than makes up for it in complexity. Sweetly oaked, with notes of vanilla and toast, it’s creamy and spicy on the palate with lovely minerality, freshness and length. 8+ years. Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com
Residual sugar 125 g/l. A pure and concentrated fruit style here, very compact and polished, less flamboyant than the other samples, and finely grained with a layer of oak. The palate follows on in the same vein, polished and dense, moderate sweetness but with a lovely botrytis texture underneath it, and no shortage of acid lift and vigour. More botrytis through the middle. Beautifully fresh and yet gently concentrated. Rather an elegant style, nuanced with notes of thyme honey, honeysuckle and vanilla, but with a wonderful presence in the mouth overall. Rating: 17-18/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com
The Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey has an ebullient nose of Tropicana, dried honey and quince that intensifies in the glass whilst maintaining impressive definition. The palate is very well-balanced with superb tension and focus, a Sauternes built of minerality and poise, leading to a citrus, almost spicy finish that leaves the mouth tingling with pleasure. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com
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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