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The 2011 de Fargues has a delicate, perhaps slightly more malic bouquet than I was expecting. At present, it is a little more disjointed than its peers although I am sure it will become more cohesive throughout its maturation. The palate shows its true potential: medium-bodied with great tension on the spice-tinged entry. It is cohesive and mellifluous, although at present it does not have the depth or weight of a top flight de Fargues. However, it is precise and beautifully defined on the finish. Drink 2015-2030+. Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Sep 2019)
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Château de Fargues
The imposing ruins of a fortress built in 1306 give Château de Fargues a certain mystery that suits the estate very well. Until 2004, Alexandre de Lur Saluces, owner of Château de Fargues, also managed the famous Château d'Yquem. This explains why the vitcultural and winemaking methods at Fargues are so similar to its prestigious "cousin".
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