Chateau de Fargues, Sauternes 1998
Awards: 94 pts: Wine Advocate
“Pale to medium gold in color, the 1998 de Fargues simply sings of honeyed apricots, lemon curd and orange marmalade with touches of fungi, candle wax and candied ginger. The palate gives wonderful balance and depth, with very rich fruit and a racy line giving way to a long, layered finish. Yum! Drink 2018-2035” Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, May 2018
Tasting Notes: At first, powerful and incredibly elegant. Indeed, the wine is so rich and smooth that it is almost syrupy. It offers complex and tasty aromas of citrus, exotic fruits and broom, but also toast and sweet spices. A great sweet wine cut for aging.
First, the Château de Fargues estate has belonged to the Lur-Saluces family (former owner of Yquem) since 1472. Although, It was with its red wine that Fargues first became known, a production abandoned in 1930 in favor of the famous sweet wine. Thus, today the Chateau de Fargues is among the elite of the appellation’s wines.
Today, Count Alexandre de Lur-Saluces manages the cru with a masterful hand, applying the same Draconian principles of viticulture and vinification as in Yquem: low yields (8 hl / ha), ruthless sorting of the harvest to keep only the best of the noble rot, aging for 42 months in one-year barrels, no filtration, etc. The only downside to this pretty picture: the production is extremely low, leaving many amateurs to their frustration.
Food pairing recommendations: Chateau de Fargues, Sauternes 1998 is a great friend with our homemade foie gras. You can also enjoy it with some blue cheese such as Roquefort. A must enjoy with any of our homemade fruit tarts.