Robert Parker: In 1472, 300 years before the Lur Saluces family acquired the famous Château d’Yquem, they owned Château de Fargues. While de Fargues has never been classified, the quality of the wine produced is brilliant. Still owned by the Lur Saluces family, it receives virtually the identical winemaking care that Yquem does. In some vintages, de Fargues has often been the second-best wine produced in the Sauternes region, and when it is tasted blind, many tasters, including most experts, usually judge it to be Yquem. In all fairness, the wine lacks the ageing potential of Yquem, but when young, the resemblance can be extraordinary…
De Fargues’s similarity to Yquem is uncanny, and given the price charged for de Fargues – approximately one third that paid for a bottle of Yquem – it is irrefutably a bargain. Unfortunately, the production of de Fargues is tiny, thereby reducing the opportunity for many wine enthusiasts to taste this wine (which some, by the way, jokingly call Yquem Jr.).
Notes and Reviews
Wine Doctor 15-17.5+/20: This has a good characterful nose, with quite dense honey and pineapple character, and also some botrytis. Rich, deep, concentrated on the palate, appealing, with meaty substance and great texture. The acidity is a touch on the low side, but it has plenty of delicious appeal. From my tasting of 2005 Bordeaux at two years of age…
James Suckling – Wine Spectator 95: This is very concentrated with dried pineapple, honey and caramel. Full-bodied and superdense. Like honey. Massive. This is fantastic. From the former head and part owner of Yquem.
David Peppercorn MW ★★★★★: Not for the first time is it clear that this unclassified cru can make wines of 1er cru classé quality. The nose shows marvellously heady opulence and richness, also complex fruit aromas of real beauty. The flavour simply goes on and on, with great complexity, richness and breed.
|Grape Varieties||Semillon, Sauvignon blanc|
|Age of Vines||40 years old|
|Vinification||Fermentation in 100% new oak barrels|
|Elevage||Ageing in the same barrel for 36 months|