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
James Suckling 95: This is big, powerful and intense, with loads of ripe fruit and spice character. Full-bodied, racy, very sweet and long. Complex, layered and fantastic, showing ginger spice. Really stands out. Excellent.
|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|