From 37,5 cl. This smells like a really good Sauternes, but the palate is a diappointment: Barley sugar, underripe pineapple and an unattractive, turnip-like texture and finish. VinoMe noted "concrete dust" on 04.02.2014 and I'm afraid he nailed it... This might be good to drink as an apéritif, with foie gras perhaps, but not after dinner. I wasn't convinced by this in 2011, and can't see it improving much as it approaches full maturity. 84-85P(?)
There is a reason why Sauternes is a hard sell. When it is truly great, there is no experience like it. But sugary wines from lesser vintages like this bottle ("1er Grand Cru Classé" it may be, and expensive to produce it surely was...) don't offer all that much pleasure for the ca. 20 EUR/half bottle they cost on release, let alone the price charged after retail or restaurant markups.
Golden colour. Honey, peach, minerally, hints of citrus, lots of botrytis. Enough acidity to keep balance, but it can not fully hide its alcohol. From the normal bottle it will last through this decade for sure, may be longer. But on the other hand there is no reason to wait for this. It is fully mature. The 87 points from Neal Martin at TWA are rated to low in my opinion. Worked very well with honeyed goose, flambéed with Grand Marnier.
Fellow users, what do you think is the outer end of the drinking window for this wine? I have the half bottle. The wine seller told me another 15 years but the window average here says till 2023. Also, what would you say is the peak year or years? Thanks!
Opened by John at the Peking Duck House offline in NY. 1st time I have had the 2004. A pale yellow color and lighter than the 2003 which we drank next to it. More tropical than the 2003 with notes of orange marmalade and some concrete dust. Not sure that last taste belongs in a Sauternes but it added some interest. Good botrytis. 91-92 points.
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(Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes) A very reticent nose here today, showing a little flowery fruit and oak. Lovely weight on the palate, huge texture, rolling across the palate, carrying and honey and barley sugar character. Very big and rich style, with good acidity. A lovely Lafaurie.
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