This wine is light gold in color at this stage. It has a fine vanillin and toasty nose. On the palate, it is adequately sweet as a dessert wine, showing notes of apricot, toast and honey. The level of botrytis is moderate with balanced acidity to make this a wonderfully charming wine. This wine will significantly improve with five or more years. It has not turned around to the light amber taste which is the sweet spot for a great Sauternes like this wine. I am scoring it 91 at this stage but this wine will add points in time.
Big open nose of pears, apricots, yellow plums and vanilla. Full and rich in the mouth yet weightless, with similar flavors adding citrus tinged acidity, and the perfectly balanced finish lasts more than a minute. From a half. Ageless.
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(Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes) This seems to have a much richer, more orange-golden hue than my first bottle. Having said that, memories fade with time, and reflecting on them can also lead to unintentional embellishment, and so even though I mention it I wouldn't put too much significance on this apparent deepening of colour alone. There is, however, also obvious development on tasting the wine, and so perhaps my memory is less fragile than I might think. The nose has clearly moved on since my last experience. In fact it starts off with the barest whiff of oxidation, which shows on the nose at first but seems to fade, or perhaps with a little time I was just seeing past it, and on the palate it only really shows at the finish. The palate still has plenty of sweetness, with a more roasted fruit character, and a richer, botrytis-laden, marmalade-tinged character. Underneath it all there is good acidity and a considerably spicy grip, which is particularly firm at the finish. My first impression was one of disappointment, but returning to this wine after 24 hours I was happier; that questionable early aroma had disappeared, leaving a wine with a rich and harmonious character on the palate, soft and sweet rather than laser-like, but nevertheless giving plenty of pleasure. Venerable as it is, I have to admit that this bottle - which of course may not be representative - is showing some features that hint at early decline. Fortunately it came good in the end, but sadly it isn't up to the level of previous bottles, and my score reflects that.
(Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes) A favourite of mine, last tasted only eighteen months ago. A touch richer and darker than the preceding wines. Power on the nose, which has intense aromas of syrupy fruit, botrytis and oak. The fruit-laden palate confirms that this is the biggest wine of the three, although again there is correct acidity. This is lovely now, but I think many would prefer to wait for better integration of the sugar, oak and acidity. And there is no rush, as this is a classic vintage which will drink for a decade and more.
(Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes) In the glass it has a fairly intense golden hue. A nose of pineapples, botrytis and marmalade. Very smoky, perhaps reflecting use of oak. The palate has more tropical fruit, hazelnuts, angelica and apples. Rich, sweet and balanced. A delicious length.
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