Cellared since release, perfect cork and fill. Light pale gold. Peach, apricot, honey, flowers, hint of VA on the nose. Rich, lush, powerful, and fresh at the same time, excellent sweet/acid balance, flavors follow the nose, medium-long finish. Outstanding.
This already is starting to turn golden since drank from a 375. Luscious honey and peaches. Lingers on the palate for a minute. I don't know what the d'Yquem will be like from this year, but if this is any guide, keep the full bottles of this one and that one for a while before cracking. Why I like half's to try out when young.
From a 375, medium colored bottle. Golden-orange color, appropriate for its age; medium-intensity nose with lots of baking spice, some saffron, some citrus/grapefruit, minerality; palate is full bodied and rich while also being bright and fresh, initially a bit of copper, minerality, rich sweetness which is quickly balanced by fabulous acidity that tingles the tongue, classic Fargues grapefruit on the palate, persists through the midpalate with its fruit; finish is medium-long, balanced, and enjoyable. This seems to be making a transition to early middle-age and picking up some of the copper and minerality notes. I love the freshness that the acidity gives this wine and the character that the grapefruit on the palate adds (which I find in most Fargues wines). 95-96+, and I look forward to seeing how this improves over the next week in the bottle. (My many previous bottles have all shows significant improvement over days to a week.) Day 3: Nose is similar to when it was first opened; palate is also fairly similar to the first day, maybe a tad more viscous, more orange marmalade along with the tart grapefruit, but still with fabulous acidity and maybe a bit of new caramel, notable for its excellent integration today, which is likely better than when first opened. Just a superb wine (though I can see why people who don't necessarily like the tart grapefruit and like more sweetness may not like the house style). 97+
From 375, medium-colored bottle. Coravin 6/13/14: Medium golden-orange color; nose has apricot, slight spice, nice citrus; palate is full bodied with intense immediate acidity throughout which gives it great balance, ripe apricot fruit, saffron, slight citrus, great freshness but concentration throughout; finish is medium-long, fresh, citrus, great acidity. Still quite youthful but not infantile, balanced, and among the best acidity of all the sauternes that I’ve tried. Needs time for the nose to open up again, but the palate is seriously impressive. 94-95 with potential for much more if things come together on the nose. Wait ~2 years before the next half to give it time to develop. Opened 6/23/14: Similar to note above. Distinct secondary saffron on the palate. A lot of complexity and a polar opposite to the simple and cloying 2005 Rabaud Promis tried yesterday.
Chateau de Fargues mini-vertical: 01, 03, 05 (San Francisco, CA): From 375. Coravin 1/12/14: As before, some significant variation in color in these 01 Fargues halves. This is my last bottle of the darkest group (some medium bottles left), and it is the darkest of this 01/03/05 lineup. Golden-orange color, just a half-shade darker than the 03; complex nose with some citrus, grapefruit, a lift to the nose that comes across as lighter, more minerally, and some secondary notes such as slight copper, some well-integrated spices throughout, slight saffron; palate is full bodied but with freshness and slight minerality, great complexity, strong saffron spice, moderate sweetness but very light on its feet, elegant, persistence of flavors throughout the palate; finish is fresh, complex, and very long. This is a superb world-class sauternes in early maturity, though lacks a bit of the vibrance of the best/lightest 01 Fargues which can be perfect or near-perfect wines. 95-96+ Update: 1 hour air- The acidity and elegance on this wine is ridiculous. A very enjoyable wine to drink. 96-97++ Coravin 1/16/14: Nose is the same, maybe a bit more integrated and a bit less intense. Palate is stupendous with vivid acidity and freshness. Extraordinary. 1/17: Wonderful spicy complexity on the palate. Otherwise similar to prior notes.
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(Chateau de Fargues) #2; (very wet vintage, but August was perfect); COLOR-beautiful dark golden; NOSE-much more honey; honey meets chlorine; very intriguing; hints of apricots; TASTE-outrageous weight on the mid-palate; Honeycomb cereal; really, really heavy pear component; I'm loving the orange peel aspect; very youthful Sauterne, not ready yet - it's gonna get better from here; solid acidity, but a little flabby in the mid-palate which concerns me a tad; nice long finish; very bright; star fruit on the finish; little hints of pineapple; I'm enjoying this wine; it's got BIG potential; RP-94/96; GV-93
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