Orange blossom and tropical fruit on the nose. On the palate, apricot, orange peel, mango, pineapple, and a bit of peach, with strong acidity playing off against the sweetness. This has become one of my favorite Sauternes. I'm glad I have a few more bottles.
An Amazing Birthday Meal (San Francisco): Half bottle. Deeper golden orange than its stablemate. A touch of botrytis on the nose along with orange, pineapple, and toffee. Medium weight, sweeter than the d'Yquem with greater intensity, persistence, and acidic structure. No reason to hold off drinking this (at least from this format), but should last very well. Outstanding dessert wine.
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+
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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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