White

2005 Guillerault-Fargette Sancerre La Facétie

Sauvignon Blanc

  • France
  • Loire Valley
  • Upper Loire
  • Sancerre
Drink between 2009 - 2015 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 9

  • lkatz Likes this wine: 90 points

    December 25, 2015 - light but crisp...went very well with broiled fish

  • jacktball wrote: 82 points

    February 20, 2013 - Needs more bottle aging to hopefully improve

  • WetRock wrote:

    August 11, 2010 - The cork slid out very easily though it did not look compromised in any way. There was a note of oxidation over an otherwise pretty lime and mineral Sauv Blanc. The minerals were particularly strong on the nose with the fruit being strong still on the palate. I'm sure the oxidative note was related to the cork though I can't say if that is typical of these wines. I don't remember such an issue on my last bottle. Terrific example of Sancerre otherwise.

  • curtispomeroy wrote: 91 points

    September 4, 2009 - For me this was a wonderful wine that was a joy to drink. The mouthfeel was great and I really enjoyed the chalky limestone finish. Drank it both a frig temp as well as closer to room temp and found it fun to drink alone when it was colder and pairing well with food as it warmed. Too bad we only had one bottle.

  • Anonymous wrote:

    August 31, 2009 - Blossoming into a lovely wine, with sharply etched acid, grapefruit citrus notes, and loads of slate, crushed shell, and mineral. Very nice.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/30/2013 (link) 91 points

    (Guillerault-Fargette Sancerre La Facétie) Light medium yellow color; tart pear, tart grapefruit nose; rich, oily textured, ripe pear, ripe grapefruit, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points

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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    2/1/2008 (link)

    (FACETIE Sancerre G-F) Sancerre

    Dear Friends,

    If you are into the highest-end Sancerre like Boulay’s Comtesse, this is quite a way to end the week.

    This wine is produced by Guillerault-Fargette, the owners of Caves du Prieure and it is their very best expression. It is the only wine that bears their name (instead of the winery) and they only produce 100-125 cases per vintage (each bottle is numbered). Without going into excessive detail on a Friday night, this is the 2005 and it has to be one of the last remaining unknown Sancerre at this level but it won’t be for long. Remember when Didier Dagueneau was unknown?

    This wine is produced from very old vines on pure limestone soil (actually rock) and every grape is hand picked, sorted and lightly pressed into old barrels by Guillerault and Fargette (no new oak is used). When you set out to make something this good, it takes a lot of work and it takes even more work to make a wine like this in a non-interventionist way with no mechanization or mechanical presses.

    In 2005, the grapes were basically perfect (in a similar way to Burgundy) and the result is a wine that will thrill you with its pent up energy, drive and liquefied rock poured into a bottle. This is what Sancerre is all about as it seduces with a deceptively creamy texture but the terroir quickly takes over and the lovely acids and natural green-tinged sap of Sauvignon last and last on the palate. It’s a shame that Sancerre of this level has to cost close to $30 but compared to the competition, this wine remains at the lower end price-wise for what it is. Expect grandiose praise when the powers that be get a hold of this (I don’t need to wait that long - I’m drinking one of these tonight).

    VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for electric reflection of vintage and site-place plus the ability to age - up to 15 years.

    ONE SHIPMENT ONLY directly from the winery cellar with perfect provenance

    EXTREMELY LIMITED (as noted above, only 100 cases were produced and you know how the Parisians love their Sancerre - that didn’t leave much for us)

    2005 Guillerault-Fargette Sancerre “Facetie”

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Garagiste
    Seattle, WA

    Loire8170

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type White
  • Producer Guillerault-Fargette
  • Varietal Sauvignon Blanc
  • Designation La Facétie
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Loire Valley
  • SubRegion Upper Loire
  • Appellation Sancerre

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  • In Cellars 77 (57%)
  • Consumed 58 (43%)

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