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The Sauternes produced by Château de Fargues is the result of outstanding gifts of nature and the motivation – one might even say the stubbornness – of a family devoted to fine wine, and an attentive, enthusiastic winemaking team.
It takes four years to produce wine at Fargues, and work is constantly being done simultaneously on four vintages at any one time.
This is how the refinement and delicious taste sensations are procured at Château de Fargues.
Its myriad aromas wake up the senses and coat the palate with a host of sensations.


At Château de Fargues, the focus on quality starts out in the vineyard, with the drainage and planting of young vines, and continues up until bottling in the château cellars. The team at Fargues does everything in their power to obtain the best quality juice.

Production is small because of the extraordinarily demanding criteria – that go so far as to reject an entire crop if it is not up to scratch. The château refuses to bottle any wine that is not worthy of its name. That is why there was no Château de Fargues whatsoever in certain years such as 1972, 1974, and 1992. This means coming to grips with the fact that in some years the magic just doesn’t work.

Exceptional conditions cannot be repeated every vintage, and it is all to the château’s credit that they accept to take such a radical and courageous step. The estate accepts on principle the idea of working in the vineyard for an entire year without a single bottle of wine being entitled to the Château de Fargues name…

“Noch” – “More” – is the family motto.

The small winemaking team at Fargues is tightly knit, works together well, and is totally devoted to the goal of making great wine.

Training and passing on traditional skills is essential. Every worker is versatile, able to work in the vineyard or the cellar, planting vines or bottling wine, topping up and racking wine or looking after the Bazas cattle, or even helping in the wheat fields… The aim on all fronts is to produce the best possible quality. Everyone has a great deal of respect for nature, and works closely with their colleagues. This sort of relationship is essential in vineyard management.

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Medium to deep brassy colour. Sweet botrytis, lemon curd, cashew nut aromas. Very concentrated, quite heavy in styel guirayd?) with lemon curd, honey, bitter lemon flavours, substantial richness and volume. Old fashioned style wine with generosity and weight. Finishes bitter chalky firm yet with good acid line. Feels like a component rather than a complete blend. 93 points
  • 93p
Bright golden yellow colour. Aromatic nose with complex approach, ripe tangerine, candied orange peel, juicy apricots and vineyard peaches, opulent nose with hints of vanilla and honey in the background. On the palate very rich character with grapefruit-zest, ripe apricots and candied orange peel, vanilla, elegant bitterness in the finish adding to the wine's complexity.
  • 93p
Golden. Rich, intense, fruity, vanilla, pineapples, apricots, fresh, intense nose, layered, precise and pure. Fresh acidity, fresh, fruity. Detailed, nuanced, playful, bright yet intense, long. 95-97
  • 96p



Fargues, Sauternes


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