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    825
  • Producer ranking ?

    15
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2025

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The Story

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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A barrel sample, the 2016 de Fargues has a pale lemon color and quite a profoundly scented nose at this nascent stage, with cedar, honey toast, orange marmalade and warm pineapple with hints of grapefruit and apricot preserves plus a spicy undercurrent. The palate sings of savory and citrus layers with a decadent oiliness to the texture and fantastic freshness, finishing long.

  • 97p

Tasted in April 2017. This wine showed great intensity, complexity, sweetness, concentration and length here. Fine acidity. Very complex and refined. Excellent effort.

  • 94p

Medium colour. Fresh brassy, white peach, touch wood varnish aromas with plentiful honey notes. Richly concentrated and dense with deep set sweet lemon, apricot flavours, plenty of mid palate richness, supple textures and vanilla toasty oak notes. Finishes thick with long fresh lively acidity. Quite expansive in scale with attractive mineral cut. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 93 points

  • 93p

Golden yellow colour. Ripe and concentrated nose, tangerine peel, hints of Mirabelle, apricots, candied orange peel and botrytis spiciness. On the palate well balanced with opulent sweetness, mild acidity, fine fruit and very good length. 91

  • 91p
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Fargues, Sauternes

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