2007: a carefully handled harvest, full of elegance and sophistication. A vintage characterized by a delicate concentration and tension
WEATHER DURING THE GROWING SEASON
Miraculous botrytis !
The growing season started out beautifully, with a month of April warmer and sunnier than any on record. However, May and June were cool and dull, entailing a risk of vine diseases (especially mildew) such as had not been seen in 30 years.
Flowering was very spread out, from late May to mid-June, and this was one of the keys to the success of the vintage. Temperatures were cool to mild all summer, punctuated with regular showers. The grapes were ripe by late August, having retained all their freshness and aromas. Warm sunshine alternated with brief downpours at this stage, bringing on the first manifestations of noble rot.
Picking started on the 11th of September. This first part of the harvest lasted for three days. The evening temperatures became quite cool, and unsettled weather set in for 3-4 days. The grapes ripened slowly and botrytis was only able to work its magic towards the end of the month. A second round of picking started three weeks later, on the 2nd of October, and continued on either the 9th or the 12th depending on the plot. At this point, a period of morning mists followed by beautiful sunny afternoons arrived - absolutely perfect for botrytis!
Area under vine : 14, 37 ha Harvest: By hand, in 6 passes Duration of fermentation: 3 to 5 weeks, in oak barrels with indigenous yeast Production: 21,000 bottles Barrel ageing: 30 months
NOTES ET CRITIQUES DÉGUSTATION>
« Beautiful shiny golden color. A very fresh, fine, precise, chiseled nose, which is revealed little by little with aeration. The subtle floral touches of rose and peony are overtaken by the lemony freshness and zest. Something very characteristic of this vintage. The minerality is outstanding. Then the powdery and almondy notes burst through before releasing delicate prune, jam and tarte tatin aromas. »Château de Fargues - 2017
« Wow. This is really beautiful, with loads of ripe, spicy and sweet fruit, bright acidity and a long, spicy finish. Impressive richness. Very, ve- ry long. Very classy. »James Suckling – Wine Spectator – 01/04/2008
"Chiseled, pure and subtle, Fargues 2007 is a wine of very fine balance, slender, which develops deliciously in the air. In a very classic style, it is aimed at lovers of elegance."La Revue du Vin de France – 01/09/2010
"Great finesse, exuberance. "La Revue du Vin de France – Guide d’achat des crus – 2010
"[...] extreme finesse with superb length. This is a revelatory wine of the vintage on a cooler terroir, which has chiseled the wine and its finish."La Revue du Vin de France – Le guide des meilleurs vins de France – 2012
"Very rich and powerful on the nose and palate, very "roasted" but with a slight deficit in primary aroma complexity compared to the very best. A rich, classically constituted wine that will slowly but surely evolve in bottle. "Bettane & Desseauve – Tast – Avril 2008