Cool temperatures and relatively dry weather in late summer produced a very smooth, well-balanced, and delicious vintage, reminiscent of 2010.
WEATHER DURING THE GROWING SEASON
Despite a very wet, mild winter and cool, gloomy spring, the size of the prospective crop looked very promising.
Flowering took place during a small window of fine, sunny weather
between the 10th and 21st of June, marking the sudden arrival of summer. The vines grew under ideal conditions: After a dry July with record-breaking sunshine, maximum August temperatures remained at around 30°C throughout the entire month. A heatwave at the end of August set the stage for early ripening. The dry month of September prevented botrytis from forming. Aside from the ill-fated 2012 vintage, for the first time in thirty years, Château de Fargues was unable to start picking in September.
A storm on the 30th of September finally triggered the spread of noble rot, signalling the beginning of the harvest on the 4th of October. However, it was not until the 20th of October that the harvest was in full swing. Over two thirds of the crop were harvested in just five days with the last few grapes picked around All Saints' Day.
Area under vine: 20.25 hectares Harvest: By hand, in 4 passes Duration of fermentation: 3 to 5 weeks, in oak barrels with indigenous yeast Production: 22,000 bottles Fermentation: 40% new oak barrels and 60% 18-month-old barrels Barrel ageing: 30 months
NOTES ET CRITIQUES DÉGUSTATION>
"Just like the 2010, we find the same floral side, lime blossom; the juicy and greedy fruitiness of pomelo, oranges; the vivacity of lemon, fresh verbena, the same style where everything is there, well in place, in a balanced and great refinement of aroma and flavor. Little by little, a real basket of white fruits, zesty citrus fruits, accompanied by candied fruits, acacia honey, vanilla and fine caramel is delivered. A real delicacy where the magic equation of alcohol, sugar, acidity and bitterness is solved. Translated with"Château de Fargues - 2018
« The 2016 de Fargues, still in barrel, is showing much more definition now, with a racy green tea and ginger frame forming around the core of apricot, peach and quince compote flavors. The long, creamy and be- guiling finish picks up toasted coconut and crème brûlée notes. »Wine Spectator, James Molesworth , Posted: Apr 11, 2018
"A feeling of telluric power gives it relief without ever concealing its refinement. A long, deep and racy wine. Masterful. "Roberto Petronio, Revue du vin de France, Septembre 2018