THE 1994 VINTAGE
Elegance and finesse, immediately easy to taste.
WEATHER DURING THE GROWING SEASON
Bud break was very early, starting in the second half of March. A very cool month of April slowed down vine growth. From May onwards, the weather turned warmer with flowering ending in early June. July and August were very dry and hot. For twenty days, temperatures reached over 30°C. Several thunderstorms every ten days or so ensured a regular water supply in the vines. The grapes were ripe in early September, and hopes were high!
Thanks to thunderstorms on 7 and 8 September, Botrytis cinerea quickly spread in early-ripening plots. A first "cleaning" pass was planned the following week, on the 14th. However, the rain arrived and set in for the next 20 days. The first botrytised grapes quickly deteriorated. For the fourth year running, a difficult harvest was on the cards. The pickers eliminated all the grapes damaged by the rain during a break in the weather at the end of the month. Then, on 3 October, a miracle happened. The sun returned and the wind veered towards the east, accompanied by strong gusts. The fully botrytised bunches rapidly gained in concentration. The harvest began on 6 October. The pickers needed to work against the clock, as noble rot quickly spread. For eight days, the grapes were harvested and the painstaking work of selection was carried out, pass after pass. Despite low yields (only 6 hL/ha, less than 10,000 bottles) this very high quality vintage proved an immense reward following four years of capricious weather conditions in early Autumn.
Fermented and aged in barrel for 3 years Production: less than 10,000 bottles Alcohol: 13.5° Sugar: 90 g/L Acidity: 5.0 g/L
NOTES ET CRITIQUES DÉGUSTATION>
Tasting notes of Château de Fargues Lovely golden colour. Powerful, fresh nose of lemon and honey. Well-balanced and lively taste with lemon and grapefruit flavours. Full of elegance and finesse, and ready to drink.Château de Fargues
Without being classified, this wine, which is commanded by an authentic castle, is among the gotha of the appellation. Since 1472, it has been the property of the Lur-Saluces, the illustrious family that made the reputation of Sauternes. Harvested at the right time, the 94 is worthy of its rank. With a coppery yellow bottle, it is fine and ex- cessive with a bouquet evoking acacia, broom, pine forest in springtime and botrytized grapes (notes of candied mandarin and toast). Balanced, the palate has the power and elegance to guarantee twenty years or more of cellaring.Guide Hachette des Vins 2001 - Millésime 1994