The 2001 vintage
"The" Vintage of Château de Fargues? An excep- tional success in richness, complexity, length and balance. Late maturity saved by a cool September and an Indian summer worthy of 1997 or 1988.
WEATHER DURING THE GROWING SEASON
Winter was mild and wet, giving way to a very rainy spring (until late April). Bud burst took place later than usual, coinciding with the beginning of a dry period. The flowering took place over the first ten days of June. Although the weather was cold and awful in July, according to a local adage, août fait le moût (the weather in August determines the quality of the wine). Hot, sunny weather finally arrived, followed by storms from the 15th to the end of the month. September was cold, dry, and conducive to slow ripening and the maintaining of good, healthy acidity. Temperatures rose significantly in early October after a few showers in late September. This brought on the proliferation of botrytis.
A first wave of picking from 29/09 to 04/10 produced very pure, but only moderately concentrated fruit. Fortunately, an Indian summer set in and stayed for some time. In doubt as to the reliability of the weather forecast, several waves of picking were launched on October 15th. These provided increasingly rich and concentrated grapes. On Saint Luke's Day (18/10) a shower gave a boost to botrytis on the remaining grapes and picking drew to a close on October 24th. The quality of this vintage, characterised by concentration, complexity, variety, and tremendously pure flavours, was totally unexpected.
Fermented and aged in barrel for three years Production: less than 20,000 bottles Alcohol: 13.90° - Residual sugar: 132 g/l - Acidity: 4.90 g/l
NOTES ET CRITIQUES DÉGUSTATION>
A beautiful brilliant pale straw yellow colour. Wonderfully concentrated and complex on the nose. The first impression is of very ripe fruit, apricot jam, and vanilla, followed by hints of honey, dried apricot, almond, citrus zest, and the special fresh, slightly mineral cachet of Château de Fargues. This wine is very round and full-bodied on the palate. The overall impression is of perfect opulence and elegance, without a trace of heaviness. Good acidity counterbalances the sweetness and richness, also giving the wine depth and volume. The aftertaste is virtually infinite. This wine has everything – and then some! As the bouquet would lead one to believe, this wine has a remarkably complex flavour: a medley of fruit, candied fruit, candied peel, and botrytis fill the mouth, accompanied by just the right touch of lemony, spicy freshness. This vintage is the perfect synthesis of the qualities of the best recent vintages of Château de Fargues: complexity (typical of 1997), power (1990 and 1989), and refined elegance (1988) all in one. A very great wine with tremendous ageing potential!Château de Fargues - 2017
« Palate is very rich and fresh, bursting with ripe oranges and apricot notes. »Neal Martin – Wine Journal – 12/06/2005
« Medium golden. Beautiful, penetrating bouquet is very inviting : we get notes of apricots, oranges, and oak. In the mouth it’s immensely rich, juicy, honeyed, and flavorful with perfectly ripe tropical fruit. This is a weighty Sau- ternes withgreat acidity. Although it is complex and concentrated, it is not too heavy or syrupy, striking a perfect balance of all components. [...] everyone in the room loved it. »Robert Parker – eRobertParker.com – 01/04/2006
"Superb aromatic palette. Very big Fargues, with a length that stretches and never ends. "La Revue du Vin de France – 01/09/2006