Here is where the glass stops being half empty...and let's take the time to fill this glass properly!
CLIMATIC CONDITIONS OF THE VINEYARD.
As is often the case with harvests of noble rotten grapes, we are divided during the campaign between the feeling of a glass half empty or a glass half full. For the pessimists, it is certain that the harvest is far from meeting the expectations we could have had at the end of the summer. Overall, we had another hot year with short but intense watering from May to August. The load per vine is important and most of the bunches are large. We will see later that this was not necessarily an advantage. But after last year's hail, the quantity in sight is welcome.with the heat and particularly generous sunshine this summer, all the grapes are ripe at the end of August. It is not illusory in these conditions to hope to harvest 120 to 150 barrels. In order not to force destiny, the purchase of barrels is initially set at 90 barrels. There will always be time to complete our purchases in September, if necessary. During the second dekad, the average maximum temperature was 29°8. This very hot and dry weather did not favor the installation of noble rot. After good rainfall on the 22nd, botrytis finally began its work. Unfortunately, acid rot also found very favorable conditions. On October 3rd, we took out baskets and scissors for a little test run. It is still too early. But the difficulty of the year was obvious: the sour rot was going to complicate our task very quickly. In the end, more than 60% of the grapes will be thrown away.
The strong southerly current that set in on October 10, favored a lightning evolution of the noble rot and an expressive drying of the grapes. After two days of sorting, it became urgent to cut some very advanced plots. We find again the summer conditions: no dew in the morning and even 31°1 on Sunday 13, we have to bring the cold drinks to our valiant pickers. The acid rot was also galloping and it was a race against time. On Friday 18th, all the beautiful noble rot entered the cellar. On Friday 18th, all the beautiful noble rot entered the cellar. There were only a few grapes left that could not withstand the 46 mm of rain the following week and we went to put them on the ground on Friday 25. What a relief after so many difficulties and setbacks! quality is well and truly there. If the overall harvest is meager in quantity, it should undoubtedly allow us to sign 10 to 12,000 bottles of Château de Fargues. The first tastings show very aromatic, very pure, perfectly balanced, rich and well-balanced wines.
Appellation : Sauternes Production of one and only wine No second wine, no dry white wine Surface area : 21.26 hectares in production in 2019 Geology : Clayey gravel Production : 18,000 bottles on average Maturing : 30 months in barrels (between 30% and 40% new barrels) and 6 months in bottle
NOTES ET CRITIQUES DÉGUSTATION>
What distinction in this floral nose, lemon and orange zest! The tense attack, on beautiful acidulous citrus fruits, precedes an enveloping mouth with opulent liquor, on aromas of pineapple and caramelized butter. Power mastered by a balance built with a distinguished matter.- Le Point
The 2019 Château de Fargues has a very sensual bouquet with wild honey, quince and Clementine scents, clearly not short in the botrytis department. The palate is very harmonious with layers of viscous honeyed fruit, allied with great tension. A touch of orange rind and marmalade towards its composed finish. Superb.- Neal Martin
Pale lemon-gold in color, the 2019 de Fargues slowly grows on the nose from delicate citrus and stone fruit notes of white peaches, grapefruit and lime blossoms to a crescendo of fresh pineapple, green mango, lemon curb and honeysuckle with a touch of paraffin wax. The palate has archingly gorgeous restaint, whispering intensely of zesty citrus peel, chalk dust and almonds with a racy backbone carrying the harmonious mélange to a long finish. This is a refreshing understated style I could drink again ang again.- Wine Advocate
A present breeding which is expressed by a note of bread crust, a slightly pastry touch. At this stage, it seems carried by its breeding, as if one felt a tannic frame conferring a sensation of firm flesh. A wine which does not lack temperament but which must still integrate its breeding.- La Revue du Vin de France