Château de Fargues 2001 : “The” vintage of Château de Fargues? An outstanding success thanks to its richness, complexity, length, and balance. Late ripening saved by a cool September and an Indian summer worthy of 1997 or 1988.
François Amirault, Operations Manager at Château de Fargues
The first pass, from 29/09 to 04/10, yielded very pure grapes, but whose concentration was only just sufficient.
This was followed by a series of passes until mid-October, producing juice that was increasingly rich and concentrated as time went on.
The last pass was on 24th October.
Concentration, complexity, variety, and purity are the hallmarks of this totally unexpected successful vintage.
SCORES AND TASTING COMMENTS
« 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 Sauternes with great 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
« Palate is very rich and fresh, bursting with ripe oranges and apricot notes. »
Neal Martin Wine Journal – 12/06/2005
« Superbe palette aromatique. Très grand Fargues, avec une longueur qui s’étire et n’en finit pas. »
La Revue des Vins de France – 01/09/2006
« 10 ans après […] il atteint un très haut niveau de subtilité. […] d’une longueur savoureuse. »