Château de Fargues 2006 : Only half an average crop due to extremely strict sorting because of sour rot. The quality of Fargues in this vintage is unanimously recognized.
François Amirault, Operations Manager at Château de Fargues
Picking began on 8th September. Pickers brought in superb super ripe grapes up until the 12th, but also had to discard some bunches afflicted with sour rot caused by drosophila mosquitoes.
Rainstorms lasting ten days put an end to the second pass. A tentative new effort was made on the 21st, but this proved unsuccessful.
The 3rd and 4th passes started on the 27th of September and 2nd of October. The quality of the botrytised grapes was excellent – even though over half of all bunches were damaged by sour rot and had to be eliminated.
A real winegrowers and winemakers vintage.
SCORES AND TASTING COMMENTS
« Tasted twice at two negotiants. The first sample displays a lifted nose of lemon, peach and honey with an odd scent of Airfix glue that dissipates with aeration and did NOT appear on a second sample shown four days later. The palate on the first as good acidity with unctuous sweet fruits : peach, apricot and orange-blossom. Clean, understated finish that has just a touch too much new oak at this stage but that should meld in nicely with the wine. Tasted March 2007. »
Neal Martin – eRobertParker.com – 04/05/2007
« This is big, powerful and intense, with loads of ripe fruit and spice character. Full-bodied, racy, very sweet and long. Complex, layered and fantastic, showing ginger spice. Really stands out. Excellent. »
James Suckling – Wine Spectator – 04/04/2007
« For the first time, this wine was tasted between the 1st and 2nd Crus Classés, so more in contexte. As usual, there was the honeyed, concentrated richness of a good Cru Classé with class and weight. The flavour showed layers of powerful, concentrated richness, if lacking the complexity of the most successfull wines. »
Decanter.com – 01/09/2006
« […] le vin est riche en liqueur, parfaitement rôti, long, classique, digne des grands millésimes précédents. »
Bettane & Desseauve – Tast Pro – 30/04/2007
Intense pineapple and honeycomb on the nose with loads of marmalade botrytis. Rich but suave in the typical Lur Saluces style, with caramel apple and grilled mango flavours finishing long and thick. Not overly sweet thanks to searing acidity.
Ian D ‘Agata (Decanter) – 06/2015
« Raffiné et très élégant, avec des notes de pâte de fruits jaunes et d’écorce d’orange confite en bouche. La finale est d’une complexité aromatique, marquée par une petite touche amère bienvenue et rafraîchissante. »
La Revue des Vins de France – 01/06/2007