Château de Fargues 2008: Frost on 7th April destroyed half the crop.
The vintage was nevertheless unquestionably successful thanks to unstinting efforts in the vineyard and perfect weather during the harvest.
François Amirault, Operations Manager at Château de Fargues
The first two passes, from 25th September to 1st October produced particularly concentrated, elegant musts in keeping with the previous vintage (2007). The third pass, on the 6th and 7th of October, yielded must that showed much more traditional concentration and balance. It took two weeks before we could go out picking again thanks to a new burst of botrytis from the 20th to the 26th. Although rather cool temperatures did not enable the grapes to attain the sugar levels of the first passes, the aromatic expression came through even more perceptibly. There then remained only a few bunches here and there. These were not of acceptable quality and were removed and left on the ground on 6th November during a lull in the very wet weather during the first two weeks of that month.
SCORES AND TASTING COMMENTS
« […] it has an intense, rich honeyed nose with superb definition, an almost TBA-like bouquet that is captivating. The palate is superb : vibrant, honeyd, expressive, taut and beautifully defined, lingering honeyed notes laced with apricot and Seville orange towards the finish. This is one of the great 2008 Sauternes. »
Neal Martin – eRobertParker.com – 13/05/2011
« Nez pur et complexe, corps particulièrement équilibré, grande persistance, liqueur élégante, beaucoup de style […]»
Bettane & Desseauve – Avril 2009
« A nose of lovely pure, botrytised fruit and concentration. Combines pure fruit and middle palate richness with excellent acidity. »
« A very classy wine, with spice, honey and lemon peel character. Dense and powerful, with honey, white pepper and citrus fruit. Layered and rich for the vintage. »
James Suckling – Wine Spectator – 06/04/2009
« Avec une expression de rôti extravagante, ce millésime « viril » évolue avec grâce […] »
La Revue des Vins de France – 01/09/2010