Château de Fargues 2009 : A perfect year for growing grapes and a textbook harvest. Outstanding botrytis on grapes showing perfect ripeness.
François Amirault, Operations Manager at Château de Fargues
Textbook conditions for the spread of noble rot! The harvest started on Monday, the 28th of September.
Pickers wearing tee-shirts were out in the vineyards from the 2nd to the 6th of October as temperatures reached 30°C.
The harvest went relatively quickly, concentrating grapes with varying degrees of botrytisation, from plein pourri (grape bunches completely attacked by botrytis) to pourri roti (all grapes within the bunch fully botrytised)
Noble rot was given new impetus by stormy weather from the 7th to the 12th of October.
The 3rd pass began on Thursday the 15th. The very last grapes were picked on the evening of October 19th, only 3 weeks after the vintage had started.
SCORES AND TASTING COMMENTS
The 2009 de Fargues seems to have gone into its shell since I last tasted it. It opens gradually with subtle notes of dried honey, lanolin, just a touch of chlorophyll and stem ginger. The palate is gorgeous: super fine tannins here, wonderful minerality and tension with a sense of everything being in its right place. It is not a powerful de Fargues – in fact, this is understated for the vintage. However, it will have great complexity and is worth cellaring for a couple of decades.
Neal Martin – eRobertParker.com – April 2013
« The nose is rather taciturn at first, unfurling with tantalizing slowness: clear honey, pear, orange-blossom and apricot. Wonderful definition. The palate is not as powerful as others, but there is a tangible sense of minerality underlying the honeyed fruit, very focused and endowed with breathtaking definition and tension towards the vibrant finish. »
Neal Martin – eRobertParker.com – 28/04/2010
« Nez somptueux, […] avec un départ de caramélisation rappelant les 2003 à leur à leur meilleur, splendide constitution, acidité équilibrant parfaitement la liqueur, grande allure. »
Bettane & Desseauve – Tast – 01/04/2010
« Pear pie and blanched almond on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a subtle spice, honey and sliced apple character. Like sorbet. »
James Suckling – Wine Spectator – 07/04/2010
« Wonderful ultra-rich and caramelised aromas and texture, almost reminiscent here of the 2003 style, noble, very long, sugar being balanced by a nice and fruity acidity, impressive, as usual. »
Michel Bettane – Decanter.com – 08/04/2010
« […] d’une grande limpidité et d’une grande pureté d’expression éblouissante, très élancé en finale. »
La Revue des Vins de France – 01/05/2010