Château de Fargues 2010 : A year ending in 10 is a wonderful successor to another ending in 9 !
François Amirault, Operations Manager at Château de Fargues
The first pass took place fairly late on the 27th and 28th of September, but was altogether magnificent. The grapes were concentrated and fresh, with complex aromas. October started off with the first of 4 rainy periods that month, followed by bright sunshine and temperatures 3-4°C above average: perfect conditions for the spread of noble rot.
The same scenario repeated itself three times, with sunshine, then cold weather and northerly wind that dried the grapes. The passes followed one another from the 14th to the 19th October, and the bulk of the harvest took place from the 17th to the 23rd.
The 5th and last pass took place on the 4th and 5th of November after a long (22 day) rainy spell.
The 2010 crop was large, and finished ripening fairly late during dry, very sunny weather. The growing season took advantage of a month of October that was ideal to give free rein to noble rot. 2010 has all the hallmarks of a great vintage.
SCORES AND TASTING COMMENTS
Quite pale gold. Dense, rich, twangy nose. Some real density and wonderful life. Tastes as though real selection has gone into this wine, although the sugar level is not that intense. And the overall impression is one of acidity plus only medium body and sweetness. I like the light marmalade hints though.
Jancis Robinson MW – 05/2011
Robe pale . Beau nez de foin coupe, puis de fruits de la passion et citron confit. Bouche La bouche est savoureuse avec de belles notes d’ ananas, une superbe longueur et un volume hors du commun qui le fait ressembler a Yquem d’autre fois . II est au meme niveau que le flamboyant 2009.
Bernard Burtschy (for Le Figaro) – 05/2011
The Chateau de Fargues 2010 has a fresh and vibrant, well-delineated bouquet with peaches and cream, quince and buttercup on the pretty nose that unfolds in the glass. The palate is taut and linear on the entry with a silver thread of acidity lending this Sauternes race and class. There is ample freshness here and an effervescent quality that lends its life and vigor. Vivacious and appealing, this should age well for the next 20-30 years, possibly more. To repeat my comment from barrel: “This is another great de Fargues.” Chapeau! Drink 2016-2035+.
Neal Martin – eRobertParker.com – 30/04/2014
« Couleur plus claire que celle de Bastor, arômes subtils où domine le cédrat, liqueur imposante, beaucoup de rôti, long […] »
Bettane & Desseauve – Tast Pro – 02/05/2011
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
« Thick and spicy, with unctuous, still slightly raw-seeming layers of apricot, peach and fig. Ginger cream and green tea check in on the finish. Rather backward still, but there’s lots balled up. »
James Molesworth – Wine Spectator – 05/04/2011
« Ciselé, pur et subtil, Fargues 2007 est un vin d’équilibre très fin, élancé, qui se développe délicieusement à l’air. […] »
La Revue des Vins de France HS – 01/11/2010
« […] le 2010 est un Fargues net, franc et délicat […] avec un bel équilibre de bouche entre la liqueur, le sucre et l’acidité. »
La Revue des Vins de France – 01/01/2012