All vinified musts reveal a very great wealth and a exquisite complexity of matter. The breadth of the wine Château de Fargues 2015 is based on a very wide range aromatic.
On both the nose and mouth, fruity very pure, fresh, white fruits and fruits exotic, gives a dimension almost aerial to this liquor otherwise so dense and so rich.
We find all the magic of the great wines of Fargues and the paradox of the noble rot that combines both sweet flavors, sweetly bitter, fruity, fresh and tonic.
Vinified then raised to the rate of a third in new wood, no doubt that this vintage 2015 will find its place in the beautiful series of famous years in “5”.
The harvest starts on the 11th September on the plots the cooler and lower slopes.
In these very dry conditions, you have to wait and to pick only a few grains on the 15th, 21st, 28th and 29th, for fear of seeing these get mummified before a wider picking. Thanks to a thunderstorm on October 2nd and the wetness which persists then a few days, the noble rot invades the vineyard.
Temperatures then drop sharply (2 degrees below October) allowing botrytis cinerea to concentrate slowly the grapes and generating a great complexity of flavors and aromas while preserving the freshness of the fruit.
The tries follow each other from 8 October. As often, patience paid: the heart of the vineyard and its plots clayists finally deliver their treasure between October 12 and 16. The the harvest finally ends on the 21st.
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SCORES AND TASTING COMMENTS
The 2015 Chateau de Fargues delivers 153 grams per liter of residual sugar at 13.8% alcohol. It has a complex bouquet with honey, marmalade and quince aromas that are beautifully defined, but will clearly take a few years to reach their full potential. The palate is very sensual on the entry, honeyed and lavish at the beginning, but retaining wonderful precision and persistence on the lightly spiced finish. This is a seriously good de Fargues that should age effortlessly over the next 30-40 years. As usual, this is one for the serious Sauternes-lovers who know that good things come to those that wait.
Score 96 – 98
Wine Advocate – Neil Martin – 28 April 2016
A stunner, with seamlessly layered pineapple, pear, mango, papaya, quince and persimmon flavors, framed by a hint of toasted macadamia nut and carrying through a lush yet well-defined finish. Showing power and grace, this is a full stride ahead of the field.
Winespectator —James Molesworth – 4 April 2016
Mid-to deep gold; dense and mineral and citrus zest; rich and lively, a finely chiselled constitution; intensely sweet, rich, very long to taste, particularly aromatic in flavour, energetic from its noble rot spice, very “racy” to taste, dense, long, refined, and with great persistence. Beautifully poised and complete wine.
94 – 96
Michael Schuster – The World of Fine Wine – 2016
It’s been a few years now that Fargues has really stood out for its elegance and perfectly-pitched edgy acidity. If Sauternes was a more popular appellation and wine style, this would have queues round the block. As it is, for Sauternes lovers, it’s a steal. Lemon rind, orange blossom, soft white truffle, a twist of steel.
Decanter – Jane Anson – 19 April 2016
Liqueur somptueuse et grand éclat en fin de bouche, le Sauternes dans toute son intégrité et toute sa gloire, avec l’harmonie aromatique propre à un 2015. Incontournable.
Guide B+D 2017
Il s’exprime sur une note de pomme au four et de tarte à la mirabelle. Riche et complexe, il puise sa puissance dans le sol du terroir de Fargues, qui lui donne une assise en bouche exceptionnelle.
Revue du Vin de France – Roberto Petronio – Septembre 2018