Château de Fargues, Sauternes, SHC, 2006

  Château De Fargues

Château de Fargues, Sauternes, SHC

"Tasted at the Sauternes 2006 ten-year on horizontal in Bordeaux. The 2006 de Fargues has a broody nose, piqued at being broached to young (at least for Château de Fargues). The palate is rounded up with orange zest and marmalade notes, very good weight but it feels a little muted towards the finish at the moment. That is typical of Fargues - cellar this for another ten years."

93/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2016.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château De Fargues

De Fargues is located in the appellation of Sauternes.

Appellation: Sauternes

Three grape varieties are planted: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle. Sémillon is the principal grape, because it is especially susceptible to noble rot, Sauvignon is used for its naturally high acidity, whilst tiny proportions of the capricious Muscadelle are used for aromatic qualities. Sweet wine has been made here at least since the late 18th century. Its position is unique, close to two rivers, the broad Garonne and its small tributary, the Ciron. In autumn, the cool Ciron waters flow into the warmer tidal Garonne, evening mists develop that envelop the vineyards until late morning the following day, after the sun has burnt the mist away all that is left is moisture on trhe grapes that encourages noble rot or Botrytis cinerea. This fungus attacks grapes, causing them to shrivel, concentrating flavour sugars and acids. The wines were classified in 1855, the most prominent of which is Château Yquem, whose yields even in a vintage where noble rot is prominent, reach no more than 10 hl/ha.

Grape Type: Semillon

Semillon is generally blended with the aromatic Sauvignon Blanc in Bordeaux to produce the fine dry whites of Pessac-Leognan in the Graves, which are often barrel-fermented. It is at its most illustrious in the humid atmosphere of Sauternes and Barsac, where it is susceptible to Botrytis rot, which helps concentrate the fruit sugars, acids and flavours, producing some of the most luscious and long-lived sweet wines in the world. The most renowned example is Château d'Yquem, although there are a plethora of estates throughout the region whose wines come close in quality. On its own, it is responsible for some of Australia's most individual full-bodied dry whites from the hot Hunter Valley.