Château Lafaurie Peyraguey, 1er Cru Classé, Sauternes, 1988

  Château Lafaurie Peyraguey

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Lafaurie Peyraguey

Lafaurie Peyraguey is a 1er Cru Classé, located in the appellation of Sauternes. The exact history of the Lafaurie-Peyraguey’s Estate is unclear, the earliest known records date back to the early 17th century, when Sieur Raymond Peyraguey was the land owner. However, in 1742 the Estate was acquired by Baron Nicolas-Pierre de Pichard, owner of Lafite and Coutet, who established the estate’s reputation as a great wine. In all, there are 41 hectares based on silica and gravel rich soils on deep limestone. The vineyards are heavily biased towards Semillon, with just 8% Sauvignon Blanc, and 2% Muscadelle. The vines have an average age of 40 years and the whole harvest is fermented in French oak barriques.

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.