Château de Fargues Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2003
"It is against my better judgment to taste the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes at such an early age, as I find they typically require at least 12 months to reveal the definition/delineation so essential in these creamy, creme brulee, and honeysuckle-flavored offerings. Nevertheless, because this vintage is so highly regarded, I tasted through most of the top estates. The 2003s appear to be somewhat in the style of the 1990s, with high levels of residual sugar (higher than 2001 for the most part) as well as botrytis, low acidity, and fat, full-bodied personalities. This region’s harvest began extremely early (early September), and was completely finished within three weeks. It does not appear that the nobleness and racy richness of the 2001 vintage will be found in the 2003s, but readers who like the big, flamboyant, over the top style of the 1990s will enjoy the 2003s even more than I did...88-90" WA 04/04
External Reviews for Château de Fargues Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes
This is big and powerful with a dense and very sweet palate. Full of botrytis and spices from cinnamon to cloves to nutmeg. The finish is nutty with more spices and orange peel. Very stunning. Why wait? This has a slight dried grape character from the hot vintage. 151 grams of RS. James Suckling.
Big rich and juicy. Voluptuous with aromas of caramel apple and light tropical fruit. Full-bodied round and very sweet with loads of ripe fruit and a long butterscotch and piecrust aftertaste. Viscous texture. Hard not to drink it now. A wonderful sticky. Best after 2010. 6 250 cases made. Wine Spectator.
Big, rich and juicy. Voluptuous, with aromas of caramel, apple and light tropical fruit. Full-bodied, round and very sweet, with loads of ripe fruit and a long butterscotch and piecrust aftertaste. Viscous texture. Hard not to drink it now. A wonderful sticky. Best after 2010.
The 2003 de Fargues offers 132-grams-per-liter residual sugar and an alcohol level of 13.92%. The grapes rapidly accumulated sugar so they had to pick quickly lest the sugar content ran out of control. Consequently the harvest was concentrated in one intense week from September 19-25. Contrasting this directly against the 2005 and 2007 there is clearly not the same degree of definition and clarity. There is a touch of beeswax and honeysuckle but it needs more complexity. The palate has fine viscosity and spiciness on the entry orange zest mandarin and dried apricot at its heart. There is a pleasing fatness and corpulence but though the finish is nicely balanced it does not take off like the 2005 or 2007. Tasted April 2013. - Neal Martin Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
[Barrel tasting] This is a bodybuilder of a wine. Massive. Full-bodied, very sweet, yet you don’t feel it. It seems almost tannic, but there is great sweetness and power. Ginger and honey. Fantastic wine.