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Château de Fargues Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

"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

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/07/2015

[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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/01/2013

No tasting note was given. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Chateau de Fargues 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

No tasting note was given. Robert Parker. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Chateau de Fargues 375ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
03/27/2015

[No tasting note was given.]


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Ex-chateau bottle tasted blind in Sauternes. The Rieussec


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"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

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