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
Editorial Reviews for Château de Fargues Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes
Lively on the nose with a big, creamy marshmallow and dried tropical fruit tone supported by background notes of sweetly spiced wood and roasted nuts. Big and creamy in the mouth with a touch of caramel dominating the dried pear fruits and background botrytis tones. A bit hollow on the midpalate but the caramel cream tones gain in intensity.
Lively on the nose with a big, creamy marshmallow and dried tropical fruit tone supported by background notes of sweetly spiced wood and roasted nuts. Big and creamy in the mouth with a touch of caramel dominating the dried pear fruits and background botrytis tones. A bit hollow on the midpalate but the caramel cream tones gain in intensity. 90pts.
External Reviews for Château de Fargues Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes
[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.
Elegante, komplexe und fruchtige Nase mit Aromen wie Botrytis, Zitrone, Ananas, Safran, Akazienhonig und Mango. Im Gaumen ist der Wein cremig sowie fruchtig. Der Abgang ist lang und aromatisch.
Well-proportioned and delicately built, delivering plenty of honey, spice and earth-mineral flavors. Drinkable now through 1997.
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.
Quite exotic and intense toasted coconut, honey and vanilla flavors, but the fruit seems buried by new oak character and it tastes a bit hot on the finish. Might improve with age.
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.
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