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Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 1998
92-93 points Robert Parker. 91 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): Liqueur-like aromas of pear, peach, white plum and honey, along with subtle oak notes. Fat, sweet, rich and oaky; a mouthfilling, honeyed Sauternes showing a bit of youthful aggressiveness. But long on the back end and very promising.
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External Reviews for Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes
Heady scents of rosewater show the soft, feminine side of this wine. Right in the middle, it rides a firm track through the mouth, but in the end, it breathes that sweetness again, turning misty, complex and exotic, finishing soft.
This is another very primal, honeyed nose that is still a little yeasty but there appears to be good fruit concentration with honey, mango and apricot. The palate is displaying very good delineation and minerality, very vibrant and focused with a crisp, zest finish. Good level of botrytis towards the finish, very good length. Very fine. Drink 2012-2030.
Yellow-gold. Knockout nose combines apricot jam, peach, white plum and spicy, vanillin oak. Lush and fat with fruit; opulent and seamless. Wonderfully concentrated flavors of peach, nectarine and spices, with a whiff of menthol adding complexity. Fat and sweet but with lovely freshness and lift; in fact, this is showing more shape and thrust than it did from barrel a year ago. Finishes long and spicy, with very strong fruit. This is really delicious.
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 style of the 1990s will enjoy the 2003s even more than I did. Unlike most of my red wine tastings, this offering was only tasted once. Readers should keep in mind that this is a very early, pre-bottling judgment from very unevolved wine that is not nearly as defined and easy to evaluate as the reds.
This superb, light to medium gold/green-hued Sauternes is a full-bodied, opulent, enormously endowed, moderately sweet offering with plenty of pineapple, peach, caramel, and smoky new oak characteristics. With great viscosity as well as richness, and good underlying acidity providing vibrancy and definition, it should be at its peak between 2008-2030.
Very, very intense aromas of dried apricot and lemon. Honey, syrup and Golden Delicious. Full-bodied, viscous and very sweet. Pour it on pancakes. Love it. And drink it. Who can wait? Best after 2010.
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