1988 Ch Lafaurie-Peyraguey 1er Cru Sauternes

Colour
Port & Sweet
Producer
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Region
Sauternes, Sweet Bordeaux
Grape
Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
Drinking
2001-2030
Case Size
12x75cl
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1988 Ch Lafaurie-Peyraguey 1er Cru Sauternes
Colour
Port & Sweet
Producer
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Region
Sauternes, Sweet Bordeaux
Grape
Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
Drinking
2001-2030
Case Size
12x75cl
Available Now

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Case price

£472.00 (Ex. VAT)

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(1 in stock)

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Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, January 1998, Score: 95

The massively rich, yet fresh, lively 1988 offers a compelling, flowery, honeyed bouquet of vanilla custard, buttery orange/apricot scents, and smoky ceme brulee. The wine's zesty acidity brings everything into extraordinary clarity. With plenty of botrytis evident, this is a full-bodied, super-concentrated, fascinating, powerful yet elegant Sauternes that will age beautifully for 25-30 years. Drink: 2001-2030

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Producer

Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey's history dates back to the 13th century and in the 1855 classificationwas rated very highly coming third behind La Tour Blanche and d'Yquem. The château is located inthe commune of Bommes and has 40 hectares of vineyards, planted with 90% Sémillon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle. The quality has improved since the late 1970s when Michel Laporet was appointed as administrator. He severely restricted the yields, introduced more rigorous selection procedures and initiated fermentation and maturation in oak casks.

Region

Sauternes, Sweet Bordeaux

It is not an exaggeration to say that these are the greatest sweet wines in the world. They are the result of a serendipitous marriage of grape variety, location, annual weather conditions and human care and determination. The vineyards are located on the banks of the cool spring-fed Ciron river which, in autumn, flows into the warmer tidal Garonne and creates rolling evening mists which clothe the vines until the afternoon sun burns them off the following day. This cycle creates perfect conditions for the development of botrytis cinerea or noble rot, and the resulting grape juice is a super concentrated sweet, ambrosial nectar which makes the most heavenly and complex wines with extraordinary ability to age. In 1855 the wines were classified into first and second growths, with Ch d'Yquem rightly receivingits own super status of premier grand cru. Other stunning wines include Chx Sudiraut, Rieussec, Coutet and Climens. While seductively fragrant and sweet when young, if you can bear to wait, you will be amply rewarded with lusciously rich, exotically complex wine.

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