Brilliant golden colour, this has a wonderfully open honeyed fruit nose. In the mouth it shows a fine balance between sweetness, a clean freshness and a ripe velvety coating. A very good example of the qualities of the 09 vintage.
There is some SO2 masking the nose here, which is difficult to assess. However, the palate is well balanced with fine minerality, bright citrus fruit, orange zest, a touch of white peach and apricot, good tension towards the finish with a dash of lemongrass on the aftertaste. There is very good weight and botrytis on this Lafaurie Peyraguey that linger seductively.
Slightly more golden-like colour than others, but keeping green undertones, absolutely glorious from the beginning to the end, great future!
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.
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.