2003 - Ch Lafaurie-Peyraguey 1er Cru Sauternes
07A3LPEYH _ 2003 - Ch Lafaurie-Peyraguey 1er Cru Sauternes - 24x37.5cl
Colour
Port_Sweet
Producer
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Region
Sauternes
Grape
Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc/ Muscadelle
Drinking
2008 - 2023
Case size
24x37.5cl
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2003 CH LAFAURIE-PEYRAGUEY 1ER CRU SAUTERNES - 24x37.5cl

Colour
Port Sweet
Producer
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Region
Sauternes
Grape
Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc/ Muscadelle
Drinking
2008 - 2023
Case size
24x37.5cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £632.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDHA

    Goedhuis, April 2004

    This is one of our favourite 2003 . Deeply stylish, incredibly long, with simply delicious mid summer fruit and honey flavours, this is a must buy.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2004,
    Score: 89-93

    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'sharvest 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.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2004,
    Score: 95-100

    This is amazingly long, with loads of coconut, apple, peach and honey character. Incredible. Full-bodied, very sweet. Truly wonderful. One of my favorites. A wine you must buy. -- J.S.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2004

    Nose: very candied orange peel. Taste: complex fruit flavours but lacks length and polish of the best; bit heavy at present. (2009 onwards)

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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

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.