1997 Lafaurie Peyraguey, Sauternes (375 ml)

SKU #1004029 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This wine displays gorgeous aromas of coconut, honeyed oranges, tangerines, pineapples, mangoes, and other tropical fruits. It is medium to full-bodied and super-rich, but not a blockbuster. It possesses low acidity (in flavor, but not in terms of analyses), and a long, 40-second finish. This superb 1997 exhibits considerable botrytis, as well as a thick, unctuously-textured style. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2025. (RP)  (4/2000)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Cooler aromas of spearmint, clove oil and caraway seed; riper exotic fruit scents emerged with extended aeration. Intense flavors of pineapple, lime and mint, plus a repeating note of caraway seed. This is sharply delineated and quite lively, and showing much more structure and grip-but a less accessible texture-than a sample tasted from barrel a year ago.  (8/2000)

Wine Spectator

 Medium-bodied and sweet, with pretty apple skin, vanilla and grappa aromas and a vanilla and honey aftertaste. Perhaps not as exciting as usual, but very good indeed. Drink now through 2005.  (1/2000)

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