1997 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes (375ml)

SKU #1004029 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1997 Lafaurie-Peyraguey is quite deep in colour for a 1997. It has quite a rich, honeyed bouquet with touches of lanolin, beeswax and undergrowth, open and vibrant. The palate is medium-bodied, viscous on the entry, fat in the mouth with impressive tension and animation towards the finish, hints of bitter orange and marmalade on the aftertaste. (NM)  (12/2014)

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. (ST)  (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. (JS)  (1/2000)

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Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Sauternes

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