2011 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes (375ml) (Pre-Arrival)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow-gold. Highly expressive, oak-influenced aromas of mirabelle, pear, apricot nectar, clove, gin and jasmine; this displays an almost riesling-like penetrating quality. Then fresh, sweet and wonderfully pure, with a nectar-like quality to its floral flavors of peach, orange, minerals and spices. Plenty of tangy botrytis character here and superb aromatic persistence on the long, minerally finish. Promises to be a great vintage for this property.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The impressive Lafaurie Peyraguey has a light but well-defined, almond-scented nose with a satisfactory level of botrytis. With aeration, hints of pineapple begin to emerge with aromas of vanilla and white peach. The palate is medium-bodied with a very composed, very pure entry and a keen thread of acidity. It shows admirable weight and botrytization, with a gorgeous spicy finish that has impressive persistency. Drink 2015-2035.
A dense, sweet wine with dried pineapple, papaya and honey. Full body, very sweet and fresh. Spicy, botrytis character. Almost waxy undertone. Solid wine. Try in 2017.
A beautifully-fresh wine, with its acidity cutting through the weight of its smooth fruit—like scissors cutting through velvet. Intense, with spice and acidity showing through on the finish.
Packs in a range of tropical and orchard fruits, with mango and papaya notes flirting with quince, yellow apple and creamed peach details. Delivers singed brioche and almond cream accents on the finish, which sports a youthfully raw edge. Should be very solid when it settles in. Best from 2016 through 2030.
RS 130 g/l, TA 4.2 g/l, pH 3.86. Grapefruit and slightly smoky. Less rich on the nose than many. Then lots of spice on the palate. Rich and dense and long, just fresh enough for all the richness.
Lafaurie-Peyraguey is a Premier Cru Sauternes dating back hundreds of years as a wine producing property. Their 41 hectares of vineyards have soils of Silica gravel and clayey gravel - quaternary gravel deposited here more than 600,000 years ago on a substratum of Aquitainian limestone situated on a plateau. The vineyards are planted to 90% Sémillon 8% Sauvignon and 2% Muscadelle.