2011 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes (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.
A dense and rich Sauternes with nutmeg, dried mushroom, sweet apples and honey. Full, very sweet and long. Very concentrated.
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 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.
Frankly sweet and very direct, with candied green plum and green apple notes, followed by quince and ginger flavors. Shows the racy side of the vintage, but seems a bit shy on depth compared to the top examples.
Trey: Pineapple, with nice balance. Will come together. Hard to taste now.