2015 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253329 95-96 points James Suckling

 A purity and finesse to this young Sauternes with mushroom, botrytis and flower character. The sweetness, fruit, phenolics and acidity balance it out to an ethereal level. Lovely finish.  (4/2016)

93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Luscious while still showing great balance, this is a fine wine. It has ripe orange and lemon flavors that are never too sweet. Acidity cuts through the texture, lifting the wine and giving it a brilliant, elegant aftertaste. (RV)  (4/2016)

94 points Decanter

 A special bottle in 2015 remembers their long-time consultant Denis Dubourdieu. This Silvio Denz wine (he acquired the estate in 2014) is pretty good, with points of toasted caramel balanced by citrus, lime and white pepper. (JA)  (3/2018)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 This 36-hectare estate made a stunning Sauternes and the 2015 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey (mostly Sémillon with 6% Sauvignon Blanc and a splash of Muscadelle) is loaded with notions of caramelized peach, orange marmalade, honey, and citrus oil. Full-bodied, incredibly opulent and rich, yet with good acidity, it’s a big, rich 2015 that has the concentration to keep for two decades or more. Tasted twice. This estate also utilizes Denis Dubourdieu as a consultant.  (11/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Lafaurie-Peyraguey is pale lemon-gold in color with gorgeous candied citrus peel, orange marmalade and lemon tart notes with hints of musk perfume and honeycomb. The medium to full-bodied palate is rich and opulent with plenty of spicy notes coming through and a very long finish. (LPB)  (2/2018)

94 points Vinous

 Understated and classy to the core, the Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes is just as compelling from bottle as it was from barrel. Pineapple, mango, mint and wild flowers are all laced together in this silky, wonderfully nuanced Sauternes from Silvio Denz. The 2015 is 96% Sémillon, 4% Sauvignon and 1% Muscadelle, from yields of just 10 hectoliters per hectare. (AG)  (2/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

 This has intense acacia, honey and orange peel notes, with glazed nectarine and peach flavors filling out the core. A piecrust edge caresses the finish but allows the fruit to hold center stage, resulting in a very pure, stylish Sauternes. Drink now through 2040. (JM)  (3/2018)

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
This Lafaurie Peyraguey is like a classic semillon wine with more sweetness. There are white flowers and classic stone fruit flavors like you would find in a drier version of the wine, but with just enough sweetness to bolster it into the Sauternes category. Those looking for something more refined and elegant should give this a whirl. I thought it was a refreshing respite from some of the stickier stickies!

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Sauternes