2013 Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes

SKU #1266363 95 points Decanter

 Bought by Lalique owner Silvio Denz, the estate was a fortress in the 13th century and takes its current name from Sieur Raymond Peyraguey, who purchased the property in 1618 and from M Lafaurie. He in turn had acquired it in 1796.The estate boasts 41ha under vine, of which some are exceptionally old, planted in the late 1920s. Semillon is most planted (93%), with a little Sauvignon Blanc (6%) and Muscadelle (1%). The wines are admired for their unique balance of power and elegance. Stephen Brook: 95 Discreetly oaky nose dominates the underlying pineapple and apricot fruit. Very sweet attack, silky and almost racy, with fine purity. This has finesse and poise, and the balance and acidity should ensure a good evolution. Slightly exotic and candied with very good length. Sebastian Payne: 95 Creamy and rich, this has considerably more depth than most in this vintage. For me, this is the star of the tasting. Xavier Rousset MS: 95 Nose and palate of mango, quince and apricot. Balanced with well-integrated oak; rich but still has real finesse and character.  (1/2016)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Packs some power, with ginger, dried peach and matchstick hints leading the way, but as this moves along, it slowly shows creamier quince, mango and papaya notes, and an alluring chamomile gilding. Still rather backward, so forget this one in the cellar for a bit. An impressive showing. Best from 2018 through 2038. (JM)  (3/2016)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey has a mineral-led, citrus-driven bouquet that is tightly wound at first - delicate touches of orange blossom and apricot emerging from the glass. The palate is well-balanced and attired with a mellifluous, spicy entry. There is certainly good weight and concentration here, the finish long and satisfying, perfectly controlled. This is always a dark horse Sauternes and in 2013 they have produced something a little bit special. (NM)  (4/2014)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Very tightly textured, this wine is closed, only slowly revealing its power and complexity. The acidity is strongly present, offering freshness at the end. (RV)  (3/2014)

93 points James Suckling

 Very beautiful aromas of dried pineapple, light caramel and honey. Medium to full body, medium sweet, bright acidity and a long and bright finish. Delicious finish.  (2/2016)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale-medium yellow. Subdued but complex aromas of fresh fruit cocktail, mango, menthol and sweet spices. Then rich, spicy and precise in the mouth, with fresh tropical and citrus fruit flavors. A lovely, elegantly styled, nicely balanced wine that is less rich and sweet than usual. This will match well with many scallop, shrimp, carrot and pumpkin dishes.  (6/2014)

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