Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 1er Grand Cru Classe 2016 -375ml

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98pts James Suckling

The breathtaking nose of this Sauternes is like an essence of fresh pineapples with hints of lemon balm and floral honey. Then comes the most extraordinary marriage of creaminess and freshness that gives the palate a fluffy texture. Vibrant acidity makes this taste almost weightless at the very long, brilliant finish. Drink or hold. (2/2019)

97pts Jeb Dunnuck

Vying for the top Sauternes in this report, the 2016 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey is made by Valérie Lavigne and is 93% Sémillon, 6% Sauvignon, and 1% Muscadelle that was harvested between September 29th and November 4th. Brought up in one-third new oak, it boasts a beautifully honeyed bouquet of orange blossom, brioche, crushed rocks, and flower oil. Thick, opulent, and straight-up sexy on the palate, it has balancing acidity and a great, great finish. Drink this brilliant Sauternes any time over the coming two decades or more. (2/2019)

96pts Vinous

The 2016 Lafaurie-Peyraguey is stunning. Unctuous, layered and supremely beautiful, the 2016 has so much to offer. Baked apple, dried lemon peel, and a host of exotic floral notes all grace this exquisite Sauternes from Silvio Denz. The 2016 is rich and quite deep, and yet retains a striking sense of grace. In a word: gorgeous. (AG) (1/2019)

93-95pts Wine Enthusiast

A perfectly balanced wine, this boasts a beautiful harmony between bright acidity and ripe, sweet fruit. It is rich, but balanced by great acidity as well as lingering spicy notes. It is suited for long-term aging. Barrel Sample (RV) (4/2017)

94pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The pale lemon colored 2016 Lafaurie-Peyraguey (composed of 93% Sémillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle) has a complex nose of chalk dust, honeycomb and almond croissant over a core of marmalade, peach cobbler and lemon curd. Sweet, concentrated, and backed up by oodles of racy freshness, it has a very long, layered finish. (LPB)(11/2018)

91-94pts Wine Spectator

This has a good, direct core of apricot, peach and mango notes, with a warm piecrust backdrop through the rounded finish. Still showing a bit of turbidity, so could move up as it continues to settle in. (JM, Web-2017)

92pts Decanter

This has a lovely texture and shows a clear botrytis character, with a lift of menthol freshness and twist of lime on the finish. Pinpricks of enjoyable bitterness on the final push give contrast to the rich body. (JA) 

Winemaker Notes

The Lafaurie-Peyraguey Castle is a 1er Grand Cru Classé  product on naming Sauternes . This white wine comes from a vineyard with a total area of 32 hectares . The wine is aged for 6 months in French oak barrels (30% in new oak barrels). The blend of the 2016 vintage is made up of 93% Sémillon , 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle .

 

The 2016 vintage began with a very rainy spring before an incredible hot and dry summer began. The rains of September 13th and 30th allow an optimal ripening of berries and the ideal development of botrytis. The harvest starts later than usual, on September 29 and lasts 20 days, with three thorough tries. The great wine comes from only 48% of the total production of 2016.