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

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95+pts Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

 

Pale lemon colored, the 2016 Lafaurie-Peyraguey gives up bold notions of fresh pineapple, green mango, lemon meringue pie and yuzu zest with touches of beeswax, lime blossoms, toasted almonds and cedar chest. The palate is all class with fantastic poise, purity and precision giving the tropical and citrus layers loads of sparkle through the long finish.

 

92pts Wine Spectator

Direct, with a polished beam of pineapple, yellow apple, honeysuckle and elderflower honey notes, this has a pretty charm and good range for the vintage. Best from 2022 through 2032. 3,833 cases made. — JM

 

Winemaker's 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.