About the Wine
The 41-hectare vineyard of Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey is planted to 93% Semillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle. The vines are planted to a density that is kept at an even 6,666 vines per hectare. On average, the vines are close to 40 years of age.
The Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey Sauternes is vinified in new and used, French oak barrels. The wine is aged in an average of 60% new, French oak barrels for 18 – 20 months. Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey produces an average of 5,500 cases of Sauternes per year.
Tasting Notes: Sweet Wine. 93% Semillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle. The pale lemon-colored 2016 Lafaurie-Peyraguey has a complex nose of chalk dust, honeycomb, and almond growing 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.
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 to balance acidity and a great, great finish. Drink this brilliant Sauternes any time over the coming two decades or more. ~97 Jeb Dunnuck
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. ~95+ Wine Advocate
Barrel Sample. 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. ~93-95 Wine Enthusiast
The 2016 Lafaurie-Peyraguey has a very pure, honeyed, brioche- and clementine-scented bouquet, not powerful but certainly seductive. The palate is well balanced, viscous, and generous, with a honeyed opening and an almost creamy, almond-tinged finish and a long, honeyed aftertaste. Though not the best recent vintage of Lafaurie-Peyraguey that I have tasted, it is certainly a gorgeous Sauternes.~93 Vinous Media
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) ~91-94 Wine Spectator
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