Robert Parker 93
The de Fargues 2001 is consistent with its showing 12 months ago at the property. Here, it has a hedonistic, quite powerful bouquet that demands you attention with that suggestion of Manuka honey (my own personal favorite since discovering it in New Zealand) defining the aromatics. The palate is extremely well balanced and viscous, struck through with great tension and yet like before, it does not quite unleash that knockout blow that distinguishes a truly great de Fargues.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2030
Very unctuous with strong acidity and a ‘burnt’ edge. Not as fat as Climens. A bit nervy but very fine and racy. Perfect for a dish that doesn’t need lots of sweetness. Foie gras perhaps? Still pretty chewy. Long.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028
The 2001 Château de Fargues is deeper in color than its peers. It has a multifaceted bouquet of manuka honey, quince and yellow flowers, although it does not quite deliver the complexity of, say, Doisy-Daëne or Climens. The palate is viscous on the entry, very voluminous and rich, conveying width and girth yet somehow just missing some mineralité or intrigue toward the finish. This is a very fine Sauternes, yet I find more in other vintages.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2040