The 2001 Château de Fargues has a ton of botrytis on the nose, along with those trademark scents of Manuka honey and quince, Seville oranges and perhaps more delineation than I noticed on previous bottles. The palate has a lovely balance with botrytis-soaked fruit, unctuous in texture with stem ginger and even a hint of rhubarb on the finish. This is firing on all cylinders at the moment and represents the best bottle that I have encountered. Tasted at the Château Figeac dinner.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2050
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