Thursday, January 20, 2005

Winecology: Chateau de Fargues - Sauternes, 2001

Now, I get it. This is what sweet Bordeaux is all about. With all the hoopla surrounding the '01 Sauternes vintage and growing notoriety from the #1 billing bestowed to the 2001 Chateau Rieussec on Wine Spectator's recent Top 100 list, I had to get me some.

Chateau de Fargues has long lived in the shadow of little brother Chateau d' Yquem, the standard bearer for sweet wine worldwide. Some 300 years before d'Yquem came to be as we know it, Fargues was producing top flight wine. Both had the same owner until 1999 and today remain the product of very similar winemaking. Robert Parker has called Fargues' similarity to d'Yqeum "uncanny." Parker goes on to elaborate that Fargues won't have the 50+ year cellar life of some d'Yquem, but according to many experts, the 2001 should last three decades. And at easily one-third the price of d'Yquem and one-half the price of Rieussec, Fargues seems like a good bet.

Light gold colors with a visible texture in the glass. Powerfully aromatic and delightfully forward nose. Plenty of fruit, fig and honey. On the palette, ample and intense melons, apricot and citrus fruit. Its body of sweet light syrup is refreshingly balanced with fresh acidic notes. An ever lasting finish. Wow. Almost perfect, but I'm sure it will get better and better with age.

Rating - 9.5/10 out of 10
Price - $122