WA - ROBERT PARKER
CHÂTEAU DE FARGUES : AN AUTHENTIC AND RARE WINE
With centuries of experience, the Lur Saluces family today produces one of the greatest wines of the appellation.
The requirement, the search for excellence are the engines of the family whose motto is: “Noch” meaning “always further in the search for quality, elegance, without compromise”.
Respect for this motto takes shape in the relationship of Château de Fargues to nature, the vine and wine.
Thus the property does not produce a second wine to concentrate on the only label of the castle. On the other hand, vintages of insufficient quality from the property are not bottled, such as 1972, 1974, 1992 and 2012.
All these factors contributed to the production of a great sweet wine that is both classical and elegant.
WEATHER DURING THE GROWING SEASON
Bud break was very early. The dry, cool spring led to flowering at the beginning of June. July was hot and sunny while August was hot and stormy and the grapes were fully ripe in the first ten days of September. A small crop was harvested to make "Guilhem de Fargues" dry white. Then two weeks of rainy weather helped the onset of botrytis.
The first wave of picking started on September 30th. There was beautiful weather in October with misty mornings and sunny afternoons. Picking continued un- til October 14th. A few light rain showers ensured fur- ther growth of noble rot.
The pickers went through the vineyards twice more before the harvest ended on October 24th. The favour- able weather conditions encouraged regular develop- ment of botrytis and concentrated the grapes beautiful- ly.
Eye, bouquet, palate