Bill Blatch: This year, we have a Fargues of outstanding, almost Climens-like slimness, purity and finesse. In spite of normal sweetness for the vintage, it has no hint of heaviness: all fine, tightly-knit, and lissom – almost a German kind of feel.
Decanter: 17.5/20 – Paler colour, delicate aromas (citrus-like), imposing, very long and rich, less evolved than many which will not surprise those who know how this growth works. Another argument to delay tastings of Sauternes babies… Drink 2015-2040
Neal Martin: 94-96/100 – The Chateau de Fargues has a very pure nose of clear honey, lemon curd and passion fruit all with fine delineation and focus. The palate is medium-bodied with a citrus-driven entry with touches of lime, passion fruit and grapefruit. It has great focus and “drive,” a crescendo of flavours that embrace quince, Seville orange, tangerine and spice. There is wonderful persistency towards the powerful finish. This is another great de Fargues to follow the monumental 2009.
Jancis Robinson: 17/20 – Drink 2020-2035. Quite pale gold. Dense, rich, twangy nose. Some real density and wonderful life. Tastes as though real selection has gone into this wine, although the sugar level is not that intense. And the overall impression is one of acidity plus only medium body and sweetness. I like the light marmalade hints though. Residual Sugar 132 g/l, Total Acidity 4 g/l, Alcohol 13.65%.
Wine Spectator: 92-95/100 – Unctuous and nicely formed already, with juicy apricot, green fig and honey notes. The finish is lush, but with nice cut, showing hints of toasted coconut and almond. Sneakily long.
Panos Kakaviatos: 91-94/100 – Has a less expressive nose, more subtle, but fairly explodes on the palate with tea aspects from the botrytis and white fruit. Bright. Good salinity.
Tim Atkin: 93/100
Wine Enthusiast: 89-91/100 – Very aromatic and sweet. The palate suffused with acidity as well as dried apricots, and is fresh in character, the spicy element adding to the structure of the wine.
Rene Gabriel: 18/20
Matthew Jukes: 17.5/20
Jane Anson: 93/100 – A twist of lime on the nose, and evident complexity. This has a real intensity to the citrus lime fruit, and excellent freshness on the finish. Very good quality. Drink 2018-2035.
Jean-Marc Quarin: 16/20
Chris Kissack: 17.5-18.5/20 – Residual sugar 132 g/l. This is showing beautifully today, broad and rather honeyed sweet nose, with deep concentration. A very expressive and seductive style on the palate, confident and broad, remarkably rich, with lots of botrytis already coming though, not just in texture as it does in many of the wines, but also in a rich, honeyed, orangey-apricot seam to the flavour. This should give a brilliant kick for those addicted – like me – to the wines of Sauternes. What a stunner.