Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey 2009 En Primeur Sauternes
Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey – First Growth Sauternes
Bill Blatch: Eric Larramona has been quietly brining round this estate’s wines from the heavier style of yore into a more refined and complex vein, and this year it really shows. It retains some of the brash, frankly sweet and thickly-endowed qualities that are probably more to do with the soil structures of the property that to the harvesting. At 139 g/l residual, it is in line with many other First Growths, but this time there is a complexity in the flavour and a tone to the acidity that give a certain lift to all this concentration; Possibly one for the long haul.
Wine Spectator – Score 90-93 Points: Focused and very clean, with apple pie and crème brûlée aromas. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a fruity finish. A little one-dimensional.
Decanter –18 Points: Slightly more golden-like colour than others, but keeping green undertones, absolutely glorious from the beginning to the end, great future!
Jancis Robinson 17+ Points: Quite deep gold. Looks very fat. Not very much nose, and sheer weight is its strong point. A bit chewy. This should give pleasure but it’s not one of the most subtle. Raw pear juice. Bit of a boxer. Though with good acidity. Drink 2018-2030
Wine Advocate – 92-94 Points: There is some SO2 masking the nose here, which is difficult to assess. However, the palate is well balanced with fine minerality, bright citrus fruit, orange zest, a touch of white peach and apricot, good tension towards the finish with a dash of lemongrass on the aftertaste. There is very good weight and botrytis on this Lafaurie Peyraguey that linger seductively.
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