The Lur Saluces family took over this Sauternes estate in 1472. Three centuries later that same family took over the now famous Chateau d’Yquem. Chateau de Fargues overs 170 hectares but only 15 are planted to vines. 80% is Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc (the same break up as d’Yquem).
This is made identically to the famous d’Yquem estate the only difference is terroir. de Fargues offers lightness and grace, refreshing acidity and plenty of complex marmalade and citrus notes. The sweetness was at a perfect level for end of night sipping or starting the evening. There is so much complexity here you just have to try it to understand it.
The undisputed headline act when it comes to sweet wines. Using thin skinned white varieties and having adequet rainfall and humidity in the vineyard means the noble rot botrytis cinerea can take hold and dehydrate the grapes on the vine. Taking away moisture but leaving sugar, acid and flavour behind. The resulting sweet wines are thick, intense and structure. The balance of acid and sugar make these wines able to evolve over many years. The great wines are some of the most expensive in the world.
A somewhat shy variety that is most famous for balancing Sauvignon Blancs overt tendencies in table wines and sauternes styles. It found a home in the Hunter where the early picked wines can live for 50 years.
Hero to many, weed to many more. Sauvignon Blanc sure does divide people. The pure expression of Sauvignon fruit is a stunning and exuberant array of tropical fruits with ripe herbs and plant material. It excels in the chalk, clay and sand of the Loire as well as the wonderful vineyards in Bordeaux for dry white and Sauternes production where Semillon curbs its outgoing nature.