Monday, October 20, 2014

crowns at Château de Fargues

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And so I ended my trip through Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes here, a true jewel of the region.
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The slow drive into the property was beautiful, tranquil and calm ...
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... noble and old.
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And while they are currently remodeling and remaking anew ...
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... some things are better left untouched.
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Sometimes, the old ways remain the best.
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That's it, ladies and gentlemen. This row and the row to the left. That's all there is of the 2013 vintage. A difficult, challenging one. As I learned, quality is a virtue that one fights for - that one commits to. It's not the grand vintages that make the estate ... it's the ones that keep you up at night that forge true character. 
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What a wine. A grand triumph of balance, nobility, strength, and character. What a wine.
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And how else to end this trip but to say goodbye to Philippe de Lur Saluces in front of the vineyards of Fargues. Inimitable charm, and a great ambassador of Bordeaux. What a trip!

Tasting notes:

2009 Château de Fargues: Great spicy notes, complex, and purity. Incredible depth, like staring into a dark well. What a gorgeous mouth - unbelievably spicy, with great length, tension, and extract. Complex, open, structured, and muscular - a powerful yet agile wine for the ages.

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