And so I ended my trip through Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes here, a true jewel of the region.
The slow drive into the property was beautiful, tranquil and calm ...
... noble and old.
And while they are currently remodeling and remaking anew ...
... some things are better left untouched.
Sometimes, the old ways remain the best.
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.
What a wine. A grand triumph of balance, nobility, strength, and character. What a wine.
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!
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.