Read Decanter's tasting note for Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France 2013, this 41ha under vine estate is now owned by Silvio Denz.
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France 2013
Decanter average score: 95
Bought by Lalique owner Silvio Denz, the estate was a fortress in the 13th century and takes its current name from Sieur Raymond Peyraguey, who purchased the property in 1618 and from M Lafaurie. He in turn had acquired it in 1796.
The estate boasts 41ha under vine, of which some are exceptionally old, planted in the late 1920s. Semillon is most planted (93%), with a little Sauvignon Blanc (6%) and Muscadelle (1%). The wines are admired for their unique balance of power and elegance.
Stephen Brook 95 Discreetly oaky nose dominates the underlying pineapple and apricot fruit. Very sweet attack, silky and almost racy, with fine purity. This has finesse and poise, and the balance and acidity should ensure a good evolution. Slightly exotic and candied with very good length.
Sebastian Payne 95 Creamy and rich, this has considerably more depth than most in this vintage. For me, this is the star of the tasting.
Xavier Rousset MS 95 Nose and palate of mango, quince and apricot. Balanced with well-integrated oak; rich but still has real finesse and character.
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