2007 Château Lafaurie Peyraguey Sauternes

2007 Château Lafaurie Peyraguey Sauternes

Sweet wines don't come much more delicious than this stunning aged stunner. A beautiful Sauternes, from a classic year for botrytis wines, and so incredibly rich and dense. Power, and the complexity that comes from bottle ageing, all in a beautifully balanced package. No wonder it scored big with so many critics.

Expert Reviews

94 Points - Roger Voss - Wine EnthusiastPacked with botrytis, this is a wine whose sweetness is suppressed by richness. Flavors of bitter oranges and white figs go with the intense core of botrytis, followed by a touch of bright acidity. This is a wine whose journey is just beginning.
93 Points - The Wine Cellar InsiderWhat a nice, finesse style of Sauternes. Focused on freshness, coupled with ripe, honeyed fruits, the wine offers apricot, orange, pineapple and candied citrus rind with sweet vanilla accents and refreshing acidity giving this taste treat lift, along with its honeyed tropical fruit flavors. I enjoy Sauternes young, but this is only going to get better with time.
93 Points - Robert Parker - Wine AdvocateThe 2007 Lafaurie-Peyraguey has fulfilled all my expectations since its impressive primeur showing. It is has a light, succinct nose with white peach, pear, apple-blossom and a touch of chalk dust. Good definition, although it needs a little more vitality. The palate is superb: very vibrant on the entry, marmalade, quince, mandarin and a touch of ginger, just a little disjointed towards the finish, good length. Time in bottle will allow this to coalesce.
91 Points - Wine SpectatorHoney, dried pineapple, apricot and tropical fruit on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a spice, dried fruit and honey aftertaste. Balanced and pretty.
Jancis Robinson MWDeep bronze. Lots of depth, richness, burnt caramel and glory. This is serious stuff! Tingle and great intensity with a hint of ripe pears. Long and reverberant. Great clarity – and muscularity. 18/20 Points.

Tech stuff

Dessert Wine
Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Bordeaux
2007
750ml
13.5%
Cellar to 2025
Cork

Light

Full

How's it taste?

When it comes to Sauternes, 2007 vintage is one that truly shines and this wine from Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey is an exceptional drop. Lovely honeyed characters on the nose with vibrant flavours of marmalade, quince, mandarin with hints of ginger and spice on the palate.

Who made it?

The building that would eventually become the estate of Lafaurie-Peyraguey was built as a fortified keep in the 13th century. It served as military post until 1618 when it was sold to Raymond Peyraguey, and the vineyards around the estate were established.

Following the French Revolution, in 1796, the estate and lands were acquired by Pierre Lafaurie, who added his name to the existing one of Peyraguey. Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey was born.

The Estate has changed hands a few times over the years, but the quality of the vineyards and the winemaking have ensured Lafaurie-Peyraguey has remained one of the most impressive houses in Sauternes.

In the 1855 Classification, this consistent quality lead Lafaurie-Peyraguey to be awarded the Premier Cru Grande Classe status, alongside their neighbour, Chateau Yquem, and esteemed producer Chateau La Tour Blanche.

In 2014 the estate was purchased by Silvio Denz, the entrepreneur behind several other Bordeaux Chateaux, as well as current chairman of Lalique Crystal. Silvio undertook a complete renovation of the cellars and winemaking facilities, updating and modernising much of the old equipment, as well as reducing yields and cropping levels in the vineyards, with a view to increase quality.

Despite its overwhelming pedigree and history, it's hard not to think that the best years for Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey are yet to come.

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