2017 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes Wine Tasting Note


2017 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey  (Sauternes) 94

Fresh, ripe, opulent sweet honey-drenched apricots, pineapple, mango, vanilla and white peach hit the spot, for those looking for a sweet nectar treat. Rich, honeyed and full, the wine remains lifted and fresh.

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Vanilla, pineapple, honey, flowers and overripe apricot create the nose but it is the density, sweetness and purity of fruit along with the piercing acidity and length that make this wine a standout. The harvest, which took place September 25 through October 12, was the shortest picking period in the history of the chateau. Close to 20% of the vineyard was damaged by frost this year. The Grand Vin was made from only 50% of the harvest.

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Lafaurie Peyraguey Chateau Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey can be enjoyed on the young side with no decanting. In fact, it is delicious and quite a treat young, even on release! However, like all great wines, Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey is much better with age, and does not reach full maturity until it's between 15-40 years of age, or in some years, perhaps even longer in the best vintages! That is when the magic happens!

But that is unrealistic for 99% of the world's wine drinkers. So, enjoy it at any special occasion that calls for it.

Of course the wine is sweet, but there is so much, incredible, racy acidity, the wine always feels fresh, and never cloying, which makes it quite fun to enjoy young. With Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey and frankly, all Sauternes, temperature is more important than decanting.

Serving Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey is best served at 14 degrees Celsius, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will naturally warm in the glass, while it develops more aromatic complexities and fleshes out.

Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey can be served with seafood dishes, especially shellfish, lobster, crab and oysters on the half shell. Foie gras is a perfect pairing with its natural sweet, salty and savory characteristics. Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey can also be paired with roasted chicken, veal and pork dishes that are either spicy, or prepared with a touch of sweetness.

Spicy Asian cuisine, raw fish, like sushi or sashimi, and cheese, both hard and soft also make great pairings with Chateau Lafaurie Peyraguey.