2017 Château de Fargues Sauternes Wine Tasting Note


2017 Château de Fargues  (Sauternes) 94

Loads of vanilla bean, flowers, candied orange rind, honey slathered apricots and mango on the nose and palate. The right blend of sweet and racy, with a long, honeyed finish.

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De Fargues Chateau Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau de Fargues, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau de Fargues 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 de Fargues is much better with age, and does not reach full maturity until it's between 12-35 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 de Fargues and frankly, all Sauternes, temperature is more important than decanting.

Serving Chateau de Fargues with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau de Fargues 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 de Fargues 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 de Fargues 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 de Fargues.

Chateau de Fargues is a beautiful style of Sauternes. While it lacks the richness and ability to age that d'Yquem offers, it's a stellar example of Sauternes that many people find similar to a young vintage of Chateau d'Yquem, especially when tasted in its youth.