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2001 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, 375ml

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

96James Suckling

Wow. This has a seamless texture and wonderful depth of fruit with dried pineapple, pear and hints of honey. Full body, very sweet and dense. Superb. Sliced white truffles. Fantastic.

95Wine Spectator

Exotic and ripe, with loads of tropical and sweet fruit. Full-bodied, spicy and very long. Sweet and loaded with botrytis. This is built for aging.

93Stephen Tanzer

..Orange peel, quince, honey and sexy oak tones of vanilla and spice. Chewy and powerful in the mouth...highly concentrated flavors of creme caramel, honey and exotic spices. Finishes very long, honeyed and powerful...flamboyantly aromatic.

92The Wine Advocate

...refined, elegant bouquet that demonstates more mineralite than the previous vintages: great tension here with marmalade, quince and dried honey scents.

17Jancis Robinson

Bright orange with strong barley-sugar notes but still very fresh and vital.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Bommes

Sauternes makes the world’s most famous dessert wines. Though the appellation lies within the Graves region of Bordeaux’s left bank, the appellation makes only sweet wines from white grapes, primarily Semillon sometimes blended with small amounts of Muscadelle. The five communes within Sauternes are Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes. Barsac also has its own appellation and, typically, Barsac wines are slightly drier and lighter than other Sauternes. Sauternes are made when weather conditions result in a mold called Botrytis cinerea developing on the grapes, which causes them to become especially sweet. Sauternes are not produced every vintage, so successful vintages become especially collectible. Sauternes estates were classified in 1855, and Château d’Yquem, the appellation’s most prestigious estate, was ranked in a class by itself as a Premier Grand Cru. Château d’Yquem wines are among the most prized wines in the world.

VINTAGE

2001 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey

Bommes