2016 Ep Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Glass of honey on tropical and stone fruit(mango, ripe pineapple, fresh orange and apricot fruits), which is placed next a bouquet of flowers and a bow of fresh, whip cream, vanilla bean. Picture comes complete with composition revealed: 93% Semillon , 6% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle .
We are told vinification takes place in new and used, French oak barrels. The wine is aged in 40% to 70% new, French oak barrels for 18 months. High density of 6,666 vines per hectare. On average, the vines are close to 40 years of age. However, they have old vines that date all the way back to 1926. Bright, shiny nectar.
98-99 points James Suckling
This is really crazy. The layers of fruit to this and the sheer intensity are really superb. Full-bodied and very sweet yet energetic and focused. Dense and tight. Tasted it and said OMG right away! (4/2017)
94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey has a perfumed, minerally bouquet that is taut and focused, beautifully defined and very precise. The palate is very well balanced with peach, nectarine and honey on the entry. This is a complex Sauternes, armed with superb acidity and bite, leading to a persistent finish that offers a dab of peaches and cream on the aftertaste. This is excellent. (NM) (4/2017)
92-95 points Decanter
The 2016 Lafaurie-Peyraguey is arrestingly beautiful. Passion fruit, mango, mint, white pepper and flowers give it a distinctly exotic feel. Unctuous and plush on the palate, the 2016 possesses superb balance and tons of personality. Naturally, the style leans toward the more tropical side of things - as it always does - but all the elements are impeccably balanced. Yields were just 17 hectoliters per hectare, while the blend, unusually, favors Sauvignon Blanc rather than Sémillon. (AG) (4/2017)
94-95 points Wine Enthusiast
Barrel Sample. A perfectly balanced wine, this boasts a beautiful harmony between bright acidity and ripe, sweet fruit. It is rich, but balanced by great acidity as well as lingering spicy notes. It is suited for long-term aging. (RV) (4/2017)