The 2009 Raymond-Lafon exhibits a little more oak on the nose compared to its peers, which tends to obscure the fruit aromatics at the moment. The palate is much better with a crisp, taut entry and a superb seam of acidity that runs from start to finish. There is a sense of conservatism here, almost a predictable 2009 Sauternes, although it is very well crafted and offers great clarity and freshness on the tropical fruit-tinged finish. This is lovely, but give it a couple of years for the aromatics to settle. Drink 2015-2030
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013|
There is a little SO2 on the nose at the moment. The palate is well balanced with a citric entry, touches of apricot and lime, tightly coiled towards the finish with the acidity slicing through the viscous honey fruit with a touch of Tropicana. Again, this is a very focused, tensile Sauternes with beguiling clarity.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
Very deep golden, with great tension and excitement and some green streaks, with layers of botrytis over them. Full and deep with intense botrytis. Great stuff! Unspittable, dried apricots (though so much richer than a Tokaji) and great acidity. Date tasted 1st April 2010. Drink 2017-2032.
|Score: 19||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
A lovely fresh and balanced acidity showing well on the nose. Nice botrytis with a good hit of luscious fruit . Unctuous and long.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, April 2010|
There is a lot happening on the nose, a basket of tropical fruits enriched by caramelized orange peel and apricots. The fleshy richness of the mid palate is well balanced by freshness, just a hint of grapefruit. Sweet powerful flavours come through towards the finish leaving a mouthful of rich, ripe fruit. Drink 2022-2050.
|Score: 91/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2010|
Glorious wine, as great as any first growth, with the same intensity and immediate perception of the vintage quality and character. For the owner, and I share his enthusiasm, the best ever.
|Score: 18.5||Michel Bettane, Decanter.com, April 2010|