Raymond Lafon 2010

SubregionSauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White

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Tasting Notes

The Raymond-Lafon 2010 has a complex bouquet with lemon peel, almond and quince aromas, and is well-defined with an impressive sense of energy. The palate is well-balanced with a viscous opening, and well-judged acidity. It builds toward a rounded, pineapple and marmalade- tinged finish. This has good weight and presence with plenty of strikingly fresh acidity to keep everything balanced. This wine deserves a round of applause.

Score: 93Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (212), May 2014

The Chateau Raymond-Lafon has a reticent nose at first that finds its voice after a few swirls of the glass, offering dried mango, almond and a touch of quince, all with fine delineation and intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with good acidity and tension, the minerality really coming through towards the beautifully composed finish. This is a very accomplished Raymond-Lafon that will repay cellaring.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

Deep gold. 'Let it warm a little bit because it's at 10 rather than 12 at the moment', say the Dourthe serving team. Lovely excitement on the nose. There is so much botrytis and richness here. Golden syrup and perhaps a tad lack of acidity. Round and gingery and lilies. Maybe very slightly over the top but no-one could accuse this of being too fresh and lean! Wonderful unctuousness - though taken to the limits of ripeness. As I say, I'd like just a little more acidity. Great richness on the nose. RS 139 g/l, TA 3.9.

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011

The Meslier family make an opulently styled Sauternes here. 2010 does not disappoint as the nose shows power and complexity. The palate has lovely presence with rounded honeyed fruit and a creamy finish enlivened by fine tasting acidity. Big wine but with charm.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, April 2011

The nose has lots of charm fragrant fresh fruits backed by rich ripe fleshy fruits. Apricot and peach intermingle with orange peel lovely lush layers of flavour. There is enough freshness to balance and to give a lighter more elegant feel to the finish.

Score: 92/95Derek Smedley MW, April 2011

Magnificent generous texture, more oakiness for the moment than in many other samples from neighbours, lots of potential, perfect botrytis character. An exemplary made wine - once again. Drink 2020-2040.

Score: 17.5Michel Bettane, Decanter.com, April 2011

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