Chateau Lamothe-Despujols – 2nd Growth Sauternes
RELEASED 24th May 2011 – £175/case bottles or £191/case half bottles
Bill Blatch: This is a precise and vibrant wine, with tangy fruitiness and with sweetness about on the average for the vintage. The acidity is on the low side, leaving the balance to be made up by the fruit character, which somehow doesn’t quite make it, so this ends up very soft and slightly bland and also a touch bitter.
Decanter: 16/20 – Strong oaky undertones, but still very young and ‘remembering’ the fermentation aromas, well made Sauternes and not an expansive one. Drink 2018-2030.
Jancis Robinson: 16/20 – Drink 2024-2036. The Despujols Lamothe. Hot and formless on the nose. Very big and rich but it lacks the freshness and sheer purity of some. Notably chewy on the end. Long and hot. Big and a teensy bit blowsy. But if you just want sugar, this is your wine… Residual Sugar 125g/l and relatively low acid, Total Acidity 3.6, Alcohol 13.4%.
Neal Martin: 87-89/100 – Although the Lamothe Despujols is missing a little intensity on the nose, the palate is fresh, with good acidity, and notes of white peach, passion fruit and lemon grass towards the linear finish. Hopefully, the aromatics will blossom in barrel.
James Suckling: 90-91/100
Wine Enthusiast: 87-89/100 – Lacking richness, the wine has acidity, some sweetness, but misses definition and density.
Tim Atkin: 88/100
Jeremy Williams: 87-88/100 – Pale gold, honey again; bit creamier and quite fat, full style; mid sweetness and some grassy tones; fresh.
Rene Gabriel: 17/20
Matthew Jukes: 16.5/20
Jane Anson: 92-93/100 – Again a rich gold. Wonderfully silky texture. This is a more opulent, liquereux style of wine, but it works, and is full of complex burnt orange aromas, with a lovely fresh finish. Good quality. Drink 2018-2030