Chateau Lamothe-Guignard – 2nd Growth Sauternes
RELEASED 10th May 2011 – £168/case bottles or £184/case half bottles
Bill Blatch: Here is one of the few wines that has totally changed since the trade tastings. At first, it was bulky, thickly-constituted and strongly round and honeyed, yet with a fine acid tone that saved such a big wine from dullness. Now, it has gone into barrel (they stopped barrel-fermentation in 2004) and has taken on a great layer of oak finesse, giving a higher tone and some lift to the wine. I suspect this will end up just as strong and assertive as before but the barrel is certainly doing a lot to it in the mean time.
Neal Martin: 89-91/100 – The 2010 Lamothe Guignard has a tightly wound bouquet with touches of lemon curd, spice, pear skin and light honey, good definition and freshness. The palate is fresh and taut on the entry, with good minerality, including notes of citrus lemon, pear, almond and honey. The definition and focus on the finish is accomplished with a vibrant spicy finish that is most appealing.
Decanter: 16/20 – Some bitterness on the nose (linked to Sulphur Dioxide use), rich, lots of sugar, perhaps less complex and refined than some of its neighbours but really true to type and vintage, well made. Drink 2018-2030.
Jancis Robinson: 17.5/20 – Drink 2024-2040. Mid copper. Real punch – almost like a Caribbean rum punch, there is clearly so much alcohol and sweetness here, plus a bit of tropical fruit. Sweetness and weight and completeness, in traditional style. Much less obviously ‘refreshing’ than most others. This is big! Chewy finish. Residual Sugar 125 g/l, Total Acidity 4.5 g/l, Alcohol 13.8%.
Wine Enthusiast: 91-93/100 – An attractive, fresh wine, with a delicious delicacy as well as the perfumed acidity. There is a tasty pear juice and spice combination to finish.
James Suckling: 90-91/100
Tim Atkin: 89/100
Jeremy Williams: 88+/100 – Pale gold, some honey and butter; nice palate, some sweetness and weight; quite clean and pure. Nice attractive wine. Mid term.
Rene Gabriel: 16/20
Matthew Jukes: 16/20
Jane Anson: 90+/100 – Again, a richer, more opulent style, touch of heat that is slightly throwing things off balance, although again the acidity evident in the mid palate and finish manages to come strongly into play. These are interesting wines. Very different from last year. Drink 2018-2030
Jean-Marc Quarin: 14.75/20
Chris Kissack: 15.5-16.5/20 – Residual sugar 125 g/l. Not so expressive on the nose compared to a number of the wines, showing only some restrained fruit. It has a rather cool style on the palate, without the great texture that can be found within the vintage. A moderate weight to it in the mouth, certainly sweet and broad, but it seems very smoothly polished and integrated and it doesn’t have the gritty depth of botrytis complexity that would hold more promise. Nevertheless a very flattering style, lifted, with attractive golden fruit. A good wine.