Chateau Lamothe-Guignard 2009 En Primeur Sauternes
Chateau Lamothe-Guignard – 2nd Growth Sauternes
Bill Blatch: This is an enormous mouthful of Sauternes, with a good rich solid constitution and a bulky generous thickness. At 140 g/l residual, it seems very sweet, but doesn’t cloy: just comes over as massive and strong-flavoured. One is immediately attracted to the warmth and bigness of this very opulently styled wine.
Decanter –17 Points: Pure apricot aromas so frequent in this vintage and indicating great botrytised berries, with even a beginning of caramel-like elements from what Germans call trockenbeerenauslesen berries, refined, complete in its category and certainly great value for money.
Jancis Robinson -17 Points: Not much nose. Then great weight and sweetness but a bit formless. It has less freshness than many. Just big and beefy. Very round and a bit hot. Drink 2017-2030
Wine Spectator – 90-93 Points: Thick and very sweet, with lots of honey notes and an almost syrupy structure. Spicy botrytis on the finish. A little loosely knit, but interesting.
Wine Advocate – 90-92 Points: The nose of the 2009 Lamothe-Guignard is very tight at the moment, unfurling slowly with honey, acacia, almond and fresh apricot. The palate has a viscous entry, with what appears to be more residual sugar than other 2009s. It is unctuous towards the honey and peach-driven finish. Very generous at this nascent stage, but the length suggests a potentially great wine after bottling.
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