Chateau Raymond Lafon 2009 En Primeur Sauternes
Chateau Raymond Lafon – AC Sauternes
Bill Blatch: This is a positive, strong-flavoured wine, with loads of chunky fatness coming out of the Sémillon and with the botrytis strongly apparent in the form of quite heavy glycerine.At 138 g/l residual, it is on a par with many others, but it has not been fermented out beyond 13°8, procuring a very fine honeyed texture and avoiding excess of power, so the result is gentle for such a flavourful wine. In addition, there is a good acid balance that stitches it all up nicely. As at Fargues, this will be kept in barrel longer than others, so will certainly soften a little more during its élevage. Quite clearly this château kept right on top of the botrytis.
Decanter – 18.5 Points: 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.
Jancis Robinson – 19 Points: 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. Drink 2017-2032
Wine Advocate – 92-94 Points: 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.
All prices are £ per case, In Bond UK. Wines are currently in barrel and will be bottled and shipped from 2012 after which either in bond storage, in bond delivery or duty paid delivery (including VAT) charges will be invoiced at 2012 rates.