2011 Raymond Lafon

Raymond Lafon

92Average Score
White
12x75cl
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0 Immediate | 5 Marketplace
£295.00
Bts
-
0 Immediate | 1 Marketplace
£28.00
12x75cl
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0 Immediate | 3 Marketplace
Duty Paid
£295.00
6x75cl
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0 Immediate | 10 Marketplace
£149.00
Scores & Notes
Average Score
92
Critic Notes

Quite ripe, offering a large core of orange peel, date and almond notes, with a toasted hazelnut-filled finish. There's plenty of dried mango and apricot in reserve, with a toasty piecrust note. Powerfully rendered. Needs some time. James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com

Score: 92-95/100Wine Spectator

RS 149 g/l, TA 4.05 g/l, pH 3.83. Intense apricot and apricot kernel on the nose and bitter orange marmalade. Oily mineral spiciness too. Quite savoury and spiced on the palate too. So you almost miss the acidity which runs through its core. Very long finish. Lovely sour freshness at the end with some grapefruit pith to stir it all up. Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com

Score: 17.5-/20Jancis Robinson

The 2011 Raymond Lafon was picked from three tries representing six lots (the first and last de-selected for the second label) between September 19 and October 5, the earliest harvest since 1893. It has 149 grams per liter residual sugar and a pH of 3.83. It has an understated bouquet of honey, grilled almond, pineapple and quince aromas. It comes across as tight and not expressive at this early stage, but that will certainly change. The palate offers a light, almond and quince-tinged entry and it represents a lighter, feminine take on the vintage. It is a Raymond Lafon that will be beautifully balanced and endowed with a precise finish that neatly offsets sweetness against acidity. Drink 2013-2028. Neal Martin, Wine Advocate April 2012

Score: 90-92/100The Wine Advocate

Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. The Chateau Raymond-Lafon 2011 is very backward on the nose with muted scents of wax resin, undergrowth, dried honey and a slight petrol note that lends it a Germanic personality. The palate is viscous on the entry with thickly layered honeyed fruit. It does not quite have the panache of sophistication of its peers and it feels just a little earnest on the finish, but I suspect that bottle age will bestow great complexity. Feb 2015, www.robertparker.com

Score: 90-/100Neal Martin
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Sauternes
Colour
White
Taste
Sweet
Alcohol %
-
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
-
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Sauternes
Colour
White
Taste
Sweet
Alcohol %
-
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
-
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