2010 Raymond Lafon, Sauternes (375ml)

SKU #1135364 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Raymond-Lafon 2010 has a complex bouquet with lemon peel, almond and quince aromas, and is well-defined with an impressive sense of energy. The palate is well-balanced with a viscous opening, and well-judged acidity. It builds toward a rounded, pineapple and marmalade- tinged finish. This has good weight and presence with plenty of strikingly fresh acidity to keep everything balanced. This wine deserves a round of applause. (NM)  (4/2014)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This is rather dense, with a core of almond cream, coconut, mango, creamed peach and dried apricot notes that should take some time to unfurl fully, revealing lush-textured tarte Tatin, glazed peach and dacquoise flavors in reserve. A big wine. Best from 2018 through 2035. 2,543 cases made. (Web Only - 2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Both freshness and richness are well combined in this elegant Sauternes. What it misses in weight, it gains in honey and apricot flavors.  (6/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark copper colour. Some greenery in the nose. Round, lovely texture. Masses of acidity as well as the rich fruit. Real energy here. Ambitious wine. (17.5)  (1/2014)

K&L Notes

This wine is absolutely delicious. We tasted it on our April 2014 Bordeaux tasting trip and bought it directly from the property. Quite rich on the palate but with outstanding acidity that gives it perfect balance on the palate. Some coconut undertones with a refreshing lemony touch. A super buy-the best price in the USA!. -Clyde beffa

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2015 | Send Email
Surprisingly viscous, fat and waxy but with great balancing acidity to boot, this seems to hit the sweet spot between flamboyant richness and cool, electric freshness. The pineapple, coconut, honey, citrus and marmalade flavors would be an ideal match for veined cheeses, fruit tarts, pound cake, a plate of butter cookies or my favorite, as an aperitif. The powerful finish here actually leaves an impression of dryness on the palate.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/14/2015 | Send Email
Sauternes is the most expensive wine to make in Bordeaux, and many would say the best value for the wine lover. They are nearly eternal wines which develop effortlessly across generations, yet they are very charming young. The 2010 Raymond Lafon has it all, beautiful honey and dried apricot flavors and aromas, luscious sweetness and fantastic focus and acidity on the endless finish. If you haven't had Sauternes in a while, this is a great one to try!
Drink from 2015 to 2040

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