2006 Raymond Lafon, Sauternes (Elsewhere $60)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. It is adorned with a straightforward, no frills Sauternes nose, good definition, barley sugar, lemon curd and honey, gaining in intensity in the glass. The palate is well-balanced, good freshness here with notes of honey, marmalade, a touch of ginger; nice cohesion and very good weight towards the finish. It needs another couple of years to tuck its shirt in, but I admire its focus and breeding. Very fine, though it is marred by just a touch of volatility on the finish. Tasted January 2010.
Unctuous, sporting apricot, glazed pear and creamed melon flavors, with a lush coconut-tinged finish. A nice floral hint weaves in and out, adding length and vivacity, too. Drink now through 2020. (Web-2011)
Second bottle was definitely richer with real nerve and tingle and exciting depths. Luscious and almost unspittable. Lovely unctuous stuff with real nerve.
Deal of the century, located at the foot of d’Yquem, Mr. Lafon was the cellarmaster at Yquem for decades and bought this land. They make great wine, but business has struggled. Beautifully focused sweetness, dazzling freshness and acidity. The wine is perfectly balanced and will age effortlessly! I do not need any more Sauternes but I’m going to load up anyway - it will be my everyday Sauternes forever (Ralph Sands, K&L).