Château-Raymond-Lafon Sauternes 2011
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Wine SpectatorDeliciously plump in feel, with toasted coconut, piecrust and warm brioche notes caressing a core of apricot, fig and creamed pear. The long, flattering finish picks up an orange blossom hint to offset the fruit. Best from 2016 through 2030. 2,165 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastFrom one of the many recent exceptional years in Sauternes, this ripe, unctuous wine has balanced the rich honeyed fruit and the drier edge of botrytis. It's full in the mouth, with Seville orange and a light touch of ginger. Drink from 2019.
Wine AdvocateTasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. The Château 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.
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