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  • Producer ranking ?

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  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Salads

The Story

Raymond-Lafon is a name to watch in the Sauternes district, particularly if one is looking for a wine that is close to the brilliance and majestic richness of Yquem for less than one-third the price.

This small estate abuts Yquem's vineyard and has had an excellent reputation. The 1921 Raymond-Lafon was considered even better than Yquem's wine in that great vintage. I have never tasted the 1921 Raymond-Lafon, but the single greatest Sauternes I have ever drunk was the Yquem of that vintage.

However, the estate of Raymond-Lafon fell into neglect, and it was not until 1972 that Pierre Meslier, the manager of Yquem, purchased this vineyard and began to rebuild this wine's once fabulous reputation.

With a tiny yield of 9 hectoliters per hectare (even less than Yquem's), with the same grape blend and winemaking techniques employed as Yquem, and with the same ruthless selection procedure (normally 20% - 100% of a harvest is declassified), Raymond-Lafon has already produced a succession of splendid Sauternes, beginning with a great 1975 and just recently concluding with a monumental 1990.

Raymond-Lafon looks to be well on the road to becoming one of the great classic wines of Sauternes. Unfortunately, the wine is extremely difficult to find because of the tiny production and the fact that proprietor Pierre Meslier sells much of it to private clients in Europe. One must wonder why this vineyard, situated next to Yquem and surrounded by all the Premiers Crus Classés of Sauternes, was overlooked in the 1855 classification.

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2015 - refined and sophisticated, orange pell and pineapple, excellent sweetness, complexity and length. Rich. On the level with 2014. 95p.
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Bright golden yellow colour. Classic nose with slightly closed character, ripe Mirabelle and white plums, apricots and candied lemon-zest, hints of pineapple in the background. On the palate opulent yet fresh, well balanced with depth and length.
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Sauternes, Bordeaux

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Raymond-Lafon 2015  ( Château Raymond-Lafon )

"2015 - refined and sophisticated, orange pell and pineapple, excellent sweetness, complexity and length. Rich. On the level with 2014. 95p."

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Raymond-Lafon 2015  ( Château Raymond-Lafon )

"Bright golden yellow colour. Classic nose with slightly closed character, ripe Mirabelle and white plums, apricots and candied lemon-zest, hints of pineapple in the background. On the palate opulent yet fresh, well balanced with depth and length. "

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