Ch. Raymond-Lafon, Ch. Raymond-Lafon, Sauternes, 2007
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Single bottle of Sweet White wine Ch. Raymond-Lafon, Ch. Raymond-Lafon, Sauternes, 2007 Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc

Ch. Raymond-Lafon
Ch. Raymond-Lafon
Sauternes
2007

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The producer

Founded in 1850 by Raymond Lafon and then fast forward to 1972 when the estate was acquired by the Meslier family (Pierre Meslier was the managing director of Ch d’Yquem at the time). The connection with d’Yquem has meant that Raymond Lafon is produced using similar methods.

The 18 hectares of vineyards – which are located next to those of d’Yquem and also adjacent to those of Chateau Suduiraut – are planted to 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. Yields are close to 8 hl/ha and the wine is matured for 36 months in 100% new oak barrels. The annual production of this small Sauternes estate is often less than 3,000 cases per year.

This is very good Sauternes at an agreeable price.

The wine

Sourced from vines with an average age of 40 years, Raymond Lafon takes great pride in only picking the ripest and most perfectly shrivelled fruit. The blend varies with vintage conditions but usually comprises around 80% Semillon complemented by Sauvignon Blanc. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and is followed by ageing in 100% new French oak barriques. A delicate and subtly aromatic wine, Raymond Lafon packs in layers of concentrated tropical fruit and spice on the palate, balanced by a fresh and juicy structure and finish. This is very good Sauternes at an agreeable price.

Type: Sweet White
Vintage: 2009
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux Left Bank
Sub region: Sauternes
Grape: Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc
Style: Lush & Balanced
Sweetness: Sweet
ABV: 13.5%
Drinking window: 2012 - 2042
Size: 750ml
Food match: Blue Cheeses

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