Château Raymond-Lafon

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend

9.2242 ratings
9.344 pro ratings
Sauternes, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
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Tom Kobylarz

Flight 5 - A Sweet Ending
The last flight of the evening was a flight of 3 Sauternes, including the great Chateau d'Yquem. Rabaud-Promis and Raymond-Lafon were the only ones showing unfortunately as the d'Yquem was corked enough that we knew it and thus wasn't judged. Both the RL and RP were a blend of 80-20 Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, the traditional Sauternes blend. The difference besides the vintage was the oak maturation. RL gets 3 years in new oak while the RP sees only 12-14 months in new oak.
The Raymond-Lafon 1996 showed the 3 full years of new oak and a full on sweet and dry attack of honey, candied peach, and marmalade all accented by the telltale pungency of the fungus botrytis cinerea. Custard and creamy notes delivered here as well amping up the flavor and body perception, with a clean and dry finish.

The RP showed an elegant and lighter attack because of the lighter vintage and less oak used in the maturation process. More notes of juicy stony fruits and sweet citrus showed here. This was a nice contrast to the RL.

Botrytis cinerea, aka "Noble Rot", gives the Sauternes wines a musky, but pure and sweet texture. The fungus evaporates the water in a healthy grape, thus naturally concentrating the juice and flavor in the grape.

Flight 5 - A Sweet Ending
The last flight of the evening was a flight of 3 Sauternes, including the great Chateau d'Yquem. Rabaud-Promis and Raymond-Lafon were the only ones showing unfortunately as the d'Yquem was corked enough that we knew it and thus wasn't judged. Both the RL and RP were a blend of 80-20 Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, the traditional Sauternes blend. The difference besides the vintage was the oak maturation. RL gets 3 years in new oak while the RP sees only 12-14 months in new oak.
The Raymond-Lafon 1996 showed the 3 full years of new oak and a full on sweet and dry attack of honey, candied peach, and marmalade all accented by the telltale pungency of the fungus botrytis cinerea. Custard and creamy notes delivered here as well amping up the flavor and body perception, with a clean and dry finish.

The RP showed an elegant and lighter attack because of the lighter vintage and less oak used in the maturation process. More notes of juicy stony fruits and sweet citrus showed here. This was a nice contrast to the RL.

Botrytis cinerea, aka "Noble Rot", gives the Sauternes wines a musky, but pure and sweet texture. The fungus evaporates the water in a healthy grape, thus naturally concentrating the juice and flavor in the grape.

1 person found it helpfulDec 23rd, 2016
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.0

Apricots, peaches, and beeswax.

Apricots, peaches, and beeswax.

1 person found it helpfulDec 7th, 2015
Stephen Bonner

Medium-bodied and lush with sweet Barney sugar, honey, some botrytis, over ripe pineapple, coconut, and brown sugar. Good acidity and length.

Medium-bodied and lush with sweet Barney sugar, honey, some botrytis, over ripe pineapple, coconut, and brown sugar. Good acidity and length.

1 person found it helpfulAug 14th, 2015
Scott DeSimon

My goodness, this is so bananas!

My goodness, this is so bananas!

1 person found it helpfulOct 24th, 2014
Jake Perdie

Owner Beach & Vine Wines & Spirits

8.7

Jake had this 4 years ago

Jake had this 4 years ago

1 person found it helpfulMay 14th, 2014
Nathan Adams

Consulting Wine/Beverage Director, Snake River Brewing, Persephone, King Sudachi

9.4

Stilton, sounds of the ocean, warm fire. Classy wine.

Stilton, sounds of the ocean, warm fire. Classy wine.

Oct 1st, 2016
Peter van den Besselaar

A touch of botytris, Turkisch fruit, butter, apricots, round taste, very good.

A touch of botytris, Turkisch fruit, butter, apricots, round taste, very good.

Dec 25th, 2015
James Leahy

Perfect end to Premiere Napa Valley is a pre 1990-Bordeaux Dinner to re-calibrate from all the barrel samples.

Perfect end to Premiere Napa Valley is a pre 1990-Bordeaux Dinner to re-calibrate from all the barrel samples.

Feb 24th, 2015
Stéphane VIVIER

Balance and great dessert wine.

Balance and great dessert wine.

Feb 1st, 2015
Josh Luhn

Luhn Wine Consulting Owner, Luhn Family Wines

9.1

2008 Vintage - Solid Sauternes, especially for the price.

2008 Vintage - Solid Sauternes, especially for the price.

Jan 27th, 2015