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The 2020 Raymond Lafon doesn’t quite deliver the same cohesion on the nose as its peers, though it meliorates with aeration, delivering dried mango, honeycomb, hints of toffee apple and quince. The palate is more viscous than its peers and equipped with pure honeyed fruit that practically sticks to the inside of your mouth. There is something almost Aszú-like toward the finish. A very well crafted Sauternes that will age with style. - vinous.com
(13.4% ABV; 137g/l RS)
Orange-gold; gentle and honeyed nose, pure rather than complex; medium-full, fresh to vital; sweet, lively, elegant, very nicely defined midweight Sauternes, gently racy, not grand and without the real botrytis complexity and length of a fine vintage; but some fat here, and silk, and freshness, and good length. Charm, not grandeur.
Cask sample taken in a half-bottle 12 April.
Deep coppery gold. Lively, vegy nose but not as concentrated and focused as some vintages. But superior and classic with an appetising lightly sour note on the finish after lots of clean sweetness. Still a little chewy.
The 2020 Raymond-Lafon is a very pretty Sauternes laced with apricot, tangerine oil, yellow flowers and passionfruit. The gracious, airy style is quite appealing. Midweight and understated, yet also wonderfully persistent, this is absolutely impeccable and classy to the core. Vinous.com
Apricots, mango, roasted nuts, vanilla, pineapple and Christmas spice show up in the perfume with little effort. Rich, lush, sweet, fresh and packed with honey-slathered, buttery apricots and candied orange rind, the wine strikes the right balance between honeyed sweetness and racy acidity. 92-94
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
Dark gold in colour, with excellent bitter orange peel, clementines and grapefruit dominating the palate. Residual sugar 137 g/l. TA 3.85 g/l. 3.78pH.
Drinking Window 2023 - 2040