- BY the CASE
94pts - Robert Parker
Raymond-Lafon is the best kept secret in Sauternes!!
The estate is contiguous to Bordeaux's most expensive white wine - Ch. d'Yquem - and shares the same mix of grapes & winemaking techniques.
Raymond-Lafon's owner M. Meslier, was previously the 'regisseur' (General Manager) at d'Yquem & oversaw all production at that famous property for many years. This 2009 Raymond Lafon is simply a stunning sauternes at a price half that of the other great names from Sauternes.
"The palate is ... a crisp, taut entry & a superb seam of acidity that runs from start to finish. It is very well crafted & offers great clarity & freshness on the tropical fruit-tinged finish. This is lovely. Drink 2015-2030." - Robert Parker!
90pts - James Halliday
"Deep colour; very complex black fruits, tar & some sweet, French oak lead into a palate with an appealing balance of savoury & sweeter blackcurrant fruit; good oak handling & likewise tannin extract, all providing balance & length." - James Halliday
17pts - Jancis Robinson
94pts - Jeremy Oliver
"Healthy fruit but with wet-stony aspect to it. Lots to chew on – with a strong menthol note. Quite different from the 1997 and 1998 – much more austere – more press wine perhaps? Ambitious. Almost too severe – a bit Las Cases-like! Very drying finish" - Jancis Robinson
"A long, firm & cedary cabernet likely to become deeper, more profound & impactful before it becomes finer & more elegant with longer cellaring. It opens with a dusty fragrance of cedar, mulberries & ripe black and red berries before revealing nuances of mint, dried herbs & chocolate/vanilla oak. Firm, tight & powdery, its slightly sour-edged palate of dark berry/plum flavours, fine-grained oak & meaty, lightly reductive complexity finishes with mineral undertones." - Jeremy Oliver
95 pts - James Halliday - 'Australian Wine Companion'
18pts - Jancis Robinson
"Very fragrant bouquet with hallmark blackcurrant fruit & a finely framed palate; these cabernets are by far the best in Tasmania." - James Halliday
"Crimson with a pale rim. Svelte & with the impression of really evolved Merlot given. Sweet & polished compared with the vintages immediately before it. A lovely wine. One of the subtlest 2004 Cabs anywhere?" - Jancis Robinson
17.5pts - Jancis Robinson
95pts - James Haliday
"Crimson with a pale rim. Most attractive evolution on the nose. Sweet start & then very firmly structured. Absolutely classic old-fashioned bordeaux style; so easy to see the archetype in this odd corner of the world for it! Lovely dry menthol trip down memory lane for traditionalists like me." - Jancis Robinson
"Right in the mainstream of the classically austere Domaine A style, with a degree of complexity & intensity within that austere exterior which is quite remarkable. A wine made with fastidious attention to detail & without compromise." - 95pts - James Haliday