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92-95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May 2010
(an 80/20 blend of semillon and sauvignon; 13.8% alcohol; 138 g/l residual sugar; pH 3.94; 50% new oak) Rather pale yellow-gold. Very intense aromas of orange blossom, lemon curd and tangerine zest are complicated by a pretty floral nuance and show strong, clean, pure botrytis character. Enters dense, sweet and honeyed, with noteworthy depth and precision to its flavors of fresh citrus fruit, apricot and saffron. Though quite sweet, the wine's sound acidity gives it impressive clarity, and the smooth, viscous finish goes on for minutes. This extremely successful Raymond-Lafon is one of the stars of the vintage. Owner Jean-Pierre Meslier told me that 2009 was exceptional even in the relatively generous quantities produced, as yields at this property have averaged only about 10 hectoliters per hectare over the past ten years but were 20 in 2009.