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Chateau Lafon, Sauternes 2013 75cl

 
Country: France
Region: Sauternes
Type: Sweet
Producer: Lafon
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2013
Body: Medium to full bodied
Alcohol: 13.5%
Sweetness: Sweet

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FULL BOTTLES. Vanilla, crème caramel, acacia honey, apricot, oak, earth, the tiniest hint of the fresher aromatics of Semillon. Lovely viscosity, almost like Sauternes jelly, but it's not rich. What overwhelmingly comes across is the balance, making it sit in the mouth beautifully and giving it a long lingering finish. This balancing acidity will help it age for years, although it is truly beautiful now.


Tasting Notes

Chateau Lafon sits within the Yquem enclave of vineyards. Lafon is made from these vines, as well as another in Sauternes, next to the best site of Chateau Guiraud, and others spread in the nearby 'climats' of Bommes, Fargues and Preignac. The vines are 98% Semillon and 2% Sauvignon Blanc planted on gravelly ridges, on top of limestone subsoil. Harvests are hand-picked with successive sortings (up to 6 times) in order to select only the best grapes affected by the noble-rot. Wild yeast fermentation. 12 months elevage in oak barrels, many of which are second-fill from Chateau d'Yquem.

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