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Chateau Lafon, Sauternes 2016 Half bottle 37.5cl

Country: France
Region: Sauternes
Type: Sweet
Producer: Lafon
Grape: Semillon
Bottle Size: 37.5cl
Vintage: 2016
Alcohol: 13.5%

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"Situated in an enclave of the most famous sweet wine of all, Château d’Yquem, and also drawing on fruit from a vineyard next to Château Rieussec, this little-known estate has epic quality raw materials and, in 2016, frost reduced the crop to around a half the usual yields which makes this a particularlyconcentrated wine. I tend to drink as much Sauternes as humanly possible,knowing full well that this is the finest value sweet wine style on earth. If you are not yet up to speed with the joys of this historic wine style, then I am hoping that this temptress will get you over the line!' Matthew Jukes, Money Week

Tasting Notes

Based in the enclave of Chateau d’Yquem, we’ve been shipping Lafon for the past 2 years 20% of the grapes come from the enclave and the rest mostly comes from vineyards next to Rieussec. Winemaker, Olivier Fauthoux, learned viticulture and winemaking at “l’Ecole de la Tour Blanche” in Sauternes and started working for his father who himself learned form his father and grandfather etc.. It’s the fourth generation at Chateau Lafon but the family made wines in the area before for a very long time. He passes through the vineyards four times to select the grapes. 2016 was affected by frost in spring to which they have lost 45% of the “usual” volume, hence the concentration of the vintage. (But there was an equivalent quantity of Botrytis on both 2015 and 2016 at harvest time) The wine is aged 12 months in oak barrels handed down from Yquem.

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