Apricot, mandarin or tangerine, and assorted other citrus fruit on the nose. The quite thick and viscous palate brings in also a hint of nuttiness and medium acidity. Quite long finish with some more mandarin and citrus. Not very complex or profound, but pleasant and honest neverthless. Serve well chilled to bring out some extra freshness.
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(Château Raymond-Lafon (Sauternes)) A vintage rich in botrytis at Raymond-Lafon, says Jean-Pierre Meslier; the wines took a long time to settle after bottling. I find a honeyed nose, with a quartzy element to it, deep and complex, minerally and fine, with a little note of matchsticky reduction to it as well. A very harmonious start on the palate, rich and broad, and there is a great energy coming through here. And behind it an intense botrytis character also, sweet and with a finely bitter structure. On the finish it has a really bright, tingling, minerally energy. This is very impressive and it transcends my otherwise rather uninspired view of this variable vintage. Aromatically a very exciting wine, and it is all there on the palate too, with a citrus lift alongside these complexities. For the vintage, a brilliant effort.
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