2021 Château Raymond-Lafon Sauternes Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2021 Château Raymond-Lafon  (Sauternes) 92
With an intense floral bouquet, the wine quickly moves to its candied orange, pineapple, mango and apricot array of honeyed tropical fruits. Sweet, vibrant and fresh, this is not only perfect for a sweet treat but it is also one of those sweet wines that can be paired with savory and spicy courses as well. Drink from 2023-2042. 91-93

With an intense floral bouquet, the wine quickly moves to its candied orange, pineapple, mango and apricot array of honeyed tropical fruits. Sweet, vibrant and fresh, this is not only perfect for a sweet treat but it is also one of those sweet wines that can be paired with savory and spicy courses as well. Drink from 2023-2042. 91-93

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When to Drink Chateau Raymond Lafon, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Raymond Lafon can be enjoyed on the young side with no decanting. In fact, it is delicious and quite a treat young, even on release! However, like all great wines, Chateau Raymond Lafon is much better with age and does not reach full maturity until it's between 10-30 years of age, or in some years, perhaps even longer in the best vintages!

That is when the magic happens! But that is unrealistic for 99% of the world's wine drinkers. So, enjoy it on any special occasion that calls for it.

Of course, the wine is sweet, but there is so much, incredible, racy acidity, the wine always feels fresh, and never cloying, which makes it quite fun to enjoy young. With Chateau Raymond Lafon and frankly, all Sauternes, the temperature is more important than decanting.

Serving Chateau Raymond Lafon with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Raymond Lafon is best served at 14 degrees Celsius, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine will naturally warm in the glass, while it develops more aromatic complexities and fleshes out.

Chateau Raymond Lafon can be served with seafood dishes, especially shellfish, lobster, crab, and oysters on the half shell. Foie gras is a perfect pairing with its natural sweet, salty and savory characteristics. Chateau Raymond Lafon can also be paired with roasted chicken, veal, and pork dishes that are either spicy or prepared with a touch of sweetness.

Spicy Asian cuisine, raw fish, like sushi or sashimi, and cheese, both hard and soft also make great pairings with Chateau Raymond Lafon.

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