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93 Points

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - Sasi's "B" day - Old Burgs, Barolos and Others (iCook Italian): Last bottle. This wine is always a gamble with all sorts of premox and advanced aging issues, so I am glad this bottle came out well. It did drink like what you would expect from a Les Preuses a good 10 years older, flecked with just that bit of oxidation at the edges, but thankfully it was not over the hill but rather came across as being almost at peak. I loved the nose - mushroomy, truffley, with a serious layer of chalk, and a lovely, almost cidery appley scent matched by lemons and melons, a subtle bit of flowers. Beautiful stuff, smelt almost like a good Blanc des Blancs Champagne actually. The palate was very much on form as well. This had all the cut, precision and sharpness of a Les Preuses, along with a just lovely stony, almost metally minerality wed to the fleshy white fruit of the 2002 vintage. Here, rich apple and pear flesh on the attack and mid-palate moved into a long, lush finish where there was an almost mushroomy savouriness underlined with more Chablis minerality. Unsurprisingly, a great pairing with mushroom soup. Drinking beautifully now - advanced beyond its age for sure, but most of the table thought it was just lovely. Boy I am glad that we popped this now rather than a couple of years later.

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