Domaine Leflaive Visit (Puligny-Montrachet): Charles, our guide/sommelier, told me that the bottle had been opened the previous night, which explains why the wine wasn't all tightly wound up despite its youth. The citrus aspect is, as expected, present, but this wine was also differentiated from the other wines in the flight by its subtle white floral and tropical fruit aromas, which are almost reminiscent of Chinese sorghum liquor. Very interesting. In the mouth, lots of mineralic backbone and a decent, but not aggressive, amount of acidity. Really expands to fill the palate. One of the best white wines I've tasted to date, and I'd love to see how it develops.
All lemons, chalk and tension right now. This is a wound-up coil. So much potential here. The wine is surprisingly light on its feet, but distinctly spreads over the palate when you give it the time it merits. A thing of beauty.
Beat the Lafite tasting (Sydney, Australia): Grapefruit, lemon and straw, after time it shows some lightly tropical notes. The palate is restrained and the finesse is impressive. While it has excellent length and it is a superb wine, a little bit more depth and power would have really lifted it a notch.