My expectations were more for a heavy, carnival ride. This was so focused, elegant and clean. It was BY FAR the longest finish any at the table could recall in a white. Superb, subtle terrior concentration. A touch of liqueur on the mid-palate and a faint hint of the medicinal tone of a Laphroiag single malt on in the finish. Really nice.
always an interesting and most unusal wine regardless of the vintage. i actually do like this, even if i can't in any way, shape, or fashion extrapolate it out to a tanzer 95. i know all the usual junk about it, i.e. drink it young (we did!), or let it ride for 20 years, blah, blah, blah. you have to be a wine junkie to even try this beyond 10 minutes in the glass. almost thick enough to be a VT with intense marmalade. i kept 3 ounces gassed in the fridge overnight, and the wine barely budged. i'm not gonna officially rate it, but i would give it an 89 for it's asperger's personality. there's something in there, but it doesn't always manifest correctly.
Full bodied and viscous with a slightly oily texture, combining ripe peach and apricot fruits with honeycomb, candle wax and slightly nutty flavours - certainly tasty, but there's a sense of heaviness without much acidity here, and it's hard to drink more than a glass or two.
N.B. on opening was totally dumb and short, after 4hrs in decanter an extra-ordinary transformation. Intense nose of apricots, butter, gunsmoke and huge long palette reminiscent of the best grand cru white burgundy.