This is why I cellar and track a wine through its evolution. Really singing today with lanolin and typical aged vouvray characteristics. Much of the Demi level sweetness of youth is gone. I have enjoyed these since bottling and it had been a while since I tried. The last sip has a finish of length and character of a excellet grand cry white burg. Of course this is different but inpact, interest,and pleasure right there. I am glad I have few left which will increasingly have less sugar as the old vouvrays do. Drinking great with no signs of decline.
Loire based dinner at Fuleen Seafood, Chinatown, NYC w/ Brad Kane and several others. Pale yellow in color and showing a richness well beyond the '95 version of this wine. Oranges dominate the nose and palate. Would like to have this with the wonderful oranges served with the check at the Peking Duck House in NYC. I unfortunately don't have any of this in the cellar but this gives me hope for great things from the '96 Moelleuxs I do have resting. 50+13+13+9+9=94
A night of stellar wines from Vouvray, Germany and Alsace. (Fuleen Seafood House): It was great to try this again as I haven't had it since release and I stupidly never purchased any as I was more into the sweet wines at the time. It's a little lighter and showing less sugar than the two '95s, but is perhaps more vivid and youthful with the '96 acids keeping things snappy and lively. Precise and focused with more yellow fruits showing, though there is some apricot in the mix with a chunk of honeycomb. With air a strong chalky character emerged. Still extremely youthful, but no harm trying one now. A-.
(McGuire's Arch Madness) Still youthful pale yellow appearance. Retaining sufficient acidity. Nice bouquet of nuts, flowers and a hint of apricot and pear. Quite a bit drier than it's 98 counterpart, and for my taste, much more enjoyable. I suspect this will drink well for years to come.
From a half bottle. Medium yellow. Wonderful high-toned aromatics that jump out of the glass. In this format, fairly well resolved, taking on nice nutty notes but still good dry fruit. Actually shows little sweetness at present. Excellent to drink now or hold for more mature Chenin flavors.
Medium yellow straw color. Initial fragrance is like Condrieu in the sense that it deceives you into expecting some sweetness on the palate; complex mix of floral tones, pear, spice, and an iota of honey. In this demi-sec, the emphasis is most definitely on the "sec" part! Barely off dry, round but light mouth feel with a long finish that smacks of the underlying soil. It is this earthiness rather than acidity that gives the wine structure and length--talk about a sense of place. This gives the amazing impression of sucking on the dirt of the Clos du Bourg, with the fresh Chenin fruit fleshing out this earthy core.
At Gramercy Tavern W David & Jackie. I had it to accompany dessert. Delicious light sweet wine with excellent acidity and minerality. I can see why they recommend these wines with some age. Looking forward to the mixed case of Huet 02's I bought'