I bought quite a few of the 2002 Red & White Burgundy wines on release and properly stored them. This was served at 50F with grilled chicken and peppers and it was fantastic before the meal over drinks with friends as well as with the meal for some. It is still bright golden in color and has medium body, perfect balance, and a nice finish. No concerns of being past its peak.
The last of 4 purchased on release and properly stored. Served at 45-50F with salmon. The other bottles were all consumed several years ago and I did not make notes. This was one I held on to just to see where it would go. It was a gorgeous bottle that was in perfect condition and at its apogee. Bright golden in color. Lovely elegant blend of citrus, vanilla, floral, and minerality with medium body, perfect balance, and a long enchanting finish. When you catch a bottle at a point like this it is a thrilling experience.
Something was really off about this bottle. Their was little minerality and not much fruit, but the acidity was there. It got a bit better over the hour we drank it, but not enough to really feel like something was going on. For the price ($55), this was a huge let down. I'm normally impressed with Girardin, but that generally goes for his cheaper wines. Maybe that's the key to Girardin: focus on his cheaper stuff.
Tons of rich guava and dark citrus intertwined with chalky minerality throughout the nose and taste. The finish was a bit flabby due to waning acidity, but all in all, it was a pretty good white burgundy. There was just something missing that didn't boost this wine up to the 94-95 level.
The replacement for the corked Leflaive Chevalier '85 - and it was absolutely sensational, surpassing the bottles earlier in the year - pine and lime, layers of minerally richness, a finish that went on and on - white wine of the year for me
Tasted unblinded at the Vintage Wines, Ltd. wine bar. Bright disc. Light straw robe with clear rim. Clean nose, showing (after 60 minutes of aeration) very intense aromas of minerals, flowers and orange peel. Medium-bodied on the palate, with good acidity and similar flavors as for the nose. Long, crisp finish.