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  1. The Gilded Sage

    The Gilded Sage

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  • 2007 Kumeu River Chardonnay Maté's Vineyard

    Stunning wine. The key here is impeccable balance. Being the most powerful of Kumeu's chardonnays the oak is noticeable on nose and palate but performs the tasks that the wood should: supporting the fruit while adding complexity and textural refinement. Such an intense wine could risk being rather brash but it carries its flavours in such an effortless fashion that I sit here finding it impossible not to describe a full bodied chardonnay as "moreish". At eight years old it is still in perfect condition, its refreshing acidity and richness of fruit in total harmony. Much has been written of late about Kumeu's favourable performance in blind tastings with white burgundies. There is no need to close one's eyes: this is better than anything I have tasted from the Cote de Beaune for some time.

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  • 2007 Clusel-Roch Côte-Rôtie

    Very restrained on the nose to begin with, and never really blossomed. Sadly the same was true for the palate which only hinted at some spice-laden flavours. I could generously describe this as elegant but it would more accurately be described as unfulfilling.

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  • 2001 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

    Decanted three hours. Dark, uncompromisingly so on both nose and palate, with slightly grainy tannins and a currently rather unapproachable demeanour. There are aspects of it that are undeniably impressive but I found nothing to really love about this as it stands. Clearly not everyone wants to swoon over their Pauillac but where is the joy when wine is this structured and monolithic? Leave 5 years.

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