Can't really top Seth's comment below ("Like Riesling and Chenin had sex in an acid bath. Stupid good."). This was indeed stupid good. Much paler color than one would expect in an 18 year old white, this looked more like the '08 and '10 Chablis I've been drinking. On my first sip, the first word that came to mind was "electric". This was young and fresh and positively vibrant. The hit of honey on the palate perhaps evidenced its age, but otherwise nothing here was aged apart from a wonderful integration on the palate (agree again with Seth that the acidity "is more integrated than crisp") and a smooth, supple texture. Plenty of white fruit. Every sip was delicious. At Rose Water in Park Slope.
Floral nose with sugar, honey, green apple - very perfumed. Near perfect palate of honey, green apple, grapes, flowers with great balance and acid and a sweet, lively and burning finish. It's hard to put into words the quality of the palate, the acid is more integrated than 'crisp' - there is some alloy of the flowers, honey and acid that is unlike anything I have had before. Like Riesling and Chenin had sex in an acid bath. Stupid good. Probably my WOTN. Nose - 5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5-6/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17.5-18.5/20.
Much fleshier than the last few bottles, with beautiful integration, this was spectacular and still young. I'm not sure if it was just this bottle, or if they have turned a corner. Time for some research.
Dinner at Amali (Amali, NYC): An incredibly compelling, thrilling, and versatile wine. Served a bit cold at first, it's all about a razor sharp acid spine beneath fresh quince and citrus fruit flavours; as it warms up it shows more floral, mineral and Chenin-like wooly elements on the nose with more sweetness noticeable that makes it a great pairing with the spicy asparagus, and revisiting at the end of the night when it's a bit warmer, it shows its sweetness and fruit more prominently, but never loses that razor sharp edge to the flavours.
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(François Cazin (Le Petit Chambord) Cour-Cheverny Vendanges Manuelles Cuvée Renaissance) Bright light medium gold color; floral, tart apple, ripe peach, apricot, almond nose; good tart apricot nectar, baked apple, tangy, tart peach, mineral palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.