Food: Japanese Shabu Shabu Sessyu Hong Kong Condition: Perfect Duration: 2 hours Aroma: Dates, apricot, honey Notes: despite the complexity of the number of grape varieties in Rhone valley as well as the wine making in the region I find rhone whites in general to be rather consistent. The 2004 L'oree was very thick and quite full bodied for a white, so heavy that it becomes a little similar to the texture of a Sautern. The aroma was quite attractive and similar to the same wine in other vintages but the palate I thought was a lot heavier than other vintages. I liked it but this is something that I cannot drink on a daily basis due to its weight.
A unique wine, not for everybody and some will ding for its low acid. But with the right food (today a hot smoked salmon and fresh fava bean puree) really nice. Just starting to show some darkening gold color. Fresh on the nose, no oxidation. Oily nose with candied hazelnut, candied apricot and white flowers. Very ethereal on the palate and loaded with honeyed nutty fruit. Not for a dish requiring more acidity like oysters or such, but great with the right pairing (or alone)
Very different sort of wine. High alcohol. Beeswax, got banana or other tropical notes later in the evening. Tough match with food. Was best with the soup. This bottle seemed to drink younger than one we had last year.
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