Annual Holiday CDP Tasting: Featuring 2000 and 2001 Vintages (Edina Country Club): Medium gold color. Popped and poured. Drank several glasses over an hour plus. The nose is particularly bright and layered, with lots of tropical notes, very pure pear, hints of apples and citrus, white flowers, and later the minerality shows. The palate is very tangy, nice acid, lots of minerality, but the fruit still shines here, with pear more predominant. Very nice finish. This wine was quite enjoyable and one of my favorites of the night. Thanks so much to Joe for sharing. (#1000)
NOSE: expressive and complex; initially, lots of green banana and persimmon with a hint of pear; after a good 20 – 30 minutes in the glass, a nice apricot preserves note emerged; no fuminess.
BODY: green-yellow color of medium depth; medium to medium-full bodied.
TASTE: Lots of minerals on the palate, but, in a refreshing change from the norm with CdP blanc, there was also an abundance of fruit flavors: persimmon, fig, and coconut Lifesaver; slight hint of light brie in the background on this intensely flavored wine. The 14% alc. is well-hidden, and not noticeable. The finish is long and mineral-laden. Seems to be very well-structured and built to age. With the exception of a few Beaucastel’s, this is the best CdP blanc I’ve ever had. I would love to have some of this in my cellar. As soon as I tasted this, I knew this would likely be my WOTN, despite the impressive lineup that awaited. Alas, it was *barely* edged-out by a later wine, so this received an enthusiastic 2nd place vote from me this evening. Additionally, it was extremely well-received by the others in attendance. Drink now or continue to hold for 10(?) years.
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