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Community Tasting Notes (4) Avg Score: 90.3 points

  • Honey gold in color with oxidized aromas. Had that great waxy mouthfeel with flavors of Bergamot orange, nectarine, bitter almond, and an almost chalky minerality. As a previous taster mentioned, not exactly complex, but still compelling. I'd say drink now based on my sample which felt somewhat fragile.

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  • Did not blow me away, but this was a very entertaining and pleasant drink. Amber oily color. Medium bodied, this wine is defined by its fresh acidity at 13 years and excellent minerality, which really dominates the palate. There are quince and mineral notes in a rather shy nose. Some apple pie, bitter raw almonds and crisp lemony minerality coat the palate. Finish is medium length. Not a ton of complexity, but this is intellectually challenging and satisfying.

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  • Tasting Group Dinner - Bordeaux (Fugaise, Minneapolis): Deep, orange-hued gold color. At age 11, this was still in its oxidized phase, but this bottle seemed to be on the verge of re-emerging. Soft and plush, with diesel and ripe cantaloupe flavors. This improved with air and began to show interesting, complex orange and mineral flavors. It was actually quite tasty. My guess is that this will be back in business in another 2-3 years.

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  • Blind wines at Oishii: 1 - Stinky, skunky, smoky nose. Burnt nuts. Oxidation, coconut. Fat and low acid in the mouth. Marsanne? I don't care for this.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 1999, IWC Issue #82, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Maison Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Les Granits Blanc) Subscribe to see review text.

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