Dry ripe apricots, honey, sweet syrup apple, white flower and a bit oaky on the nose, really complex and integrated & fragrant nose. This bottle has nicely matured into a very good wine. Medium body, good minerality & acidity, complex, depth and lovely mouth feel. This is delicious and pleasant. However, the rather short and fading finish did somehow reduce my admiration.
2011 Simple Series X: Mark in town (Asia Grand @ Odeon Tower): Alcohol :: 13.5% Oh man, the medium golden color told us that this is much older than the Carillon and I thought this was from mid 90s. The aromas is ripe and quite powerful with honey, peaches, yellow floral that added better complexity with roasted almond, hazelnut as well as dried herbs. This really captured everyone attention with it's color and expressive aromas. Entry was very rich and creamy, almost viscous that move on to the weighty, concentrated mid palate that has plenty of sap with flavors of iron, nut, mineral and a touch of honey on the kinda disjointed finish with red apple and peaches aftertaste. Everything seems right from the nose, entry and mid palate, however I feel that this wine a bit too forward an lack of tension as well as the disjointed finish, perhaps bottle condition wasn't that good? The 1999 I had weeks ago was a way better example of this plot from Lafon. 87
2011 Simple Series VIII: Dinner with Mark Roberson of Goedhuis (again) (Asia Grand, Odeon Towers): A wonderful Meursault. Indeed, on a night of many good wines, this shone as one of its brightest stars. - as good as the Carillon Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Canet that preceded it was, this just put it in the shadows. We had another beautiful nose here. Rather richer than the Puligny, this showed touches of cream, mushrooms and ripe apple framed by a layer of yummy butterscotch scents that showed the wine's age, and then a lovely minerality that made me guess it as a Meursault Perrieres rather than a Genevrières. The pretty little flowery touches on the edges of the bouquet should have pointed me in the correct direction though, but this was all so well integrated that it was a bit difficult to pinpoint where exactly it came from. The palate was lovely. 1997 may not be the most heralded of white-wine vintages in the Cote d'Or, but this wine was showing very well at 14 years of age. It was perfectly balanced and wonderfully integrated, with little rivulets of acidity running through incredibly pure notes of ripe apple seasoned with drops of citrus lemon and drizzled with a touch more of the caramel and honey tones of a mature Burg. The wine was quite deep with some Meursault fleshiness to it, but one would not exactly call this rich - in fact, it carried its weight so effortlessly that it would almost have seemed lightweight for a Genevrières if not for the sneaky bit of persistence and presence that the wine carried. Zen-like, someone said - I thought that was a spot-on description. The finish was wonderful as well, it went on and on and on with bits of white fruit, chalk and flinty mineral, again showing in a gentle, subtle way rather than with in-your-face power. Lovely stuff - this bottle was emptied in record time. At a beautiful place now, though it could probably go on for some time yet.
Golden, definitely a white Burg with a little age. Kinda ripe but with enough acidity to just balance it. Difficult to pinpoint the appellation and I guessed it to be a Corton-Charlemagne from the presence and minerality. Very silky and viscous mouth-feel. Drinking really well now with no signs of going down. Great wine and clearly shows the class and pedigree of Lafon. Not extremely showy but more of a Zen wine. Outstanding plus.
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(Comtes Lafon Meursault Les Genevrières) Width, freshness and a brioche depth on the nose. Ripe and concentrated with a very good texture. Long too. This hangs together very well, it’s very good wine - vintage independant.
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