At Jade Palace for a birthday dinner. Yellow. This had a lovely elegant nose, lots of yellow fruits like kiwis, mangoes, peaches and cream. On the palate, this had the signature Lafon elegance, sweetness, vibrancy and complexity. Lots of toffee, vanilla cream, peaches and caramel. The balance was splendid, with just the right amount of acidity, sweetness and fruit, and structure. In a lovely place right now as well.
Medium yellow color. Very intense nose with layers of tropical yellow fruit, plums, melted butter, chamomile flower and roasted oak. Huge intensity on the palate with loads of yellow plums that expands over the midpalate and finish with notes of roasted cocoa beans, chamomile the, herbs and nuts. The focus is on purity and freshness, as well as the amazing length. Powerful acidity adds to the style which really seems to be restraint and refinement to perfection.
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(Comtes Lafon Meursault Genevrieres) A pair of whites followed, and the color was noticeably different in the two. The first was much lighter and hence younger. It almost gave off a Sauvignon Blanc impression in the nose, but its palate was definitively Chardonnay. The nose was clean and fresh with a pungent core; it was taut and citrusy, wrapped around an obsidian-like minerality on a bed of honeysuckle fruit. The palate was very rich with lots of acidity and noticeably strong alcohol. Its honeysuckle qualities came on stronger and stronger and were joined by acacia. This 2002 Comtes Lafon Meursault Genevrieres had been open for an hour. It was another testament to the 2002 vintage, the most forgotten of the great vintages. Everyone talks about 1999 and 2005; even 2001 and 2006 get more recognition it seems, although I am talking reds, really, but even the whites seem to be less discussed in the context of greatness. This ’02 was loaded with Chardonnay fruit and flesh, and its minerals and acidity were superb. The only flaw was this spike of alcohol, but it didn’t detract from the wine for me
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