nice color , nose was restrained , some fruit mostly apple getting through. the wine basically tasted like like dirt , earth . after about an hour ,less so but the earth was very present. an acquired taste for sure . maybe going to open my next bottle a few hours early. not harsh , not good.
William & Gina's Wedding (Park Palace, Grand Park Hotel): A lovely wine, but this did not have the same amount of time to breathe as the last bottle a couple of months back, and seemed to suffer from that. The nose showed some funky earth and slightly mushroomy aromas at first, before opening up into green apples and melons traced by saline scents of seabreeze and chalky mineral. Very nice, very classic Chablis bouquet I thought. The palate started out in a differnet gear though - it was rather round and creamy, with a nice layer of flesh to its green apple notes and a honeyed depth that made quite a few people on the table guess it as Puligny. And while very balanced and pure, it certainly had a softer acidity profile than one would expect from a 2004. It was only after some 20 minutes in the glass that the wine really opened up, with the fruit giving way to sone lovely notes of chalk and spice and mineral in a really long finish. I liked the depth and feel on this - it was full and satisfying, yet beautiful harmonious and integrated. However, put next to a wonderful bottle of 2009 Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnere, it did seem a little simple, with less complexity and character than the younger wine. Still though, this was a very nice wine in its own right, and one that has started taking real strides into its peak-drinking window. If you have a bottle, I would suggest either laying it down for another year or two, or giving it a quick decanting before serving.
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