2001 Vosne-Romanée Grand Cru Dinner (Imperial Treasure Teochew, Takashimaya): Hands down the best Leflaive Pucelles I have had through numerous vintages, this was showing incredibly well on the night. The nose just exploded out of the glass with wonderfully intense aromas of gunflint and stony mineral swirling around a core of ripe white fruit, pineapples and kumquats, with a base of earthy, chalky accents running underneath. Woah. If anything, the palate even better. Here, beautiful, bright 1996 acidity framed a deeply intense mouthful of delicious yellow-fruited flavours, with subtly honeyed tones of peach and melon and little flowery notes leading into a superb finish that just gripped the the backpalate with savoury, stony seashell and flint notes. This had everything – power, depth and elegance, all beautifully integrated in a wonderfully drinkable package. Drinking at absolute peak now, it was easily the standard of a great Grand Cru white. Wow.
Vosne-Romanee Grand Crus for Michael and Peter's Birthdays (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): This was a beautiful, classic Leflaive Pucelles - possibly the best of the many vintages I have had the privilege of drinking. It had beautiful nose, with classic notes of cream and white fruit and sweeter peach aromas laced with a wonderful minerality and whiffs of typical gunflint. Lovely stuff. The palate was every bit as good – perfectly integrated and really complete, it was at once muscular and powerful, with a full mouthful of fleshy white fruit and more peachy flavours infused with a nice spiciness, yet also blessed with pitch perfect balance, showing fresh and lively from attack all the way into a long, powerful finish that gently lined the backpalate with a beautiful, gunflinty minerality. Not the most cut or defined, there was a certain cloudiness to its flavours, but this was lovely, classic stuff, drinking at absolute peak.
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