Welcome Home Peter! (Park Palace, Grand Park Hotel): 2 years down the road from the last bottle and this was clearly fading. It was still a charmer, but came across as clearly old and tiring, needing the pairing with a roast duck dish to lift it somewhat. The nose still had some lovely floral notes - we all to guessed Chambolle on that basis - but these were accompanied with slightly port-like dried fruit hints and slightly sauvage, meaty tones alongside a touch of minerality and fragrant little shades of spice. Still quite pretty, but with a good dose of funk thrown in. The palate was starting to thin slightly. The fresh acid spine on the wine stood out pretty clearly on the attack. Thankfully, this bloomed into some faint, but charming red cherry and raspberry notes n the midpalate (especially when paired with the duckd dish) and, past that, a haunting linger of lovely floral perfume alongside notes of orange peel and wood spice on a fading finish. This still had a real sense of purity and charm to it, but the tannins had gone, softened into a silken rustle, and it was only the acidity left to keep it on its toes. Enjoyable while it lasted, but really time to drink up.
From a bottle with high level.This wine had a great intensity and lovely sweetness. Lacking perhaps some acidity for an even more perfect balance, but drank very well, indeed. Also lovely, mature Pinot nose.
Wine Bash of the Year 2012 (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria): A classic Chambolle and a classic Les Amoureuses, this was a delightful wine. Popped and poured, it had very pretty, high-toned nose, with perfumy notes of dried dates and cherries, sweet plummy aromas and a lovely wreathe of violets and roses. What a wonderful palate too. It had Groffier's typically generous fruit - with sappy cherries on the attack and pure, high-toned raspberry and dried strawberry flavours floating across the midpalate on a bed of silky tannins and fresh acidity - but this was also pure Chambolle in its effortless elegance. Very pretty on the finish too, with a nice waft of fresh cut flowers and a touch of brambly herb and spice. Like the 1962 Mouton that preceded it, this was lovely while it lasted, but it too nosedived after some 20 minutes in the glass, going positively herby with the fruit receding into the background. It was really enjoyable while it lasted though. Great stuff.
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