Burgundy & Birds (il Buco): Light golden color, a little tight to start but the nose opened up after 30 minutes with apricot, peaches, creme brûlée and butterscotch. Luscious texture, rich and complex with layers of sweet yellow fruits. Sufficient acidity to balance the sweet, rich aspects of this wine. Good balance and a long captivating finish. A fine end to a fine meal
Color: medium-deep gold with the legs of a Las Vegas showgirl. Plenty of botrytis in the intense, Y'quem-like bouquet. Creme brulee, butterscotch, caramel, peaches, almonds, hint of lime; yum! Great, luscious palate: toffee, citrus, creme brulee again. Looong finish with perfect acidity. I think this is the best year for Fargues after the '71 prior to the hat-trick years of '88-'90. And yes, head and shoulders above the '75 & '76 and even the '83! Perfect now but with many years to enjoy.
Cork soaked up to 1mm from the top. Medium golden-orange in color; very aromatic, creamsicle orange, spices, nutmeg, baking spice, creme brulee, incredibly complex and intoxicating, slightly floral after a bit of air; palate is full bodied, concentrated but not thick with very smooth texture, not at the age where it has dried out yet... still a lot of residual sweetness and enough acidity to help it stay lifted and fresh without being tingly (quite elegant), has orange rind in the midpalate; long finish with persistent orange. Classic Fargues style with its concentration but elegance, perfect stage 3 maturity, ready to drink now or in the next half-decade. Among the best I've had from Chateau de Fargues. 95 Update: After a few hours, this wine loses some of its superlative complexity. It is still excellent and enjoyable, but it loses just a bit of its edge. Drink relatively quickly once open for full enjoyment. Day 2: Lost a lot of the subtlety that made it unique. Decent, but no longer stellar. Low 90s.
"Simple" Midweek Dinner (Peter's Mini-Celebration) (Asia Grand, Odeon Towers): Unfortunately flawed. A pity, I think this would have been quite nice otherwise. This was haunted on the nose with the metallic, iodine, fishy ring of TCA. There were some acetone notes as well, but those blew off slightly. Beyond that, there were still some rich scents of sweet apricots, mangoes, marmalade and honey. Still very nice actually. The palate showed a bit less of a flaw than on the nose as well, spreading across the palate with lovely, rich flavours of burnt sugar and coating the midpalate with rich flavours of pineapples, apricots and red apples. The finish had a nice golden, honeyed glow to it, with some spicy motes. Lovely, but this was just a little scalped at the back-end by TCA, so that it seemed like the mute button was pressed towards the end. A pity. This was otherwise very pleasurable. Given the flaw, it was quite difficult to place the wine blind, quite a few of us thought that it may have been a weak-vintage d'Yquem blighted by the TCA, perhaps a testament to the Lur Saluces' influence in Château de Fargues.
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