Needed air coming out of the bottle...developed acid and complexity after decanting; still youthful. Nose developed Asian spices, vanilla, and floral notes. Impressive palate coverage and a very long finish. May be the best Montrachet I've tasted; right up there with the '83 Ramonet Monty from mag I had at La Paulee in SF 3 years ago...wow!
Medium yellow colour. Notes of chalk, minerals, and turpentine. Incredibly fat and oily in the mouth with huge amounts of fruit, a mamoth structure, and exquisite balance. Dizzyingly complex with an endless array of facets, elegance and style, all wrapped in a powerful, intense delivery. Stupendously long and complex on the aftertaste. Simply brilliant.
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(Lafon Montrachet) The 1996 Lafon Montrachet was unfortunately a touch oxidized, showing a yeasty, tropical, funky and creamy personality, still enjoyable but a bit on the tutti-frutti side. The palate was confused, stewed in its fruit and flavors, gamy and softer than it should have been. It still had body, and its acidity came out more and more in the glass, and a touch of candle wax flavors rounded out this affected wine
(Lafon Montrachet) The next wine was truly extraordinary, sick as sick can be, love at first sip. The 1996 Lafon Montrachetwas so good I think I heard trumpets canoning in the background as I raised the glass to my mouth after nearly inhaling it. It had that 1996 spark, its vibrant acidity screaming and whispering at the same time. This was a white wine on which buildings could be built. It was most fascinating to watch this wine develop in the glass, as it went through multiple personalities. After about fifteen or twenty minutes, it started to become brothy and tea-like, hinting at tutti-frutti, and I was afraid that perhaps the wine was suffering from a little premature oxidation. A refill kicked the wine back into kill mode, and it regained its taut, smacking personality, full of unsweetened lemon ice flavors. Rich, thick, slaty, long and dry, the Montrachet had a lot going on despite a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde conflicted personality. It definitely found itself, and its long, lip-smacking finish made everyone warm and fuzzy
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