Nyetimber Vertical + some Unexpected Gems (Park Palace, Grand Park Hotel): A village Meursault that was truly punching above its weight at almost 30 years of age. It had such an interesting nose, with pine nut and sweet lemon curd aromas, white melon and white flowers, white chocolate and cream, with a stream of gunflinty notes running behind - wow! The palate showed tons of character too, with a lovely, bright acid spine and lots of gunflinty minerality running through sweet lemons and ripe apple flavours. Lovely depth, great complexity, this was very impressive indeed. It had a certain Meursault richness, with a soft buttery texture and a cream feel to it; yet beneath it all, the wine gave the impression of really flinty dryness, especially as it stretched towards a super-long finish, where lemon rind, mineral and spice nestled amidst lovely yellow fruited notes. Excellent stuff. It is interesting to read Burghound's note from way back in 1995 (almost 18 years back!) praising the wine and saying it was at peak - this seemed to be perched right at the apex of its drinking window tonight. Sure, it is a Lafon Clos de la Barre, but even then, this was an amazing village wine.
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