La Paulee Gala (San Francisco CA): La Paulee Gala. Apparently a late release bottle from the Leroy cellar. Bright fresh flavors of apple and pear with lots of acidity and energy. Great spice and incredible balance as flavors unfold in the glass. Stunning, great length. After this was poured I had three glasses in front of me - DRC Montrachet 1985, 1978 and 1973, all of which were certainly in the top 10 white wines I have ever had. while you often have to abandon wines too hastily at Paulee (e.g., the Latour 92 Montrachet that had to make way for the DRC 1973), I stayed with these three wines for what seemed like forever.
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(DRC Montrachet) A 1973 DRC Montrachet had a fabulous nose. It was clean yet powerful with a deep mélange of apple and citrus fruit. There was a great spice to it, and a very special floral edge along with nice smoke. The palate was quite high-strung with outstanding pitch and a gorgeous, smokehouse finish. Hollywood Jef was a little less impressed at first, finding it ‘slightly disjointed,’ but he later found it to ‘come together.’ Even at last sip, the acidity was superb; the wine stayed knit to the very end.
(DRC Montrachet) The re-release came across more artificially at first, with aromas of cinnamon and cleaner. Fresh and zippy, there was a hint of the original here but cinnamon dominated. The palate was round and long with nice acidity, and although this was leaner than the original, it did come across fresher. ‘One for the bitch,’ quipped the Inspector. He quickly got a call from headquarters and was instructed to attend sensitivity training the next morning. The re-release kept growing on me; it was clean and fresh, with almost a spritz-like zest, and the acidity was long. In the end, it came across pure and stylish, although it did need some time to find itself.
(DRC Montrachet) The original had aromas of sweet acacia and honey, and then wildflower and lavender, almost like two pairs. Additional aromas of waterfall, morning dew, and more honey emerged. In the mouth, the DRC was rich, big and tasty with great acid. Doug added, ‘lemon spice cake.’ This was long and longer with extended vim and vigor, but it fell off a cliff after about 15 minutes, becoming overly yeasty and full of morning mouth flavors. I couldn’t tell if the bottle was slightly affected or not. It was spectacular at first, but became perplexing shortly thereafter.
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