After several seriously premoxed bottles, this last one came a winner. Somewhat oxidative style, true, but the minerals, fruit, and acidity soon joined the party and the unctuousness noted in first bottle 5 years ago embraced the midpalate. Sound bottles of this wine would surely last nother decade, just as Parker forecast on original tasting. Not among the profound Hermitages blancs, but a value in every vintage, and who doesn't trust Guigal?
Two previous bottles both excellent. Then six splits from RWC all maderized as noted by a previous reviewer. Today, from 750, in between. Opens with Viognier-like florals, oxidative notes, strong acidity, and no fruit. With air the flowers and premox vanish, and color actually lightens, but nothing remains on the nose or finish, and the palate is all acid and glycerine with still no fruit. Parker said this wine would require 20 years. Let's assume that's true and suppose it's now in a dumb phase.
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