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  • By John Kapon
    Bastille Day in Beaune, 7/24/2008 91 points

    (Lafon Montrachet) Its nose was buttery and toasty with nice perfume and ‘Georgia peach’ per our Georgia Peach of a guest. One could smell the botrytis in its sweet corn aromas, and the Rock observed how there was ‘both sur-maturite and drying qualities; I am not sure how that can be.’ I liked its smoky nose and the additional aromas of earth, caramel and lit match. The palate was round and yeasty, also a bit Botrytissed. The Rock and I got into a debate about ratings when I asked him what he would score this wine, and he said ‘89 points.’ When I scoffed at such a low score for what I would categorize as still a very good wine (92 points), albeit one on the decline, the swords were quickly drawn. ‘You’re smoking crack,’ I was told, and I countered how he was part of the ‘No Joy, No Luck Club.’ Doug is the President, by the way, lol. We quickly settled on an 89-92 rating, and the Rock convinced me to average down after accurately describing how the wine lacked that ‘excitement factor’ that he seeks. All in good fun.
  • By John Kapon
    La Paulee, 3/28/2005 95 points

    (Lafon Montrachet) which I have always thought was a great wine. The wine was very controversial due to its exotic and tropical nature, its .Pina Colada. aromas as Rudy observed. Someone asked in jest, .What would you give it as a tropical drink?. Someone played along saying, .Four ice cubes and two umbrellas.. Allen was quickly defending it and rightfully so, saying he was an .agnostic when it comes to style.. That.s a quotable for sure (better than the umbrellas, I know). The nose was intense, very buttery in a pain grille way, with intense mineral qualities. It was buttery and on the modern side of Montrachet and a little honeyed (in the comb way). The texture was oily, and there was good spice and a long, regal finish. The wine had more weight to it than the Perrieres, which was cleaner, clearer and a touch racier. The Montrachet was still precise

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/4/2004, (See more on 91 points

    (Domaine des Comtes Lafon Montrachet) Ripe, rich, fruit forward, tropical fruit and oaky palate, that could easily be mistaken for a well-made Cali Chard; medium finish

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