The Tenth Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON, Canada): Medium gold colour. The nose is intoxicating…..roasted nuts, orange and lemon marmalade, honey, apples, lemon curd, minerals and citrus peel. Similar flavours dominate the palate but are almost overwhelmed by the sheer power of the wine…..such a textural weight to it but still so focused and not cloying or heavy due to the wines acidic backbone which plays such a key role in this wine in keeping it in balance. This is just so elegant and pure and will age gracefully for some time I think. Iron fist in a velvet glove!
Initial nose rather closed, gradually opened up with coconut, caramel and so on, but totally overshadowed by the Coche Dury Corton Charlemagne next to it. Creamy palate that is not as sophisticated that I have imagined, nice medium mineral finish. Drank from 6 bottles.
A lighter color than the 97 and 95, with more precision and focus than the 97. Hugely floral with lemon curd, apples, tons of minerality and plenty of acidic backbone. Not as lush as the other two offerings form the 90s, but makes up for it in precision and complexity. A thinking wine for sure. Truly a lung filling nose. More lean, in relative terms compared to the 97 and 95 reflecting the vintage I am sure, but my no means thin. Very rich, with more minerality and citrus, some butterscotch, and an almost salty minerality. A food wine, and still very youthful. 97 pts.
Light yellow in the glass. The nose reveals first signs of secondary aromas with lime and citrus peel, burnt walnuts, grass, and gun powder. Thick, rich and oily in texture with an explosion of flavour on the palate. Superb density of fruit, perfectly ripe with no hard edges, yet fresh and lively without becoming cloyed this is textbook White Burgundy with every measure of greatness possible. The aftertaste is almost painfully intense and long. Stupendous.
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(DRC Montrachet) The 1996 DRC Montrachethad a bit of milk and waterfall in the nose; the high acidity of the vintage stood out in the nose but in an elegant and refined way. It had a long, wintry palate that was elegant, regal and stylish. Seomone remarked how the ‘nose was more closed, but the finish explosive.’ Mark shared my opinion of the wine when he commented that it was the ‘lightest of the two but surprisingly long, although I expected more’
(DRC Montrachet.) While the red bottle was a little corky, the blue bottle was amazingly thick, meaty and rich. Each wine was either served out of two bottles or a magnum; when two bottles were served we stickered which bottle was which. Honeyed, musky, white meaty and large, the DRC was so buttery, rich and creamy and many people's favorite wine of the flight. Its palate was smooth and long yet still big and with long acidity. It was very, very specia
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