Bordeaux Confidential SF (SF): Moderate plus concentration, bright gold in the glass. Nose: Saffron botrytis, wax, something very much in the petrol-family of aromas. Palate: Tart elevated acidity, with a hint of phenolic bitterness. Apricot character on the palate. It’s really nice! Score: Between 8.5 and 9.
Lioco and Sonoma Coast Tasting (Chez Nanda - Chicago IL): Very pleasant, but slightly disappointing given its critics' scores. Good apricot and baked apple aromas and flavors, but modest botrytis character coming through for the quality of the vintage and ever-so-slightly hollow/short. I have a few stashed in the back of the cellar, so will try to retrieve one shortly to see if this bottle was representative.
New Years Eve dinner. PnP'd. Bottle in A1 condition (last had been slightly corked). Deep gold colour, botrytis honeyed aromas. Honeysuckle, ripe apricots, honeyed viscosity with immense weight and sweet concentration. Not the subtlest of Sauternes as it stands - but still well into the excellent class with at least 10 years to develop a broader complexity and perhaps an extra point or two.
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(Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey) A rich golden hue here. A great nose, rich and impressive, laced with minerals, tangerines, lemons, barley sugar, almonds and pistachios. On the palate it has a very broad and yet fine substance, composed and nicely integrated. Wonderful and elegant texture, underpinned by a little grip, which sits perfectly with the slightly fat fruit and nut flavours. Perfectly polished on the finish, sweet but also savoury, orangey, and very, very long. This is just brilliant, and although the various components of this wine are very enjoyable now the true quality of the wine will only come with more time. Excellent.
(Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes) A slightly deeper, richer, orange tinged hue when compared with some other 2001s. Lovely nose, full of oranges and barley sugar, honey and floral herbs. The palate has simply fabulous freshness, with fine acidity carrying along a panoply of flavours, led by sweet orange fruit with notes of orange blossom, honey and minerals. A delicious creamy style, backed up by a little grip and that fine acidity for structure, complete the picture. Overall this is wonderful wine, beautifully balanced, and just dripping with pent-up potential for the future.
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