Amazing freshness and lightness. Subtle flavors of citrus, pear and apple interlaced with discrete minerality. A joy to drink with every sip. Outstanding,on the brink of extraordinary. Totally unexpected performance.
Didier Dageneau visste hva han drev med. Ja, dette er tight, men etter fem timer i karaffel er den open for business. Intens vin, mineralsk og masse grapefrukt. Noe urter, ganske rik og litt oljete frukt. Røyk og nytent fyrstikk. Tørr og tight finish. Big booty-utgaven av Cotat sin Montes Damnes.
An evening through the Loire valley (Imperial Treasure SPD, Paragon): This was served blind in the first flight along with the Buisson. A bit closed when poured; Nose wasn't giving much at all, just a very slight tinge of tropical fruits. Palate was equally tight, but one can certainly identify with the minerality and freshness. Did we have this too young? Am new to Loire wines - not sure what was the vintage condition there in 2005? But a 06 Silex that we had recently was showing much better than this...
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(Didier Dageneau Pouilly Fume Silex) We started with a 2005 Didier Dageneau Pouilly Fume Silex, one of the world’s most collectible Sauvignon Blancs. Dageneau recently passed away tragically while piloting his own plane. Although I had never met him, those that knew him say that he was one of the most adventurous people they have each encountered. The Silex was quite wound, full of structure, tight and pungent with lots of wooden match and icy yellow fruit aromas, with hints of minerals and pee. Its fruit was quite rich for a Sauv Blanc. Kevin found it ‘very tight’ as well, and it was quite shut down although lush. Kelly observed ‘grapefruit’ in the nose. Someone on a later date told me not to drink his wines for 10-15 years, and this ’05 showed me why. The flavors that did show were pungent. There were nice hints of tea on its finish, and Gil was admiring its hidden acidity. It did linger in the belly