Apricot fruit, honey and clove on the nose and this follows on the palate with ripe apricot fruit, richness and multiple layers of spice and There's a pebbly, mineral edge on the finish which gives it a real sense of place and it's delightful to drink, a world class Chenin Blanc.
Complex bouquet with ripe yellow fruits, some yeast, straw and minerals. A bit reductive in a beautiful way. On the palate full bodied and even a bit fat, yellow fruits, pear, soft citrus, beautiful soft minerality, mild acidity and soft bitterness. A complex, concentrated and beautiful wine. Ready now, but this can probably last another decade. 92 – 93
Year 2 - Super Tasting 5 of 5 - Greg does Loire (Greg's House - Kitchener, ON): I have loved this wine in the past but this was a very interesting animal.... Aromas of caramelized poached eggs, lemon and a very dominant lactic note. The palate sled wool, wet wool, egg yolk, kefir, lemon, white flowers and honey but the lactic notes really take over and are just too much for me. Finish is medium+ I had bunch of these and returned them based on this bottle....not my style at all and based on the fact that I loved this wine young...this is not one to age for me.
Year 2 - Super Tasting 5 of 5 - Greg does the Loire (Greg's House): This pours a much lighter shade of straw yellow. The nose is of warm yogurt, honey, white flowers and iron. Some combination of lees or malolactic seems to have given this and the next wine some heavy lactic/custard notes. The palate gives the impression of honey lemon yogurt being a pinch off dry repeating custard and lactic notes on a medium finish. Very good wine, but for me my preference was for the Joly. This is fresh and seems to be aging slowly, especially under screwtop.
The palest of the wines. Beautifully clear and the slightest touch of gold. Fully expressive aromas of white florals, chalk, crushed limestone, fresh orchard fruit (apple and pears), and fresh quince and pungent lemon. Some development in the form of a slight honeyed and nutty character but tightly frame by the mineral vein of the wine which evokes oyster shells as the site often expresses. Great energy. On palate, this is all about texture. While this is totally dry, this has great richness, with taste of almonds, apple, the slightest hint of lemon rind and honeycomb and long-lasting chalky creaminess. This is very primary in its presentation. Very long finish. There is plenty of structure and nerviness to this and this will keep forever. To me this was a great expression of Clos du Papillon and some tasters were really taken by it. Others found it a coarser expression of chenin blanc.
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