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(Lafon Montrachet) might very well have been the last bottle of this on Earth. Its nose was still special, caramel creeping out at first followed by corn, wheat and pan-fried butter. The palate had old, yeasty flavors and a touch of tangy citrus. Earth and book flavors were on its finish. This was still a good drink at age thirty despite the fact that it came from one of the least collectible vintages of the last thirty years. Soft, tender and with a touch of wax, the Lafon was pleasant, still holding on. I believe it was Allen who remarked, ‘quite remarkable, not a good vintage at all. I’m impressed. In the context of the vintage, it’s brilliant. It’s lovely wine but not a great wine.’ Then a ratings debate ensued. Our anonymous friend felt it was flirting with four stars, I found it flirting with 90 points, but each of those ratings ‘do not really justify the quality.’ Allen gave us some vintage details: ‘high acid, low ripeness, a lot of rain.’ In the end, I decided to give it 90 points because of the context; however, I couldn’t argue with an assessment of a point of two less
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