This was opened by a friend about 4 hours prior to drinking. The wine had so many changes throughout the 4 hours I had with it. This bottle level was pristine, obtained from a casino resturaunt about 5 years ago. Light golden without any brass, just slightly more hue than the more recent vintages I've had in the past. The viscosity and mouthfeel were awesome. The nose evolved, regressed, changed several times over 4 hours. Sometimes having a damp , musty, autum leaf angle, the. For a bit would have crisp, citrus, myer lemon with a hint of sugar. And many layers in between. Definiy the most interesting wine of the night. Lots o' fun to drink and talk about.
dark golden, nicely matured, I got it blind and guessed mid 1980's, still vibrant acidity, a lot of tertiary aromas, dried fruits, dates, fig, nuts, honey, fullbodied, creamy, glyzerine, great finish with great residual sweetness, I would it hold it at least for another 10 years, not at his top, decantation and a burgundy glass will be an advantage
1967 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume It would have benefited from some decanting as the wine initially came out with the prototypical mushroomy and earthy character of old chenin blanc. However, I poured the wine from the rather small glass we had into a Burgundy glass. The transformation was immediate. The musty character receded and mature yellow fruit and linden infusion came to the fore. In the mouth this shows resolved fruit sweetness into something more elegant and satisfying and the acidity focuses all the delicate layering of the wine. Very far from fallen over. I would not worry about opening this in a hurry but if you do, this will be a treat. Chose your glass carefully and decant.
Top quality NZ and US Pinot Noirs and Burgundies, with an old Loire to finish (Tinakori Bistro, Wellington): Colour deep lemon. Oxidation on the nose shows the age, but the bouquet is in good shape: aromas of pineapple, honey, dried fruits, smoke with an attractive mushroom component. Better on palate, glorious in fact! The oxidative element is here, showing age, but great fruit and bright acidity. Honeyed, glycerol flavours, old apples and a hay or straw element. Beautiful Chenin Blanc. Probably drinkable for another 30 years if the cork holds (this one recorked three years ago at the winery).
Direct from Baumard cellar. Medium gold. Reticent oxidative, raisiny nose. Bruised apple, pleasantly oxidative, spiced honey, plenty of RS left. Seamless from start to finish if a bit non-complex. Still kicking when revisited on day 3. Still seems young.
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