First bottle from a new stash I just acquired from HDH. This is drinking very well, though it's still remarkably primary right now with the orchard fruit flavours still incredibly youthful and showing very little savoury or creamy development. There's a vivid slate and stone mineral base beneath and powerful acidity that cuts through the sweetness, but I'll definitely need to give the other bottles more time.
This finds a perfect spot between the exuberant-pure-joy style of rich, ripe, juicy fruit and the contemplative style of mineral and lime. Juicy attack of citrus and tropical fruit, followed by lime, minerality, and searing acidity. The sweetness is just enough to keep the acidity from becoming painful, but is merely background music. Finished with lime pith and reemergent sweetness. Yum!
Light yellow. Lime and ripe apple. Lighter weight but rich entry with moderate upfront sweetness, explosive, fresh fruit, some vanilla bean, fantastic acidity and slate. Really superb, as 3 of 4 bottles have been over the years, and this even before there has been much secondary development. These 2001's are as exciting as billed.
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