Light yellow color, not a sign of age at all! Very fresh nose with mainly grapefruit, amazingly fresh acidity still present, very crisp. Still full of life and energy, this is a white from 46??? Unbelievable.
Occupy Spoof comes to town. (Joe's.): Just a spoonful of sugar makes the Demi-Sec go down so much better than the Sec. The added sweetness here makes all the difference in the world as by balancing out the high acidity, the personality of the wine shines through more clearly. Bright and fresh on the palate, with more of an orange and apricot profile than the last bottle I had a couple of years ago, though the quince is still there. Perhaps not as showy as that bottle was, but still quite nice. Solid B+.
In which Sharon Bowman cooks dinner for me: Huet, Palmer, Montevertine & more. (My place.): When Dougherty e-mails me that he's bringing this, my initial reaction is ha ha, he's being a jokester again. Having once said to him that I hadn't had a Huet older than '47, knowing full well I don't really like Secs, he bought a '46 sec to a dinner. Well, the word demi makes a big difference and while from a poor vintage, this wine is beautiful. Aromatically it starts with an orange creamsicle character that I know Coad and I usually get in the Mark Angeli- La Lune. There are some earl grey notes, tuffeaux and quince, with the quince getting more pronounced with air. Really vivid and fresh and shows none of the peaty/malty character the '46 sec shows. It just kept getting brighter with air. In fact, despite being 43 years older than the '89 that followed, the fruit was yellower. Mostly dry at this stage, and maybe showing its age a little on the back end, where it's not as complete as upfront. Just beautiful. A-.
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