A private tasting (67 Pall Mall, London, UK): Tasted blind. Ripe fruit, lanolin and chamomile, retains its varietal typicity even after 27 years, smoky seal wax depth, hint of honey, so elegant and seamless, long and layered finish.
Pale straw, still clear and bright. Took about 30 minutes in the glass (this was a PnP, iirc) for it to blow of some mustiness. When it had, the aromas gently spilled from saline and shrill mineral to crystalline white fruit, green almonds and faded wax paper. The palate took as much time to come around, but when it had, this was lively and proper, with precise lines but also a gentleness about it that comes with age and purity. Fantastic to see the evolution in the glass and also to enjoy a rich piece of history and brilliance. recommended
I didn't enjoy this as much as I remember my other bottles from a few years ago, not sure if this was a less-than-perfect bottle or just no longer at its absolute best, but it was more diffuse and less focused than I remember, also less fresh and detailed. That's still in relative terms though as it was certainly an enjoyable bottle with honey and floral notes to go along with the sunny chenin fruit. I held onto the glass expecting it to show more detail with air but combined with losing its chill the effect was to make it fatter and more nebulous. oh well.
Slight oxidation notes, quite big and complex, something flowery and something nutty going on, fairly thick texture, demands food. In the prime of life. Dry, but there is so much going on that it doesn't feel dry.
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(Huet Vouvray Haut-Lieu Sec) Amazingly complex nose of grilled nuts, mineral, white flowers. Compelling and layered aromas. Palate was stunning with amazing lightness of touch. Layers of nuts, white fruits and mineral. Three dimensional in the mouth. Great finish. One of the best whites from the Loire I have ever had. Who says dry Chenin won't age?
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