Medium gold. Was worried it might be over the hill, but no problems here. Complex nose, seems to shift back and forth between butter, flinty mineral notes, and gooseberry. Palate similar, some evidence of barrel-aging, but the oak is well-integrated, and the predominant impression is of an incredibly structured wine. Juicy lime and gooseberry notes mingle with stony minerality and a touch of oak tannins. Incredibly pure - laser-like focus and clarity. The finish seems to last for minutes. Wow!
Golden, clear and shimmering. The bouquet is intense yet airy with quiet grapefruit pith and subtle dried white floral notes dancing on a foundation of explosive minerality and bright stoniness. The wine is oxidative and mature in it's development. The palate is light and refreshing with an acid profile that is at once searing yet quickly turns soft. Flavors follow the nose with lemon rind, grapefruit oil, savory honey, sweet herbs with the backbone of crushed rock and a lifting minerality. Complexity, finesse and an airy power wrapped in citrus-stone. Wow.
Actually 82 at it's QPR point. I opened this initially about 10 days ago, and continued tasting it through several days, stoppered and vacuumed, hoping it would come round. Although it's not bad, I have had many many other sauvignon blanc based Loire wines that blow this away, and are 1/5 to at most 1/3 the price. Some minerality, some quince and grapefruit, some lemon-lime notes, but not integrated.
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(Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Pur Sang) Light medium yellow color; slightly oxidized, sweet grapefruit and herbal nose; more oxidized on palate, lighter bodied grapefruit with less complexity than other vintages; medium finish 88+ pts.
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