This wine just keeps improving with age, and our most recent bottle was better after it had been opened for a couple of days. This suggests to me that there's lots more life in these, and I intend to hold my last bottle for at least another couple of years. As others have noted, lots of waxy lanolin mouthfeel, coupled with ripe apple and floral notes. Complex and satisfying, but lacking a certain linearity or definition to make it truly great.
Under the capsule, a typically nasty, totally-soaked cork... but the wine is delightful: medium burnished gold in color, with long, slow legs in the glass. Pungent petrol and musky tropical flowers on the nose. Slightly oily and viscous on the tongue, with honey, waxy apple, some citrus and pineapple. Slightly muddled flavors, but with a long, lingering finish. Picked this up a few years ago for a whopping $12 per bottle - no complaints.
Rich yellow color. Appears young. Nose shows sweet caramel apple amidst some nice hints of funk. Hazelnuts and sweet fruit on the palate with a wee touch of acid. Not nearly the acid spine as the bottle last year, at least I'm not perceiving the acid this time. Maybe reached the point of going nowhere good from here on out. Enjoyable, from a novelty standpoint now. Good, but that's it, really. Drink 'em now.
Yellow gold. The nose shows honeysuckle, pineapple and some petrol. Beautiful and complex. Off- dry on the palate with a mix of honeyed lemon and green apple notes. Medium bodied with high acidity. Very refreshing mouthfeel here. Good length with some pineapple and tart white fruit lingering about.
This one has plenty of life ahead of it. Grab them if you see them!
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(Poniatowski Vouvray Aigle Blanc) From a half bottle. A pure honey-gold hue here. The nose certainly has some appeal, with soft and warm golden fruits, mixed with notes of hay and honey with a light, crumbly minerality. It is very typical of the variety and of Vouvray. Rather a tender style on the palate, gently mellifluous and lightly honeyed, quite soft in terms of focus, but with a little more grip towards the end. It certainly has freshness on its side, as well as an appealing gentle breadth within the mouth. What it perhaps lacks is the precision and incisive cut of the best wines, but it remains a very good wine if viewed within the sec-tendre style. For twenty years of age I think this has held up wonderfully.
(Aigle Vouvray) COLOR-medium golden; NOSE-dried up lemon; funkiness; TASTE-so heavy on lemon; this is beautiful wine; the mouthfeel is where this wine excels; has the complexity & lushness that curves around your palate; has subtle back end acidity to match w/ foods; a real shot of Pineapple candy on the finish; some nice residual sugar; GV-91+
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