Distinctive nose- light tangerine? Some mint later? Really hard nose to read but several drinkers commented on its distinctiveness. Some more tangerine on the palate and alcohol, actually somewhat reminiscent of a fino sherry with a lot more fruit. Precise, linear. Some exotic fruit came up later. People liked it a lot
Initially the nose was sharp, focus with white flower, apricots and host of other yellow fruits character. Pretty closed now with some fresh, high-toned acidity, asian spices. Tight and gripping, this has a touch if Oily texture and a nice focus, long finish that lingers in the middle of the palate.
This wine do show up more after 1 hour plus in the glass though, much more fruits in particular - Rich, blossom of honey, lemon, apricots, peach fruits. The integrated oakiness and wood spices, minerality come along nicely there too and ended with a lasting, focus fresh acidity finish.
WFA - 2008 Bordeaux Horizontal (Suntec Convention Hall): Nothing much on the nose as the portion was so pathetic that I requested a slightly bigger pour from this wine onward. Crisp entry with bracing acidity for the freshness and structured. The palate was wonderfully layer and balance, very fresh as well as delineated with just a touch of vanilla oak. This has the concentration to fully absorb the oak for sure, another 3yrs? Honey, grape fruits and floral tones leads to the rounded, polished finish with good length. 88-90
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(Domaine de Chevalier Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)) Pure fruit, lifted, high-toned even and lightly volatile. Green fruit character, hints of passion fruit but overall more greengagey in all honesty. Rather bold and broad rather than elegant on the palate, big and well-styled but in possession of more texture and substance than delicacy or finesse. There is some nice acidity coming through in the midpalate though. A touch of fruit pastille-sweetness at the end. I suspect this will develop more interest with time although it isn't a wine of the very high level of quality that this domaine has attained in other recent vintages.
(Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan) This is pure, lifted and rich, showing plump pear and stone fruit. It has an elegantly polished character to it, and all seems in total harmony. There is a slightly greener edge to the fruit than is found in some of the bigger wines but I like that. The palate is full, stylish, with delightfully vibrant and lifted fruit notes, and intense and piercing freshness and vivacious acidity. Full of vigour, in combination with midpalate flesh, this is a brilliant effort.
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