Bought this wine from someone who called my store and was looking for information about it. Not 100% sure of the provenance, I offered her $80 and gave her some information about the bottle. A few weeks later she called back and boy was I happy, no one was willing to take the bottle because of the provenance, or lack there of, and she happily accepted my offer. Lots of stone fruit. nuts and toast on the nose with a beautiful golden color and a lite bead. The palate was rich, but lacking some mousse, I suspect from less than perfect storage. There were rich sherry flavors, brioche, a nice creamy texture and great nuttiness. I think this could have been a little better if store in optimal conditions, but considering what I paid and what I've seen these go for, it will be one of my better investments for a long time to come.
Not the most appetizing aroma at first, it smells like dirt. Fortunately that doesn't effect the taste, which is golden and glittery with a tartness that almost has palpable suction, and eventually the dirt aroma segues to a more enticing truffly scent.
Belated Peking Duck House notes. Mostly Rhone, some Burgs, Champagne & California. (Peking Duck House- Midtown): Yellow-colored and a bit oxidaized, but not too much so. A little dirty/musty on the nose, though not in a corked way, with yeast and apple aromas. While I'm not a big fan of Champagne, this is pretty impressive. It has a light bead, but what really stands out is the mouthfeel which is rich, creamy and velvety. I wish more Champagne would have as harmonious and lavish a presence in my mouth. Nice flavors of apple, mineral and biscuit with a stone fruit chaser. Just lovely. A-.
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