Bright yellow gold color with a reflective edge. The nose gives off floral scents of jasmine, sunflower and sharp citrus fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky texture; slight butter; bright acidity. Flavors of lemon, grapefruit, limestone, stem, and vanilla are intensely present. Very feminine, delicate but persistent - definitely not a pushover. Finishes long with a hint of spice. The longer it stays in the glass, flavors of smoke begin to emerge. This is a fantastic wine! Drink now. 94
1997 Burgundy Grand Cru Dinner (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): Once again, I found this very good without being great, especially when served next to an absolutely overperforming 1998 Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet on the same flight. the nose was classic Leflaive, and we did not need a little peek of yellow foil on the top the blinded bottle for us to guess this correctly. It had drifts of gunflint and slate, ripe red apples and some stone fruit, with fragrant side-notes of flowers and toasted vanilla and smoked hazelnuts. Nice. The palate had a rich ripeness on the attack - red apples at the fore once more, with sweet lemons chasing behind - but there was also a nice purity to it, with gentle acidity and good structure lending the fruit a sense of focus and balance. I thought it was maybe missing some oomph, but this was a wine of great elegance and finesse with a gentle depth to it. It quiet length on the finish as well, with a little twist of spice nestling amongst some sweet white fruit. Maybe a tad better than the last bottle I had, but still not the most exciting Leflaive, especially given the quality of the plot. It is drinking nicely though.
Wine Bash of the Year 2012 (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria): Very good - this was drinking very nicely on the night. I loved the nose here, with its lovely scents of honey and caramel, apple and pear, with a nice floral back-lift and minerally wafts of gunflint and seashell. The palate was not quite as strong as the nose promised perhaps, but still very nice, with gently sweet notes of apples and lemons layered with a touch of honey and a bit of sweet oak. Nicely integrated, decently balanced and focused, with a tremendous bit of acidity ending in a quietly lengthy finish of gentle minerality and lemony notes - this classy wine was a real pleasure to drink, even if I did think it lacked a bit of x-factor to make it a truly great wine. Very nice stuff though, and great with food as well.
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