This bottle was very amber in color and advanced on the palate. It shows fine acidity but at the first pour it was screamingly past its prime, very butterscotchy. But, with some time leaving it in the glass it started to really clean up and became decent, quite respectable.
Consumed alongside a 1985 Leroy Meursault Genevieres
Medium yellow center with an initially reticent nose. After 30 minutes in the glass the bouquet opened showing a melange of pear, sweet apple, citrus, vanilla.
The mouthfeel was big, rich and luscious with sufficient acidity to keep ones palate engaged throughout its impressive length. Integrated and balanced, this bottle got better and better over the next 2 hours as the acidity became more assertive as the wine moved toward room temperature. Great fruit, texture, breed and complexity, an outstanding wine.
As a side note, earlier in the week I had my last bottle of Lafon's 1989 Meursault, which I purchased from the same source in 1993, it was just delicious, and although somewhat less complex, and far less rich than this bottle of Charmes, it sang its leaner vintage characteristics just as this 1990 reflected its fatter style. A real treat to have had these two wonderful mature Lafons in the same week.
La Paulee "Warm-up" Dinner (RN74 - San Francisco CA): Lots of mature stone fruit aromas, equally impressive flavors that come across very powerful and fresh to start, slightly more earthy middle to end. Very enjoyable. Most preferred this slightly vs Martray 92 CC in the next glass, while I slightly preferred the Martray.
I bought this bottle at retail about 10 years after release. It was in great shape and I have every reason to believe it was authentic other than the cork read 1990 Lafon Desiree! My guess is sometimes they run out of corks and just start popping in whatever they have.
This wine looked strong with a yellow center and clear rims. The high- intensity nose featured apple, pear, yeast, vanilla, and some almond paste.
In the mouth it was big, rich, and ripe but it also had loads of acidity (after 3+ hours of air) to keep it balanced. It was quite long. The overall impression was one of great richness and weight on the attack but with a zingy, long, white stone finish.
A very interesting wine that was dragged down by an excessive leesey quality in the nose. It is drinking but seems likely to last for another 5 to 10 years.
From an excellent looking bottle purchased 10 years after the vintage, this wine had a deep yellow center with clear rims. This time the medium+ intensity nose featured pears, apples, lemon pie, and some vanilla.
In the mouth this was a big rich, wine with racey acidity that gave it impressive length. While one might argue it would need to have a few more mineral elements to be stellar, it would be hard to argue that this isn't an excellent white Burg. This was a great showing, better than when I had it a year or so ago. Of course, it needed the requisite 3 hours of air to show its best. This particular bottle will easily last 5 more years but I don't see it getting a lot better.
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