Howard Camhi returns to NY and we celebrate with Champagne, Burgundy, Barolo, Rhones and a German Riesling. (My place.): Started off entirely too oaky for my tastes and was terrible with the scallop dish as it made them taste like bad oysters. Stuck with the Chablisienne for that course, which gave the wine some time to integrate and the oak did finally die down a bit and was pretty well integrated by the end of the evening. Richness and power on the palate with ripe pineapple, stone fruits, apples and a touch of toasted nuts. With air the minerals and acidity started to come up and helped counter the strong butterscotch character. Nice depth and balance and the mineral notes carry nicely on the finish. Mature and probably should be consumed sooner rather than later. I'm actually a bit surprised I ended up liking it as much as I did. Low A-.
Leiden tasting July 2009: My first Montrachet. Impressive wine, very balanced, great weight, kept on developing after opening showing a different taste and nose in time. Golden colour. Nose started minerally with some nuttiness, later on much fuller with different nuts, butter and citrus, in the end nuts and more developed fruit (pineapple and pear). Taste: lovely balance between acidity, fruits, different nuts and touches of vanilla, caramel and cream in different layers with a mineral core, so much going on, sometimes difficult to describe, changing all the time. Followed by an finish that seemed endless and gave the opportunity to think back at what you had actually tasted in the different layers of the wine. Wonderful.
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