Those not au fait with the Australian political landscape may wish to tune out now. The 1993 Comtes Lafon Monthelie-Les-Duresses conjures up images of Tony Abbot for mine, it is muscular and slightly aggressive but it is also trying to be tender at times, thankfully no images of budgie smugglers were conjured during the consumption of this wine. The similarities of this wine and our nation’s political leaders does not end there, as just like Julia Gillard, the wine shows upfront sweetness and pleasant appeal, yet the fruit is nothing like Ms Gillard as its anything but manipulated. All right, I’ll now cease the try hard election analogies, this is fabulous juice, highly perfumed with plenty of purple flower action, a palate that is lean and focussed and terrific cut and super structure.
Let me first disclose I prefer Lafon reds to his whites and this wine is a good reason as to why. This had that gorgeous perfume/purity that is Lafon's signature. Like high definition the detail is astonishing for this cru. Smoky cherry characters with a perfumed meaty edge make you want to dive in to the glass. The aroma rockets into the senses. The taste matches the nose and makes this one of the most rewarding bottles of mature Burgundy you could find.
Nice aromatics of forest floor, wet earth and red currants. It is crisp and vital in the mouth with small red berries and plenty of savoury/earthy nuances. It has the vintage’s tart whip of acid to the finish. A nice drink now with plenty left in the tank.
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