This particular bottle seemed more Semillon/lanoline. Rich, yellow fruit, lemon curd, lanoline and mineral. Good concentration, strong presence of acidity and good finish. I would recommend a couple hours of decanting to show better precision.
Another nice showing. This is an excellent example of Grave blanc. The expression that combines SB cat pee and Semillon lanoline/wax is unique and not for everyone, and comparing to a Chardonnay based wine make a very little sense. Quite rich nose and palate, lemon curd, lanoline, SB grass, kiwi, mineral and pepper. Still quite youthful, excellent concentration and decent length. I feel that there is a hint of oak presence even now that clips the finish a bit. Still very enjoyable wine.
Glorius in its aging and its style. Same as the 81 CM Pavillon Blanc, it had a nuttiness that was sublime, a hint of citrus fruit still remains, but just a hint. It didn't have the length of the PB, but wow, what a wine. If you have any, drink it soon but have it alone. Don't challenge it or match it with food. Just enjoy the essence of what a well made wine can achieve with age.
The wine is poured at the end of a tasting at the Chateau by Rémi Edange, the technical director/wine maker to demonstrate how well the white can age. We tasted it blind and were asked to guess the age of the wine. My guess is early 90s. Bright light gold colour. On the nose, lanolin, beeswax, buttery. Medium plus acidity. Very long finish, oily. (The texture and the weight reminds me of a favourite of mine from a totally different region, Viña Tondonia Blanco.) Note that the blend has higher proportion of Semillon, which has a reputation for longevity, i.e. 25% versus 15% in recent vintages such as 2010. The shift probably has something to do with the consumers' and critics' demand for more freshness and more impact on the nose for Bordeaux whites. The agebility of Sauvignon Blanc remains to be seen.
No batonage sur lie , new oak 25 % Barrel fermented and aged 75 sb 25semlon
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