The aroma-profile of this wine develops like a wave - restraint nose, honey scented with gentle scent of various citruses with peels, warm and calm. The first impression on the palate is sleek body, very polished and soft. The flavours come afterwards - broad, rich, sappy, very fresh, clean, in great balance, culminating in sweet and long dry finish. Great wine!
Dinner with former WSET 3 fellow students (Outlaw's at The Captital): Notes from memory made on the train on the way home. Appearance: Clear; Medium Gold Nose: Clean; Developing ; Medium intensity of pear, peach, apricot – some dried fruit; other aromas I couldn’t pinpoint. Palate: Off-Dry; Medium(+) Acidity; Medium Level of alcohol (13.0%); Medium(+) Body; Medium(+) intensity of pear, peach, apricot – some dried fruit; other flavours I couldn’t pinpoint ; Medium(+) Finish. Overall: Good balance, quite fresh acidity but not in a detrimental way, quite intense, good length and quite some complexity between primary stone fruits, some tertiary dried fruits and other flavours/aromas I couldn’t identify (bio-dynamic ??) Conclusion: Good; Can Drink Now but has Potential for Ageing; High-Priced (€ 14.40)
Helder strogeel. In de geur bijenwas, kalk, bloemen en perzik. Goede concentratie aan rijp geel fruit en peer, fraaie zuren en mineraliteit. Romige structuur, filmend. Mediumlang tot lang. Het verbaast me dat de wijn hier niet hoger scoort.
Très belle évolution depuis 2011 où il nous avait laissé perplexe. Cette fois-ci plus locasse au nez, mais il lui a fallu environ 1 heure pour se délier, alors frais, miellé, fruits à chair blanche et à chair jaune, rappelant la pêche blanche, la cerise de terre, peut-être une touche d'abricot, chèvrefeuille, végétal, pierre mouillée, très intéressant. En bouche la texture est presque huileuse, dense, l'acidité est rafraîchissante, vibrante, persistance moyenne à longue, amertume moyenne, rétro fruitée, végétale, amère, minérale. Conclusion : forts heureux de le retrouver dans cette belle forme. L'évolution en cave lui est bénéfique. À revoir en 2015+. 88-89+(?)
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(François Chidaine Montlouis Les Choisilles) This cuvée usually includes fruit from Clos Renard and Les Epinais when the vintage does not favour the production of a moelleux. The vines are 30 to 90 years of age. Here I'm told the residual sugar is 3 g/l although I note that contradicts information provided last year. It is very expressive on the nose, with a good minerality to it, chalky-stony with a good lemony bite. There is that light honeyed-acacia note coming in here too. Despite this it is very firm and structured on the palate, with lots of grip and acid giving it a very certain bite, very dry, with lots of stony fruit with tinges of plum and lemon zest. Lots of minerality too. This is good, although perhaps just a little on the austere side.
(François Chidaine Montlouis Les Choisilles) This cuvée usually includes fruit from Clos Renard and Les Epinais when the vintage does not favour the production of a moelleux. The vines are 30 to 90 years of age. This has only 5.1 g/l residual sugar, a fact I would never have guessed from my tasting of the wine, which has such toothsome panache. Polished, sweetly-ripe fruit here, with a fine, needle-like core of minerals within. A finely composed character, fleshy, a slightly richer style than the preceding wines, with a lovely sheen to it. Framed, defined and delicious, with bright fruit and lively minerality, and most striking of all a beautiful texture. Lovely.
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