Golden wine with vanilla and citrus notes primarily with an undertone of honey. On the palate medium bodied and elegant. Length. This was a wine of character with some finesse. 4/10, where 10 is a wine of character, finesse, complexity, power and property specificity.
Non-blind this is a tough wine to review, because it will always live in the shadow of D'Yquem and the price tag. In and of itself this is a solid wine, with big citrus notes, lemongrass, a bit of oak spice and a pleasantly medium plus body to it. It paired really well with a trout roe and pea dish, as well as a great, complex halibut dish, but that is about it. It is a solid wine, but something that you could probably replicate for a lot less money from Pouilly Fume, Sancerre, parts of CA and probably several other places. I'm really yet to be wowed by any high-end white Bordeaux and may just be done with them. I'm totally on board with Burgundy being a totally unique and special expression of Chardonnay, but white Bordeaux seems pretty generic and repeatable Sauv Blanc, with a little Semillion and oak. Really its a pretty good wine, but you can get a pretty good wine and knock the "1" off the front of the price tag. I'll probably enjoy the one bottle I have left, I just won't be all that excited when I open it.
Lemon, lime, fresh citrus, grapefruit, green apple and vanilla scents lead to a bright, round, open, citrus and grapefruit packed finish. The style of this wine is going to please some tasters more than others.
A private dinner (Ron Gastrobar, Amsterdam, Netherlands): Wonderful symphony of ripe fruit (lemon curd, melon), vegetal notes and perfectly integrated spicy oak; fresh and lively in spite of 14% ABV, clean and precise but also very sexy and stylish, seductive, rounded, subtle but silky, rich and honeyed; very good length.
Hard to look past the label when evaluating this wine, but me thinks the emperor has no clothes. Very complex fruity palate tasting of honey, grapefruit, and ripe yellow mellon. A surprise after the off putting "cat box" nose. Tastes sweet. Possibly some residual sugar. Nothing special on the finish. Seems not well balanced, but perhaps time will bring the elements together. Suggest holding to see. At this price point I can find a much better white Graves, White Burgundy, or Loire Sauvignon Blanc.
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