Gorgeous nose...could smell this all day. Hazelnuts, lemon curd, nutmeg, sweet spice, and butterscotch. The palate is acid driven but there is so much pretty fruit and not a hint of any oxidation issues. Vanilla, lime, clove, butterscotch, toffee, lemon, nutmeg, star anise, and lemon custard all come together in this intricately woven bottle of wine. Finish is very complex, layered and long. Classic
Tasted blind, this wine had a deep yellow center with clear rims. The high intensity nose offered rich tropical fruit, lemons, and some toasty oak.
As expected, this was quite ripe and rich in the mouth. However, it also showed nice acidity to keep it in balance and provide length. It had good complexity but still seemed a bit young and tight. he footnote is I know this one was basically popped and poured so it could be much better with 3+ hours of decanting which I would certainly recommend.
Assuming no pre-mox, this wine appears to have a lot of potential. If the slight excess of wood resolves with bottle age or extended aeration, this wine could move up a couple points.
Rich nose of tangerine, apricots and apples as well as clover-like floral character, butter, clove and nutty oak. Fullbodied dry palate with animating fine-grained acidity. Electric structure making the ripe fruit mid-palate seem rather sleek in fact. Minerally finish. Oak evident but not overpowering. Long. Fabulous wine. Structured and concentrated - altogether very intense. A joy already, but obviously worth cellaring as well.
Dinner at the White House (Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong): Hay-gold colour. Honeyed, rich nose that is classic middle-aged Meursault.....powerful, buttery oak and lemon butter. Palate has a gorgeous buttery, lemony immediacy with a lot of weight but considerable balance and poise. Quite heady....this adds more weight with time in the decanter/glass and develops a very heavy, oaked and buttery character that is just a bit leaden for me. It definitely needed food to counterweight it.
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(Lafon Meursault 'Charmes.) So much for inside info! There was excellent zest and spice here with an extra layer of honey and banana, and it was also loaded with white smoke, steam, minerals and more spice. The wine was very tasty featuring great balance and length. It had the best balance of the first flight, and there were great flavors of dust, minerals and rocks
(Lafon Meursault 1er Cru "Charmes") Leesy, hint of botrytis, minerals, yellow flowers on the very expansive nose. Concentrated and ripe with a big spine of minerals and acid. The fruit is there but tightly wrapped. Very windy finish that keeps unfolding and never really ends. Very young but holds alot in reserve.