Lucky you!Well, this was a turn up for the books. My previous bottles over the past eight or so years have been dull to borderline poxed, some more than borderline so. Consequently this was opened more in hope than anything else, and it was a revelation. A worryingly full colour given previous form, but actually, clean, and really very lovely rich, full tradictionary-style burgundy. Went beautifully with a turbot steak and a champagne, cream and caviar sauce.
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I greatly enjoyed a bottle of this last week-a splashy decant and a long time exposed to the air is indeed essential, it was at its best 24 hours later which integrated everything and sharpened its edges, toning down the not necessarily aristocratic fruit that is typical of the grape and in its stead bolstering its structure and stone elements. A wine that's really alive and quite 'natural' in the modern way. My only disappointment is that it's not really much like the D'Auvenay version Lachaux is professedly trying to emulate at all!Charles Lachaux’s Aligoté also performed well. We gave it a six hour decant which dramatically improved its texture and rounded out some of the more green elements that the grape sometimes shows. A lovely wine.
This is lovely. Creamy, with a nice balance of citrus, stone fruit and tropical going on. Hard to define grape varieties but I'm not sure that's the point with this wine (pinot Gris, pinot blanc and aligoté blend). Tasted blind I'd be hard pushed to tell the composition, though its origin seems far more obvious.
I find blends like these really hard to evaluate or be hugely geeky when tasting them. Perhaps that's the point though, either enjoy or not enjoy and leave it at that. Certainly compared with musings over 100% varietal where one can draw comparisons with similar wines far more easily
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