Light golden in color with some green hues swirling about. A very nice nose with lychee nuts, slight peaches and almonds. On the palate, this has a slight bitterness that is often found in Gewurztraminer. It is medium sweet which is also what the indice on the back label indicates. The palate has slight peach with nice minerality. Slightly viscous. Consumed over two days, it was better on day 2 with the bitterness receding and the wine coming together. Reasonably food friendly with lighter foods though would also work well with heavier spiced foods such as Indian or Thai. It probabl
2004 Luneau-Papin / Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Le "L" d'Or, France, Loire Valley, Wine Review
A great example of one of the top Muscadets. This cost $15 on release and a recent vintage is not much more. Its been aged for 14 years and it was wonderful. Still fresh, crisp and enjoyable. Golden in color. The nose is great. Complex with sea air, sea shells and slight honey notes. On the palate, this is laser precision minerals. Slightly oily texture. Some salinity. For those who prefer oysters, this is the perfect match but works with other food as well. Long finish. Just a gorgeous $15 bottle of wine.
On opening the cork fell into the bottle. It was fished halfway out and removed with a Durand corkscrew. Anytime one gets the opportunity to try a Cheval Blanc it is truly a treat! Of course, this is not a great year and it might be getting a bit old but it still has plenty to offer. It took about 15 minutes to really open up. Purple in color, slight browning at the edges. There is some initial bottle stink but that blows off leaving cherries, slight dried cherries, spice, dust and blood. Interesting. On the palate, this has nice tart cherries layered with dry forest floor and some
Light golden in color. What a gorgeous nose. Lychees, peaches and minerals. On the palate, this is slightly sweet but not much. Great minerality. Some peach notes. Wonderful mouthfeel. Good acidity. Went great with spicy Indian food. Long finish. A beautiful wine. It is still quite young and will continue to improve for a decade at least and be good for another decade after that. $75 but might just be worth it!
Hard for me to score this since I have no real frame of reference. Given though that it was made the year I graduated from high school. That I bought it at the winery in Alsace. And that I was sharing it with friends who apprecciated it, it gets an easy A.
This is young and tight. Light golden in color. The nose is nice with peach and minerals. On the palate, this is rich. Not quite the acid I might like but plenty of delicious fruit and enough acidity. Good finish. It will be interesting to see how well this ages out. I would think it improves from here, but would drink it in the first 10 - 12 years of life.