Very Special Whites – d’Yquem and Leonay

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Every now and then you get to try something very special…….

1991 Leo Buring, Leonay Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia

Tasted blind: Beautiful straw, gold colour. Glorious intense nose of pineapple, lemon, honey, and toast. Only a hint of aged “kerosene” found in aged Rieslings. And a palate to match! Very intense and opulent with honey, lemon, toast, and nougat. Long clean acid and mineral finish. This was something special and we all went back for multiple ‘tastes’ until the masked bottle was empty. We agreed this was a beautifully aged Aussie Riesling with some debate whether it was Watervale or Eden Valley. There was NO debate on the drinkability of this wine! Outstanding. 98/100. Drink now – it’s at its best.

1998 Chateau d’Yquem, 1er Grand Cru, Sauternes, France.

Tasted Blind: The moment you bring this to your nose, you know it’s something special! The nose is flooded with aromas of pineapple, apricots, marmalade, and vanilla creme fraiche. Although the botrytis character is not strong, the palate follows the nose with sweet pineapple, vanilla, marmalade and spice. Nice acid to balance. Went well with cheese and dried figs. Fairly easy for all to pick this as a top wine from Sauternes. Most agreed d’Yquem or Rieussec. 94/100. Enjoyable now but will continue to develop for another 15-20 years. The 375ml bottles ages quite quickly.

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Halloween Special: Batard-Monrachet

2006 Domaine Bernard Morey et Fils Batard-Monrachet, Grand Cru, Cotes de Beaune, France.

2006 Batard MonrachetA special wine to celebrate Halloween! After a deluge of young trick or treaters, and running out of chocolate gifts, its time to relax with a special wine. The 2006 Bernard Morey Batard Monrachet is a great expression of a top chardonnay from the Burgundy region of France. Batard-Montrachet is one of the five Montrachet Grand Cru vineyards that remains one of the best places in the world to find Chardonnay. It’s only about 28 acres and yields are very low.

In the glass, the colour is a lovely gold with a green hue. After several swirls the nose opens with a pungent rush of grapefruit, melon, nougat, matchstick and spicy oak. On the palate the wine delivers a beautiful mineral mouthfeel with intense and complex flavours of toasty oak, rich fruit and a very long finish. Although there is a lot happening with this wine, it has great balance and harmony….and so drinkable! It went well with lightly spiced prawns and green salad. Nice finish to Halloween!

Day 2 and the wine is as fresh as day 1. The intensity of flavour and the balance of the wine made it very enjoyable on its own or with food. As usual with an excellent wine, the bottom the bottle comes far too quickly. A very enjoyable, but far too short, experience. The wine could clearly be cellared for another 5-10+ years.

Price approx $180. Score 96/100.