Better with a couple more years of age - last had in 2020. Oak has fully receded in a good way. Nice red fruit. Definitely quite restrained - the character is a bit hidden - but still holds together very well especially for a vintage I wasn’t expecting to like. — 7 days ago
Presented to me double-blind at Tasting Group. The wine is a pale straw color with a silvery, watery rim. No signs of particles or gas. Medium+…actually closer to high viscosity. She thicc! On the nose, the wine is extremely expressive. Initially, I’m hit with a walk-in fridge of yellow flowers. There are muskmelons, cantaloupe and squishy, tropical fruit like a pineapple that’s been left on the counter for a week too long. Some fresh snap peas too, just for good measure. Minerals come across like crushed cinderblock. The wine was cold and somewhat difficult for me to assess if there was any use of oak but I was leaning towards, no. On the palate, the wine is dry with tremendous acid; easily in the medium++/high acid category. Here, I get mostly citrus fruit and very tart, tropical fruit similar to star fruit and maybe a little bit of underripe kiwi fruit. The minerals come across more chalky. And there’s a textural element that I’m getting that is beginning to confuse me. This was a gorgeous wine. I was absolutely in the Old World, even though this was very well endowed with fruit. I was between Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling from Burgundy (Chablis), the Loire (Vouvray & Sancerre), and Mosel respectively…but nothing made me feel really confident. I was starting to lean GC Chablis…but instead, I went with my old nemesis, Sancerre (which has dinged me so many times in the past), 2020 vintage; from a world class producer. I didn’t really like the call the moment I said it and…well…shit. To be fair, this is my first time with this wine and had no idea the acid could be so high from Chardonnay. As time went by and the wine warmed in my glass, the oak became more apparent. I learned something today; to pay attention to those textural clues that point to malolactic fermentation and oak…even when the wine is served cold. Ultimately, this is a stunning wine and I would love to try this again with some years of cellar time. Drink now if you want to strip the enamel off your teeth and experience the fireworks of its youth or you can hold and enjoy over the next two decades. — 12 days ago
Gorgeous. Intense and lifted. Multi layered. Really fresh with great length. Wow. On the reveal, what happened to Leflaive that their wines show like this at 30 years yet 10 year old grand cru are a premox crapshoot? So disappointing when you see how these age. — 17 days ago
Medium gold, darker than an 06 white burg next to it. Very quiet nose. Not giving up much, even with hours of air. Maybe some citrus, some funk. Faint acidity. But hard to pick up. Something was just off with this bottle… didn’t have notes of POX, was a little musty but not corked. Still drinkable and going to just chalk it up as “off”. — 8 days ago
I may catch some flak here, but I feel Chardonnay always takes a backseat in the presence of Riesling. Sure they both produce vin de terrior, but the acid and minerality in Riesling completely numbs ones senses to Chardonnay’s, making the latter look flabby even. Such was the case here. The 09’ Lafon Perrières was very good, just a little fat after an onslaught of Rieslings. Buttery, nutty, concentrated, and ripe (stone fruits). An undeniably Baroque wine! But that’s not to say there wasn’t any elegance as it was quite mineral with an iodine-like quality infused in the nose and stoney backend on the palate. It also had an elegant register of minty aroma and to me, sufficient acidity especially considering the vintage. Really excellent quality and was exceptional with cheese, but not a wine I could drink much of during the night.
NB: Surprisingly, not an ounce of premox which SC noted as typical across all the 09’ Lafon’s he’s had this year. Interestingly, oxidative notes were quick to develop the day after. — 21 days ago