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WTN: 99 Lafarge, Clos du Chateau des Ducs over 8 hrs.

by Florida Jim » Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:06 pm

1999 Dom. Michel Lafarge, Volnay Clos du Château des Ducs:
Upon opening, quite aromatic with stone, vinous red fruit and light mushroom aromas, very slightly reductive (so I decanted the bottle off some sediment); slightly tannic attack with moderately complex flavors that follow the nose adding a light herb tone, a bit hollow at mid-palate; medium length, grippy finish. Overall, showing closed and youthful without the depth or density I would expect from this producer and this dirt.
One-half an hour later with pasta with mushrooms; more density and length, the middle has firmed up and the flavors have taken on some depth and stand well with the dish – this is still an elegant, mid-weight wine but the pedigree is starting to show.
Five and a half hours later without food; more reticent aromatics; continuing development of density at mid-palate with more evident depth, concentration, breed and length, yet still, the overall impression is a closed and structured wine.
About $75, on release.
Jim Cowan
Cowan Cellars
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Re: 99 Lafarge, Clos du Chateau des Ducs over 8 hrs.

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Mon Oct 16, 2006 12:48 am

Just the way I like to go Jim!! Even some $20 wines can show quite a developement over a 4/5 hour period. Some after a day or two in the cold fridge!
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Re: WTN: 99 Lafarge, Clos du Chateau des Ducs over 8 hrs.

by Dale Williams » Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:06 pm

thanks for the great note, and welcome back

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