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1997 Chateau la Variere, Les Melleresses, 1eres Tries Bonnezeaux, Anjou

Vintage: 1997
Date tasted: 24 May 2004
Price when tasted: £24.50 (50cl)

Tasting notes

24/05/2004

Muted cherry/redcurrant nose, oaky. Has power and weight, splendid fruit and bracing acidity. A bit one-dimensional, but plenty of vigour and length. Drink from 2008.

09/01/2004

Rich, golden colour. Huge nose, with masses of apricotty botytis, complex and delicious just to smell. Palate is very rich, honeyed and silky-textured. Very sweet (220g/l residual sugar), but with wonderfully balanced citrussy acidity and only a moderate alcohol (12.5%). Powerful, refined, top-class wine. An ordinary price for an extraordinary wine.

08/01/2004

Rich golden colour. Huge nose, with masses of apricotty botrytis, complex and delicious just to smell. Palate is very rich, honeyed and silky-textured. Very sweet (220g/l residual sugar), but with wonderfully balanced citrussy acidity and only a moderate 12.5% alcohol. Powerful, refined, top-class wine. An ordinary price for an extraordinary wine. (BB)

Muted cherry/redcurrant nose, oaky. Has power and weight, splendid fruit and bracing acidity. A bit one-dimensional, but plenty of vigour and length. Drink from 2008.

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