Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1999
White flower aromas of hawthorn and acacia, and honey, initially characterise the nose. Gaining in intensity, spicy notes of black pepper and ginger and red fruits combine subtly with the primary aromas.
Clean and direct on the attack, with a delicate mousse revealing a highly attractive mineral quality. The wine boasts impressive structure with an imposing finish and appealing length.
Showing age, with hints of iodine and oyster shell, this is nonetheless vibrant and focused, offering a very fine texture and flavors of lemon peel, white raspberry, fresh ginger, biscuit and honey.
Bright yellow-gold. Smoky citrus and pit fruit aromas are perked up by lively spice notes. Smooth, sappy orange and nectarine flavors are complemented by deeper toffee and toasted almond qualities and a kick of brown spices. In a rich style but shows good energy too. Finishes on a honeyed note, with lingering spiciness.
A silky wine with intriguing complexity, this reveals flavors of spicy cider apples and light-skinned cherries. It's austere and firm. balanced for any fresh shellfish.
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