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Average critic rating : 92.0 points
It had been nearly a year since I last had the pleasure to taste the 2003 La Matinale from Benoit Tarlant. As I mentioned last year, the wine is composed of a blend of forty-five percent pinot noir, twenty-seven percent pinot meunier and twenty-eight percent chardonnay, with no malo in this vintage. The wine is now wide open and really drinking with generosity, offering up a classy bouquet of apple, wheat toast, peach, a superb, minerally base of soil tones, gentle smokiness and a topnote of almond. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and classy, with a fine core, impressive balance and complexity, elegant mousse, sound framing acids and a long, refined and à point finish. Based on this most recent bottle, I would guess that this wine will evolve a bit quicker than I initially thought, but for drinking over the next decade or so, there is a lot of pleasure to be had here! nov 2016, www.viewfromthecellar.com, Drink: 2016-2025.
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