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Arbois Vin Jaune, Michel Gahier 2004

Inventory Status: 1


Great concentration, a powerful vintage. Michel Gahier seems to always achieve the best for his stunning vin jaune. Made from the best selection of Savagnin. Aged for seven years in sous voile without topping up in neutral barrels. Beautifully balanced. Seamless quality. Endless finish. Only gets better with time. Michel Gahier recommends 20 years from the vintage. Get set for an experience of a lifetime.

"In bottle only a short time when I tasted it last November, the Gahier 2004 Vin Jaune introduces delightful piquancy of grapefruit rind and apricot pit to the toasted nuts, curry, and lemon one anticipates from this flor-matured, positively volatile genre. Lacking the buoyant and hauntingly ethereal or infectiously juicy personality of its 2002 counterpart, this compactly concentrated, leanly-textured vin jaune seems single-mindedly focused on delivering a smoky, bittersweetly nutty and zesty essence of the genre's classic rancidity, culminating in a finish worthy of Lady Macbeth's nightmares. In short, you'll have a tough time tasting anything else after you've had this on your palate (not that I had any choice on the present occasion!). No doubt this formidable bottling will exhibit further complexity with time and will remain stable for decades, but I suspect that the basic outlines of its personality are set."
92/100 David Schildknecht, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate