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2007 Domaine Damien Laureau Savennieres Bel Ouvrage

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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2010

($45) Bright gold. Wild, highly aromatic scents of singed orange, pear skin, magnolia, lemongrass, honey and vanilla bean. Broad, deeply concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors are braced by dusty minerality, with the exotic vanilla note joined by touches of mace and candied ginger. The floral element comes back on the finish, which is impressively pure, penetrating and persistent. Lots going on now but this will be even better with a few years of bottle age.

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