92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November 2012
(disgorged June 1, 2009; Lot BGC99): Light gold. Aromas and flavors of poached pear, peach pit and toasted nuts, with a buttery accent that gains strength with air. Fleshy but energetic, offering intense orchard and citrus fruit flavors and suggestions of candied fig and brioche. Sappy and focused on the finish, which strongly echoes the toast and pear notes.
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