1989 Domaine Baumard Clos de St. Yves, Loire Valley, France

I would have written this off as an oxidized bottle of Chenin Blanc had I not known better. This had a beautiful aroma of white truffles & dried oysters, layered with a distinctive honey and camomile character on the nose if only you would give it enough time. It took me close to five hours to coax this beauty out of its slumber! Dangerously close to oxidation, this wine exhibited a very long finish with plenty of very ripe lemons and superbly ripe apples on the palate. The acidity that it still contains is educational, to say the least. Would it get any better? I am not too sure. But I would definitely drink up if I had them in my cellar đŸ™‚