30 yo (50.7%, OB, 2007, 2958 bottles)
Last year’s edition was truly
excellent, very fresh and very clean
(91), here’s the brand new edition.
Colour: straw. Nose: very different
from the G&M, certainly peatier,
purer, even cleaner, more ‘riesling’.
Fab sharpness considering its age.
It’s also much waxier, more
on purely fresh seaweed, coal smoke,
apple peelings, fresh walnuts, almond
milk... Also hints of shoe polish,
wet stones, lemon zest. Gets more
mineral with time and smokier as well.
I remember having written than the
2006 version remembered me of Didier
Dagueneau’s ultra-sharp Pouillys.
Well, this is the Silex! I love this,
no need to say. Mouth: starts a little
fruitier but mostly on lemons, oranges
and citrons together with these waxy
and slightly resinous notes again.
The expected pepper is well here,
as well as green tea, small bitter
apples... Gets grassier and a little
drier, with also notes of fresh hazelnuts,
hints of olive oil... And then frankly
medicinal, with quite some camphor,
salt, peaty smokiness... Full bodied,
almost pungent (well, not quite),
getting very, very salty after a moment.
It grows bigger and bigger, as if
you just wakened a giant. Finish:
very long, very salty, not too peppery,
with bunches of crystallised citrus
fruits just like at the attack. Well,
I think I like this one even better
than the 2006 version, which was maybe
just a tad shier than the 2007. 92