This is still a work in progress as I upload tasting notes and wine labels from as far as 1999... Check back once in a while to get the updates.

May 21, 2016

76 Yquem and Vogüé Musigny

Drinks at a friend's house in Singapore.

2006 Beaucastel Blanc Rousanne Vieilles Vignes - lots of tropical fruits like mango, ripe and sweet on the palate.  Drinking deliciously.

Dinner at the Tippling Club.

1976 Yquem - double-decanted due to a broken cork.  What a lovely wine!  Loads of honey, nutty, grapey notes... with dried prunes and Medjool dates.  The wine opened up with time and just got richer and more amazing over the course of the evening.  Such an incredible privilege to be able to drink this 40-year old nectar!

2001 Comte de Vogüé Musigny Vielles Vignes - opened for an hour prior to decanting.  This needed to be chilled to a more suitable drinking temperature.  A little smoky with leather, eucalyptus, dried herbs, and forest notes.  Long finish.

Full post on dinner is here.

May 20, 2016

Domaine de Montille dinner

Dinner at Neighborhood with Domaine de Montille.  Étienne de Montille was in attendance.

2013 Deux Montille Bourgogne Chardonnay - toasty, oaky, some minerals.  Good acidity.

2013 Deux Montille Saint-Romain Le Jarron - lovely toasty notes, very fragrant, nice citrus notes with minerals.  Good acidity.

2013 Domaine de Montille Meursault Les Narvaux - more minerals, even better and more fragrant.  Softer on the palate than expected, without too much acidity.

2013 Domaine de Montille Bourgogne Pinot Noir - good fruit, a little sous bois and eucalyptus.

2013 Domaine de Montille Beaune 1er Cru Les Sizies - the fruit was somehow more muted, with more eucalyptus, leather, and animal notes.

2005 Domaine de Montille Corton-Charlemagne - very floral, so elegant, almost a little caramel.

2001 Domaine de Montille Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets, en magnum - this was so beautiful, with sweet and creamy corn, almost like corn ice cream, and nice toasty notes.  Some ripeness on the palate here.

2005 Domaine de Montille Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans - nice leather notes, nice and fragrant.  Reasonable concentration and tannins.

1999 Domaine de Montille Volnay 1er Cru Les Taillepieds - more spices, more mature, with black fruits, cedar, and almost a little caramelized.  Richer and really beautiful.

1995 Domaine de Montille Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens - so fragrant, with animal, leather, meaty, and a little smoky notes.  Really nice and sweet fruit.  Also a little metallic and iron.  'Rugiens' derives from rouge, which refers to the red soil full of iron oxide.


Full post on dinner is here.

May 18, 2016

Vincent Girardin and Yquem

Dinner at Fish School.

2005 Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres - very nice and buttery, good amount of toasty notes.  Delicious to drink.

2003 Yquem, en demi-bouteille - really sweet, nutty, with marmalade notes.  Rich on the palate.

Full post on dinner is here.

May 12, 2016

MNSC Dinner - the Pawn

MNSC dinner at the Pawn, hosted by the Ox.

1999 Salon - a little tight and not showing to much.  Not too oxidized, nice with a little caramel.  Later on it got nicer, showing some minerals and ripeness on the palate.

First pair: popped and poured from bottle.
1945 Haut-Brion - smoky, a little brett.  Ripe and sweet on the nose, very upfront.  Also a little sweet grass.  Soft and kinda sweet on the palate.  Beautiful with the first pour, but actually went downhill with the second pour.

1985 Haut-Brion - nose of sweet grass, fruity, a little smoky and earthy.  A little more oxidized.  More fragrant with cedar notes, and a little stewed prunes.  93 points.

Second pair: decanted for 1½ hours prior to serving.
1982 Haut-Brion - smoky, a little brett, a little oaky, fragrant, and nice.  Somewhat medicinal, a little savory, and leather.  93 points.

1990 Haut-Brion - nice with cedar notes, some savory soy sauce, slightly medicinal with leather notes.  94 points.

Third pair: decanted for 1 hour and 40 minutes prior to serving.
1994 Dominus - more concentration here.  A little more mint, a little fragrant cedar.  A hint of leather but also pungent.  Later on more medicinal notes.  95 points.

1994 Latour - tighter, showing a little burnt rubber.  92 points.

Fourth pair: decanted for almost 2 hours prior to serving.
1994 Henri Jayer Echezeaux - really grassy and vegetal nose, and I believed this was corked.  Underneath there was a little fruit.

1994 Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin - leather, violet, sweet on the nose.  Really nice.  95 points.


Full post on dinner is here.

May 11, 2016

Leflaive and Roumier

Dinner at Hidden Kitchen.

2004 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet - CORKED.  Pretty grassy and green.  With some coaxing came a little toasty oak, a little sweetness.  Nice acidity on the palate.

2006 Christophe Roumier Charmes-Chambertin aux Mazoyeres - opened for an hour prior to serving.  Lovely sweet fruit here with nice forest notes, and the wine gained weight in glass.  Nice balance but lacking concentration.

Full post on dinner is here.


May 10, 2016

Bordeaux and Pinot happy hour

Drinks at Watson's Wine Cellars.

2011 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir East Ridge - very fruity and sweet, jammy, cherries, eucalyptus.  Acidity on the palate was higher than expected.

2013 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing - more oaky and fragrant nose, but also shows more pungent sulfur.

2011 Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaut Saint Jacques - nice red fruits on the nose, with a little sulfur.  Astringent on the palate.

1989 Beychevelle - decanted.  Very classic claret, showing smoky, earthy notes, with cedar and coffee.  Mature and smooth on the palate.

2006 La Gravette de Certan - more minty notes, fruity and oaky.

2010 La Dame de Montrose - smoky and a little earthy.

2004 Pichon-Lalande - forest and pine needle, minty, a little bit of animal and a hint of smoke.

2005 Haut-Bailly en magnum - ripe and sweet, with smoky and forest notes.

2007 Kapcsándy Estate Cuvée - 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.  Good ripe fruit on the nose.

2010 d'Armailhac - very classic, with lots of smoke and cedar notes.  Beautiful.

2013 Joh.Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese - good balance of sweetness and acidity here.  Some pungent notes on top of Anjou pear.

Dinner at Xia Fei Society Shanghainese Cuisine.

2004 Alter Ego de Palmer - a little smoky and slightly sweet on the palate.

May 7, 2016

2001 Penfolds RWT

Dinner at Ta Vie.

2001 Penfolds RWT - decanted for an hour prior to serving.  Pretty metallic nose, a little smoky, with ripe fruit, jammy, and obvious vanilla oak.  Clearly this has softened up to drink nicely, although it still packs a punch.

Full post on dinner is here.

May 1, 2016

1969 Perrier-Jouët Rosé

Drinking at home.

1969 Perrier-Jouët Rosé - lots of salted plum (話梅) and minerals.  Very, very plummy.  Mild on the palate with almost no length on the finish.  Tons of sediment.
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