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June 26, 2015

Day 1 of not smelling

Drinks at Burgundy etc.

2007 Verget Corton-Charlemagne Vieilles Vignes - some lemon citrus notes.

Dinner at Kiangsu Chekiang and Shanghai Residents (Hong Kong) Association Restaurant.

2004 Dom Pérignon - a little warm, ripe and hot on the palate, and a little bland.

Jacques Selosse Initial, dégorgée 30 Avril 2013 - ripe and full-bodied, a little buttery on the nose.  Much, much more complex than the Dom.

2003 Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Pucelles, en magnum - very ripe on the palate, hot finish, very little acidity.

2001 Kistler Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard - very ripe on the palate.

2007 Araujo Sauvignon Blanc Eisele Vineyard - some ripeness on the palate.

2000 Rauzan-Ségla

Full post on dinner is here.

June 22, 2015

70 La Lagune and 04 Bruno Paillard

Dinner at Mandarin Grill + Bar.

2004 Bruno Paillard Blanc de Blancs - really easy to drink. Pretty smooth on the palate, and the acidity was surprisingly not as high as I expected for a blanc de blancs. A little ripe on the palate, with slight bitterness on the finish.

1970 La Lagune - opened for 1 hour without decanting.  Nice acidity and still some tannins here, but otherwise a pretty typical claret.

Full post on dinner is here.

June 17, 2015

Mumm Chef de Caves launch

Dinner at Bibo hosted by G.H. Mumm.  Chef de Caves Didier Mariotti introduced the new Collection du Chef de Caves.

Cordon Rouge - easy to drink and nothing to write home about.

Mumm Blanc de Blancs Mumm de Cramant - very nice mousse, pretty light, elegant, and rounded on the palate.  A little toasty.  Also a little ripe on the palate but not too much.  "Small" production of around 4 to 5,000 cases annually.  This wine was originally a private cuvée of the house and not released for sale.  The distinctive label harks back to the days when the bottles were only given to friends, along with a business card folded at one corner - to indicate that the wine was delivered in person.

Then comes the main event: the trio of magnums being launched.  Each magnum bears the chef de caves' signature as well as the date of disgorgement.

1996 Mumm Collection du Chef de Caves, en magnum - nice acidity here, which was a little focused but not quite to the point of sharpness.  A very precise wine, with a very nice balance.  A little caramel on the nose.  Slight bitterness on the finish, but otherwise very round on the palate.  Sweetness on the palate came out when paired with the salmon.  What a beautiful wine with tons of potential.

1990 Mumm Collection du Chef de Caves, en magnum - a mature wine, with very little bubbles.  Ripe on the palate, with marmalade notes.  Great depth of flavors here, with a really long finish.  Beautiful!

1985 Mumm Collection du Chef de Caves, en magnum - first whiff of the wine and I said to my neighbor : "This is why I love Champagne!"  A fully-mature Champagne, with classic salty plum (話梅), minerals, and caramelized nose.  Still very much alive and fresh for a Champagne this age, thanks to the recent disgorgement.  An incredibly beautiful wine!


Mumm Le Rose - nose of strawberries.

L'Or de Jean Martell - floral, sweet with caramel notes.  This was much smoother than I expected.  A beautiful Cognac.

Full post on dinner is here.

June 11, 2015

04 Chambertin and Aussie Chard

Dinner at West Villa Restaurant.

2004 Prieuré-Roch Chambertin Clos de Beze - so fruity as always, with strawberries, nice toasty notes, a little plummy, and later on a little Chinese angelica (當歸).  Very nice and enjoyable.

2004 Ponsot Griotte Chambertin - nose was definitely more closed initially, without decanting or aeration.  A little smoky, animal, leather, with a little violet later.  More acidic.  Not drinking as well as the Prieuré-Roch.

2001 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series - vanilla and lemon.  Soooo ripe and buttery.  Yum!

Full post on dinner is here.

June 10, 2015

3-star wine pairing

Dinner at the Hertog Jan pop-up in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental.

R and L Legras Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

2013 Terre Nere Rosato - a rosé from Mount Etna on Sicily.  Nice and fresh, with honey, peach, a little flint and a little bit of oak in the nose.

2009 Tement Sauvignon Blanc Grassnitzberg - very rich, thick and viscous on the palate.  Nose was a little pungent, with definite notes of polyurethane and plastic, along with a little pipi de chat.  Some lemon and muscat grapes, too.  Very full on the palate, and a pretty nice wine overall.

2011 Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett - nose was more pungent and in-your-face than expected.  Reasonably sweet on the palate for a kabinett.  Heck, I'll never get tired of drinking German Riesling...

2012 Jean-Marc Pillot Puligny Montrachet Les Noyers Bret - buttery, ripe, and oaky nose.

2011 Leflaive et Associés Monthélie 1er Cru Sur la Velle - very prominent nose of toasty corn, which obscured the fruit a little.  Not bad.

2005 Señorio de San Vicente from magnum - double-decanted 4½ hours prior to serving, and I can definitely see why.  Really ripe and sweet on the nose, with a little pencil lead, vanilla, oak, and later on that exotic coconut butter I love.   Nice and rounded on the palate, very smooth.

Lheraud Pineau des Charentes Collection Perle Rose - wonderful sweet nose, with a little straw and definitely sugarcane.  Minty, too.  Slightly medicinal on the palate, but very sweet and alluring.

Full post on dinner is here.

June 5, 2015

70 Œnothèque, 71 Schönborn and more

Dinner at Caprice.

1970 Dom Pérignon Œnothèque, dégorgée à Janvier 2014 - sooooo beautiful.  Very fragrant and nutty nose with coffee and toast.  Very smooth on the palate, with mild acidity here.  Wow!  Loved this.

1998 Roulot Meursault Les Vireuils - a little toasty on the nose, very nice and elegant, and took a while to open up.  Very round on the palate.

2001 Dominique Laurent Bonnes-Mares - very nice and fragrant nose, fruity, with some dried herbs.  A little leather and eucalyptus here.

1990 Castello di Ama Vigna L'Apparita - decanted about half an hour prior to serving.  Some medicinal notes here, with mint, dried herbs, some sweet fruit, but definitely a little green and vegetal.  Tannins are still here after 25 years.

1971 Schloss Schönborn Hattenheimer Nußbrunnen Riesling Beerenauslese - really grapey, nutty, sweet, with orange marmalade.  Yum.


Full post on dinner is here.

May 23, 2015

Françoise Bedel Vin Secret

Dinner at Épure.

Françoise Bedel Dis, "Vin Secret" - ripe and caramelized nose, plummy notes.  A little more fragrant later, and almost cane sugar, a little mineral and savory.  Higher acidity on the palate, but ripe and smooth.  Delicious.

Full post on dinner is here.

May 20, 2015

Camille Giroud wine dinner

Dinner at China Tang hosted by Sotheby's, featuring wines directly from Maison Camille Giroud.  Winemaker David Croix in attendance.

2010 Camille Giroud Corton-Charlemagne en magnum - nice but still a little closed.  A little smoke, some lemon notes, fragrant, and a little ripe.  This sees very little new oak.  Opened up after an hour and was nice and buttery.

First flight: David wanted to show us two different vintages of the same wine, and these were pretty different.  Popped and poured.

2007 Camille Giroud Chapelle-Chambertin - very lovely fruit, with black cherries and almost a little bit of strawberries.  A little leather on the nose, and eucalyptus, and lots of forest pine.  Ripe and concentrated, with good tannins, but pretty forward and accessible.

2006 Camille Giroud Chapelle-Chambertin - could this be only one year younger than the 2007?  Seemed much softer with very nice red fruits.  Nice and open nose full of bacon fat, and a whiff of savory notes.

Second flight: double-decanted for more than 2 hours prior to serving.  Definitely necessary for a big vintage like this.

2005 Camille Giroud Latricières-Chambertin - very exotic nose, lots of sweetness like candy, cherries, and the nose was almost like cough syrup...

2005 Camille Giroud Chambertin - the nose was still a little closed at first, and there were still plenty of tannins.  Just too young.

Third flight: two decades older, and much more ready and enjoyable.

1993 Camille Giroud Volnay 1er Cru Les Santenots - some green grass on the nose, with leather, farmy notes.  A slight hint of stinkiness...  Nice acidity here.

1993 Camille Giroud Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Saint-Georges - nice and ripe, with sweet fruit.  Ready to drink now but there are still noticeable tannins here.  More enjoyable than the Volnay.

Fourth flight: almost four decades-old.  Definitely ready and very much enjoyable now.

1978 Camille Giroud Charmes-Chambertin - a little more concentrated on the palate, with sweeter fruit.  Very lovely and unquestionably the wine of the evening.

1976 Camille Giroud Volnay 1er Cru Champans - very smooth on the palace, with a nice balance.  A hint of sweet grass in the nose on top of the fruit.


Full post on dinner is here.
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