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September 22, 2016

Whites for black and white dinner

Black and white dinner at Akrame.

2014 Henri Perusset Mâcon-Villages - nice and tropical with floral notes.  High acidity.

2014 Aegerter Saint-Véran - some ripeness on the palate.  Otherwise kinda bland.

Clos Dady, vintage unknown - a little peach.  A lot drier than expected for a Sauternes.

Full post on dinner is here.

September 19, 2016

2003 Kongsgaard The Judge

Dinner at Tenku RyuGin.

2003 Kongsgaard The Judge - opened 40 minutes prior to decanting.  Nice and ripe, with sweetness, a little marzipan and cotton candy, toasty corn.  Nice acidity here but soooo elegant and well-balanced.  Just drinking beautifully now.

Full post on dinner is here.

September 17, 2016

Clos Erasmus and Banneret

Dinner at On Dining Kitchen and Lounge.

1996 Clos Erasmus - decanted and served after 10 minutes or so.  Nice and minty, smoky and earthy.  Very smooth but good concentration here even after 20 years, with nice acidity levels which were perfectly balanced.

2012 du Banneret Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge - served at a perfectly chilled temperature.  Very peppery with a little animal notes.  Nice acidity here.

Full post on dinner is here.

September 15, 2016

2003 Canon-la-Gaffelière

Dinner at home.

2003 Canon-la-Gaffelière - sweet and ripe fruit, with leather, some animal, and forest notes.  A little smoky.

September 10, 2016

Isojiman and Ikezo Peach

Dinner at Hidden.

Isojiman Daiginjo Junmai Emerald (磯自慢 大吟醸純米 エメラルド), 2016 - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 50%.  Served a little warm but it was very nice, with lots of fermented rice flavors.  Soft and sweet on the palate with a spicy finish.

Ikezo Peach - interesting sparkling sake with peach jelly.  Lots of little bits of jelly, making the texture kinda interesting.

September 8, 2016

von Schubert and Mugnier

Dinner at Jiang Su.


1998 von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abstberg Riesling Spätlese-trocken - big nose of petrol and polyurethane, but riper, fuller, and richer, with lots of muscat grape. Dry finish with plenty of acidity to balance the full-bodied palate.


1983 von Schubert Maximin Grünhauser Herrenberg Riesling Auslese - obviously riper on the palate and much more mature, with plenty of acidity to balance the sweetness that wasn't at all overwhelming.  Lots of lemon and marmalade on the nose here, along with some minerals and flint.

2009 Mugnier Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale - nose of eucalyptus, game meats, lots of leather and animal notes, with a little floral violet underneath.  Slightly pungent.

Full post on dinner is here.

September 6, 2016

Calon-Segur and Clinet

Wine tasting at Hong Kong Wine Vault.  Laurent Dufau from Calon-Segur and Ronan Laborde of Clinet in attendance.

2006 Clinet - first a whiff of fruit, then became dusty, chalky, and funky.  Maybe a little bit of grilled meats.  Was this corked?

2011 Clinet - a little smoky with some black fruits.  Still tannic on the palate.  Not great.

2013 Clinet - switched to a new glass.  Nose still pungent with sulfuric notes, and still chalky.

Not sure what was going on with the Clinet wines tonight, but I didn't like any of them.

2008 Calon Ségur - wow!  This was drinking beautifully!  Lots of coffee and tobacco notes, along with cedar and plenty of fruit.

2000 Calon-Ségur - nose was more muted, perhaps a little cooked prunes, with a hint of leather.  A little softer on the palate, with higher acidity.  Plenty of sediment as this pour was from the bottom 20% of the bottle.

1996 Calon-Ségur - from a fresher bottle.  Big nose of green pepper, smoke, grilled meats, and leather.

2013 Le Marquis de Calon Ségur - very sweet, with tons of coffee and cedar notes.  Very approachable.  Amazing that this was my favorite wine of the evening.

August 31, 2016

2013 Keller Kirchspiel

Dinner at Family Li Imperial Cuisine in Beijing.

2013 Keller Westhofener Kirchspiel Riesling Großes Gewächs - nice and ripe, sweet on the nose.  Very floral with honey notes.  Dry on the palate.  A lovely wine.

Full post on dinner is here.
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