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May 15, 2018

Pierre Péters and Canon-la-Gaffelière

Dinner at Joël Robuchon Restaurant in Singapore.

Pierre Péters Cuvée La Perle - a blanc de blancs.  Nice and caramelized nose, lovely fragrance, with yeasty notes.  Ripe and rounded on the palate, with good acidity and lean on the back end.

1999 Canon-la-Gaffelière - 40 minutes after decanting, showing smoke, ripe fruit, and lovely cedar notes.  A little pencil lead after an hour in decanter, and 1½ hours after decanting the nose turned pretty sweet.  Still some tannins here, but drinking pretty well.

Full post on dinner is here.

May 14, 2018

Kistler Cathleen and Bertheau

Dinner at Straits Clan in Singapore.

2004 Kistler Chardonnay Cuvée Cathleen - unfortunately this was overripe and waaaay too oxidized.  Nose was sugar, sweet, and caramelized.  Worked horribly with both the octopus and the youtiao.

2014 François Bertheau Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru - sweet and fruity with black cherry, eucalyptus, and dried herbs.

Full post on dinner is here.

May 12, 2018

Cristal, Clos Ste Hune

Drinking at a friend's home.

2005 Louis Roederer Cristal - floral nose.  Easy to drink, but otherwise unremarkable.

Dinner at The Naked Finn in Singapore.

1996 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune - such a classic dry riesling, with petrol, flint, and lemon notes.  Very good depth of flavor here.  Beautiful!

2013 Peter Michael Chardonnay 'Mon Plaisir' - very sweet nose, with plenty of tropical stone fruits and vanilla.  So buttery and fragrant.

Full post on dinner is here.

May 11, 2018

2004 Ganevat Les Vignes de Mon Père

Drinking at Le Bon Funk in Singapore.


2004 Ganevat Les Vignes de Mon Père - a little flinty, dusty, and a little pungent at first.  After 20 minutes in decanter, a hint of honey emerged on top of citrus.  More than an hour later, toasty notes started to come out.

Full post on the evening is here.

May 5, 2018

2011 Ram's Hill

Drinking at home.

2011 Ram's Hill - very ripe and caramelized nose, with honey and straw notes.  Surprisingly the palate wasn't overripe, and still had the acidity going, with a little bitterness, hot, and alcoholic.

May 4, 2018

Selbach, Monbousquet, Boekenhoutskloof

Drinking at home.

2006 Selbach Riesling Kabinett "Fish" - big nose of petrol and polyurethane, white flowers, and flint.  Aged quite nicely.

2005 Boekenhoutskloof Semillon - initially nice and caramelized nose, a little marzipan.  But ultimately overripe, hot and alcoholic on the palate.  Not enjoyable.

2005 Monbousquet - ripe and sweet fruit, fragrant, lovely nose.  Smoky, plenty of cedar wood, and eventually coffee notes.  A beautiful wine.

May 3, 2018

Penfolds and Astralis

Dinner at Stellar House.

1997 Clarendon Hills Astralis - served 1 hour after opening.  Smoky, stewed fruit, with some sweetness in the nose.  Some acidity here.  After 1½ hours the nose became more Aussie, with more sweet fruit and tropical notes.

1999 Penfolds Bin 389 - very coconut and sweet nose, classic Aussie.

Full post on dinner is here.

May 1, 2018

French wines with Frenchies

Dinner at Neighborhood.

1990 Fleury - very ripe and caramelized, yeasty, lovely.  Mature with good depth on the palate.

2010 Lucien Le Moine Corton Blanc - pretty ripe and caramelized, with a little marzipan and lemon.  Good acidity balance.

1999 Rayas Blanc - initially very tight and alcoholic.  Took a while to open up in the decanter.  Damn ripe on the palate, with acetone and a little polyurethane.

2002 Marquis d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds - good acidity balance, still some tannins there, but not very open.

2010 Rayas La Pialade - I would have pegged it as a Prieuré-Roch.  Incredibly beautiful and fragrant nose, with plenty of rose and floral notes, almost lychee, leather, and a little smoke.  

Full post on dinner is here.

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