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.

October 27, 1999

Dinner at Blue

Dinner at Blue.

1993 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon - it was surprisingly diluted and lacking in fruit.  Smooth but not as much depth to it.  Was better once it was given time to breathe, but still disappointing for a Clos du Val.

1986 Lynch-Bages - there was some question as to whether this was fake.  Decanted and left to breathe for at least half an hour.  It was surprisingly diluted and lacking in fruit.  Did not have the same taste on the palate as the one we tasted in May.  There was some sediment but not quite enough for such a vintage.  While this may not be a fake bottle, it may be improperly stored.  Not worth the HKD 800 I paid.

October 25, 1999

1993 Ducru-Beaucaillou

1993 Ducru-Beaucaillou - drank over dinner at 老正興.  Again this was a very nice bottle to drink, although in small glasses with Chinese food it's a bit different.  Smooth tannins.  A little spicy.  Bought from Watson's for HKD 439.

October 19, 1999

1996 Jadot Santenay Clos de Malte

1996 Jadot Santenay Clos de Malte - Ouch!  Definitely too young to drink as tannins are still strong.  There is fruit and acidity underneath, so this should prove to be good after a couple of years.  Bought from Ponti for HKD 219.

October 16, 1999

Tattinger tasting

Tasting Tattinger Champagnes at Ponti.

Tattinger Brut Reserve - nothing special.

1990 Tattinger Brut - noticeably better and crisper.

1988 Tattinger Comte de Champagne - this was different, but I thought the 1990 was better.

1996 d'Arenberg Riesling the Noble - drank this at home.  Great stuff!

1993 Ducru-Beaucaillou - drank this over dinner at Le Grenouille.  Still very good to drink, showing classic Bordeaux blend flavors of fruit, mint, and spice.  Smooth tannins, nice on palate.  Bought from Watson's for HKD 439.

October 15, 1999

1989 Poujeaux

Opened and decanted at home, celebrating the decision of two friends to get married.

1989 Poujeaux - with age this is now smooth and easy to drink.  Tannins have been shed, with nose heavy on smoke, black cherry, and notes of grilled red meat.  Bought from Sinolink for HKD 425.  This is more expensive than the '90 Cissac but it is better.

October 13, 1999

1993 Royal Tokaji Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos

1993 Royal Tokaji Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos - drank this at brown.  Commonly called "Blue Label".  Lots of honey, caramel, sweet nose.  Beautiful golden color.  Yummy.
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