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 31, 2000

October 24, 2000

1992 du Clos Frantin Corton

Dinner at Chez Rolland.

1992 du Clos Frantin Corton - it was actually pretty good!  A Grand Cru is still good even if the vintage was only so-so.  Good concentration.  Nice fruit.  Acidity was moderate.  Long finish.

Bought from Ponti for HKD 462.

October 20, 2000

98 Mondavi I Block and 90 Gattinera

Drinks at Brown.

1998 Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc To-Kalon Vineyard I Block - Wow!  Full-bodied, lots of toasty oak.  Very complex aromas of petrol, lemon, creamy, citrus, and later chocolate!  Very good indeed!

I Block Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted in 1945.

Bought from Robert Mondavi for USD 40.

1990 Fontanafredda Barolo Gattinera - decanted for 2 hours before drinking.  Acidity level still kinda high, but smooth tannins.  A little bit of spice on the finish.  Some fruit but probably breathed too long.

October 12, 2000

1989 Greysac

Drinking at home.

1989 Greysac en demi-bouteille - still drinking really well.  Nice long finish.  Smooth, velvety tannins.  Definitely one of the best buys I made.

October 3, 2000

1988 Gaja Sorì Tildìn

Dinner at Brown.

1988 Gaja Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn - needs at least 45 minutes to 1 hour breathing time.  Too acidic before that.  After opening up, the nose was very sweet, full of cassis and raisin.  A bit of smoked meats, very slight peppery finish.  Wow!  Nose was very powerful.  Tannins velvety, not too heavy.  After 2½ hours it became acidic again.  Very good bottle of wine.

Bought from Fine and Rare Wines for GBP 111.

October 1, 2000

92 Lynch-Bages and 93 Trimbach

Drinking at a friend's house.

1992 Lynch-Bages - very smoky when first opened, with earth tones masking the fruit core.  This gradually came out and the smoke faded.  Sweet red fruit came out and there was also bacon.

Bought at Ponti for HKD 450.


1993 Trimbach Gewürztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre - crisp, light, sweet and floral.  Refreshing.

Bought from BBR for HKD 379.
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