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November 15, 2007

Dinner with potential investors

Dinner at Forchetta in Taipei, hosted by me.

2001 Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Caillerets - a smooth and delicious wine. I really loved the buttery nose and the minerals.

2001 Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet - this village wine had a more complex and heavy nose, with minerals, smoke peat. But as a drinking wine, especially with food, I preferred the Pillot.

1999 Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin - the wine was pretty good but a tad expensive for a village wine, a function of both the vintage and the producer. Lots of minerals on the nose.

1990 Certan de May - this drank pretty well and was silky smooth on the palate.  My friend Victor loved it so much (he's a Bordeaux lover so this is not a surprise) that he immediately called up the owner of the wine shop where I had bought the wine, and wanted to order 2 cases!

1994 Dominus - this was supposed to be a classic - probably the best Dominus ever. However it is also famous for bottle variation and this one was not quite as good as I had hoped. But the nose was pretty sweet with caramel a bit of tropical fruit.

1985 Stag's Leap Cask 23 - this is a legendary wine, and probably the favorite vintage of Warren Winiarski, Stag's Leap's owner. I had the pleasure of tasting through a vertical of Cask 23 with Warren in 2000 in Singapore, and I loved the '85 back then. This time I had bought 2 bottles from the wine shop, and the shop had sent the whole batch of wines to the restaurant. I meant to open ony 1 bottle for dinner and take the other bottle home. Before dinner, I called ahead to the restaurant and asked them to open all the reds. Unfortunately this meant that the spare bottle of the '85 Cask 23 was also among the opened bottles....anyway. The nose was pretty amazing, and I really had no regrets of buying the wine. Of course it had more than 2 decades to age, so it has now developed nicely.

1996 Chateau Guiraud - not a bad effort with typical tangerine and caramel on the nose.

Full post on dinner is here.

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