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April 14, 2011

MNSC Dinner - Yung's Club

MNSC annual dinner at Yung's Club.  Theme was 1991 Burgundy horizontal.

1990 Louis Roederer Cristal - the Champagne almost stole for show... it was THAT good.  Lovely nose of salty plum (話梅), very yeasty, sweet like sugar cane, fleshy and plump on the nose with salty minerals.  Yes, the nose was oxidized and I loved it.  Still some crisp acidity on the palate.  One of my last remaining bottles which I bought from Tokyo more than 10 years ago, this was definitely an amazing wine.  96 points.

First flight:
1991 Armand Rousseau Chambertin - Wow!  Sweet, grassy, a little smoky, with some animal notes and some herbs, and a hint of roasted corn.  Very light, well-balanced and the epitome of elegance.  This is a classic example of why some of us love Burgundies so much... Everything was just so nicely balanced and silky smooth.  With all the sediment in my glass, a huge nose of toast came out.  I bought this in Taipei over 10 years ago, together with the Chambertin Clos de Beze that I drank almost immediately.  97 points.

1991 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche - the color was darker compared to the Chambertin.  The nose was very sweet, a bit more meaty, minty with black fruits.  93 points.

Second flight:
1991 Leroy Musigny - pretty sweet with a hint of smoke.  Still a bit alcoholic but in general the nose was pretty tight.  I think we just needed to let it breathe more... 92 points.

1991 Emmuanuel Rouget Echezeaux - smoky and a little tight at first.  Opened up and was very lovely, sweet and opulent.  There's that little sharpness of alcohol again... 95 points.

Third flight:
1991 DRC La Tâche - very high expectations, naturally, which were not fully met...  Initially the nose was reasonably open, with a little leather and quite animalistic.  The wine was clearly very concentrated and powerful, with noticeable alcohol.  But I think the wine would have benefitted from additional aeration to open up fully.  Pity.  93 points.

1991 DRC Romanée-Saint-Vivant - leather, farmy, a hint of smoke, some sweet fruit.  Lovely but kind of light.  92 points.

1991 DRC Richebourg - nose was very open and beautiful.  A bit salty, with minerals, sous bois, a little toast, leather and animal.  The body was lighter than La Tâche but the nose was much lovelier.  I couldn't remember where I bought this... but most likely in Singapore years ago.  95 points.

Full post on dinner is here.

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