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.

February 25, 2023

1943 Haut-Brion

Dinner at the Ukai Taipei.

1943 Haut-Brion, rebouché en 2011, Sotheby's ex-château auction 4 October 2013 - served without decanting. Definitely smoky with tobacco notes, still got the fruit. Condition is very, very good and still very much alive. Around 30 minutes in there was almost a hint of metallic notes. Still OK at about 45 minutes in, with a hint of green bell peppers. The wine lasted more than an hour, which was a testament to its condition.

Full post on dinner is here.

February 24, 2023

1943 trio

Dinner at Ya Ge in Taipei.

1943 Cheval Blanc, Eschenauer bottling - level was mid- to low-shoulder, much worse than another bottle opened in 2017. Nose was still very fragrant, with leather, animal notes, along with rose petals and other floral notes. Fairly light in terms of body once the sediment is discounted, but the fragrance was very lovely.

1943 Mouton-Rothschild, from Sotheby's Sale May 2016, Wines from the Cellars of William I. Koch - a bit more leather on the nose, minty, definitely more cigar notes, and certainly tastes like a Pauillac. Condition was still fairly good after nearly 80 years.

1943 Sisqueille Rivesaltes, mis en bouteille 2012 - kinda nutty, a little coffee, almost, and certainly honey.

Full post on dinner is here.

February 23, 2023

Doquet and Cos Blanc

Dinner at Taïrroir in Taipei.

2008 Pascal Doquet Le Mont Aimé Cœur de Terroir, dégorgée 3 novembre 2021 - caramelized and mineral on the nose, a little toasty. Got some decent body with some bitterness on the finish. While this wasn't really sweet, it also didn't taste like a brut nature.

2018 Cos d'Estournel Blanc - served about 1 hour and 15 minutes after opening. Lots of polyurethane and acetone here. Maybe this needed some decanting to aerate further.

Full post on dinner is here.

February 18, 2023

2008 George Hansen

Dinner at Peking Garden.

2008 George Pinot Noir Hansen Vineyards, from magnum #9/48 - still got the fruit, a little savory on the palate now, almost like soy sauce. Ripe and rounded, nice and complex. Very fragrant on the nose with leather notes. Drinking pretty well.

February 17, 2023

2020 Te Koko

Drinking at home.

2020 Cloudy Bay Te Koko - definitely lots of flint. A bit of muscat grapes, some ripeness here.

February 14, 2023

Rieslings and La Turque

Dinner at Woo Cheong Tea House.

2009 Keller Westhofener Kirchspiel Riesling Großes Gewächs - flinty, polyurethane, mineral. A little ripeness here and big on the palate, grippy and almost with a little bitter finish.

2001 Guigal La Turque - served about 30 minutes after decanting. A little dusty on the nose, with notes of leather. Not bad, with some fragrance and sweet fruit on the nose. Acidity was relatively high on the palate. Not nearly the beautiful La Turque I was hoping for.

1990 von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett - completely oxidized on the nose with Chinese licorice, and lots of white flowers. On the palate this was relatively dry and just barely off-dry, and very rounded.

Full post on dinner is here.

February 11, 2023

Laherte and L'A

Dinner at Neighborhood.

Laherte Rosé de Meunier, dégorgée en mars 2022 - with lively red fruits.

2010 Domaine de l'A, en magnum - decanted 45 minutes after opening, and served 1 hour after decanting. Plenty of sweet fruit, vanilla, oak, and leather. Drinking pretty nicely now.

Full post on dinner is here.

February 9, 2023

Krug 170

Dinner at Sushi Shikon.

Krug Grande Cuvée, 170ème Édition, ID 221035 - very classic, very toasty nose with lots of brioche, very nutty. Good acidity with a little ripeness on the palate.

Full post on dinner is here.

February 8, 2023

Cos Blanc and Mugnier

Drinking at a friend's home.

2016 Cos d'Estournel Blanc - flinty, kinda ripe, with a hint of oiliness.

2005 Mugnier Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale - drank almost 2 hours after opening. Lots of leather, smoke, and grilled meats.

February 7, 2023

Matriarch and Merì

Dinner at Ramato.

2021 Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna Merì - nose of tropical stone fruits like peaches, floral, flinty. Nice and light on the palate.

2002 BOND Matriarch - opened 1½ hours prior to decanting and served 30 minutes after decanting. Very minty, very ripe, very alcoholic. Lots of coconut butter, tons of exotic spices. Still going strong after more than 1 hour in decanter and almost 3 hours after opening. Still sharp and alcoholic on the nose, but sooooo beautiful!

Full post on dinner is here.

February 5, 2023

Sake and whites

Dinner at Mosu Hong Kong.

2016 Cos d'Estournel Blanc - flinty, a little ripe.

Next5 Colors 2022 Ippakusuisei (一白水成) - seimaibuai of 50%. A little bit of fermented rice on the nose. Some sweetness on the palate but medium-dry mid-palate. Nose was pretty nice, fragrant but not floral nor too fruity, and a bit more alcoholic on the nose than expected.

Kamonishiki Brilliance Akaiwa Omachi (加茂錦 Brilliance 赤磐雄町), R4BY - seimaibuai of 40%. Pretty soft and elegant, with some fermented rice notes, a little on the sweet side. Very nice and richer with the sweet fermented rice notes.

Koshino Kagetora Nakatori Daiginjo (越乃景虎 中とり 大吟醸), R4BY - opened for 2 hours before serving. Nose was a bit more pungent, not as elegant, with stronger flavors.

2018 Bruno Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées - very toasty nose, with lots of lemon citrus and a bit of flint.

Full post on dinner is here.

February 4, 2023

Pax, Noguchi, Laherte

Dinner at Sheung Hei.

Noguchi Naohiko Yamahai Omachi Muroka Nama (農口尚彦 山廃雄町 無濾過生原酒), 2020 - rich notes of starchy rice on the nose. Dry on the palate.

2005 Pax Syrah Alder Springs Vineyard 'The Terraces' - drank 1½ hours after double-decanting. Really sweet and jammy at first. Notes of eucalyptus and a little leather. Still got tannins.

Drinking at home.

Laherte Rosé de Meunier, dégorgée en mars 2022 - lots of strawberries, so fruity and happy.

February 3, 2023

2020 Blanc Sec de Suduiraut

Drinking at home.

2020 Blanc Sec de Suduiraut - very fragrant with notes of tropical stone fruits and flint.

February 1, 2023

Wine pairing at MONO

MONO x Toyo Eatery dinner.

Krug Grande Cuvée, 170ème Édition, ID 221042 - more toasty on the nose than I remembered, but that's very, very classic Grande Cuvée. Pretty popcorn. Wonderful.

Black Kite Theobroma Blonde - OK la... pretty nice on the palate, at least it's not bitter. Some honey and a little caramel.

2019 Roda I Blanco - nose was very alcoholic initially and kinda fragrant. Very ripe on the palate, but grippy mid-palate with an acidic finish. Gained more body as the wine warmed up.

2018 Leflaive Mâcon-Verzé Les Chênes - a little toasty, with reasonable acidity balance.

2016 Bouchard Corton-Charlemagne - a more elegant wine. Later on this was much more buttery after enough aeration.

2019 Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino - very, very ripe and jammy, a little metallic almost, with lots of vanilla oak. Really sweet on the palate but the tannins were surprisingly soft. Showing some blueberries later.

2012 La Chapelle de la Mission - unfortunately this was very chalky and dusty so not too enjoyable. Pretty savory with lots of soy sauce.

Full post on dinner is here.
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