Taberna – The new wine bar @ Bukit Timah (20101105)

Got to know this new bar from friend. After the dinner in Spizzico, we decided to go down and have a glance of it and we ended up with 2nd round with some really good wines that made my night even better ^^

The wine list is impressive with lots of old vintages from Burgundy, Australia etc. Most of them are direct from the owner’s private cellar. Most important is, very reasonable price for a wine bar! The only drawback is they do not have proper burgundy glass yet. Still, I’ll definitely visit this bar again, again and again!

Special thanks to my friend for his generosity for treated us all the wines.


Dujac Bonne Mares was my WOTN, at its peaks and hold itself very well and improved throughout the night. Potel GE, IMHO still primary but the aromatic perfume on both nose and palate is sooooo seductive

1997 Domaine Dujac Echezeaux (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Echezeaux Grand Cru)

  • Juicy ripe fruits core with mushroom, earthy and some flowers. Fully mature nose. This wine is still very much alive, juicy with spices and blackberry acidity and dried tea leave that is intriguing with fine grained tannin still giving a good grip with long persistent finish. Drinking beautifully though not necessary in great depth. Suggest to drink up as it started going down after 1.5hrs.

1997 Domaine Dujac Bonnes Mares (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru)

  • WOW! This is clearly two notches up against the Echezeaux. Highly aromatic with red flower and violet, focus red and dark cherry fruits with hint of austerity and rustiness core that expand the aromatic spectrum nicely with secondary flavors of earthy mushroom. This too very juicy and delicious that is richer and more concentrated. The intense mid palate is very complex and fresh. The wine getting rounder and gaining more weight with coffee aromas after some aeration and the fine, firm tannin give good grip with a slight dried tea leaves bitterness leads to the super long spicy finishing that is enchanting with mineral nuances. This is so seductive and charming that I can only move myself to the Potel Grand Echezeaux after I finished the Bonne Mares. This has no problem to hold for few more year but why the wait as this is so hard to resist now! This is a buy!

2004 Kistler Chardonnay Les Noisetiers (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

  • Alcohol :: 14.1%
    Oaky, creamy lemon custard with lots of ripe yellow fruits and some peppery spice. Ripe, sweet but not overly so that review it’s identify of new world with mineral, lots of spices and creamy mouth feel leads to long creamy finish that’s juicy and fine. Aromas of smoke appeared and the wine has polished up with time. The dense, weighty mid palate is very powerful with tons of yellow fruits and spicy nuttiness flavor all firm up by the ripe acidity that went through seamlessly to the good spicy finish. A well-made, delicious new world Chard, a little upside potential after the oak mellow down with time, maybe in another 3yrs time.

2004 Nicolas Potel Grands-Echezeaux (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Focus, super aromatic nose of blue and red floral, mineral, almond nuttiness with red cherry fruits. Still primary and quite austere, with sharp but not intrusive acidity that provide a firm structure. Surprisingly good ripeness for a 04 red Burgundy and the freshness is superb. Very good mid palate intensity and layer and layer of red and dark cherry fruits with highly perfumed flower filled up in the mouth immediately with intriguing spiciness that only Vosne Romanee can offer and the huge mineral backbone that is so polished and elegance with the silky tannin carry on to the round, spicy finishing seamlessly. Still a baby and this clearly need at least another 5-7yrs! Buy – Yes.
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