An affair with some truly special and memorable wines (I would say, BUY!) that expand my knowledge and palate –
- especially for the Dominus which is eye-opening and mind blowing. Have had few vintages of Dominus (84, 96, 99) and always have the impression that Dominus is good but not great wine and pale in comparison with say, super second from Bordeaux. However, The 1991 is incredible wine, definitely 1st growth quality that changed my perspective of Dominus, I’m a fan of Dominus now.
- 1991 Rousseau Clos de Beze, always a treat to have wine from Rousseau. 1991, a vintage that shadowed by 1990 but in fact, the top maker produced great wine from 1991. This bottle is a very good example for the vintage. Still painfully young and when this is ready, WOW!
- 1996 Dom Perignon DP Rose, this too is too young but already seductive, a wine build for long haul. A 1st class Rose.
1996 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon Rosé (France, Champagne)
- Alcohol :: 12.5%
Pop & Poured. Salmon pink with lots of vigorous, fine beads. Similar with the 1998 DP Rose, wild and exotic was my first impression and this is definitely better. Still youthful and tight on the nose, but this is so deep and complex! Display hint of red cherry, strawberry and deep tone of earthiness, fresh toastiness intermixed with a touch of white button mushroom and white truffle. Fine, energetic moose that splash gently on the juicy, fresh mid palate with great intensity yet so weightless with mouth watering acidity that provide great delineation, precision and turn to dry, very clean, grippy finish. Good structure that build for age. Terrific. I especially love the perfume and cleanness on the mouth.
1991 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru)
- Alcohol :: 13%
There were burn rubber nose that masked the fruits and profile during the first poured and alerted us that this might be condition problem with this bottle. We leave it alone and get back to it in another 20mins and hey! The rubbery nose has completely blew off and display lovely, perfume bouquet of sweet cherry, dark berry and earthy, wild meatiness that is so deep and focus. The wine continue to put on weight through out the night and the intense, super rich mid palate is awesome. Lots of power and surprisingly fresh, not taut but very fine masculine profile that is elegance and flow on to the palate nicely with palate staining, fine-grained tannins that giving good grip and flow on seamlessly to the intense, slightly austere long finish. Very lively and youthful, some med level of fine, ripe tannin and structure to shed, lovely. I’m looking forward to try the Chambertin too!
1991 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
A monumental Dominus and by far the best Dominus I have had and have no trace of heat at all. Decanted for 45mins, this clearly singing for the night. Super deep, absolutely lovely bouquet that blossom from the glass with blackcurrant, sweet dark plum, toasted bread intermixed with tobacco, cigar box, mushroom and soil that’s is highly complex and refine. The palate is as good as the 1st class nose, super silky, in fact, velvety and polished texture that caressing the complex, lush, concentrated palate with layer and layer of fresh, pure, ripe dark fruits, meatiness, licorice and secondary flavor dried tea leaf, leather and earth with alluring spices nuances that leads to refine, juicy intense finished that goes on forever. Well integrated yet this has so much life in it. This is absolutely 1st class and full of finesse and harmony. Excellent, my WOTN.