Part 2 of Burgundy-Alsace-Germany (BAG) dinner that originated from a buddy. Needless to say, his all time favorite wine is BAG! There were only 8 of us (with another friend only able to drop by for a sip instead of ‘integrate’ for the dinner) with 11wines ^^
The food is as delicious as usual in Asia Grand, while they have decent Schott Zwiesel white wine and Bordeaux glass, they do not have Burgundy glass thus if you’re more particular in stemware and would love to pop some red Burgundy, you shall bring your own stemware (like what we usually do). Free Corkage.
We had a well-spread line up for BAG and two ‘un-usual’ wine from the famous producer
Domaine Dujac -> 2007 Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Monts-Luisants Blanc
- Domaine Dujac, produced one of the most sought after wines from Morey-Saint-Denis, especially for it’s -> Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Clos St Denis Grand Cru, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru, Gevrey Chambertin Combottes 1er Cru, Vosne Romanee Malconsorts 1er Cru….etc. This is my 1st blanc from Dujac and certainly a very good one especially with the price for a 1er Cru blanc.
Maison Leroy -> 2002 Chassagne Montrachet Rouge.
- Chassagne-Montrachet – a village that produced one of the best Chardonnay (the top wines are from these vineyards -> Montrachet Grand Cru, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru, and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru) in the world which situated at Cote de Beaune of Burgundy. Red wine (Pinot Noir) also being made in here however, is rarely seen in this part of world and I was glad that this wine appeared in the dinner.
2007 Domaine Dujac Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Monts-Luisants (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru)
The grapes for the whites whites are only very lightly crushed, and there is no battonage.
- Light gold. Unique aromas that i’m pretty sure this is not from the common commune say Puligny or Meursault thus link me to the lesser commune, St.Aubin but we all got it wrong!Aromatic nose with exotic spices, green herb, green apple, white pear and hint of creamy vanilla, this is rather young and pungent at the moment but clean and pure. Fresh, slight buttery with sappy mid palate intensity and lively, strong acidity that’s well balance by the pure flavors of white fruits and herbs that leads to very clean, slight creamy long persistent finish with mineral undertones. This starting to fade after 2hours. Still, a very good white wine by Dujac especially with the asking price.
2000 Domaine Prieur-Brunet Bâtard-Montrachet (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru)
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Med deep golden. Nose is tight and quite close with mineral and oak, lots of chalk, honey, with underneath of ripe fruits. Good weight with lots of mineral, ripe yellow fruits like lemon and pineapple and orange peel bitterness, creamy clean finish with traces of alcohol heat. We were surprise this wasa Batard as this clearly lack of the power and depth for the Batard. The nose has pick up more Grand Cru profile that is complex, bold, power, broad-shoulder with lots of honey oak and fruits while the palate is remain a 1st Cru performance.
1996 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru)
- Alcohol :: 13%
1st impression, I didn’t have a wine from this village for a long time! Absolutely sexy and seductive with it’s sweet red cherry and berry, perfume floral with mushroom and refreshing florest floor background that giving away its identify of Chambolle. Youthful and energetic with good structure that all of us thought this was a 2002! Elegance, feminine profile with super silky mouth feel, mouth watering acidity with lots of sweet red and blue Pinot fruits and dried tea leaves along with sweet ripe tannin flow on to a juicy, sweet finish with touch of austerity. Good sense of finesse and really deliver for it 1er Cru status. Really like it. Buy – Yes
2004 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combes aux Moines Vieille Vigne (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru)
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Forest floor, alluring wood spice and mineral intermixed with ripe cherry with touch of stemmy notes and hint of alcohol. Structure but well concealed by well-balance of pure fruits, mineral, lots of gripping acidity, dry extract and earthy with traces of greenish flavor spectrum underneath. Good delineation, the freshness and the transparency of this wine is excellent and the long persistent finish with touch of wood infused make this a complete wine. A success in 2004 and surely benefit with bottle ages. My red WOTN. Buy – Yes.
2002 Maison Leroy Chassagne-Montrachet (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet)
- Alcohol :: 13%
My first Chassagne Rouge and I really can’t pin point which village as the flavor profile is really different from what I known of. Focus nose of red cherry, strawberry with some spices, earth and floral. Slight green profile with good freshness and good grip of acidity and mid palate sap. This is a rather straight forward wine with juicy finish. A good, friendly village and the vibrancy of this is really good.
1997 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Clos Vougeot (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru)
- Focus but slight pungent aromas of spices, floral intermingled with red cherry, dried tea leafs with orange note undertone. The intense mid palate is juicy, slight austere with dried tea leave, spices with fine silky tannin, good freshness and medium juicy finish. Drinking at its peak now with good pleasure though this does not possessed the weight and tension of a Grand Cru.
2005 Pavillon de Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
This is clearly a better wine compared to 2004 & 2006 giving the vintage benefit of 2005 for better structure and riper fruits that resulted in a more serious, complete wine. The 2005 Grand Vin is an amazing wine. One to buy.
- Alcohol :: 13%
As a second wine, this is remarkably good! Expressive nose of ripe blackberry, blackcurrant along with coffee, tobacco leaf. Nicely structure, good mid palate weight and delineation with tobacco, pure dark fruits flavor and coffee notes supported by lively acidity, firm tannin with intense finish.
1999 Von Hövel Oberemmeler Hütte Riesling Auslese (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
- Alcohol :: 8.5%
Light golden in color. Clean, aromatic nose of guava, slate, mineral and lemon citrus note accompany with mango, floral that is focus and fresh. Well-balance, lots of fresh ripe acidity with ripe Tropical fruits and firmly support by the mineral, good, clean finish. While this is lack a bit of complexity and good depth, this is still a very good German Riesling that provide very good drinking pleasure.
2009 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Nahe)
Donnhoff is always our group favorite German Riesling producer alongside with Egon Muller. From some of the review known that Donnhoff did very well in 2009 and indeed, the following wine tasted show the quality, class and the balance of the wine is impeccable.
- Alcohol :: 8%
Straw yellow. Still rather tight, but the focus, pure aromas of lychee, white peaches and perfume floral showing the good quality and class of this wine. Very ripe and sweet on the palate but perfectly buffer off by the ripe, mouth watering acidity, well balance and precisely focus. Powerful mid palate but the soft, round minerality provide the sense of elegance to it. Long persistent finish with peaches, mineral aftertaste. Very very good, everyone at the table got this right for a 2009 Riesling Spatlese. My white WOTN. Buy – Yes.
1999 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
- Light golden. Tight, very tight only showing hint of mineral, petroleum with honey citrus notes. This is even younger and primary than Von Hovel! Super sweet, clearly an Auslese level with good mid palate intensity offering slate, chalky mineral, mango flavors with long finish. This is a wine for long haul, hope to re-taste in another 5yrs time.
1994 Domaine Ernest Burn Tokay Pinot Gris Goldert Clos Saint Imer Sélection de Grains Nobles (France, Alsace, Gueberschwihr, Alsace Grand Cru AOC)
- Alcohol :: 14%
Deep golden in color. Focus, powerful nose with rich orange marmalade, tons of Botrytis spices with haw flakes, salted preserve plum, dried apricot and dried peaches with mineral. The powerful, bold palate is not as sweet as the nose that is slight oily in texture, lemon peel bitterness with just enough of acidity that kick in at the end to give good support and sense of freshness for the wine with med clean finishing along with Bortrytis spice aftertaste. An extreme wine that either you like it or hate it for the flavor profile.