A special night. Having an honor to join a wine dinner in Imperial Treasure @ Great world city with some really fine wines. A rare treat indeed.
My 2nd visit to this restaurant within two months and I simply love it here. Warm service, great attention, excellent food, free corkage and served with proper stemware, great company = Perfect Dining experience!
- Deep fried white fish
- Roasted Goose
- Steam Alaska king crab meat with egg white
- Deep Fried Alaska King Crab Legs
- Charcoal grilled lamb rack
- Stir-fried bean seedling (豆苗）
- Seafood fried rice
All food is delicious, special highlight are the Steam Alaska king crab meat with egg white (heavenly, super smooth egg white fully infuse by the flavor of crab meat), Deep Fried Alaska King Crab Legs (crispy skin, sweet juicy meat, as good as it is, would be even better if steam), Charcoal grilled lamb rack (flavorful, nicely done with medium, tender) and Seafood fried rice (simply excellent).
The White ::
Started with a Meursault from Maison Lou Dumont. 2003 Maison Lou Dumont Meursault is featured in the famous wine comic -> 神之雫 /《神之水滴》 and was described as Vincent Van Gogh famous last painting -> Apricot Tree in Bloom (梵高《盛开的杏树》).
It is impossible (or almost) to get the 2003 Vintage Meursault but it is a good opportunity to try the 2007 vintage. His wine is very clean and ‘raw’, feel simple but with good balance and flavorful. Very Japanese in style (imagine to Japanese food such as Sashimi).
The 2007 is kinda forward drinking and I believed it is affected by Pre-Mox issue. But, to me, such Pre-Mox is welcome as it made the wine more advance, in another term, approachable. For a starter, this is just nice.
2007 Maison Lou Dumont Meursault (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault)
- Youthful light yellow that display lightly toasted aromas with fresh green herb, vanilla and cold white fruits with touch of fresh honey and freshness form by the underlying acidity. Pretty light on the palate at first, this is kinda like Corton Charlemagne and Meursault but the intensity had me drop that guess, it is also not PM and CM for the flavor profile. After some aeration, it start to show buttery, creamy vanilla and oak that fix my guess as Meursault. Despite to the lightly toasted oak, this is very friendly wine and forward drinking with flavor of vanilla, herb with good acidity backbone, good vibrancy, lightness with cold mineral note and lime that keep a good grip throughout to the long, linger finish with touch of fresh honey. Lovely drinking for the price.
The Burg ::
The duo Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau. Having tasted the another flagship wine -> Clos de Beze Grand Cru from Rousseau, I got the impression that the Chambertin Grand Cru is an intellectual, calm wine compare to the more showy, expressive Clos de Beze. While 1997 is good, the 1998 is definitely a more complete wine in every aspects. However, I’m kinda concern the bitterness present at the finishing, it is the tannin and will it mellow down or even disappear with age? Or is it over-extracted? If it was over-extracted, the bitterness will not disappear which will eventually affected the drinking pleasure as when the wine age, the fruits will tone down and the bitterness will be more obvious.
A good lesson, the 1997 is fading in the normal Riedel ‘O’ glass, slightly better in the Zwiesel and show best and hold itself till the end of the dinner in Riedel Burgundy Sommelier glass. Everyone was surprised how lively is the wine when they drank from the Sommelier glass. Time to invest.
1997 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru)
- Alcohol :: 13%
Mature in color – pale pinkish. The nose is ready to go with expressive stemmy note, some Chinese herbs with underlying sweet berry and cherry that wrap up by chalky mineral with hint of spices-cloves and dried fig. Still quite acidic and tannic at first, but it shows fine, intense palate that is well-balanced, fresh. Drink with sommelier Burg glass and served with lamb and hey! The wine is level up! Tons of lush, sweet cherry fruits with layer of spices, roasted herb intermixed with fresh herb, dried tea leaves, lightly salted mineral and dried fig nuances support firmly by grippy acidity that form the juicy sappy mid palate with low-med level of fine, silky tannin leads to the detail long finish that is seductive and good depth. Drinking real well now and have no rush to drink up as this will certainly hold at least for another 5yrs or more.
1998 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru)
- Alcohol :: 13%
This is almost identical to 1997 except this offer better depth on both nose and palate, it also has better, sweeter fruits. Darker ruby red than 1997. Sweet red cherry and strawberry with perfume violet, mineral and light touch of spices and coffee note, expressive, focus and seductive. More youthful and livelier than 97, still tannic, but very fine, polished texture accompany by lots of rich, concentrated pure sweet red fruits and grippy, refreshing acidity with earthy tones and dried fig. Good harmonious and very silky, lush mouth feel. Very good, long juicy finishing too with bitter oak after taste. This too a feminine Chambertin with good class and complexity. Still a pretty young wine. I hope the bitterness that appear at the end of finish will disappear with time, as it distract the overall drinking pleasure, though just a bit.
The Napa ::
This too featured in the comic 神之雫 /《神之水滴》 and was pit against 1983 Leoville la Cases. It was described in the comic as a painting of eagle while the LLC is a real Eagle soaring in the sky.
In my previous post Affair……. I have posted 1991 Dominus and it was mind-blowing. From the review, 1994 is even better than the 1991 thus I was actually has the highest expectation of this wine. Sadly, this is a very good wine, but not great, as the aromatic and flavor profile has me guessed it is not a perfect bottle and if this would be the real face of the 1994, I could imagine why it is just a painting eagle. Wait till I try another bottle to confirm, if have any chance in the future.
1994 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)
- Alcohol :: 14.1%
Very dark ruby core and lightly brownish on the rim. First sniff, heavy barnyard and game dominant the aromatic profile with graphite, underlying sweet plum, mineral, tobacco and damp earth. Very rich and intense palate with layer and layer of ripe dark fruits, plum, Chinese herb, leathery, barnyard and lots of gaminess and graphite. The heavy barnyard note immediately fill up the mouth and palate with good grip of spiciness and hint of sweet plum, very charming in it’s own way. Very structure, med-high level of silky tannin with very good balance and harmonious that flow on to the long long finish with vanilla oak and herbs after taste. This still very young and has lots of structure to shed. Very good, however, this lack of the class and finesse that the 1991 offer, and I wonder if the bottle is under perfect condition as the barnyard just dominant the aromatic and flavor profile, which unlike a Cabernet based wine instead of a Rhone CDP. Re-taste is needed.
The Rhone ::
From the famous Cote Rotie producer, Etienne Guigal. La Turque (93% Syrah, 7% Viognier), La Mouline (89% Syrah, 11% Viognier) and La Landonne (100% Syrah) are the top 3 wines in Guigal portfolio and these are the very top wine in the world. Needless to say, this has the highest expectation from me together with the 1994 Dominus.
This is a very good wine, but it lacks a little bit of something, I’m not sure what it is, but something, to be 1st class.
1998 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Turque (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie)
- Alcohol :: 13%
Though the nose is still tight, and not so expressive, it is indeed excellent already. Focus aromas of alluring peppery spices, anise, BBQ meat wrap in the dark fruits core with dried fig, chalky mineral, crushed stone and violet. Gorgeous. A well-made, firmly structure, super polished wine with lively acidity provide a refreshing mouth feel and offer rich, delicate dark fruits, mineral and spices wrap in a highly vibrant package. Very rich and concentrated but remain light on it’s feet, med-level of fine grained tannin that is ripe with the round and elegance texture resulted in a more approachable profile that leads to very long finish that is fresh, and juicy. A wine with lots of power, but remain well-behave, integrated with good finesse and complexity, most importantly, the transparency. Not showy, no WOW, but require some patience and care to slowly discover what it will deliver to your palate, and when you did, you will get seduced.
The Sweet ::
My first TBA? I believed so. TBA, a super duper rare Cuvee and extremely expensive in German Riesling (The most expensive Egon Muller TBA, recently the 2009 vintage is calling for GBP1250 per….half……. =.=”’ ), especially from the famous house like Fritz Haag.
A TBA, with Goldkap mean this the best Cuvee, above the normal TBA. 17yrs old, with no touch of kerosene, hinting that the wine is not even start to develop into secondary stage. Oh my… this is so primary and need, 20 or 30 more years to get ready?
1993 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Goldkapsel (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
- Alcohol :: 7%
Deep golden. Tons of Bortrytis spice and honey fruits and underlying chalkiness as well as honey, dried apricot, peaches, sugar cane that added some floral scents to complete the focus, deep, seductive aromatic profile. Powerful entry with viscous, almost sticky mouth feel that form by enormous concentration of honey fruits with layer and layer of Bortrytis spiciness and chalky mineral. Still painfully young and vigorous. Super rich, when u almost think it is cloying and just merit as a 2nd tier wine, the fresh, ripe acidity kick in to clear the stickiness, avoid it to be cloying and resulted in a clean, fresh mouth feel and prolong the very long finish to be even longer and linger with lots of mineral and honey yellow fruits, preserve plum nuances. Top complexity and depth and definitely a treat to drink this. While approachable now, this wine will only enter its peak in another, 20yrs?? With 200g/l of sugar in the wine and remain fresh and clean, you know how great is the grapes! Though it lack some finesse and elegance to be really, really great dessert wine.