A potluck casual gathering in my buddy place. A simple one and turn out to be brilliant! Thanks for the good company, and warm host ^^ I simply enjoyed the open-minded discussion about the wines and food and non-wine related conversation. Having great fun.
1998 Gosset Champagne Celebris Extra Brut (France, Champagne)
- Alcohol :: 12%
Very, very young. Deep oxidative aromas with honey oak, ripe yellow fruits, perfume floral and some roasted herb lay on a toasted platform, refreshing and attractive. Very dry on the palate with fine, gentle moose that bring the wine more freshness and juiciness. Austere, slight sharp acidity glide through the intense palate with oxidative flavor profile kick in and flow on to the kinda disjointed, slight astringent medium length finish with soft, round mineral aftertaste. Good stuffing, but all elements falling apart. This need plenty of time to come around.
2005 Thibault Liger-Belair Nuits St. Georges La Charmotte (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges)
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Similar to all the wines from Thibault, this too show reductive tones on the nose, display some red, black cherry fruits and curry leaf. Tight and not showing much. The palate is much better that show more generous spicy fruits, earth and oak all laced over on silky tannin, soft but firm structure and all wrapped in a polished package with bitter cocoa finish. Same as 2007 Charmotte, this is quite straightforward and drinking beautifully with lots of vigor and with better structure and intensity that will last longer than the 07.
From what I have read, Dominique Laurent，using 100% new oak on his wines. His wines are usually follow by the style he wants instead of the underlying terroir. Indeed, after tasted below two wines, both give me a strong impression of personality and the wines are highly extracted with strong oak influence, kinda modern, but a very good one.
1999 Dominique Laurent Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges Vieilles Vignes (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru)
- Alcohol :: 13%
Aeration for 3hours. Focus, intense pungent spices that kicked off the powerful aromatic profile with NSG rustiness and earthiness that build a solid wall to resist the underlying sweet black and red cherry fruits surface. This almost full-bodied wine has sweet entry but quickly cover by the powerful, muscular, slight rustic intense profile with firm structure. The finishing is slightly weaker and cant carry through the intense mid palate with persistent dried fig, mineral and new oak aftertaste with touch of barnyard. Despite 11yrs of age and with 3hrs aeration, this powerful, muscular wine is nowhere into the drinking window.
1999 Dominique Laurent Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru)
- Alcohol :: 13%
This is a step up of the LSG 99 and possessed more complex and expressive aromas of sweet black and red fruits with dried tea leaves, earthy tones with a huge background of mineral and spices that display sense of wild factor. Very serious. While this is structure, tannic and extracted, it is not overly so and offer generous, lush sweet fruits of very ripe blackberry, dried fig and dried tea leaves bitterness that provide good grip and laced on the ripe, lively acid and polished tannin that is well-balance with slight sharp mineral and rustiness of a Vougeot. Very long finish with good depth and complexity. This needs lots of time to come around as the oak is pretty much present.
The Cab. Strangely that I found strong barnyard on both nose and palate for both wines, which similar to the 1994 Dominus (A rare treat @ Imperial Treasure, Great World City) that I have tried some days ago. I’m appreciated if anyone who has encountered the same condition and share me their comment and opinion, cheers!
1994 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
- Alcohol :: 12.5%
pop for 60mins. Soft aromas of fig, barnyard, pencil leads and blackcurrant fruits that show good underlying sweetness with touch of earth. Med bodied, the soft, gentle tannin has almost fully dissolve and fully integrated into the soft, polished structure that display heavy barnyard flavor that immediately fill up the mouth with roasted herb, sweet dark berry fruits with touch of spices and oak that buried under the fine, silky tannin and flow on to a long spicy finish seamlessly. Not necessary a wine with good complexity and depth but a very well made, feminine Lalande nevertheless. Drinking well now though I’m very much concern of the strong barnyard dominated the aromatic and flavor profile.
1988 Dominus Estate (USA, California, Napa Valley)
- Alcohol :: 13%
The color is still a youthful dark ruby core with light brownish rim. Very expressive with strong secondary aromas from an old wine. Similar to the 1994 Dominus, this too show heavy barnyard aromas core surrounded by leafy, tobacco, blackcurrant, plummy fruits intermixed with touch of red cherry fruits and old saddle leather. The barnyard flavor is present on the palate too, just not as heavy as the 1994 Dominus. Lovely on the richly crafted palate, showing good purity of concentrated sweet currant fruits, dark fruits with touch of dried fig paste and slightly more depth with tobacco, sweet tar. Low-Med level of fine, silky tannin present that form that silky, velvety mouth feel that leads to long finish with touch of spice, plummy and dried fig aftertaste. 2hrs later, more sweet fruits evolved that showed sweet plum and currant. Very enjoyable and quite classy. Again, I’m pretty much concern on the barnyard……
I believe back then, Chateau Musar is remain unknown to many people, and they actually made very good, solid wine that can last for 40 over years. Special thanks to my friend M who popped this and allow me to have such rare opportunity to taste such a special wine.
1969 Chateau Musar (Lebanon, Bekaa Valley)
- Alcohol :: NA
Cloudy faded garnet red that show this is real age! Old wine aromas of earthy, mushroom, truffle with fish market kind of stink along with lots sweet fruits , strong dried fig with orange chocolate note. A well made solid wine with firm structure as this is lightly tannic still. The wine is very much alive as the intense, mature palate showing off with heavy mushroom, truffle with dried orange peel and spiciness that is firmly knit by the structure with clean, dry finish. Not a crowd pleaser for sure but this is very stylish and character on it’s own. Some actually prefer this to the Dominus as this is definitely a very interesting wine.
1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage)
- Alcohol ::
Different from the 1st bottle which is fully mature, and started to fade after an hour or so. Super youthful bright ruby, still a bit austere that boost array of sweet fig, barnyard intermixed with earthy, leathery with touch if spicy dark fruits. After some aeration, the wine start to unfold and added more depth with spices, bacon fat and BBQ meatiness aromas. Attractive. The palate is giving more age and mature note compare to the nose but still relatively youthful for a 20yrs old wine. Medium body, well balance and vigorous palate offer refreshing acidity with luscious sweet fig, concentrated spicy dark fruits and soft mineral. Silky. Not overly complex but drinking beautifully with juicy, dark chocolaty finish that show good sense of harmony and elegance. Very good.
Ok, I must admit that to date, I do not think German Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) is attractive and up to the standard and I was so wrong! I have to taste more and more and more to explore more Spatburgunder beside my favorite, Riesling.
2005 Weingut Hans Bausch Spätburgunder Rotwein trocken im Barrique gereift (Germany, Rheingau)
- Alcohol :: 14%
Very nice vibrant dark ruby. Lovely nose of fresh strawberry, raspberry and lots of intense sweet dark fruits and spicy herbs. Quite expressive already with hint of austerity and earth. Youthful, sweet entry with well define, firm tannin, good structure with super rich, concentrated sweet concentrated sweet red and black cherry fruits that linger with lots of earthy, mushroomy and spiciness that resonant all over the long finish. Good definition and complexity with finesse. I really like this and my best Spatburgunder to date. A buy.