Xmas’s Eve’s Eve’s wines (20101223)

Cached up with my friend that I have not met with them for quite awhile, it was about 4pax 4wines but turned out to be 7pax, 7wines! Not a surprise to our usual practice 🙂

N.V. Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Impérial (France, Champagne)

  • Toasted aromas with light citrus and lemon infuse honey note with touch of yeastiness. Quite fresh and sharp on the palate that’s is spicy in flavor with green apple, bitter lemon peel and easy, mineral finish, quite persistent though but lack of depth.

2002 Domaine Ernest Burn Riesling Goldert Clos Saint Imer La Chapelle (France, Alsace, Gueberschwihr, Alsace Grand Cru AOC)

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    The strong mineral, kerosene, honey and oily notes dominant the aromatic profile which leads me to guess this is an Alsace Riesling, added better depth with some toasted aromas and ripe peaches note. Fresh entry, this has very good ‘oily’ intensity on the palate that is quite powerful but extremely good balance by the fresh, ripe acidity that give a lightness to it and form a very smooth, friendly mouth feel with touch of kerosene, orange peel and honey citrus notes then turn into dried tea leave kind of dry and bitterness with mineral, very clean and dry finish. Not super complex, not top class, but I like. Buy!

1985 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley)

This has been opened since afternoon, and it started to fade in the dinner, it would be better if not over aeration. Worth to mention was the alcohol is only 12.3%, which is a weirdo in today easily 13.5% – 14.5% alcohol.

  • Alcohol :: 12.3%
    We got this right for the origin but no way for us to guess this is a 1985! The nose is reserve or simply lose the aromatic profile as it display very soft leathery, tobacco, spring flower with a dash of peppery spice and earth. Fresh with kinda acidic entry, very Bordeaux like. This medium bodied wine offer friendly profile with slight earthy, tobacco and dry, quite straight forward, short finish with dried plum aftertaste. This wine is on the slope, drink up.

1992 Château Talbot (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

  • Alcohol :: 12.5%
    Medium ruby core with light brown hue that show sign of maturity and display soft aromas of sweet plum intermixed with meaty, leathery and earthy aromas with underlying coffee notes that continue the flavor profile to the fresh, but kinda straight forward palate. Quite acidic still, there is very little fruits present, mainly sour plum and blackberry, tannin has fully resolved into the short, light finish. Though this wine is fading, but still alive, I must say this is palatable despite in such a weak vintage.

1999 Château L’Hermitage (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Darker ruby that boost high tones aromas of sweet blackcurrant, blackberry with cigar box, pencil leads, tobacco and some soil in the background. Very expressive and kinda modern. This too has a fresh entry but quite polished and round on the powerful palate that offer good weight and nicely balance, energetic with the sweet, dark fruits profile that supported firmly by the acid backbone and firm tannin leads to fresh good finish with touch of barnyard after taste. Quite like this.

2000 La Grange Neuve de Figeac (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

  • The darkest color so far. Dark ruby, very bright. Very focus aromas of earthy, pencil leads, eucalyptus, cigar box, tobacco with underlying sweet dark plum and currant fruits that flow on to the round, polish texture with good depth, complexity and purity of sweet dark fruits and some dried herbs. Long spicy with good harmonious finish. Still pretty young and there is some upside potential.

2007 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

Open 2hours before serving.

  • Alcohol :: 14.5%
    Very dark ruby red with light purplish rim, high tones perfume spring flower, sweet dark fruits with hint of mushroom, roasted herb, meat and earth. Med-Full bodied, good weight, well balance, silky tannin, palate staining intensity with fresh, ripe acidity that fill the mouth with roasted herb, Provençal spice and perfume floral with touch of game meatiness. Powerful, still primary and some alcohol heat presense at the kinda dry, long clean finish. a serious effort for a entry Cuvee. This need sometime to get ready, another 3yrs perhaps?
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