Xmas Eve Dinner with 1982 DRC Richebourg (20101224)

At first, Merry Xmas to everybody! Usually I do not really like the crowd and prices jet up menu in restaurant at Xmas Eve, while I was headache..ing where to celebrate, my friend save me for it ^^

Really appreciate for their invitation, I have had great great dinner by star chef TK, especially the 200days grain fed prime rib from Huber, is drop-dead delicious. Cheers guys!


We started off with a bottle of magnum Champagne from a grower Champagne house, Vilmart. This bottle was obtained from France, and  not available on shore. All grapes are hand-picked and selected from Vilmart’s 11ha spread among the 1er Cru of Rilly and Villers-Allerand. Fermented in small piece Bourguignone (225l) and usually last 8-10days.

All Cuvee aged on Lees and depend on the Cuvee, the aging period is different. For Coeur de Cuvee, made from their oldest vines from two finest vineyard, the Champagne represent the greatest expression of Terroir and will age on Lees for at least 6yrs (also for Cuvee Creation).

1998 Vilmart Champagne Coeur de Cuvée (France, Champagne)

  • Alcohol :: 12.5%
    Fresh, gentle nose of fresh honey, perfume floral, earth with touch of yeastiness. Super friendly on the palate with generous red, green apple and peaches that floating on the sweet, fresh honey base along with some white flower all lifted by the vigorous, but gentle moose that caressing your palate with great freshness and medium depth that wrapped in an elegance, round mineral package with long lasting, soft clean finish. A crowd pleaser.

N.V. Krug Champagne Grande Cuvée Brut (France, Champagne)

-> Krug, as usual, always a pleasure to have a Krug in the dinner. A very good contrast compare to the more feminine, elegance and friendly style of Vilmart.

  • The lively, healthy golden show very fresh white and yellow fruits aromatic profile with a dash honey added to it and light oxidative tones that provide some extra dimension as well as power to it, there were hint of toasted bread, brioche too and the power is shown on the palate. This full bodied champagne possessed good tension and intensity, powerful but very polished, with slight oxidative profile along with flavour of fresh honey, sweet honey fruits, green apple, melon, yeastiness and all remain focus, precise with good vibrancy thanks to the lively acidity backbone. Complex and pure with very clean, powerful long finish.

1990 E. Guigal Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)

My second bottle this year and apparently this bottle is in better condition, also taste fresher despite being decanted for almost half a day!

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    Despite decanted for 5hrs, this 20yrs old hermitage show youthful dark ruby colour with expressive pure sweet dark fig, plum Provencal herb and spices with some secondary note of earthy, mushroom aromas and wild game tones that’s very seductive and complex. Still posses good weight and dense, lush sweet dark fruits, some dusty element that distract a bit but this quickly rescued by the sweet fig, peppery and round mineral that form a very smooth texture showing good harmonious, depth and sense of elegance, mineral long finish with touch of roasted herbs. At its peak, very enjoyable with this should have no problem to hold for another 10yrs.

-> The Duo 70s Bordeaux, surprisingly lively and drinking at peaks, this show how good a Bordeaux can age and when mature, will hardly not deliver.

1978 Château Grand Mayne (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 12.5%
    I’m surprised of how well and lively this wine is. Fully mature, the spices, pepper, truffle dominant intermixed with underlying sweet tone aromas of dark plum, currant, mint with touch of earth, very focus, very attractive. Breath taking freshness and lively palate that decorated with sweet, fresh palate, lots of spices and sweet dark fruits, predominantly plum and blackcurrant, fully integrated, a complete wine that finish with medium length with again, peppery spice aftertaste. After 1.5hrs, the wine started to fall gracefully.

1979 Château Lascombes (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

  • Alcohol :: NAStill vibrant in color with medium ruby core. Quite seductive on the nose with Margaux seductiveness and elegance of sweet dark cherry fruits and blackcurrant along with hint of perfume floral and earth, with sometime, a hint of roasted herb too. Fresh, sweet entry with sweet dark fruits, touch of tannin and fully mature, lots of secondary note of dried herb, tea leaves as well as earth. Really not bad, though the juicy finish turn to dry and slightly short, but very enjoyable. Buy – No.

1982 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Richebourg Grand Cru)

1982 red burgundy, when many see this on the table, probably all will have the same consensus: a weak vintage, 28yrs of age, still alive??? To me, I have the same question too! Have had a very bad experience with a bottle of 1997 DRC Richebourg last year (maybe is an off bottle??), I wasn’t have high hope on this bottle, and thanks to my generous friend M, proved that what DRC is capable of, especially in a weak vintage, and added another wine in my list of Wine of the Year.

Definitely alive, and definitely superb. Maybe the format of Magnum help? I believed so and this wine took 6hours in the decanter to open, perfect provenance. I’m really glad that I have the chance to access this special bottle, in Xmas eve, with great company, food, Xmas cake in a warm, relax atmosphere.  Again, Cheers!

  • Alcohol :: NA
    From a Magnum and decanted for 6hrs. Dark brownish colour that boost vigorous, captivating, absolutely seductive aromas with its perfume floral, sweet cherry and fig tones that lay on a bed of Chinese herbs, truffle, forest floor. My very first mature DRC and great example of what power and grace is. The intense, lively palate show good harmonious and integration with alluring spices and earth and elegance flavour profile of fresh, ripe cherry fruits, high tone perfume floral with some tannins present along with dried tea leave dry and bitterness that expand the flavor spectrum with better depth and complexity. Utterly seductive and velvety smooth, gorgeous texture, considerably good scale for a weak vintage and the class and breed exude in this juice is simply stunning. The dried fig, fresh herb nuanced that kick in at the very end leads to the spicy, strong, detail finish with tons of spices that linger. Stunning. No doubt this is the WOTN. Buy – I wish I could afford…..

1993 Château Pajzos Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos (Hungary, Hegyalja, Tokaji)

My 1st Pajzos and I simply like it and as a 5putt, this delivered! Next? The ESSENCE!

  • Alcohol :: 12%
    Very nice deep golden colour. Perfume, focus aromas of fresh honey notes along with Botrytis spice, dried raisin, dried apricot and peaches with black tea and earth. Very well balance despite the high richness of honey lemon, haw flakes, raisin sweetness as the fresh, acidity as well as dry extract such as black tea leaves with spiciness infused that buffer off the sweetness and medium viscosity that provide a very elegance, precise profile along with long, soft persistent mineral infused finish. Though this is not as dense, depth and complex compare to some of the 6 Putts I have had but excellent 5putt nevertheless. This went well with the Foie Gras and the bottle went empty real fast.
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