One of my drinking buddy – Salil, came to Singapore to spend his year end holiday and no doubt, we met up to have some wines. He is a lover of German Riesling, be it dry / off dry and having tons of tasting in NY, as well as trip to German, his knowledge for German Riesling is way ahead of me, always a pleasure to have him to sip together as well as his thought on the wines.
2007 Maison Lou Dumont Meursault (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault)
My first review is here -> A rare treat @ Imperial Treasure, Great World City
- Alcohol :: 13%
My 2nd time have this and this too is quite acidic and started to fade after 1.5hrs in bottle. Earth, fresh green herbs with dash of lemon and grapefruits with a touch of oxidative notes show generous fruits and friendly character with fresh, intense, mineral driven palate, persistent medium length finish with minerals aftertaste, quite acidic but clean and dry. Quite Anonymous.
2005 Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet)
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
As usual, there is elegance and transparency in Boillot wine, be it village, 1er Cru or Grand Cru. Pure and clean aromatic profile with elegance aromatic of herb, peppery, mild chamomile, earth, spices intermixed with citrus and green apple note. Very fresh and clean with linear flavor of green apple, sweet lemony with touch of nut form a good weight with earthy mineral finish with touch of alcohol heat at the end.
2007 Weingut Keller Westhofener Morstein Riesling Großes Gewächs (Germany, Rheinhessen)
Had tried the lower GG Cuvee from Keller, which are Westhofener Kirchspiel & Dalsheimer Hubacker as well as the upper Cuvee of Abtserde (“Abtse®.de”) , I didn’t like them as much as I like this, which IMHO, offer better elegance and finesse which seems absent from the Cuvee I mentioned aboved, which are muscular and power. Next, I wish I have the chance to lay my hand on their flagship, G-Max.
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Barrel #52. Decanted for 1.5hrs. Wow, super focus and powerful nose, deep, broad, rich, dense, mouth coating intensity with layer and layer of pure grapefruits, pomerol, red apple and floral, white and red flower perfume in the mouth with pure, top classy fruits supported firmly by acidity, as well as dry extract with tons of power but you never feel heavy as it is so pure, polished and round with razor sharp vibrancy, delineation and superb definition. Superb length. Two thumbs up. The nose is to die for, seamless and seductive. Would love to have few bottle in the cellar.
I must admit that I was surprised on this as I thought this is a entry level 1er Cru which say much of the quality. Can’t wait to try their Mazis / Mazy Chambertin.
- Alcohol :: 13%
Very bright, slight brownish, youthful, wood spice upfront with focus, precise aromas of earth, curry leaves and touch of wildness, healthy sour cherry fruits. Vibrant and fresh by the superb lively acidity, touch of rough edge and lack of refinement, with lots of oak and fresh juicy tannin pending for integration. Good depth and complexity though not the top but a superb village with completeness and terribly length that again with touch of wood spices and earthy aftertaste that deliver entry 1er Cru quality.
2007 Inman Family Pinot Noir (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
- Alcohol :: 13.8%
Very light purplish red with darker core that display sweet candy, cola, red cherry with metallic element and some cool spiciness that flow on to the similar sweet candy palate with very light rustic and metallic profile and this didn’t really distract the drinking exp as it turn out to be smooth, minerally persistent finish that’s quite vibrant. A very good Pinot from Russia Valley though straight forward.
- Alcohol :: 14%
I have been wanted to try this micro-negociant as it received very good review from wine critic. Decanted for 2.5hrs, discreet spices dominated the aromatic profile with a little bit of dried tea leaves, coffee, and candied cherry. Very rich but not heavy that deliver good vibrancy, medium-high level of sweet tannin, dry extract resulted in mouth coating and palate staining intensity all firmly supported by fresh and ripe acidity that show austerity with persistent finish linger with soft mineral tones. Superb length. There was touch of alcohol heat present at the very end. Quite modern in style but a very good one. Need times.
1996 Château Langoa Barton (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
- Alcohol :: 12.5%
Open two hours and decanted for 2hrs. This relatively friendly and less expensive little brother of Leoville Barton, is close to fully mature with great integration and completeness though not necessary with great complexity and depth but still, an immense drinking pleasure that mature Bordeaux could offer. Flavor wise, coffee notes, tobacco leafiness, cigar box and mineral with blackcurrant and blackberry thats show depth and enchanting with some oak. Friendly, healthy ripe fruits provide caressing sweetness, roundness and fresh acidity all merge together almost seamlessly with persistent soft finish. This should be at it’s peak in another 3yrs.
2004 Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino)
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Open since morning and decanted for 3.5hrs, thanks to my friend who did all this work to make this wine the most showy tonight and approachable for a Riserva from a great 2004 vintage that supposed to be tannic and big structure. Sweet cherry, floral, vanilla, spicy aromas leads to the super rich and grippy palate that is almost palate staining intensity with very smooth texture generated by vanilla and sweet red cherry, fine silky tannin and long finish with lots of spices and soft mineral after taste. Very good purity, elegance and transparency. Very good but I would expect a Riserva from 2004 to possess better weight and depth.
This slot in really nicely as it help to relax the palate after all the red wines. A Selosse that almost blow me off. Their entry Cuvee but IMHO this is really good, a must try. My friend even commented: No one made Champagne like Selosse. Great stuff.
- Alcohol :: 12%
Disgorged – Nov-2009. Tight, super tight shows yeasty, fresh brioche, melon, touch honey and oxidative style. Very young and tight that, very light palate but with good length, depth and underlying substance to age and show. Decanted for 2.5hrs, the wine is slow gaining better weight and depth when it started to unfold more and display more fruits with aromas of green apple, yeasty, honey and nut. Great freshness with sweet entry, superb lively, structure, very good depth with green apple, red apple and grapefruits, touch of perfume white floral too with underlying sweetness and persistent finish that refuse to let go. painfully young and tight. Very dry and clean with immense purity. A entry Cuvee that can fight a lots of flagship of others producer, this is Selosse. A buy.
2007 Franz Künstler Hochheimer Kirchenstück Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheingau)
- Alcohol :: 8.5%
Opened 6hrs. Honey coated fruits with earth, sweet peach and mango with touch of kerosene, not so deep and quite straight forward. Fresh and sweet entry with chalky, the sweetness level is close to an Auslese and not so suprise for a vintage like 2007. Very smooth, a little bit flabby as this lack a little bit of acidity to cut through the fat, however, this wine is still palatable as a dessert with its mango, peaches and apricot sweetness with persistent mineral finish.