New Year Eve afternoon (20101231)

After the session yesterday, we continue our feast in Ed house in the afternoon to further spoilt ourselves before 2010 – to drink more!

I’m truly enjoyed this drinking session in Ed place, and thanks to the courtesy and generosity of Ed and all my drinking buddies, we got to drink Armand Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacque, Giaconda Shiraz, Beaucastel Roussanne Vieilles Vignes and many more, what a day! I’m looking forward to the next session ^^


1996 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

The previous bottle was far better than this. Not sure if the bottle condition or it was in dumb phase.

  • Sweet honey with chalky soil that envelop by low tone white flower, red apple, perfume but not necessary deep or broad. The mineral backbone is there but masked by honey syrup with lemon, red apple infused flavor that possessed quite good mid palate weight and flow on to the kinda weak finished that seems disjointed and straight forward. I have just realized that I tasted this before based on my note in CT and it was an excellent, excellent wine, however, today this bottle is totally different, It could be at dumb phase / shut down. Aeration for a day might do some good to the wine.

2007 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Roussanne Vieilles Vignes (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

My first Roussanne from Chateauneuf du Pape (CDP), and the best one. This often named as Montrachet in CDP and in fact, this may not have the size or depth of the Montrachet that I have encountered, this is no doubt one of the best white wine in the world. It would be dang interesting to have this age and try again. I wonder it be turn to very dry, oxidative in style just like the 1995 M.Chapoutier Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree.

  • Alcohol :: 14%
    Hey, this is a great, great white with tons of complexity that is so wild and exotic. Still pretty tight on the nose with tons of mineral along with some yellow fruits sweetness, beewax, acidity underneath. It was bitter at first with great freshness, round and polish texture that offer good complexity even at this young stage, lots of pure sweet yellow fruits with velvety mouth feel that leads to strong detail finish with good persistentcy.
    I tasted the wine after some red, and WOW! The bitterness is blew off and show superb rich and concentrated pure fruits coated by fresh honey that never come across heavy, in fact, light on its feet with white and yellow floral perfume, herb and nuttiness all wrap in an elegance package that offer great harmonious, complexity and excellent finish, clean and detail with great sense of finesse. Absolutely lovely. Buy – Yes (if you like the style)

1999 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

I thought this was pretty amazing as from a normal vintage, 11yrs old, this continue to put on some weight and depth when it stay in the decanter. This should be hit its plateau at about 5yrs times.

  • Alcohol :: 14%
    Very CDP with meaty, blakccurrant liquor, lightly roasted herb intermixed with sweet red cherry and fig that added more depth with the earthy background. Fresh, good structure and quite tannic but it has good polished and well define texture with medium level complexity, depth and transparency that attract us together with pure sweet red cherry fruits and blackcurrant liquor, roasted herb and game that show wild factor and complexity. This hold itself firmly after 3hrs in the decanter and getting more completeness with lots of richness and structure on the palate as well as very elegance, mineral profile that carry all the sweet cherry fruits, American bubble gum, sweet fig and wild gaminess, spiciness to the long, dry finish that linger with peppery spice and barnyard. Really very good for a normal vintage though not necessary top class, but this is almost hit the peak and drinking beautifully now and no problem to consume over the next 5-7yrs. Buy – Yes.

1995 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

My 2nd accessed to this bottle and noticed this wasn’t as good as my previous experience. Perhaps bottle variation.

  • This is very fresh and quite structure still with complex aromatic profile that display lots of fresh, pure sweet cherry, blackberry liquor with roasted herb and meat that leads to the intense palate with good richness, concentrated dark fruits and bubble gum sweetness, herbs and wildness that everything seems perfect up to this stage with great vibrancy, medium level complexity with pure fruits and elegance, velvety profile but the transition from mid palate to the finishing is not really seamless as obstacle presence that caused a ‘drop’ and resulted in a medium length finish with soft mineral nuances. Not a perfect bottle compare to the bottle that I had in May and the wine started to lose it tension after 2hrs in decanter. Not a perfect bottle compare to previous one.

2000 Giaconda Shiraz Warner Vineyard (Australia, Victoria, North East, Beechworth)

Beside Pegau, this does overlapped with the impression of Stonewell shiraz from Peter Lehmann which shown better complexity, depth and richness.

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    This really tasted like CDP that link me to Pegau with its distinctive aromatic profile, though this also link me to the Peter Lehmann Stonewell for some reasons but I just feel this is more old world like, long way to go and learning for blind tasting. Meaty, fresh Minty with earth, spices and raspberry, red cherry fruits along with mineral that wrapped in a seductive, elegance package and offer very smooth mouth feel, orange peel bitterness and sweet cool climate fruits, velvety texture leads to a mineral finish with touch of oak and alcohol. A new world shiraz that is well-define, good integration with good finesse, moderate depth and complexity.

2000 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    Vibrant healthy ruby core display medium scale aromatic spectrum with wood spices, earth, raspberry, perfume floral and curry leaf that is very Gevrey and precise. Fresh with great transparency, classic Burgundy with medium weight on the sappy, juicy palate that is complex, slight tannin present offering good grip with good sense of harmony, very well define texture, silky smooth mineral finish that’s soft at first, but slowly accumulate weight with superb persistent wood spicy finish. A good but not a typical great CSJ, it jus lack of the depth and sensation effect.
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