Happy 2011!

Happy New Year!

Met up with my good friends in Asia Grand to have my first meal in 2011! I like the DIM SUM in Asia Grand, very delicious. Asia Grand usually has promotion for their Peking Duck and only cost $30 (if my memory served me well ^^), a serious deal in a restaurant like this.

Wines:

2009 Château Mercian Koshu Kiiroka 甲州黃色香(Japan, Yamanashi Ken)

Chateau Mercian, one of the top wine producer in Japan, they also produced red wine and dessert wine, but I have yet to have any chance to try them except this Koshu Kiiroka (甲州黃色香), a native grape in Japan. The 2007 vintage of Koshu Kiiroka also features in the comic, 神之水滴 <神之雫> and pictured as rose buds, which are a bit shy to show its breathtaking beauty when it blossoms.

Have had 2008 vintage of this wine and was attracted by its easy going, comfortable, delicate character (it is supposed to be as this is normally pair with Sushi, Sashimi etc) thus when I saw the 2009 vintage on the shelf, I took a bottle without any hesitation.

  • Plain water like color. Soft, mild aromas of green apple, citrus fruits with touch of nuttiness, underlying sweetness accompany by mild minerality and perfume white floral resulted in very friendly, subtle profile that carry onto the palate, well balance, very easy, refreshing acidity with mild green and red apple flavor, great freshness and elegance, soft persistent medium length finish that linger with mineral. Although this is very easy, this is very comfortable when drink over a brunch especially with Dim Sum.

2002 Coche-Dury Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)

Coche-Dury, one of the best Corton Charlemagne as well as Meursault producer in Burgundy, limited supply, huge demand resulted in sky-high price. Needless to say, I have yet have the pleasure to try this, and I’m always hoping one day I would be able to try it. I have tried their Bourgogne Blanc several times, and has any disappointed on it.

  • I must say this is a village level wine that display Puligny’s character. White and yellow fruits, some fresh herbs that blended well with touch of oak that offer very friendly but is very serious with terribly tension on the palate for a Bourgogne. Smooth, mild, velvety mouth feel intermixed with fresh herb and touch of oak that bring on to the very fine, well define finish. Lovely, especially for the price.

2009 Weingut Josef Leitz Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheingau)

  • I was really expecting for this after reading some really good review but however, im kinda disappointed. Sweet red apple, honey and tight mineral nose. Palate is fresh, balance but lack of acidity for transparency, precision and structure that seems too sweet and flabby with flavor of peach, spritzy mango, red apple, honey syrup with mineral that flow on to the kinda simple, sweet finish.

    Left 70% in the bottle and re-tasted 2days after, the wine lose tension and started to fade, flabby and almost moscato like. Disappointed.

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