The simple dinner series has begun with JT’s birthday celebration @ Jade palace seafood restaurant. The menu was really impressive, thanks to Mr.Y who is so gifted that he always able to pull a set of really special, delicious dish together, and most importantly, within the given budget!
We also have a very well-spread line up of wines too. From Alsace VT, White Grand Cru Burg, 3decades of Corton, 80s Bordeaux flight, Rhone CDP & Cote Rotie, the ‘Lafite’ of Spain -> Vega Sicilia and an unusual dessert wine from Jurançon that never appear on the table before. Bravo! A really great start for simple dinner series episode no.1 and this set a benchmark for 2011 simple dinner series, and needless to say, a huge challenge that will make all the member scratching their head of what to BYO for the subsequent episode!
- Crispy fresh Bamboo shoot with Crispy roast pork
- Peking Duck
- Boston Lobster In 2 Way : ½ per pax 1) Lobster Claw w/salted egg yolk
- Boston Lobster In 2 Way : ½ per pax 2) Braised Lobster Tail & HK Noodle w/ginger & spring onion
- Fried Small Yellow Croaker Fish
- Pan Fried New Zealand Lamb Rack
- Steamed Bamboo Clam w/garlic sauce
- Stir-Fried Duck Fillet w/bean sprout
- Claypot rice with mixed wax meat
- Fresh Fruit Platter
- Sweetened Tim Sum
The food is really above average in quality across the board, but some dishes are really top-class such as the lobster tail & HK noodle. The noodle fully absorb the essence of the lobster and tasted great, lobster meat is tender and juicy. Deep Fried Shanghai Yellow fish, this is a dish to show off the skill of the Chef. Deep fried thoroughly for the skin and bone that you can bite and swallow the bone without any problem, but the meat is still fresh and juicy, without being dried. Great.
1998 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Clos Windsbuhl Vendange Tardive (France, Alsace, Hunawihr, Alsace AOC)
- Alcohol :: 11%
Med golden color display similar golden profile with honey, peaches, tight with chalky mineral and some underlying ripe fruits. Quite heavy on the round, intense palate, well balance, creamy, velvety texture with honey, plum and tropical fruits along with some bortrytis spices that bring on to the fine, round but short in finish with orange peel bitterness and alcohol. Kinda straight forward for what it is, could be too young or not enough aeration? I guessed this was a Alsace Pinot Gris for the heavy, rich profile with bitterness show at the end as this lack of the vibrancy of what a Riesling should be as well as the kerosene tones that usually associate with aged Alsace Riesling.
Co-incidentally, we had La Cabotte too in 2010 Simple Dinner Series Episode 1 but vintage 2000. As good as the 2000 was, the 2002 has this friendly, easy to approach character of a Montrachet while the 2000 is clearly a Chevalier in character that has this cold factor which always appear in Chevalier Montrachet.
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
This must be something! Still an infant, but already show its class with truly intoxicating, broad shoulder, superb perfume and deep aromatic profile, I keep return to sniff this! Nutty, creamy vanilla, yellow flower blended seamlessly with sweet fruits and huge mineral backbone. The palate shows equivalent class to the nose if not as expressive. Full-bodied, immense balance, fabulous tension and palate staining intensity that generated by superb rich and concentrated white and yellow fruits, perfume floral as well as creamy vanilla , fresh herbs with nuttiness that firmly supported by the ripe acidity backbone with great freshness all wrapped in a highly polish, elegance package that doesn’t lack of power and depth. The clean, persistent finish show great precision and focus with mineral undertones. This is an extremely classy juice and painfully young at this stage, would love to taste this again in 10yrs times. A buy.
1989 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie)
- Alcohol :: 13%
Brick red with garnet core. still alive, in fact, very young and most of my drinking body thought this was a burg from Late 90s with its high tone perfume of fresh red floral, seductive sweet fig and cherry fruits with sour orange that lifted the aromas with very little touch of barnyard along with roasted meat and herbs, mineral notes that widen the aromatic profile and bring on to the soft, polished texture, medium body wine that offer generous sweet fruits, perfectly balance with the lively acidity that go on with a touch of tannin giving a good grip and leads through by the fine, silky tannin with milk and dark chocolate flavor, juicy finishing with spices that’s linger around with perfume floral, sweet fruits and Haw. Not outstanding, but great harmonious that show very well now. 3.5hrs later, the palate is gaining weight as well as richness, lots of vigorous and sweet pure fruits, absolutely worth the price tag.
2001 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru)
- Alcohol :: 13%
Wow, this was extremely unyielding on both nose and palate, reductive shown on the nose with sulphite notes that masked all the fruits and show gun powder with earth and just a little touch of spiciness. While the nose is super tight and shut, the palate does show better though not really expressive with its medium richness and concentration palate offers sweet and preserve plum, haw flake that tightly knit by leather notes with touch of oak and earth infused finish with moderate length and very spicy aftertaste. This lack of the breed of a Boudots and quite anonymous today, not sure if additional bottle age will help to improve.
The 1978 and 1985 has very poor reviewed, which I only knew it after the dinner. But these two bottles showed how good and lively they were and further proved that Corton is a wine for the long haul and hardly show when it was young.
- Alcohol :: NA
Cloudy brick red exposed it age and display mature, aged nose of dried tea leaves, earth intermixed with sour cherry and sweet raspberry, added a touch of mushroom too, beautiful nose with lots of class. While the weighty palate offer good depth and complexity, it is not as refine and polished as the nose as when the lively acidity keeps the wine fresh and firm but not really round and polished thus resulted in mouth puckering, less smooth mouth feel with sweet cherry fruits, ash, orange peel, sour cherry and fig leads to lengthy finish that decorated by orange, haw flakes and mineral mineral aster taste. Not truly refine but a very good lively wines nevertheless.
1985 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Le Corton (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru)
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
This bottle was perfect condition. Super bright ruby with dark core that we thought this was from 90s, but hey! How wrong! The seductive, expressive nose offer lots of sweet cherry fruits along with sweet fig, coffee notes all lifted by acidity of orange with touch of alcohol, complex and compelling. The seductive profile continue to explode on the lively, refine palate with sweet, pure profile with mineral undertones that shows good sense of harmonious, immense balance and vibrancy with good complexity and depth, while this is not as dense as the 78, it is more refine, polished as well as finesse with soft persistent, juicy finish with a little touch of coffee notes that prolong the long finish. A complete wine that link me to ZEN.
1990 Michel Gaunoux Corton-Renardes (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru)
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Vibrant garnet core. I’m not sure how this wine show, but to me, this is very tight on the nose and I only able to get perfume nose of spring flower, fig, good depth but with touch of alcohol. Relatively sweet entry with very good acidity that form a smooth, dense palate with again fig and mineral flavor flow onto the heavy, lengthy finish with alcohol heat presence with bitter aftertaste. I think this is over extracted as this wine didn’t change much and the bitterness is kinda distracted the overall drinking pleasure even at the end of the dinner.
1989 Château Beychevelle (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
- Alcohol :: 13%
I thought this was a 80s Pauilac as this show heavy barnyard tone at first that I encountered from a Pichon Lalande. However, the barnyard nose did blow off after some time in the glass. This dark ruby core with brownish hue wine display seductive sweet plum, coffee and meaty notes along with tobacco and cigar box, very fine with medium complexity and depth that show good purity of fruits bring on to the similar volume on the palate, still fresh and with good richness, sweet entry along with coffee, herbs flavour with moderate complexity, superb silky mouth feel with persistent finish with barnyard, leafiness aftertaste. Drinking beautifully now.
1982 Château Saint-Pierre (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
- Alcohol :: NA
This wine hold itself very well, fresh and lively. Sweet nose of blackcurrant, coffee and plum with minty aromas that show good purity and freshness and this carry on to the medium bodied, fresh and sweet palate, very smooth mouth feel with polished texture, very friendly and offer lots of generous pure sweet fruits with mineral, silky finishing, very good though this is kinda straight forward and lack of the scale of 82 Bordeaux. While this has no problem to keep, but I doubt it will continue to improve.
I have noticed the trend of the rating for Janasse Chaupin. Pre-2000, the less opulent, voluptuous style usually get lower rating while the post-2000 often get top score. A very good example is the 2007 in this dinner, it is 5pts higher than the 1998 which i think has more finesse. Hmm… I would love to taste the 2007 Chaupin again in another 10yrs to see how it would evolved.
- Alcohol :: 14.5%
I thought this was a Janasse VV given the structure, power and not as sweet as the 00, 03 and 07 Chaupin that I have had. Dark ruby red in color, this wine offer deep, focus nose of fresh mint, liquorice, raspberry, blackcurrant liquor with perfume spring flower notes and a touch of herb and spices that added more complexity. Very different in style on the palate too, this is not as voluptuous, opulent, but still, with good richness and concentration, mouth staining intensity with layer and layer of sweet dark cherry fruits, liquorice, coffee, roasted herb, game, mineral that shows good purity, transparency and complexity. Everything is so well-balanced, supported by the ripe, lively acidity backbone that forms a firm structure and leads to the superb long, juicy finish. I would have love Chaupin if this is how it shows with aged, but I believe this is not always the case as I noticed there was a stylistically change from 2000 compare to the 1998. A buy.
2007 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
- Alcohol :: 15.5%
Ok, this is a totally different wine to the 98. As I have noticed, the post 1999 Chaupin is definitely a monster. Deep dark ruby color that display perfume spring flower tones (often presence in 2007), sweet raspberry and red cherry liquor intermixed with a touch of smoke meat, herbs and thick walls of glycerine. Super sweet entry with tons of jammy dark fruits that generated a big, voluptuous, opulent, high glycerine, high level of sweet tannin wine with perfume floral, mineral, dryness, smoke herb to the very long, powerful grippy finish with coffee and mineral aftertaste and spiciness that form by the high level of alcohol. A very good wine, but perhaps too heavy at the moment and lack of the transparency and finesse that the 1998 can offer. While I can finish the 1998, the 2007 remain un-touched after a sip or two. Would love to try this again in another 10yrs to see if this will become something like 1998 instead of a jammy fruits bomb?
1996 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único (Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero)
- Alcohol :: 14%
Decanted for 30mins and obviously this is still far too young despite its 14yrs of age. Healthy dark ruby core, still tight on the nose with tobacco, earthy notes dominant the aromatic profile with underlying sweet dark fruits that added a sense of elegance to it. Full-bodied, the powerful palate show excellent balance of sweet dark fruits with firm, lively acidity all tightly knit by fine grained tannin, with elegance profile and velvety texture, this has powerful, persistent finish with mineral aftertaste, a very good wine but clearly not up to the top at the moment and lack a little bit of depth and complexity. However, this is still too young to make a judgement thus far, as my friend who had the 1995, the wine only start to show a little bit after 5hours in decanter, and getting better with time. Give this another 10-15yrs.
2007 Domaine Cauhapé Jurançon Symphonie de Novembre (France, Southwest France, Jurançon)
- Alcohol :: 14%
Very light yellow that display its young identity, dry Riesling like aromas with lemon grass, Botrytis notes as well as chalky mineral and green apple, kinda special aromas to me. Sweet entry with good freshness that generated by the bright, high acidity which I think is slightly too much that this is not really balance that flow on to the chalky mineral medium length finish with touch of alcohol heat. Quite straight forward.