Mr.B planned a farewell dinner to our friend from US, Mr.S at Fatty Weng Restaurant, thus few of us gather together for a casual dinner with some German Riesling Spatlese that spread across some of the important wine regions in Germany:
German Riesling Spatlese not earlier than 2001:
- Middle Mosel (include Piesport, Trittenheim, Urzig, Erden, Wehlen, Graach, Berncastel, Leiwen, Brauneberg)
- Saar (include Scharzhofberg, Oberemmel, Ockfen, Kanzem)
All wines served blind, and everyone has to guess the region of each wine as well as vote for their top 3 wines of the night before disclosed the identity of the wines. Everyone almost got all the region right except for wine 2 which some thought it was a Mosel.
The food was below average, while some of the dishes tasted so so which included the signature ‘black hor fun’, the sweet and sour pork and roast pork with black soya sauce was really good, a must try.
Out of the theme, there were two bottle of white burgundy from Maison Henri Boillot being served. Both from 2008 which we acquired recently to try out the style before decided to buy more. I have to admit both of the wines are not really similar to the style that I used to encounter with Boillot’s wine and what I really need to do is to try more to understand the style of this two plots.
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
The nose is pretty good but still rather tight with lots of oak, creamy vanilla tones up front that masked the underlying chrysanthemum aromas and ripe melon. Very acidic entry, rich palate offered lots of green apple with creamy, persistent finish with alcohol heat. The palate has loose the tension and the elegance, clean style of Boillot and this tasted quite advanced that suggested it may be pre-mox and the alcohol heat link me to the bottle might gone through some heat. I would not say this is flaw as I do not have enough experience with this wine. Buy – Re taste is needed.
2008 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru)
- This is even tighter than the Mouchere, I only able to get lots of oak, mineral and fresh herb. When the wine start to unfold in the glass at the end of dinner, strong notes of coffee, roasted herb, green apple and melon surfaced. The palate is pretty tight too, but richer, heavier than the Mouchere with concentrated green apple, white fruits and lots of oak. Everything seems good, however, this lack of the class, complexity and depth of great Corton Charlemagne, the medium length finished is pretty soft and drop off a bit from the mid palate with some mineral aftertaste. Not sure if this is an off bottle, but this is not a buy for me if this is what it is. Buy – Re-taste is needed.
2006 Reichsrat Von Buhl Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Pfalz)
- Alcohol :: 8%
Very ripe pineapple, lemon, mineral, tea leaves and green herbs, quite perfume but kinda simple with touch of chrysanthemum and kerosene too. Palate wise, very rich pineapple, plum flavor but lack of acidity to support, a little bit fleshy and oily with clean, mineral short finish. Buy – No.
2007 Dönnhoff Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Nahe)
- Alcohol :: 8.5%
This has the most expressive aromatic profile in the line up, honey lemon, grapfruits with hint of perfume floral and Mosel like mineral tones. Juicy intense palate with rich lemony, citrus notes and hint of sweet yellow fruits that firmly supported by the mineral backbone with bright acidity that flow on to the very clean, grippy finish with ripe acidity to go along. The most complete wine though lack a little bit of depth and clearly wine of the night for everyone.
2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
- Alcohol :: 8%
Day 1: This is pretty tight and unyielding and not surprised for a young prum that only display mineral water with honey lemon infused flavor, but the weight of the WS Spatlese was missing. Kinda worry.
Day 2: Unmistakably Mosel nose with lots of soft mineral, grapefruits and lemon citrus notes, but lack of focus. The palate is somewhat diluted, lose it’s tension with all the elements falling apart that resulted in almost Moscato like with the ice cream soda flavor profile, mineral short finish. Surprisingly simple for a JJP WS Spatlese.
2007 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
- Alcohol :: 7.5%
Honey, musky lemon with rich chalky mineral and hint of petroleum that show little bit age of it. Very round palate that goes with honey citrus flavor with fresh, ripe acidity that provided good grip on the palate with clean, dry finish. Very Saar like and there is this sense of elegance. This rank #2 for everyone tonight.
2009 Wagner-Stempel Siefersheimer Höllberg Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheinhessen)
- Alcohol :: 8%
Lots of mineral background with metallic, steely core, honey white fruits, cold grape fruits on both nose and palate that has this sulphide notes presence with slightly disjointed finish. Not ready?
2006 Weingut Johannishof (H.H. Eser) Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Rheingau)
- Alcohol :: 9%
This is a Spatlese? Botrytis spice aromas, red apple with chalky and quite steely too. This is clearly the ripest, sweetest and most powerful wine in this flight with sweet tropical fruits with almost caramelize finish that turn to oolong tea aftertaste. This is easily auslese gk in term of sweetness level.