Dinner with Monsieur Nicolas Potel @ Salt Grill & Sky Bar (20110124)

We continued to have dinner with Monsieur Nicolas Potel @ Salt Grill @ Sky Bar. Some of the wines that he has crafted when he still working in Domaine/Maison Nicolas Potel which he has great success. 2000 Nicolas Potel Romanee St Vivant & 2004 Nicolas Potel Grands Echezeaux remained two out of some most memorable wines to me.

Salt Grill, a fine dining restaurant at level 55, ION orchard, stunning view of the city of course. I will happily pop by to the Sky Bar inside the restaurant to chill, chat with great view. The food served today was terribly bad, such as too ‘generous’ for salt application and over-cooked. However, thanks to the impressive line up of wines, gorgeous atmosphere with great company that made my day.

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Dinner Menu:

1. Spanish Oritz anchovies , semi dried tomato , garlic toast

-> Anchovies is just too salty that hardly not to spit it out.

2008 Maison Roche De Bellene Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru)

  • Elegance, focus, and expressive nose of fresh herb, mineral with underlying pear, citrus and green apple that accompany with an array of toasted nut, honey flavors that goes on to the rich, sweet ripe yellow fruits, melon, pineapple and honey with lots of new oak that has yet integrated with huge dry extract and fruits that carry on to the explosive, powerful finish with lots of nut, herb and mineral that linger. This has a lightness and transparency to the powerful package that really seduced me. A really, really good Meursault. A buy.
2008 Maison Roche De Bellene Meursault 1er Cru Perrières (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru)
  • Very serious aromatic profile that is colder, more precise and focus than the Genevieres that display ripe melon, ginger spice and herb with perfume white floral that added attractiveness. On the palate, this is even more richer and concentrated sweet ripe yellow and white fruits but never come across too flabby as there were tons of new vanillin oak and dry extract supported the fruits firmly but due to not integrated yet, there was this bitter flavor from the oak distract a bit here. Very spicy and ‘cold’ at the same time that bring on the very long, lingering finish with mineral and touch of bitter aftertaste. This is indeed a more muscular and powerful wine than the Genevieres and to me, the oak influence is slightly on the heavy side which if eventually able to fully integrated, will certainly be a great wine but if it doesn’t, the bitter flavor will no doubt interrupted the overall drinking pleasure and the oak will outlast the fruit. Buy – Re-taste is needed.

2. Australian Kinkawooka mussels , chilli , coriander and garlic toast

-> One of the better dish, but slightly over-cooked.

2008 Maison Roche De Bellene Corton-Charlemagne (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru)

  • A complete wine. this has slightly more focus, and lifted nose than the 2005, fresh herbs, spices, mineral, cold factor as well as ripe gingery, peppery spices with underlying chalk, nutty and toastiness, the aromatic spectrum is just amazingly broad. Powerful, but there is this harmonious and bright, transparency on it that you wont feel heavy at all over the rich, concentrated flavor of ripe citrus fruits, lemony custard notes that flow on to the perfume yellow floral, red apple and spicy long, mineral finish. A ZEN wine that impressive you silently with it’s complex, elegance profile and gorgeous texture. Really like it. Buy – Yes.

2005 Nicolas Potel Corton-Charlemagne (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru)

  • Superb power. Broad-shoulder, huge material of herbs, still tight but already showing good perfume white floral tones, fresh core with hint of toastiness. This is just too power that dominated the palate profile and buried the sweet fruits underneath. Raw power, I would say. A serious punch from a heavy weight boxer on the mid palate that you hardly take it, terrific weight and extraction that stain and numb the palate immediately. At the end of the mid palate, the power did mellow down into somewhat fine, focus, precise with elegance flavor that linger with the round, polish mineral with great lengthy finish. This is just too raw, brutal power at the moment which I feel is a tad off-balance, I prefer the 2008 version. I would gladly try it again to see how it would evolve in another 10-15yrs time. Buy – Re-taste is needed.

3. Pork Scotch , char grilled Australian Berkshire Kurabuta served with green beans and confir eschallot

-> Over-cooked, it is sad that the Kurabuta pork is so dried and hard.

2007 Domaine de Bellene Beaune 1er Cru Teurons Vieilles Vignes (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru)

  • This has the perfume aromatic profile of Beaune, lavender, airy aromas of red cherry fruits and sweetness core, chalky mineral and hint of rubbery background, friendly sweet tones with fine, elegant profile and kinda straight forward mid palate, short finish with quite bitter aftertaste.

2007 Domaine de Bellene Beaune 1er Cru Pertuisots (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru)

  • This is less airy on the nose, and more reserved with leather, darker fruits that is quite sweet but also austere with touch of mushroom and earth. The palate is also kinda diluted with harsh mineral elements resulted in sharp, bitter, straight forward finish. I’m not too sure if this was affected by the superb rich Corton Charlemagne, but this is no doubt a friendly, simple wine.

4. Spatchcock roasted in Chef Luke Mangan bbq spice , pea puree , lemon aioli

-> Too salty.

2002 Nicolas Potel Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru)

  • The aromas is kinda special, sweet durian and earth with hollow core of sweet cherry fruits, lack of tension that I thought is a little diluted and when I drank it, it happened that the palate matched the impression of the nose. Rich entry but quickly drop off on the mid palate as well as finishing, simple and this is quite bitter and funky with earth. Probably an off bottle?

2002 Nicolas Potel Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Combes aux Moines (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru)

  • This is clearly a better wine compare to the Lavaux, very perfume with sweet red and dark cherry tones, incense fragrance and underlying bitterness. Not necessary complex and deep, but very focus. Medium bodied, the intense mid palate has this bitter flavor with spices, some silky tannin that leads to rubbery, woody spiced long finish.

5. Cheese platter with lavosh and quince paste

2004 Nicolas Potel Chambertin (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru)

  • From Magnum. Fresh perfume, lifted nose that display angelica root, dried herb, touch of wild factor with underlying minerality, not really expressive now. The palate is not as rich, concentrated as the 09, but very classic burgundy with good transparency. Lively and good freshness with medium weight and depth, this is not really singing today as the finished is slightly short with touch of herbs and austerity.

2004 Nicolas Potel Chambertin-Clos de Bèze (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru)

  • The has the similar aromatic profile that the Chambertin, but is clearly richer and more expressive, lots of dried herb and bright cherry, plum, fig with earth and animal tones. Medium – full bodied, quite powerful for a 2004 and relatively more complex, better depth than the Chambertin. Still a little bit tannic but fine and smooth. Finished long with wood aftertaste. The Beze from Potel is always more showy and more extraction than the Chambertin.

And here are the  notes for 2000 RSV & 2004 GE:

2000 Nicolas Potel Romanée St. Vivant (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru)

  • This is simply stunning and steal the show among all the red wine. 2notches up compare to the Echezeaux. While the nose is not as expressive as the Echezeaux, it show better depth. Broad, wide nose of seductive VR spices- anise, cloves, fragrance with rich dark Pinot fruits core that is creamy, and polished. The refreshing palate show that this is a wine that flirt with finesse and harmony. Super creamy mouth feel with layer and layer of lush, sweet dark Pinot fruits that is so pure and charming along with seductive, refined VR spices and violet that quickly fill up the mouth. The polished structure is buried under the silky fine tannin, fine acid spine and huge dry extract which resulted in very smooth mouth feel, elegance texture that flow on to the persistent long finishing with spices and mineral nuances. A top notch RSV. A buy.

2004 Nicolas Potel Grands-Echezeaux (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Focus, super aromatic nose of blue and red floral, mineral, almond nuttiness with red cherry fruits. Still primary and quite austere, with sharp but not intrusive acidity that provide a firm structure. Surprisingly good ripeness for a 04 red Burgundy and the freshness is superb. Very good mid palate intensity and layer and layer of red and dark cherry fruits with highly perfumed flower filled up in the mouth immediately with intriguing spiciness that only Vosne Romanee can offer and the huge mineral backbone that is so polished and elegance with the silky tannin carry on to the round, spicy finishing seamlessly. Still a baby and this clearly need at least another 5-7yrs! Buy – Yes.
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