2011 Simple Dinner Series 2 :: YLB BOD @ Jade Palace (20110125)

2nd Simple Dinner in 2011 @ Huat Kee Teochew Restaurant, Telok Ayer Street. I have been here once and left with good memory, however, the standard of the food tonight is obviously…lower with some of the dishes really salty and some being anonymous. The shark fin is the highlight for me, thick-rich broth with fairly generous portion of shark fin.

Prior to the dinner, we had aperitif from previous night, Potel dinner and masterclass. 2009 Maison Roche de Bellene Bonne Mares & Clos de la Roche, 2004 Chambertin Clos de Beze and Chambertin (Magnum). As much as I enjoyed the aperitif, i was hoping we could at least has one aperitif like this in the future simple dinner or perhaps any dinner? :p

We had some really aged wines tonight and some pretty clarets such as 1975 Mouton, 1983 Pichon Lalande, 1988 La Mission, 1997 Haut Brion which are all drinking really well. 1997 Haut Brion is showing off what first growth is capable of in a normal-weak vintage. The surprised fall on Domaine la Barroche Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Pure, a truly rising star in Chateauneuf. It is one of the rare Cuvee that hard to acquired. What a fantastic night!

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The Selosse ::

N.V. Jacques Selosse Champagne Rosé (France, Champagne)

  • Alcohol :: 12.5%
    Light salmon pink. Unique & seductive nose of green fruits and peel, balonglong, touch of oxidative, funky notes that suggested a very fresh aromas tones. With time sweet red cherry and strawberry aromas evolved. Fine persistent moose caressing the palate gently, leading to very smooth, lightly toasted flavor profile of mushroom, green leaves, green apple all wrap in a soft texture, elegance package that leads to long persistent finish with mineral, light toast with honey aftertaste. Fresh, vibrant and precise with good mid palate sap however this lack of the tension and power for a Selosse to me, or Maybe this is the style for Rose?

The White ::

1996 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Deep yellow. Complex aromas of savory, dry sherry like oxidative tone that display toasted nuttiness with peppery spices, mineral and green apple. While the palate is very lively and rich, the power of a Martray CC has mellow down that form the silky smooth mouth feel, medium level of complexity and depth with spices, pear and red apple with underlying richness and materials that sustain the mid palate and really long finish, with spices and mild mineral background.

The Beze ::

2003 Domaine Bruno Clair Chambertin-Clos de Bèze (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru)

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    This is young, steaminess and hint of wildness with the vibrant profile (though a little bit sweet) that leads me to 2004 Gevrey Grand Cru but I was wrong. Perfume aromas of sweet cherry, herbs with hint of stem and hint of wildness. Smooth, sweet entry along with vibrant acidity give a clear cut of transparency to the flavor and Terroir. Great integration for great harmonious, very fine, focus detail finish with touch of wood and spice aftertaste and meatiness. Good, but this lack a bit of depth and complexity to be real good especially after tasted the super powerful Beze from Potel last night.

The oldest BDM to date ::

1986 Azienda Agricola Guido Padeletti Brunello di Montalcino (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino)

-> My oldest Brunello to date

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    High tone barnyard and funky nose that display strong, highly complex perfume aromas of dried rose petal, dried fig core that surrounded by herbs and earthy tone; mushroom, truffle. The nose is just simply amazing of how well an aged BDM can show. Rich and sweet entry with musky melon, sweet cherry and barnyard. Not as good as the nose but still pretty much alive with good force on the mid palate, however, the sweet fruits profile quickly superseded by herbish soft persistent finish with ginseng, Angelica roots aftertaste that seems drying out a bit here. Need to drink up.

The Super Second ::

1983 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

  • Alcohol :: 12.5%
    I have this feeling that this is a 80s Lalande. Focus, complex aromas of cedar, tobacco, sweet currant and plum pencil shaving and perfume, elegance spring flower added touch of with soft wet earth, cigar, blackberry and mushroom. spring flower. preserve plum and dark sweet currant and plum, blackberry, roasted herb, silky, velvety smooth, long persistent finish. It hit u silently, but the depth is there, feminine but with the power in it. Still very fresh that possessed certain finesse. I like this.

2001 Château Léoville Barton (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

  • Alcohol :: 12.5%
    Dark ruby in color. sweet currant, plum and orange sweetness core that surrounded by the fragrance of coffee and pencil shaving. Still rather tight on the palate with opulent, complex flavor of spices, savory, salted mineral, tobacco, cigar box and spices, I especially like the purity of the concentrated sweet currant fruits that masked the underlying structure ans tannin. Super silky mouth feel with detail fine finish. A very fine Barton with sense of elegance beneath the power, a Gentleman.

1st Growth & Mission ::

1975 Chateau Mouton Rothschild & 1997 Chateau Haut Brion

1975 Château Mouton Rothschild (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

  • Alcohol :: Non-stated
    Fully mature bouquet that express in a focus, precise way with perfume dark flower, sweet dark fruits with pencil shaving along with hint mushroom, earth and roasted herb notes. The palate offer similar flavor of very sweet, lively currant fruits and black tea leaves, feminine but with certain muscle to it that offer medium complexity, depth and seductiveness. Low level of tannin kicked in after the sweet entry, kinda dry, astringent to me that slightly stain the side of the tongue leads all the way through to the relatively light finish with Barnyard aftertaste that’s linger. Not bad for a 1975.

1997 Château Haut-Brion (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    Fresh, lively complex nose of deep gravel soil with perfume spring flower, violet, earth surrounded by lots of sweet dark fruits. Still very youthful for a 1997, in fact, not really into secondary stage as the palate still dominant by lots of sweet pure dark fruits, blackcurrant and layer of gravel, tobacco, cigars box and traces of barnyard that supported firmly by the medium level of fine grained tannin and structure, good mid palate grip, the finished is soft, but amazing persistence, juicy and sweet with spices after taste. Impressive effort for a 1997. Like this a lot.

1988 Château La Mission Haut-Brion (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

  • Alcohol :: 12.5%
    Gravel, earth, tobacco and richly sweet dark fruited on both nose and palate. very rich sweet dark fruits giving a decent attack on the palate, however, despite 22yrs of age, this is still rather tight, still dominant by the structure as well as med level of tannin that seems not really polished which generated the rustic and tannic mouth feel with trace of alcohol heat with medium length dry finish follow by gravel, earthy aftertaste. A good wine with depth, but slightly less refine as the rustiness kinda turn me off.

WOTN ::

1998 Chateau Trotanoy

1998 Château Trotanoy (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Deep, powerful and broad shoulder nose, leathery, minty, black currant, roasted herb, soil, earth with touch of barnyard and meatiness. Opulent, powerful, superb richness, kinda austere though but this can’t stop the wine to show off layer and layer of dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean and herb, tobacco surrounded by an array of sweet plum, fig and bright mineral that perfectly support by the firm, solid structure that form by the lively acidity and superb fine tannin. Polish texture, good freshness, finished is long and detail with dark chocolate bitterness. Still youthful but already showing off it’s class, depth and complexity. This juice has all the material for long term aging to be a great wine. Would love to get 1 or 2 for the cellar if can afford

The Special ::

1993 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley)

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%Unique perfume nose for a Cab as this has a very good lift of rose syrup, flower, chalky mineral, dark fruits and orange for freshness and black olive and roast meat to complete the complex aromatic spectrum. Voluptuous and powerful on the intensely black fruits that coated the palate along with rose syrup, dried flower, roasted herb. Very rich, fresh with good level of tannin remain in this juice that provided good grip, though a little bit dry and austere but thanks to the acidity and concentrated of fruits that cover the tannin and keep the wine fresh with sweet juicy finish. I was quite impressed.

2006 Domaine Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Pure

2006 Domaine la Barroche Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Pure (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

  • Alcohol :: 15%
    Unmistakably, this is a wine made from 100% Grenache as this possessed superb focus, deep core of sweet pure dark fruits such as plum, blackberry, dried fig paste, Provencal herb with remarkably freshness. Very sweet entry that generated by layer and layer of concentrated pure dark fruits, opulent, almost voluptuous with firm structure which form by the solid acid spine, great mid palate depth. This is still a baby, with primary flavor, un-evolved. The transition between the mid palate attack to the finished is not so smooth, slightly weak finish that’s seems kinda simple today, with mineral and preserve plum undertones. Not a wine for enjoyment today but it show great purity of fruits, structure and aging potential. If you have this wine, keep it away for at least 10yrs. Buy – Re-taste is needed.

For the sweet tooth ::

1989 Château Climens (France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac)

  • Alcohol :: 14.3%
    Bright golden. This wine is absolutely singing and a better wine to the Essencia today. Expressive, seductive nose of chalk, wax with layer and layer of mango, peaches and dried apricot which is deep and complex. Refine, well definition, seductive honey coated tropical fruits profile with Bortrytis spices that is amazingly dense and complex but what make this wine seductive is all about the acidity that give the wine razor sharp transparency as well as precision. Super smooth, velvety, finish is long, complex and vibrant with touch of green herbs showing at the end which I don’t really favor. Climen really need aging to show as it tasted terribly sweet and viscous when young.

1993 Château Pajzos Tokaji Esszencia (Hungary, Hegyalja, Tokaji)

  • Alcohol :: 4.5%
    Dark brown in color. This is still very tight but already display broad, deep nose with superb focus aromas of oxidative, preserve plum, honey sweetness and dried tea leaves with deeper background of chalky mineral, almost salted in flavor with underlying sweetness of honey coated tropica fruits, very seductive and enchanting. This is very rich, and concentrated of preserve plum, almost oily in texture but this is so well balance and clean that you won’t feel the stickiness, but this is relatively lack of depth and weight as well as complexity that not shown the status of Essencia, with relatively light, persistent finish with mineral aftertaste. I hope this will improve few days later.
  • Alcohol :: 4.5%
    Popped for 6days and this remain unyielding on the palate, the nose is better though, deep complex aromas of dried raisin, wax, almond, minerals, dried tea leaves, fishy, and tons of ripe tropical fruits like pineapple, peaches. Dense, viscous, super thick on the palate, still primary with super sweet attack on the entry, but this is balance by the underlying acidity as well as dry extract to avoid it to be flabby and sticky. As usual, the black tea leaves flavor that I always fancy in Tokaji also presented here which added a touch of transparency to it and the kinda mild sweet finish is not what I expected from a Essencia, but it is very pure an clean. I would love to know how does this wine age in another 5,10 and 15yrs, well, it could hardly age. Buy – Re-taste is needed.
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