This is our first-ever simple dinner which is not for birthday celebration. It is, instead, a welcome dinner for Mark from Goedhuis. We came back to one of our favorite restaurants: Jade Palace @ Forum Shopping Mall as their food is consistently great with sufficient stemware and decanter.
Thanks to the generosity of Mark, we had a top class Chevalier Montrachet from Colin Deleger and and a well-crafted 2003 Sesti (Castello di Argiano) Brunello di Montalcino Phenomena Riserva. The CM, though young, is classy and promising.
We ended up with a well-spread lineup of 10 wines (+ one wine from our friend at next table) : red and white Burgundy, Bordeaux, Germany, Italy and a Californian Cab. To me, the stars of the evening are the 2007 Colin Deleger Chevalier Montrachet followed by the strikingly delicious 2008 Schloss Lieser BJS Auslese Goldkapsel. Thanks guys!
1st Flight :: The Stars from German
2009 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese – Germany, Nahe
- Alcohol :: 8.5%
Focus, expressive with its honey lemon, citrus, mineral aromas with good hint of freshness. This come a bit lean on the mid palate and tension on the finish. After having the deep fried soon hock fish, the palate become weightier and denser with good sweetness intermixed with mouth watering acidity that carry through the intense mid palate to the rich, sweet finishing, as good as this is, it lack a tad of tension and precision to pull everything together. A really typical German Riesling Spatlese but definitely not the Donnhoff that I knew. My friend told me that this bottle just landed thus I believe it need more time to settle down after travelling. Buy – Re-taste is needed, but not a buy for what it is today.
2008 Schloss Lieser Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
-> The 2009 that I have tasted last year was just as great as this bottle. One of my favorite German Riesling producers now!
- Alcohol :: 7%
750ml. Rather tight on the nose with hint of mangoes, chalky mineral and citrus lemon. However, the palate is another world, absolutely brilliant brilliant wine with class, finesse and complexity, layer and layer of concentrated ripe mangoes, apricot, red apple with earth and mineral all framed under the superb bright, mouth watering acidity with refreshing mineral that keep the wine in lazer like precision and focus, as well as light on its feet despite the highly concentrated and richness on the palate. Impeccable balance and harmonious and the juicy, detail finished just goes on and on. Excellent, miles better than Donnhoff. My 2nd WOTN. Buy – Definitely Yes.
2nd Flight :: White Burgs
2007 Michel Colin-Deléger et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
-> 2000 Domaine Michel Colin-Deleger Chevalier Montrachet, the 5th disciple in 神之雫 /《神之水滴》Episode 18 , described as TEST. It has this sharp mineral character that is hard to approach, but once your surpassed it, the achievement / accomplishment will definitely worth it, and I agreed with this. Though this is 2007, it is same as what the 2000 from the comic. I always find Chevalier Montrachet is 严峻的，宏伟的规模建立起一道让人无法轻易接近的障碍，虽然艰苦，但却无法停止步伐的想要越过它，一旦跨越了，那美妙的金黄色体验是无法用言语来形容的。We had the 2000 Marc-Colin Montrachet, which was also appeared in the comic as another candidate of 5th disciple, which we understand why it is being described as magnificent, majestic, large-scale but gentle, has the ability to tolerate and accept everything to its world. It was what exactly hit my mind when I had it: 宏伟，温柔，优雅，拥有无限的包容力但却不失威严. Again, I would love to thank all my friends for sharing with me their knowledge, experience and great wines. I really appreciate it! Without you guys, I would never have such valuable experience!
- Alcohol :: 14%
The wine was really tight at first, with lots of oak, creamy vanilla and butter, cold mineral tones that dominated the nose and palate. When I tried the wine again at the end of dinner (approx in the glass for an hour or maybe more), it was singing. Bright, cold fresh herbs, alluring spices, creamy butter, very deep, complex and classy. Full bodied, palate staining indensity, large scale and stunning depth, layer and layer of complex flavors, herb, white fruits, white floral, creamy butter, nuttiness that completely buffer off the high level of oak. The fresh cold mineral is slight sharp and powerful that made this wine need your patience and attention to really know that there is this sense of elegance and finesse hiding deep inside the core. The immensely long finish is electrifying that last for a min with the pure fresh mineral aftertaste lingering effortlessly. This is no doubt a wine for the long haul. It is not really hard to say this is my WOTN. Buy – Yes.
1990 Robert Ampeau & Fils Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru
- Deep golden. Powerful, heavy oaky and nuttiness buried the lemon custard beneath with roasted herb, tons of power on the palate, quite acidic with tons of oak glide through the palate brutally with sharp mineral finish that seems lack of fruits. This has passed its peaks. Drink up.
3rd Flight :: Red Burgs
2007 Lucien Le Moine Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
-> A new rising star of micro-negociant, very good maker and grab them before the price shot up (in fact, already did)!
- Alcohol :: 13%
Bright ruby red. Rather expressive for such a young wine, complex intense nose of floral, Indian spices, incense, sweet macerated cherry with wild, another good example of why Burgundy is seductive. However, this is definitely too young and exhibit this metallic tones which slightly distract a bit. Fullish palate, good transparency and precision cut through the flavors but the mid palate seems a bit lean with firm integrated tannin and touch of oak that went through to the finish with traces of alcohol heat. This is too young for sure, hope additional bottle age will help to round up the wine as well as gain in weight. Buy – Re-taste is needed, but not a buy for what it is today.
1996 Sylvain Cathiard Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
-> Dreaming of the Romanee St-Vivant……
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Aged nose with kinda pungent spice that expose its NSG identity along with earth, pepper, mushroom swirling around the sweet dark cherry core and fur. It was drinking quite beautifully within the first 30mins with some sweet fruits intermixed with secondary note like dried tea leave and then it started to fade in the glass, absent of fruits, volatile acid and oak with lots of bitter tannin with alcohol heat finish. Drink up.
1999 Domaine de L’Arlot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru
- Alcohol :: 13%
Powerful nose of black cherry, red cherry, floral, blood and this iron that seems not truly refine. Rich, concentrated cherry with slight sharp edge of mineral and blood iron that tightly knit by the bitter tannin leads to powerful, rich long finish. A powerhouse that needs many more years to come just I thought this lack of the refinement that I found on Arnoux suchots.
4th Flight :: A mixture of Bordeaux, Rhone, California and Italy
1999 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Complex, classic bouquet of CDP, brett, barnyard with focus, deep core of sweet plum, currant liquor, provencal spices, animals. However the palate is kinda fading, mild fruits can’t cover / counter balance with the barnyard, animals and tannin with oak not fully integrated resulted in bitter chocolate taste that leads to very un-pleasing finish, though Is long but dried. Drink up. 2nd release, my friend told me that his previous bottle was way better. Bottle variation? Maybe…
2003 Sesti (Castello di Argiano) Brunello di Montalcino Phenomena Riserva – Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino
-> A really lovely label. Note from the front label – the great encounter of mars. on the 27 of august 2003, the planet mars, while crossingtl the constellation o aquarious, was the closest to the earth reaching the perihelion of his orbit, the last time this happened was 60,000 years ago, about 25000 years before the appearance of homo sapiens-sapiens.
- The lone Italian and surprisingly good. Blue cheese, barnyard, fish market, herb and macerated cherry on the nose with high acid started the journey on the palate with flavors of sour cherry, blackberry with leather, earth and mouth coating tannin but all well in check lending to the firm, long, powerful finish.
1995 Château Léoville Barton – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
-> A gentleman, Chateau Leoville Barton remains one of the classic Bordeauxs and consistently prices their wines sanely for every vintage. Kudos!
- Lovely powerful nose of blackcurrant, tobacco, earth and roasted herb that very much like a st-stephe to me. Still rather young and tight, big, broad shoulder, with very good acidity to keep this full bodied, firmly structure, powerful wine in precise and focus in precise and focus, with fine grained tannin that leads to the firm, powerful finish with grounded coffee, dark chocolate aftertaste. This is clearly not ready but I pretty much like it, give it another 5-7yrs.
2007 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium – USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
-> A cult wine from Napa Valley, Maybach’s Materium cuvee, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the hillside Weitz Vineyard in the Oakville sector of Napa, west of the Silverado Trail, is made by the highly respected Thomas Brown. Highly rated by Mr. Robert Parker, at 99pts and interestingly this has generated huge discussion in winebersekers due to low rating from my friend, lol.
- Alcohol :: 14.8%
Definitely new world as this has completely different profile with the Barton, it is hard to say which is better as this is more of preference, but nonetheless both are very good wines. Aromas of sweet blackcurrant, dark plum intermixed with mint, creamy vanilla, liquorice, nail vanished and perfume violet, broad and complex, not at all pungent, beautiful. As expected, the wine is still very tannic and structure but there were these superb rich and concentrated flavors and extract that nicely balance and buffer which make this wine fairly approachable, complex flavor of nail vanish, almond nut, real creamy vanilla, blackcurrant, heavy weight boxer like intensity with very powerful, medium length sweet finish. A real blockbuster but quite a elegance one.