The party continued. After having lunch with my guest with (link: 2001 Trotanoy & 2002 Martray Corton Charlie), my guest asked me to arrange a dinner with good Chinese food. It is not difficult to suggest Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant @ The Forum Shopping mall as this restaurant served yummy food with proper stemware and most importantly, Free BYO.
We had a lovely set dinner for two pax and some really lovely wines. 2002 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, 2002 is a disaster year in Rhone, due to the washed-out, but this 2002 blanc was a surprised for the night, ripe, fresh and drinking well. Followed by the 1996 Louis Latour Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles which was still at it’s youth, lots of energy, the seductiveness and classiness that this wine could offer is incredible. Next, a red, a Bordeaux and indeed a great one -> 1998 Château L’Evangile. I had the 1999 not long ago, 1999 is a normal vintage that produced wines for early drinking, at least from what I read. However, the 1999 L’ Evangile is such a monster, full-bodied, super power and high tannin that need long long time to shed and integrated. Thus, I didn’t expect the 1998 L’ Evangile to be approachable for the night. Indeed, the 1998 L’ Evangile is not ready, not until several hours later. It possessed all the element for the long haul and will definitely be something special when it time comes. A Top class Pomerol nevertheless.
Tasting Notes ::
2002 Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou Blanc – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
- Alcohol :: 14.5%
Very rich nuttiness, honey oxidative note but with lots of fresh tropical fruits and liquid like minerality on both nose and palate, almost oily in texture but with this crisp acidity that keep the precision, drinking really well but just lack a bit of concentration, rather straight forward but hey, what you expect such vintage? a lovely wine for the vintage.
Demoiselles is not really included in Chevalier Montrachet plot if look from the map. I read up some articles and this is what I found: The Gret Domaines of Burgundy – Part of Les Cailleret is now incorporated into the Grand Cru Chevalier-Montrachet and sold as Les Demoiselles. I have attached the quote from my friends too. Afterall, we seek for pleasure when we drink wines, thus, the most important is to enjoy and to me, this wine brought tons of joy and pleasure to me and that’s great wine!
-> From Mr. J: By just looking at the geographical border of the main Chevalier-Montrachet vineyard, the Les Demoiselles section is clearly jutting out. They are also separated by a stone wall. However, wines from the Les Demoiselles section has historically been sold as Chevalier-Montrachet and it is with this reasoning that the influential negociants Louis Jadot and Louis Latour argued for the inclusion of this section into Chevalier-Montrachet in 1938. In 1939, INAO decided in their favor. Joseph Leflaive, amongst others, opposed this inclusion.
-> From Sunny Tzou: “Les Demoiselles” 可代表 Bourgogne 葡萄園地塊 (Climat) 因分割後, 複雜命名的範例. 1794 – 1887 Louis Henry Denis Jadot’s family 擁有此地塊, 後因分割出讓至他人手中. Les Demoiselles 此地塊, 左邊大部分 (1.04 ha) 座落於 Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru, 但右邊少部分 (0.62 ha) 座落於 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru. 上接 1er Cru Folatieres, 下連 1er Cru Clavaillon, 左下為 1er Cru Les Pucelles. 1913 Jadot’s family ( Jean-Baptiste ) 與 Louis Latour 聯手, 向兩姊妹購回此地塊 Chevalier Montrachet Grand CRU 部分, 後為紀念兩姊妹, 雙未婚便過世. 乃將此地塊命名為 les Demoisells (英文: The Ladies). 至今 Chevalier Montrachet Grand CRU Les Demoiselles 仍由 Louis Jador 與 Louis Lotour 平均擁有. 至於 Les Demoiselles 地塊, 右邊少部分 (0.62 ha) 座落於 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru 的部分, 後輾轉至兩家族 Colin family (Michel Colin-deleger 及 Philippe Colin) 和 Guy Amiot et fils 手中.
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Light yellow, really complex aromas that is so harmonious with all the elements emerged perfectly that is hard to dissect the flavors one by one. Focus, expressive yellow floral and tropical fruits all wrapped in very elegance package with aromas of mineral and spice, herb and little touch of fresh honey and smoke that completed the complex aromatic profile, really seductive. Stunning purity to the complex palate with really richly white and yellow fruits coated along with perfume yellow floral, vanilla oak and creamy texture but with this crispy acidity (never too sharp or too acidic) that keep the focus and precision. Palate staining intensity with very elegance, silky profile that leads to very juicy, silky persistent finish, with spice nuanced and round polished mineral aftertaste. A lovely wine with finesse still young and this will take really long to reach it peaks. Buy – Yes.
1998 Château L’Evangile – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol
- Alcohol :: 13%
Opened in bottle for 2hrs, decanted for another 2.5hrs. Powerful nose with plush dark fruits like plum, blackcurrant, blackberry intermixed with sweet cigar box, meatiness, mushroom and earthiness complexity. The perfume spring flower just added better depth as well as seductiveness. Despite the decanting, this is still very, very powerful. A muscular wine but very classy, with great precision and focus. Full bodied, incredibly intensity with complex flavors of plush dark fruits, spices, summer, and tobacco meaty complexity. The high level of firm, fine-grained tannin and acid spine form the real solid structure which seems need min 10-15yrs to mellow down and integrate. The detail finished is remarkably powerful and persistent too, with earth and spicy aftertaste. not tired even after 3hrs In decanter and another 3hrs in the bottle, with very powerful, detail finish. Buy – Yes.