Burghound in Asia Grand Tasting (20110409)

Last year, we have Robert Parker in town and this year we have Allen Meadow in Singapore for Burghound inAsiaevent! He is known as one of the best, if not the best, wine critic / specialist in Burgundy. The event mainly split into three parts, The Grand Tasting – A series of Master Class conducted by Winemaker / Allen Meadow / other wine experts – Lunch & Dinner.

  • I didn’t go for the Lunch – Dinner – DRC vs New world as it was quite pricey for my broken wallet. From the review, the results for DRC vs New world was not surprised, majority of the new world wines performed well and taking up 1st place in each flight perhaps for their better approachable character than the young DRC that required at least 10yrs of age to really show (2007 La Tache, 2006 RSV & 2002 E). Just perhaps………

The Grand Tasting was kinda huge, with the set-up of many food in the middle of the hall, I must give the credit to the kitchen of the hotel, the food was yummy and the tray didn’t empty for more than 5-10mins :O All in all, the Grand Tasting wasn’t as exciting as the Masterclass that I attended (Link : Comte Liger-Beliar Masterclass) and my friends who attended the Robert Parker event commented the RP Tasting was a far superior / worthwhile one.

I have to be very selectively for the wines to taste as there were hundreds of wines served at the Grand Tasting, impossible to assess all of them given the short time frame.

  • Champagne – N.V. Ulysse Collin Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs very good Champagne that reminiscent Jacque Selosse, but perhaps lack a bit of character of its own.
  • New world Chardonnay – Stonier is the highlight for me.
  • New world Pinot – Calera, a new name to me but I’m impressed how well can they aged.
  • Old world Chardonnay – 2008 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc & 2007 Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle Domaine du Duc de Magenta are the stars.
  • Old world Pinot – 2006 Domaine Dujac Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts has all the elements for the long haul and will be something special in time. 2008 Joseph Drouhin Clos Vougeot is my WOTE for such refinement and elegance that I never encounter for a Vougeot. 2007 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux has such a good substances for a 2007, a serious wine. 

I have grouped my tasting notes into Champagne, New World Chard & Old World Chard, New World Pinot & Old World Pinot.

Champagnes ::

N.V. Dosnon & Lepage Champagne Recolte Noire Brut – France, Champagne

  • Lightly toasted and yeast on the nose with fine beads that quite sharp, light, fresh, simple palate to the medium length finish.

N.V. Dosnon & Lepage Champagne Extra Brut “Recolte Blanche” – France, Champagne

  • Toastier and yeastier both on nose and palate compared to the Noire, rich green apple, lime and toastiness, discreet, light white fruits finish.

2004 Jacques Lassaigne Champagne Millésimé Brut Nature Montgueux – France, Champagne, Côte des Bars (Aube), Champagne

  • The best of the flight. Pure, elegance, quite long but lack of the tension in the mid palate and finish to be a great wine.

N.V. Ulysse Collin Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs – France, Champagne

  • Alcohol :: 12.5%
    Degorged – 2010/10/10. A power house, still very tight after opened for at least 4hours, but the focus and complexity are there. Oak note dominated the aromatic profile with underlying lime, grapefruits, white floral and earth. Very tight on the palate too, fine but rigorous beads explode on the palate, kinda sharp but acceptable. Selosse’s oxidative character kick in here with an array of green apple, lime, yeast, buttery, good intensity and powerful, long finish. Similar to Selosse in style and certainly a very good quality Champagne, just, lack a little bit of character of its own.

New world Chardonnay ::

2009 Calera Chardonnay Central Coast – USA, California, Central Coast

  • Aromatic nose just like a German GG, quite sweet. Refreshing palate with slight bittersweet flavor, jus like the Gewürztraminer fill the mouth with medium length finish. Interesting.

2008 Stonier Chardonnay – Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Mornington Peninsula

  • Ever since I have tasted the Chardonnay from Stonier some time ago, I became a fan of it. It used to be a S$30+ dollar wine which offer tremendous joyous and the quality is clearly punching above its asking price. Cold on the nose with generous fruits, citrus and lemon custard laced over a mineral, wet stone bed, a tad of white flower scents too. Rich on the palate with lovely transparency and freshness to the lightly complex flavor and depth. The finish is long with mineral aftertaste and also a trace of alcohol heat, but hey, what’s more could I ask for a S$30+ wine? Sadly, it retail at S$50+ now which is no longer a bargain.

2008 Stonier Chardonnay Reserve – Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Mornington Peninsula

  • A turbo-charged version to the straight Chardonnay. This has better depth and complexity on both nose and palate, riper fruits too that toward ripe lemon and melon. Strong minerality showing at the long finish. Powerful and rich, however it also compromise a little from the freshness and transparency that the straight Chardonnay could offer.

Old World Chardonnay ::

2008 Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet

  • Decent, pure and very Puligny. Good transparency, freshness with touch of buttery lemon and decent, detail finish. Very good village.

2008 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru

  • A better wine to the straight Puligny Montrachet, reserved on the nose but this pack better substance and punch on the palate with good transparency and freshness. Long, powerful but pure finish.

2007 Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle Domaine du Duc de Magenta – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru

  • Very Chassagne with all the cold white fruits, mineral that bring on to the richly, concentrated mid palate with slightly sharp acidity and huge mineral backbone but everything is well-balance and that showing great freshness and coldness that quenched drinker thirst. Slightly disjointed finish. Very young still, but promising. 

2009 Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos – France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru

  • Creamy, nutty, tropical fruits and oak, quite fine. The nose is definitely better than the mid palate in term of complexity and depth, as the palate is quite normal, flat and lack of tension, with very spicy, mineral finish.

New World Pinot ::

2001 Calera Pinot Noir Mills Vineyard – USA, California, Central Coast, Mount Harlan

  • Earthy with dark berry fruits on the nose that is quite austere which also reflect on the palate, rich and concentrated dark berry fruits that seems a little bit on the sweet side but then turn in very dry, long finish. Not bad.

1996 Calera Pinot Noir Selleck – USA, California, Central Coast, Mount Harlan

  • Alcohol :: 14%
    From Magnum. Sweet dark Pinot fruits, dried fig surrounded by spices, mushroom and earth with hint of alcohol presence too. Sweet but not overly so, in fact, quite seductive. Well balanced, sappy and touch of alcoholic wood spice at the end of the medium, complex finish. Mature and quite delicious.

1994 Calera Pinot Noir Reed – USA, California, Central Coast, Mount Harlan

  • Alcohol :: NA
    This is a clearly better wine to the Selleck. Sense of refinement from the nose, sweet dark fruits with rounded aromas of earth, dried fig, red cherry and HOISIN sauce, good complexity and seductiveness from a Pinot, especially there is this floral scent kick in. Very fine, rounded and polished palate that is well-balanced, good tension, vigor, integrated. Juicy long finished with bright detail too. This showed a good Cali Pinot can really age. Buy – Maybe – Yes.

2002 Calera Pinot Noir Reed – USA, California, Central Coast, Mount Harlan

  • Alcohol :: 14%
    Similar nose to the 1994 but not as seductive, hoisin sauce, earth, spices, quite backward really. Good structure, rich palate that is sweet but not overly so, vigorous, a tad bitter and spicy too, long finish.

Old WorldPinot :: Bourgogne & Côte de Beaune

2007 Emmanuel Rouget Bourgogne Passetoutgrains – France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Passetoutgrains

  • Good nose with red fruits but the palate is just too overwhelming by the acid that hard to swallow.

2006 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru

  • Very elegance, perfume nose of rose fragrance and sweet red cherry fruits. Palate is quite lean with medium length finish. Pretty decent.

2007 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard 1er Cru

  • Reserve, but the underlying rose petal, red cherry and pungent spice is truly seductive. The powerful palate is sappy, rich with great focus and precision that offer very pure sweet dark and red cherry fruits with mineral and dried tea leave complexity and depth all underpinned by the firm, ripe tannin and refreshing acid spine which build the solid structure that leads to spicy long finish, very good indeed. Buy – Maybe – Yes

2005 Louis Jadot Corton-Pougets – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru

  • Wild and meaty with dark fruits, powerful mid palate with palate staining intensity, austere, structure, reserve and long powerful finish. This has all the elements and balance for the long haul. Very good.

2007 Chaumes des Ducs Corton Cuvée Charlopin – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru

  • Expressive cherry and spices, good mid palate richness with spicy mineral long finish. Not bad, but perhaps lack a of soul….

Old WorldPinot :: Bourgogne & Côte de Nuits

2008 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin

  • As always, stunning purity and terroir driven is obvious in Fourrier’s wines. Very pure fruits and quite rich though a bit lean but very decent long finish. I still prefer the 06, follow by 07 then 08.

2008 Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin

  • Wildness on the nose with aromas of sweet and sour cherry with touch of wood, very austere, structure palate and medium length, woody finish. Very firm, need few years before it really open up and integrated.

1999 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru

  • Expressive on the nose, beautiful aromatic nose that display plenty of red and dark pinot fruits with wild, gaminess on the background. Sappy palate but the finished is weak and quite lean for a 99 and very acidic.

2000 Domaine Ponsot Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Cuvée des Alouettes – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis 1er Cru

  • Sweet red cherry nose with autumn leaf, the nose is almost fully mature but the palate is rather simple, quite dry and hollow mid palate, not really exciting.

2006 Domaine Anne Gros Chambolle-Musigny La Combe d’Orveau – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny

  • Expressive on the nose with wet stone, damp forest floor and some sweet blue Pinot fruits and floral. Quite rich on the palate with sufficient sweet fruits that come across elegance and seductive as a Chambolle, not complex but easy going with fine tannin that bring on to the decent lengthy finish. Not bad. 

2007 Château de La Tour Clos Vougeot – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

  • Tight and backward on both nose and palate, what I got for the nose is touch of stemminess, soil and earth. Palate is showing slightly better though, richly dark fruits coated the palate with good level of weight and power, just a tad of greenish and roasted herb and linear. Slight heat appear on the finish.

2008 Joseph Drouhin Clos Vougeot – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

  • Tight, austere and earthy on the nose with underlying sweet dark frutis, deep and complex that continue to explode its mouth coating intensity on the palate with polish, firm tannin and elegance sweet, pure fruits to buffer. Surprisingly approachable and pure thanks to the perfect balance and harmonious. Fresh, juicy long finish. A refine Vougeot with finesse, my wine of the tasting. Buy – Yes.

2006 Domaine Dujac Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru

  • Fresh rose petal, rich red berry and cherry with spices and mineral on the background, broad and seductive, i really like the nose of this wine. The palate is still pretty tight and shut, light mid palate density with good sense of purity and freshness. Showing better complexity and power on the detail, long finish. Give it another 10-15yrs and will be impressive. Buy – Maybe – Yes.

2004 Domaine de L’Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forêts St. Georges – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru

  • High tone stemmy and quite vegetal on the nose with earth. Sappy, rich with lots of dried herb, Chinese medicinal and lack of fruits with spicy dry finish.

2007 Domaine de L’Arlot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forêts St. Georges – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru

  • Compared to the 2004, this is miles better. Tight and reserve on the nose but the palate is very promising, pure red cherry and berry sweetness with elegance mineral flow onto the very clean, juicy finish. Good character and really not bad.
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