I have a group of friends that I knew them from some tasting events / masterclasses for a few years, but hardly gather around for a proper dinner, though we have been wanted to do so. Thus, this is a very good excuse for me to pull them together for a dinner. Wine is such a mysterious beverage that allow me to know more friends, or to be more precise, wine bros!
I decided to hold the dinner at Imperial Treasure, Great World City which I very much enjoyed my meal here, very good food, proper stemware (Bord, Burg and White) and cosy, quiet private room. The highlight dishes of today supposed to be the Steamed Live Alaska Crab w/ Chinese Wine and Egg white. However, it is quite salty today….. which is less refreshing and appetizing. Charcoal Grilled Lamp Chop as good as the other day I had with some other dishes being ok, but not something exceptional.
And not surprise that the wines steal the show, always. I really enjoyed the completeness of the 1998 La Nerthe CDP Cuvée des Cadettes, simply delicious and is clearly my WOTN. A pity that both 1992 Romanee St.Vivant (can’t remember the producer, should be Chanson?) and the 1993 Tignanello being over-decanted (more than 8hrs), I really would love to try both right out of the bottle and drink them for 3hrs. 2002 Joseph Drouhin Les Amoureuses, still a baby, so freaking tight despite opened in the bottle for 9hrs…and remained as tight for the next 2days…. Both Riesling showing well though completely different in style, some prefer the rich, opulent Robert Weil while some prefer the sleek, elegance J.J.Prum and I simply enjoyed both of them.
Really appreciated all my friends who spent their time with me for chit chatting with some good food and of course, many wines! Specially thanks to YLB who bought me the lychee martini cake. Cheers guys!
Flight 1: “Aperitif”
2002 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon – France, Champagne
- Alcohol :: 12.5%
Fine beads with super focus aromas of white flower scents, white fruits with a dash fresh honey, very refreshing and perfume. As one would expect, this is still a baby and the mid palate weight is obviously not showing what an aged DP can offer, but it inherent the structure, sense of elegance and harmonious of DP. The fine beads gently explode on the palate that bring out the flavors of stone fruits, mineral, green fresh herb. Good intensity and definition though not necessary with good depth and complexity now. Crisp, fresh, medium length finish that’s is very clean and precise. Hand off for another 10-15yrs if you own some of this. Maybe a buy at this point, but would love to try this again in the future when it is more ready.
Flight 2: Wildness
2004 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
- Alcohol :: 12.5%
Meaty, roasted herb, slight alcohol heat. High acid on the palate which is quite sharp, with dried tea leave and mineral persistent finish that leads me to Gevrey rather than a Rhone. This lack of fruits to cover the alcohol which exude and distract a bit. This does improved quite a bit with some sweet fruits surfaced to balance off the high acid backbone with some wildness appeared at the medium length, fresh finish. The alcohol note still exist though.
1998 Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Cadettes – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
- Alcohol :: 14%
Dark ruby core with brownish hue. Clearly a CDP with its sweet dried fig paste, sweet plum, blueberry with a touch of burn caramel that showing good depth. I believe this is from old vines as it has this depth and charm whereby only old vines in can deliver. Good purity here, with classy elegance profile. Broad, complex of flavors spectrum on the richly red and dark sweet fruits slowly glide thru the palate with very good intensity that is gentle and soft, really harmonious with no rough edge nor single elements shoot out. Sweet red cherry, wet stone, mineral with even deeper expression of licorice, spices and kirsch liquor complexity. Long elegance finish with good persistent and spicy aftertaste. Remarkably fresh too. This may not be the best CDP, this is a lovely, delicious one for sure and very complete, my WOTN. Buy – Yes.
Flight 3: A “ringer”
1993 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT – Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT
-> I called this a ringer because none of us got this right, I thought It was a Bordeaux, and in fact everyone of us thought this was a Bordeaux too! Well…. I really need to drink more…… HEHE.
- Alcohol :: 12.5%
Shoot! I thought this was a Bordeaux at first with the aromas of sweet plum, leather, earth, rose. Good ripe and sweet tannin that mislead me this is not a Sangiovese, need to try more aged Sangiovese based wine! I like this for the first pour: sweet mid palate, rounded with good fruits and decent length, though not necessary highly complex. 2nd pour, the wine started to fade as the acid became volatile and the finished has lost its tension. Drink up soon.
Flight 4: The Burgundy land……
2004 Fernand Lécheneaut et Fils (Philippe et Vincent) Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru
- Alcohol :: 13.5%
Still pretty young as suggested by the toasted oak influenced (hint of caramel) aromas with bright primary fruits: red and black cherry. This has pretty good transparency to the flavors, while the palate is rich, it is quite restraint and doesn’t possess the ripeness and roundness from the ripe vintage, this leads me to 2004. Fine, clean, with cherry acidity exude at the back, kinda tannic and structure, good long finish with mineral and dry tea leaves aftertaste. Really not bad for a 2004 but kinda straight forward.
2002 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
- Alcohol :: 13%
Perfume nose but not necessary seductive as the sweet fruits have yet to surface, sour cherry, mineral, autumn tea leave, floral and forest floor. Fine, fresh acid and tannin backbone that wrapped under an elegance package with good mid palate intensity that never came across heavy with really harmonious, verve, poise persistent finish with mineral that resonant. This wine has never really opened up throughout the dinner, but one can sense the pedigree and refinement within. Some of my friend guest this was a MSD Grand Cru such as Clos St.Denis. Buy – Maybe, re-taste is needed.Day 2: Still the same, structure up front, high fresh acidity but very fine, I have no problem to swallow.
Day 3: Opened up slight more, with lightly sweet fruits on the palate and fine acidic finish with clean mineral undertone.
Flight 5: SweeeeeeT
2006 Weingut Robert Weil Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling Auslese #11 – Germany, Rheingau
- Alcohol :: 8%
A.P. 3 400 30 11 07. From a 375ml and opened for at approx 7hrs before served. Dark golden. Focus and fullish aromas of fresh honey coated yellow fruits complexity: ripe lemon, mango, banana, peaches, preserved plum and touch of secondary petroleum note. Clearly Auslese for the weight and depth and though not outstanding, there is purity and clarity in this wine. The sugar level for 2006 German Riesling is kinda high, often lack of acid for the focus and precision, but this surprised me with its racy, mouth watering acidity that provided lift, almost razor sharp precision to the intense sweet mid palate flavors of ripe grapefruits, honey peaches, sour plum and clean long finish. Buy – Yes.
1990 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
- Alcohol :: 7.5%
Full of secondary aromas of petroleum along with yellow floral scents, honey, caramel note that added more complexity to the aromatic profile with Bortrytis spices. The sweetness is clearly toned down after 20yrs of age, this is a more elegance version compare to the powerful Robert Weil, complex, bright, transparent, good grip, long, clean finish with dash of honey, citrus, petroleum, dried tea leave and lime. Good stuff and I especially like the liveliness and elegance.