2011 Simple Dinner Series 6 : WOTN (20110506)

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Simple Dinner Series No 6 – theme : WOTN. 

So, let’s talk a little bit about the theme. As simple as it is, everyone bring a bottle that they believed that bottle is able to catch the WOTN title, no restriction on region, vintage or whatsoever.

We trying hard to have all the wines blind so that non of us knew what’s being served and will only revealed the identity of the wines at the end of the night, after everyone has voted for their WOTN No1 – No3. However, due to the bottle shape and shortage of decanter, it is hard to achieve for such practice. But still, we have lots of fun and laugh through out the dinner.

I brought a flight of 2009 Egon Muller Spatlese, normal and auction. Similar to the Willi Schaefer (being opened for 3days but still very tight on the palate for both Kabinett and Spatlese), both Spatlese and Auction were not expressive despite opened for over 24hrs. However, this allow me to estimate when to pop for the next… well….conclusion was I will bury all my remaining bottles deep inside my locker……

The highly expressive, lush, voluptuous 2003 Sine Qua Non (SQN) Papa Syrah was unmistakably the WOTN for many follow up closely by 2000 Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St-Jacques for its perfume, complex nose and very fine, elegance, readiness on the palate. The roast beef, er… sorry, the 1999 Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf is not far behind the Rousseau, complex, polished, harmonious with persistent long finish.

After all, we’re splitting hair here for choosing the WOTN as many wines were impressive and a class of its own, such as the 2006 Espectacle del Montsant Montsant, 2006 Tua Rita Syrah,  are not far behind the top 3.

The 2002 Chateau Musar being the most interesting wine of the night as most of the guests thought it was a Pinot! Hehe….. Well done ringer!

Venue : Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck @ Paragon

Really thanks to Paul, who helped organize the dinner menu and grab a huge room to keep us away from the noisy crowd and slowly enjoyed our chat and drink. Very good menu to go with the wines too. Lovely Peking duck, utterly delicious lamb shoulder. Proper stemware, FOC Corkage, very good food and friendly service, this restaurant is highly recommended!

p/s: I forgot to bring my camera…….. hence please excuse me for not enough photos….

2009 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Spatlese & Spatlese Auction

Group 1 :: Egon Muller

I have re-arranged the tasting notes for easy reading instead of follow the actual serving sequenced.

2009 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese #7 – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer

  • Alcohol :: 8%
    A.P. 3 567 142 07 10. Opened 24hrs prior to the dinner. Straw yellow. Aromas of ripe pineapple, rose water, liquid mineral with passion fruits and almost Sauvignon Blanc like grassiness aromas that gently display from the glass with a dash of underlying fresh honey sweetness. Not broad-shoulder nor expressive, still pretty unyielding despite being opened for more than 24hours. The palate is equally tight too that showed pretty focus with freshness and transparency thanks to the racy acidity. However, the acidity is kinda sharp at the moment and everything seems being discreet that resulted in somewhat lean and less expressive compared to some of the 2009 Spatlese from others maker. The finish is slightly more powerful and richer than the Auction with persistent and has this mineral that linger. I would love to see how is the evolution over the next 5yrs too.

2009 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese Auction #19 – Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer

  • Alcohol :: 7.5%
    A.P. 3 567 142 19 10. Opened 24hrs prior to the dinner. This too is very tight despite being opened for 24hours, I got aromas of cheese, lemon citrus with ripe pineapple, rose syrup and honey mineral that is fine and elegance. I would expect more from the palate though. The palate is kinda lean at the moment but fine, with even better tension, precision and focus compared to the normal Spatlese though not as rich and showy. Perfectly balance between the piercing, huge mineral backbone and fresh, ripe acidity that lend freshness to the wine and made me feel that the sweetness level seems to be lesser than the normal Spatlese. Finish is quite lean too that build on some weight but not much, with pineapple and grape fruits aftertaste. I would love to see how is the evolution over the next 5yrs.

Group 2 :: Burgundy

1994 Bouchard Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vigne de L’Enfant Jesus – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Sweet and caramelize nose, slight burn aromas with some rubber, not really like this. The fruits are fading, lack of the concentration to cover the tannic, acidic backbone with Chinese tea leaves like finish. This has past it peaks and half way down. A pity.

2000 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    Bright ruby core with light hue. Compared to the Tetre Roeubeuf , this wine display airy, floral complex nose with sweet cherry fruits, mineral that is elegance and pretty fine. Super bright flavours profile, the mid palate is quite restraint though. Some tannin kick in here to provide grip and added better depth and richness on the lengthy finish that goes on with spices, tea leaves and mineral. A pretty wine that is pretty approachable now and clearly a very fine effort in 2000.

2007 Domaine Tortochot Chambertin – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Bright deep ruby red. This display plenty of seductive sweet dark and red fruits that lead me to Vosne, especially with its high tone red floral scent. Other than that, this is pretty tight on the nose, but showing good focus. Very rich, sappy but restraint palate with good balance and harmonious. Flavors wise, sour cherry and dried tea leaves dominated with good substances beneath. Still tight and quite sappy, good structure with long finish that display trace of alcohol heat and toasted caramel aftertaste. Good effort but didn’t really show I’m a Chambertin at this stage and I hope it will when approached to the maturity. Buy – No (re-taste is needed)

Group 3 :: Bordeaux

1978 Château L’Evangile – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

  • Alcohol :: NA
    Ok, finally, we got a Bordeaux in the flight. Mature, developed bouquet of barnyard, dried fig paste, wet tobacco, fur and earth, pretty deep and complex. The palate offer some sweet fruits and spices but perhaps lack of freshness, the finish is started to fade as it is very alcoholic with barnyard, tobacco and cigar box after taste. Though the wine is down the hill, but palatable. And hey, what a rare treat to have such old L’evangile! Drink up.
1999 Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    WOW, the nose display very good complexity and seductiveness with its sweet pure dark fruited aromas along with barnyard, dried fig paste and roasted herbs. I thought this was a Rhone CDP with its barnyard tone! The palate is equally good, rounded, polished, complex, good depth and harmony. What really strike me was the very pure mineral and natural sweetness of the fruits with really silky tannin that leads to the vey long finish with spices nuances that goes on and on. Impressive and this still on its way up! Buy – Yes.

2004 Chateau Palmer

2004 Château Palmer – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    Served right after the L’evangile, this showed very good liveliness with its fresh aromas of vanilla, tobacco leaves, cigar box, and pure cassis fruits that continue to pamper the palate with its finely texture, sweet pure cassis fruits and polished tannin. The finish is complex, sappy with good freshness, harmony and tension. Everything is so tightly coiled, but, with finesse and I could see its bright future. Excellent wine. Buy – Maybe – Yes.

 Group 4 :: Great stuffs!

1988 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Brick red with lots of sediment. Lack of fruits and tension on the nose and palate, compared to the last one we had few months ago, this is somewhat tired, off bottle due to storage? Not sure, what I know is this bottle display plenty aromas of angelica root, autumn leaves, preserve plum and sour cherry that bring on to the lean, straight forward palate with quite alcoholic long finish. A let down. Drink up.

2002 Chateau Musar – Lebanon, Bekaa Valley

  • Alcohol :: 14%
    Bright red and dark fruits along with wild meatiness, barnyard that reminiscent of a Rhone. This has opened for approx 7hrs and still going strong, but as good as this is, the last bottle is better, and perhaps this is because of the occasion. Friendly on the palate, with medium level of intensity and complexity that bring out by the really sweet pure fruits, tannin was well-integrated with spices, barnyard flavours that lead to the slight alcoholic, medium length finish. Chateau Musar is a very interesting wine, Cabernet Sauvignon blended, but the purity of the bright fruits and elegance that made almost everyone in the dinner guessed this was a Burgundy Pinot! Buy – Maybe – Yes.
2006 Espectacle del Montsant Montsant – Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona, Montsant
  • Alcohol :: 15%
    A very well-made Spanish Ganacha that is well deceiving, as all of us guessed this was a very good 2007 CDP, perhaps a special Cuvee from some mid-tier producer! Power nose that displays plenty of sweet dark fruits, kirsch liquor and floral scents with underlying caramelize aromas. Full-bodied, the rich, intense palate is coated with highly concentrated sweet but pure dark fruits that show good complexity and depth and continue the wide flavours spectrum with liquorice, kirsch. There is trace of alcohol heat exude here, but well in-check that didn’t bring any distraction, with voluptuously long finish. Impressive! Buy – Yes.

2006 Tua Rita Syrah Toscana IGT – Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT

  • Alcohol :: 14.5%
    Opaque purplish core with purplish hue. White pepper core surrounded by an array of violet, spices, sweet dark plum and grilled savory meatiness. Very complex and elegance that too showed on the palate. Quite acidic entry that quickly rounded up by creamy mouth feel and layer of concentrated dark fruits intermixed with spices, charcoal, bitter sweet cocoa with silky tannin, beautifully texture that linger effortlessly on the amazingly long, powerful juicy finish with mineral and acidity freshness, remarkably depth and class. All the element is very well integrated that created a harmonious environment for the term. Give it another 5-7yrs and should be able to show more. Buy – Yes

2003 Sine Qua None Papa Syrah

2003 Sine Qua Non Syrah Papa – USA, California, Central Coast

  • Alcohol :: 14.9%
    Dark but bright ruby core. The nose is much more expressive that the Tua Rita Syrah with sweet, pure dark fruits that complex with meatiness, liquorice , perfume floral and whiff of alcohol. Very showy, the mid palate is really expressive and seductive with its rich, highly concentrated pure, sweet dark fruits flavours profile along with charcoal and leather, opulent and almost voluptuous. Tannin is well-integrated, impeccable balance with long finish that is pure, but I feel that connection between the powerful mid palate is not seamless, which the Tua Rita showing better on the finish. What I’m sure is, this wine will be even better after some long sleep. Buy – Maybe – Yes.

N.V. Equipo Navazos Jerez-Xérès-Sherry La Bota de Palo Cortado Nº 21 – Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry

  • Alcohol :: 20.5%
    Pur Er tea in colour. I’m not sure how long the wine has popped, but the aromas is truly expressive, almost as powerful and strong as a Brandy. Impressively deep and complex aromas of high tone almond and hazelnut, roasted fruits along with cockroach (no worry, you will find this in Chivas too), dried raisin and caramel. The palate is equally rich, intense, powerful, clean. Dry and juicy at the same time, I know, a contrary but it is. Very long finish with peat, smoke and heat. Definitely not something I like, but I can’t deny that this is a really well-made Sherry as it is balance, good depth and complexity, very clean and pure too. Buy – If you like it.

1976 Freiherr Heyl zu Herrnsheim Niersteiner Brudersberg Riesling Beerenauslese Goldkapsel

1976 Freiherr Heyl zu Herrnsheim Niersteiner Brudersberg Riesling Beerenauslese Goldkapsel – Germany, Rheinhessen

  • Alcohol :: 12%
    From 750ml. Another rare treat for a 37yrs old German Riesling BA! Expressive, mature bouquet of dried tea leaves with sweet mangoes, dried apricots and peaches core. Not highly complex, but fully mature and the sense of harmonious and freshness is stunning. A complete wine that flows through to the palate with seamless connection from entry to the very long, fresh, detail finish. Another great example of high intensity that coat and care your palate but never being heavy. What a great way to end the dinner! I love this. Buy – Yes.
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