Reward (20110527)

Warning: You may stop reading this post if you’re allergic to blood as this post is truly bloody! In fact some of the photos are so bloody that I didn’t show them here. :p

Reward, we having company dinner after the sales and this round we headed to Yazawa @ Robertson Walk, a Yakiniku Restaurant in town that well-known of their Wagyu Beef selection, directly flown from Japan. I’m a beef person, I love beef and I had my best experience last year when I visited Kobe, the taste of the Wagyu is still…. lingering in my memory.

I’m really expected the dinner today and my palate has been satisfied by the food here, definitely premium quality for their meat: flavorful, tender, sweet, juicy, fresh etc etc (even the chicken and pork are very good too).  Tonight I’m fond to the thin slice selection instead of the thick cut Sirloin, dun get me wrong, it was good but with the size, it simply too oily. IMHO, it will be even better if the cut is smaller……)

After all, this is absolutely a divine spot in town for grilled beef but beware, to pamper your palate with such premium selection of meats, you’ll need to break the bank. OKOK, not that bad, but best with the budget of at least $80/pax.

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I ever had wine from Frederic Magnien, for once: 2004 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses. While the Amoureuses wasn’t at the same level of Drouhin (the top level will be G.Roumier, J.F.Mugnier and Vogue), this is a serious wine, especially for a challenging vintage like 2004. Thus I feel that this is quite a good producer and dinner today reinforced my thought.

I’m not particularly like the profile of the 2006 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot (for the sheer power without refinement). The 2005 Meursault 1er Cru Charmes wasn’t show well at first, it slowly opened up and show powerful palate but remained balance and fine. 2006 Clos Vougeot is even better, firm structured and complex, still young and will only benefit with age.

I pretty much enjoyed the wines from Frederic Magnien today but the star of tonight has to go to the Trotanoy. 2002 is a pretty normal vintage in Bordeaux but the 2002 Trotanoy is a very tasty & sexy wine, total harmony and cashmere like texture, absolutely singing tonight. The 1999 Trotanoy is a wine with more structured and intensity, drinking well now but additional bottle age will certainly help (min 3yrs).

Flight 1: Frederic Magnien

2006 Frédéric Magnien Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru

  • Medium golden that seems a little bit advance. Focus and expressive on the nose that that aromas of flint, gun powder, smoky oak with citrus, mineral and iron. Bitter sweet entry with bitter orange peel and quite heavy dose of oak infused flavor that coated the mouth with slightly toasted factor leads to heavy, long finish. This is a powerful wine though not necessary refine and tasted quite fat for a Chassagne and quite advance.

2005 Frédéric Magnien Meursault 1er Cru Charmes – France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault 1er Cru

  • Wow, very powerful nose of smoke, gun powder, pineapple and spices that remain fresh and focus, still a bit tight. The power from the nose also reflected on the palate with good dosage of oak infused mineral, citrus fruits, lemon. Firm acid backbone give a good cut to the power and everything remain good balance hence while this is a much powerful wine than the Morgeot, this is not heavy and finer with dry, clean mineral finish that is quite long. When this pair with the ox-tongue, it is amazing as it display even rounder and creamier mouth feel, oak has mellow down and offer more complex flavors of preserve plum, lemon, butter that is sweet and juicy, long finish. Well Done. Buy – Maybe – Yes.

2006 Frédéric Magnien Clos Vougeot – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Opps, this is rather backward and austere but show good depth and complexity on the nose with stemmy, spice and roasted herb note dominated the aromatic profile with underlying raspberry, black cherry and earth. Rich on the palate but also a tad lean and reserve that the medium level of very firm tannin bury the fruits underneath hence the tannic mouth feel. This is quite fine with oak infuse flavor, grounded coffee bean and long spicy finish and earthy undertone. Still a baby, leave it un-touch for at least 8-10yrs.

Flight 2: Trotanoy

2002 Château Trotanoy – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Medium ruby core with just a touch of brownish rim. Complex, expressive aromas of roasted herb intermixed with sweet blackcurrant fruits, cigar box, ash and smoke meat that added more complexity and depth with the leathery tone. Wow, what a smooth, velvety mouth feel, harmonious and complete is the word, though not the top. Very rich and concentrated, with cashmere like silky tannin that almost fully integrated and blend perfectly with the savory meatiness, sweet dark plum and blackcurrant that form the juicy background and mouth feel. This is so elegance and lighter in style compare to some of the good vintages Trotanoy, but delicious all the same. Long finish with ash and mineral, sweet tones. Drinking beautifully now yet have a little bit upside potential still. Buy – Yes.

1999 Château Trotanoy – France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    This is slight edgy compared to the 2002 but also having better substances and depth that will age gracefully in the next 5yrs and this is a better wine compare to the 2002. Similar aromatic profile to the 2002 but it is deeper and more complex with roasted herb, green capsicum, ash, smoke with sweet currant and blackberry fruits. Low-medium level of firm tannin coated the palate, especially the side along with higher level of lively acidity that formed a firm backbone with bigger scale and structure. Quite juicy with medium complexity and depth, juicy sweet plum on the long, firm finish that linger with roasted herb, mineral, sweet currant aftertaste with additional blackberry and spices complexity compare to the 2002. This is good but still not fully open for business yet. Give it another 5-7yrs and it will be evolved into something special. P/s: there were two bottles in the dinner, one is showing better freshness, tension and more complete than another. Buy – Yes.

Flight 3: The celebration!

1999 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon – France, Champagne

  • Pop and Poured and as expected, this pale golden color Champagne is some what unyielding and backward. Pretty, vigorous and very fine beads that display toasted oak, hazelnut, white flower, mineral and lightly honey coated white fruits that bring on to the very rich, with explosive fine beads that glide through the palate with intense ripe yellow and white fruits on the butter white bread with earthy, honey finish. Very good but still too young.
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