2011 – Wine Bash of the Year

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Wine bash 2011 organized by KT and Gary. KT has generously popped a few excellent aged wines for us with many more great wines from the wine kakis. YLB kindly help to arrange a special menu for tonight, excellent food indeed. Quoted from one of the kakis: I must have done something right to have the privilege to be included in this dinner and tasted so many great wines! Thanks everyone and Happy New year!

While I’m not sure if this is my last wine dinner in 2011, I’m confidence to say that tonight dinner is definitely the wine dinner of the year, and will stay in my memory for the rest of my life. Food was great, but even better was the company and wines. I have no regret to my wine journey in 2011 and hopefully in 2012 will be better, though will be tough…..

1970 Maison Leroy Musigny & 1976 Maison Leroy Romanee St-Vivant

Flight 1 – 70s Leroy

1970 Maison Leroy Musigny – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru

  • Alcohol :: 13.5%
    Popped and poured. Cork was in perfect condition, no sign of leakage. Light brick red, light rim. The nose was pretty. Started off soft but seductive, complex and keep getting better with air. Kaleidoscopic is the word as the aromas keep emerging in the glass with sweet plum, brambly fruits and fig that intermixed with perfume dried floral, sandalwood, damp forest floor, mushroom and underlying caramel that wrapped in a superb perfume and complex package. Sweet and intense, in fact, super intense with incredible liveliness and velvety texture. This has complex layer of bright red cherry and blackberry fruits, mineral, mushroom, forest floor, autumn leaf and dried tea leave that goes on with a tiny touch of tannic grip that expand across the palate with amazing dimension, focus and precision with persistently long, driving finish with mocha like aftertaste that keep lingering and refuse to let go. This is so elegance, classy and in a total harmony that put one into contemplation to get what’s this wine could offer. Delicious. (93pts)

1976 Maison Leroy Romanée St. Vivant – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    Popped and poured into decanter. Wine slipped through the cork. Very light ruby core with brown rim. This has higher tone aromas than the Musigny and equally complex: mineral, autumn leave, wild funkiness, green apple, dark cherry fruits, salted plum, old aromas but have this freshness in the core for the lift. Strangely, I didn’t get the spices from both nose and palate. On the palate this was tasted a little bit old at first, but with more air, the wine getting more energetic with brighter profile. Complex flavors of salted plum, sweet cherry, mushroom, tea leaves and saline note goes through palate along with some harsh tannin that bring out the bitterness and slight rough edge but also given better grip. This is a shiny wine that will grab your attention immediately, totally different profile compared to the quieter Musigny. Nevertheless, both were excellent wines. With even longer aeration, the palate become sweeter and able to buffer off (though not completely) some bitterness from the tannin for a better mouth feel. I believe this is the tannin character of 1976. Excellent finished with saline note and tea leaves aftertaste, though not as long and precise as the Musigny. Last sip, a mouthful one that is seriously good with almost explosive like finish. (92pts)

(En Magnum) 1990 Krug Clos du Mesnil & 1990 Salon

(En Magnum) 1990 Krug Clos du Mesnil & 1990 Salon

Flight 2 – 1990 Champagne en magnum

1990 Krug Champagne Clos du Mesnil – France, Champagne, Le Mesnil Sur Oger, Champagne

  • Alcohol :: 12%
    En magnum. Popped and poured. What should I say? Krug is krug, a superstar that can grab everyone attention immediately and effortlessly. This vibrant medium golden Champagne is still youthful, with persistent fine bubble. The nose is powerful, intense and restraint. Yeasty, honey, green apple, pear laced on a solid bed of mineral, crushed stone and herbs with high tone yellow floral on the background. With time, nut and sweet yellow fruits note emerged. Incredibly powerful and muscular for a Blanc de Blanc, it immediately coated the mouth and palate, along with fine bubbly bring out the explosive impact that leave a numb feeling on the palate. The wine is trying to tell me that he is still a baby, you drink me now, I bite you! However, the structured started to mellow down at the end of the dinner that revealed impressive complexity and purity with intense herbs, sweet yellow and white fruits and mineral all supported firmly by the solid, almost impenetrable ripe acidic backbone that formed the endless layer of immense, expansive mouth feel yet with great focus. The lush, sweet, massive finish has insane grip on the back palate. This will need at least another 15yrs to hit the peak. Oh my, the power of Krug. 95-97 (95pts)

1990 Salon Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs – France, Champagne, Le Mesnil Sur Oger, Champagne

  • Alcohol :: 12.5%
    En Magnum. Popped and poured. Compared to the immediately engaging Krug, the Salon really started slow….. Nose was ok, palate was tight and pretty tasteless. Your patience on this wine will return with great reward. Similar to Krug, the Salon unfolded herself after 2hrs in the glass. The only different was Salon gently removed her mysterious mask and reveal the perfect features, Krug was break through the hard shell with forced. Still painfully young, with soft but focus aromas of yeast, green apple, fresh white bread and rich mineral at the background. With time, perfume floral scent emerged and showed superb perfume and great complexity. The ultra fine bubble gently coated the palate and bring out the complex, detail layers with out of the chart focus and precision, immense richness and intensity but feather light on the palate, with seductiveness, finesse, elegance and polished texture. A little bit of nuttiness and salinity added better dimension and depth. The super long finish is very fine, detail and fresh with touch of restraint and incredible tension. I really enjoy this quiet, charming Salon. This will continue to develop in the bottle at least another decade if not two, effortlessly. 95-97 (95pts)

Flight 3 – 85 Clos de Tart and 78 DRC GE

1985 Clos de Tart

1985 Mommessin Clos de Tart – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de Tart Grand Cru

  • Bottle breath for 60mins. Color was bright ruby core with just a bit of brownish at the rim. First sniffed, sour cherry dominated the nose with sweetness underneath that needs time to surface. With time, sweet red and dark cherry aromas emerged with additional layer of high tone Asian spices that slowly soared from the glass along with forest floor, mineral, autumn leave and a touch of wildness that sum up the superb perfume and complex with unbelievable refreshing aromas for such an old wine. Still so youthful on the palate, in fact a little bit tight still. It is so silky in texture that flowed onto the palate with care, light on its feet despite the amazing intensity and depth. This has incredible grip, tension with razor sharp precision and harmony that showing off the top class purity and endless complexity (though not as much secondary nuances compared to the 61 Vogue Musigny, but this will eventually reach there, after another 10-15yrs of age) of sweet dark fruits, salinity, meatiness and explosively seductive spiciness. Lively, vibrant, succulent and super long finish that is unreal with a touch of dark chocolate, dried herbs and spices aftertaste. I’m in love. The wine continue to evolve in the glass even after 2hrs: better intensity, lushness. The deliciousness is off the chart. 96-97 (96pts)

1978 DRC Grands Echezeaux

1978 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands-Echezeaux – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru

  • Popped and poured, ullarge was a bit low but the condition of this bottle is absolutely pristine. Dark brownish in colour. This has very unique bouquet, complex aromas of assortment plum (salted, sweet preserve, sour) with secondary note of autumn leaves, mineral, tea leaves and a touch of funkiness that blew off with air. Similar to the 76 Leroy RSV, this tasted a little bit old and lean at first but continue to put on weight and brighten up with better intensity of fruits and liveliness. This has seductive dark fruits sweetness, salinity and meatiness sailing on the palate along with enticing secondary flavours that formed the complex and lush mouth feel. Long finish with sweet dark fruits, bitter sweet cocoa and creamy vanilla aftertaste. This is a outstanding wine but lack a bit of the finesse to be really extraordinary. (94pts)

1969 Chateau Margaux & 1982 Chateau Haut Brion

Flight 4 – duo 1st Growth

1969 Château Margaux – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux

  • Popped and poured. Medium ruby core with brick rim. The level is good, corked was a bit soaked through, but generally the condition is excellent. Indeed, the wine showed really well, so much so that the quality of this wine from such a weak vintage impressed everyone. Lively, with the amazing perfume aromas that only Margaux is capable to offer: sweet cassis, violet, cedar, tobacco, soft cigar box all wrapped in a highly focus and captivating aromas profile. While this is a little bit lean, this is still bright and drinking very nicely. Elegance on the palate with amazing liveliness and medium complexity of blackberry, floral, earth, mushroom and salted plum with medium length, juicy finish. This showed surprisingly well. The magic of 1st growth Terroir? (91pts)

1982 Château Haut-Brion – France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

  • Popped and poured. Dark ruby red with light brown hue, bright! The nose was awesome, palate showed good depth and complexity but the finished is clipped at first. Without any worried, the wine continued to gain weight with better transition between mid palate and finish after getting more air. Captivating aromas of gravel, scotch earth, sweet cigar box and tobacco perfectly intermixed with Asian spices, violet, dried roses, creme de cassis and touch of refreshing mineral for the lift, this was every bit as good as the Burgs tonight! Aged Bordeaux rock! Stunningly fresh and intense on the palate, with layer and layer of sweet cassis, blackberry, herbs, tobacco, spices intermixed with inner perfume of violet. The palate is getting lusher and silkier for the enticing, sappy mouth feel. There were still some very fine tannin for better grip as well as further development for the next 3-5yrs. The finish is full of succulent juicy sweet dark fruits and tobacco, very long and lingering. This is a top class Bordeaux, perhaps just a touch smaller scale than the very best one. Still, amazingly delicious. (94pts)

1980 & 1989 Guigal La Landonne

Flight 5 – The fame Guigal La Las

1980 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie

  • Popped and poured. Milky dark ruby with brown rim. Seriously, the color is not really appetizing, but wow! What a nose and palate! Incredible perfume and complex, roasted herbs, dried fig, dark currant and plum fruits that added better breadth and depth with pepper, earth, roasted meat and a whiff of dried flower. The palate is even better: such intensity and richness, with sweet cassis and plum fruits expand on the palate along with complex spiciness, roasted meat, earthiness that went on to the palate with stunning drive and persistent. The sweetness melted in the mouth that is really touched my heart, so seductive! 1980 is not a great vintage but I have never had a Guigal La La from a normal vintage that didn’t impress me. I can’t believe this is aging so graciously and still so lively, for a 31yrs old wine, from a normal vintage. This classy juicy is getting sweeter and lusher yet remain ed highly focus and precise. This pair perfectly with the lamb shoulder too. While this doesn’t has the depth or scale of the 1989, the pedigree and harmony is all the same. Stunning!! (94pts)

1989 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie

  • Alcohol :: 13%
    Bottle breath for 5hrs. Very dark ruby core with light brick red. The nose is truly sweet and seductive, intoxicating! Very intense and high tone, stunningly perfume, complex and airy: blackcurrant, plum, earth, star anise, cloves and perfume floral all wrapped in a harmonious package. This 22yrs old La Ladonne still pretty tight on the palate, with incredible concentration and depth all cloaked in a massive structured and absolutely polished, silky texture. Even more incredible is this wine has the perfect balance and precision for the power without weight mouth feel. Fresh, vibrant, lots of concentrated sweet dark fruits with soft, elegant mineral for the lift. The long finish goes on and on, unstoppable with sweet cocoa, dark chocolate and mineral that keep lingering at the end. Still youthful yet so complete. Extraordinary. This has long life ahead. 95-97 (95pts)

1961 Vogue Musigny

Flight 6 – The lone 61 Vogue (Georges Roumier) Musigny

1961 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes – France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Musigny Grand Cru 

  • Popped and poured. Slightly milky brownish with light core. The level is a bit low but I believe this is acceptable for a 50yrs old wine. 1st sniffed and sipped confirmed the wine is in perfect shape. High tone, fragrance dried floral aroma began the memorable journey, astonishing complexity all wrapped in a perfectly harmonious package that is hard to dissect: nuttiness, fresh herbs, blackcurrant, pear and a lots more! Still amazingly rich and bright with great mid palate sap, stunning depth and wonderfully structured and layered. The tannin is still there, but refine and silky all integrated together with the sweet red and dark fruits, bitter sweet cocoa, dried herbs, matured secondary flavors and nuances to form the luscious, elegant and classy mouth feel. This still possess the material to go further though I’m really enjoy what it is now. Super long finish with great persistent and tension. 50yrs old? Oh my, Magnificent! (96pts)

1989 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand Vendange Tardive

Flight 7 – Aged Zind Humbrecht Brand

1989 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand Vendange Tardive – France, Alsace, Turckheim, Alsace Grand Cru AOC 

  • Always a pleasure to end a wine dinner with a glass of sweet wine. I think this is my very first old Alsace Brand. The nose is expressive and complex, with soft petroleum note dominating the nose with peaches, tea leaves and mineral earthiness. The sweetness has mellowed down with aged but with better nuances. A little bit sweet on the entry but quickly turn into dry, clean intense at the mid palate that offer white peach, lemon and a touch of herbs. Very clean on the finish with touch of spiciness. This is good, but obviously overwhelming by all the previous wines. (89 pts.)
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5 Responses to 2011 – Wine Bash of the Year

  1. Why 2012 will be tough? Coz u had all the great wines already in 2011? :P. I had an Alsace Riesling weeks ago. The strong sulphur taste is not to my liking at all. I could be wrong about the taste though.

  2. Great Champagne Selection, you seem to prefer blanc de blanks.

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