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Apr 2019: 1999 L’Evangile, 1999 Margaux, 2005 Philippe Foreau Vouvray Moelleux, 2013 Aubert “Lauren”

May 6, 2019

Prosecco Riondo, from the list of Lucca, 04 April 2019. Generous tones of cream soda, green fruits, pears and light citrus. Fine easy presence with some dry intensity. Serviceable.

20190405_192807.jpg1999 Ch L’Evangile, popped and poured at Otto Ristorante, 05 April 2019 to mark M’s twentieth. Effusive in tertiary shades of dark roses, dark cherries and cassis amid some earthy pungency with a hint of ferrous minerals. Medium-full with a firm concentration of ripe dark fruits that traverse the palate with great verve and expanse, lovely in depth with a distinct salinity, structured with pliant supple tannins, tapering to a glowing minty finish with a trace of sweetness. Still youthful. Has more charm and character than most 1999s. Excellent.

2005 Ch D’Aiguilhe, popped and poured at home over dinner, 07 Apr 2019. Unfolds with dense layers of dark wild berries, blackcurrants, mocha and chocolate, showing gorgeous depth, concentration and layering, structured with a bit of dry tannins on a cedary floor. Less angular than before. Just beginning to develop. Yet to peak. Quite excellent if you don’t mind its modern style.

Pago de Tharsys, courtesy of Dr Ngoi, 12 April 2019, Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew. Agreeable bouquet of yeasty tones and smoke. Dry with good weight and a bright minerally shine. Short.

2015 Bodega Otazu Merlot Rosado, courtesy of Dr Ngoi, 12 April 2019, Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew. Translucent ruby. Good presence of lightly-skinned red fruits. Slightly earthy with a minerally shine, imbued with fine acidity.

2006 Ch Latour-a-Pomerol, popped and poured from magnum, 12 April 2019, Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew. Bright red cherries and raspberries dominate amid overtones of soy with a hint of paraffin. Medium-bodied. Fleshy, rounded and well-layered, imbued with finely nuanced acidity. Absolutely mellow, finishing with traces of tobacco. Very fine.

2009 Peay Sonoma County Chardonnay, courtesy of LF, 12 April 2019, Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew. Deep bouquet, somewhat peaty with overtones of recessed chalk and peaches, rounded with very fine acidity.

2008 Bodega Otazu Otazu Premium Cuvée, courtesy of Dr Ngoi, 12 April 2019, Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew. Deep purple. Generously layered with dark berries and black currants that exude gentle aromas, still laced with oaky vanilla. Rather full but placid with a well-defined profile, teasing the palate with its fleeting intensity and very fine acidity, just ever so slightly forward in balance.

2015 Domaine Mungeard Mugneret Echezeaux Grand Cru, courtesy of MH, 12 April 2019, Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew. Lovely pinot character. Surprisingly open with detailed velvety red fruits that exude smooth sophisticated refinement with a lovely lift of rose petals and haw flakes, finishing with excellent linearity. Excellent.

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2002 Dehlinger Octagon Pinot Noir, courtesy of LF, 12 April 2019, Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew. Lovely gentle lift of red plums, rose petals and cherries amidst some gentle salinity. Beautifully open and nuanced, displaying excellent presence and linearity as it finished with deep ferrous elements. Excellent.

2010 Chateau d’Ampuis, courtesy of CHS, 12 April 2019, Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew. Great lift of dark cherries and mulberries, amply proportioned and structured, glowing with deep layers of gorgeously ripe fruit amid overtones of tobacco. Excellent.

2005 Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Moelleux, courtesy of LF, 12 April 2019, Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew. This wine from the Loire exudes a very refined gentle sweetness with characters of nectarine and sweet incense, its excellent presence and gentle viscosity imparting superb smoothness with delightful deftness and linearity, beautifully layered with lovely feminine complexity and intensity, finishing with traces of ember. Outstanding.

1993 Domaine Faiveley Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru, courtesy of Dr Beng TL at Club 1880, 15 Apr 2019. Sharp nose of evolved tangerines. Clearly past its prime, lacking real fruit and presence. Just an acidic shell.

1994 Domaine Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Grand Cru, courtesy of Dr Beng TL at Club 1880, 15 Apr 2019. This monopole has faded badly, left with only an acidic spine on a sandy floor marked by undistinguished fruit, lacking depth and presence. A far cry from the Corton Clos des Cortons of nowadays.

2012 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Les Goulots 1er VV, courtesy of Dr Beng TL at Club 1880, 15 Apr 2019. This wine took a really long time to come around, displaying good purity of fruit with characters of rose petals, dark cherries and earth. Medium-bodied, just somewhat reticent at first with a predominance of dull earthy textures and jagged acidity before finally turning the corner, developing very fine seamless intensity and depth.

2011 Domaine Leflaive Meursault Sous Le Dos D’Ane 1er, popped and poured at Club 1880, 15 Apr 2019. Delicate tones of flinty minerals, clear citrus and white flowers, displaying fine presence and acidity with understated intensity, becoming more minerally over time against a backdrop of caramel and walnuts. Very fine.

2005 Domaine des Monts Luisants “Les Monts Luisants” Morey-Saint-Denis 1er, popped and poured at Club 1880, 15 Apr 2019. Dark cherries and mulberries on the earthy nose, though the palate is dominated by bright red fruits, very fine in concentration and acidity with a firm core of tangerines, highly seamless, developing an overwhelming salinity as the evening wore on. Probably at its drinking best.

Louis Roederer Premier Brut NV, a half bottle from Jade Palace, 16 Apr 2019 to celebrate M’s great success. Very correct in its deep yeasty pungency and depth of yellow citrus, lime and pomelo, appropriately dry with toasty characters and fresh acidity. Drinking well.

1999 Ch Margaux, decanted on-site at Jade Palace, 16 Apr 2019 to celebrate M’s great success. Exciting bouquet, displaying deep complex tertiary characters of dark berries, ripe wild berries, mulberries and violets that exude delicious aromas. Medium-full. Fleshy and supple, imbued with deep layers of gorgeous fruit and detailed graphite minerals amidst sublime acidity, glowing with wonderful verve and persistence. Very lovely. Caught at its absolute peak and should hold for many more years. Superb.

2009 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino, popped and poured over buffet lunch at Carousel, 17 Apr 2019. Forward balance of bright red fruits and plums, turning darker in tone later, layered with detailed gritty tannins on a cedary floor. Quite agreeable.

Castellblanc Brut Cava, from the list of Antoinette, 18 Apr 2019. High-toned concentration of lime and white citrus, forwardly balanced, bone-dry with razor sharp acidity.

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Superb wagyu beef at restaurant Ibid

1995 Ch Grand Puy Lacoste, aired in bottle for two hours prior at restaurant Ibid, 30 Apr 2019. Lovely hallowed glow of wild berries, cool raspberries and licorice underscored by gentle dark currants and violets. Firm with distinct ferrous elements, somewhat stern and uninvolving at first before developing greater warmth and depth of fruit as its mellowed tannins gained some lovely intensity of aged fruit and mushrooms over time along with a bit Pauillac dryness, finishing with decent length.

2013 Domaine Etienne Sauzet Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru, courtesy of CHS at restaurant Ibid, 30 Apr 2019. Rather reticent, taking its time to develop gentle tones of light citrus although its mid-body is quite seamlessly layered with chalky minerals and white floral tones laced with crisp acidity, turning more dry and minerally over time as it grew with gradual intensity. Still rather awkward and reluctant on the whole, partly a reflection of the vintage and partly because the wine may just be shutting down.

2013 Aubert “Lauren Vineyard” Chardonnay, courtesy of LF at restaurant Ibid, 30 Apr 2019. More delicately expressive than the preceding Etienne Sauzet, more forward and generous in clear citrus and green fruits laced with a hint of lychee, structured with crisp acidity. Imbued with fine depth and lively intensity, exuding an eventual lovely chalky glow as it sat in the glass. Excellent.

2014 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir, courtesy of LF at restaurant Ibid, 30 Apr 2019. Deep clear purple. Not much on the nose but the palate is overflowing with very well-defined dark fruit and raspberries with tannins that are seamlessly integrated, oozing with delicious gentle sweetness amidst smooth dry intensity. Excellent.

2000 Ch Latour-a-Pomerol, courtesy of Vic at restaurant Ibid, 30 Apr 2019. Richly layered with blackcurrants and dark fruits, very vibrant and fleshy. Still youthful, yet to shed its alcoholic tinge. Needs lots of aeration.

2001 Ch Guiraud, a half bottle courtesy of CHS at restaurant Ibid, 30 Apr 2019. Deeply evolved in colour. Openly layered with deep tones of aged apricot, honey, dense minerals and medicinal notes marked by striking acidity, finishing well. A testament to the superb vintage for Sauternes.

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Gorgeous roast duck at restaurant Ibid

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