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1990 Ch Montelena Estate, 1982 Ch Talbot, 1982 Ch Cos D’Estournel, 2000 “Y” Ygrec, 2005 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, 2004 Clinet

August 5, 2019

August kicked off with a wonderful dinner organised by K at Origin Grill, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, on 01 August 2019 where Sir Robert was in a particularly generous mood, especially given that no specific wine theme had been set. Head sommelier Britt Ng saw to it that we were properly looked after with fresh stemware for each wine. I was particularly impressed by the Montelena Estate, given that I just had the 1991 just two months earlier. The 1990 here was equally stunning. When properly blinded, there was nothing to give it away as a Napa. Many thanks guys, for your friendship and generosity.

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2000 Ch d’Yquem “Y” Ygrec, courtesy of Robert Kwok. Light luminous golden hue. Reticent at first, only proffering traces of icing, vanilla and paraffin. Much more forthcoming on the palate where tropical fruits and notes of honeysuckle dominate with very fine body and layering, laced with understated acidity. It took on a gentle rounded complexity over time, developing further tones of eau de cologne, slightly minty, never at all heavy as it tapered to a gentle glowing finish. Excellent.

2005 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, a bottle personally autographed by proprietor Olivier Bernard in Singapore many years ago. Very shy on the nose. Very delicate and lightly shaded with a bright minerally shine, revealing great clarity and transparency as it developed lovely acidity and rounded intensity against a backdrop of understated minerals. Superb refined elegance.

1982 Ch Talbot, courtesy of Robert Kwok. Tasted blind. Deep garnet red, exuding a great deep earthy pungency that immediately called to mind the terroir of Pessac-Leognan. Medium-bodied. Softly rounded, fleshy and open, filled with an ample expanse of mature red fruits and cherries, beautifully integrated with understated depth and intensity. Gained lovely purity as the initial pungency receded after some time but, still, there’s no way one would have imagined this to be a Saint-Julien. Excellent.

1990 Ch Montelena Estate, courtesy of Robert Kwok. Tasted blind. Still amazingly dark and youthful. I thought this showed a classic Saint-Julien nose of heated gravel with delicate graphite tones amid a superb deep fragrance of cool ripe blueberries and dark currants. Open with great suppleness and quiet intensity, very subtly structured. Can easily last another couple of decades. Superb.

1982 Ch Cos D’Estournel, courtesy of Kieron. Gentle but pronounced earthy pungency on the nose. The palate is slightly austere with a predominance of very fine graphite elements within mature tones of dark berries, violets and blueberries. Beautifully rounded, developing a rich complex of cedary notes, cinnamon, plums and tangerines at its core. Quite glorious, at its absolute best.

2004 Ch Clinet, courtesy of Vic. Violets and blueberries dominate with a lovely fragrance, fairly dense and deep, quite full but not overwhelming, opening up well  with a fleshy biting intensity before settling into a more gentle seductive tone on an understated graphite base.

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