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Jan 2021: 2017 Louis Jadot Mâcon-Villages, 2014 A & P de Villaine St-Aubin Perrières, 2001 Rockford Basket Press…

January 31, 2021

2001 Rockford Basket Press Shiraz, 03 Jan 2021 at Jade Palace. Double-decanted for four hours prior. Deep garnet core with some evolution, proffering powerful aromas of varnish and enamel. Supple with a classic Barossa warmth of ripe plummy tones amid overtones of licorice and currants that lingered with minty persistence, imbued with subtle intensity. Uniquely Australian.

Champagne Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut NV. Popped and poured at Asia Grand, 10 Jan 2021. Rather pale, though the palate is lit with brilliant crystalline clarity, lightly layered with a clean presence of green fruits and citrus that impart dry intensity, tinged with darkish elements. Serviceable.

2017 Louis Jadot Mâcon-Villages. Aired in bottle for ninety minutes prior to dinner at home, 11 Jan 2021. Chalky white tones permeate on the nose and palate with fine density amid overtones of white pepper, raw nutmeg and exotic spices which add further presence, detail and intensity, finishing with subtle minerally elements. Another bottle tasted over two days from 20-21 Jan 2021 was more restrained and introspective, yielding more of jackfruit, apricots and peaches only on Day 2 with a glowing finish of white pepper and nutmeg, well-balanced but still rather understated. At any rate, this is a wine that truly punches way above its weight. A real bargain at SGD34.

2018 Coldstream Hills Chardonnay, popped and poured at Crab At Bay, 16 Jan 2021. Warm apricots, peaches and dense citrus in great abundance on the nose and palate, delivering a fresh clean presence at the right concentration with just right the touch of creaminess, yielding good detail and layering as it finished with lasting white tones. I can’t get enough of this stuff. Excellent.

2007 Champagne Henriot Millésime Brut, poured from magnum at Kappo Shansui, 19 Jan 2021. Displaying a clear luminosity, this 50:50 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay (comprising equal proportions of premier cru and grand cru) proffers a lovely rounded depth of toasty yeasty characters marked by an attractive earthiness, open with a broad expanse of ripe yellow citrus and peaches that exude subtle dry intensity, just a touch minerally at the finish. Not the most profound of expression but drinking well.

2017 Blanc de Lynch-Bages, courtesy of Vic at Kappo Shansui, 19 Jan 2021. Pale. Rather shy though the medium-bodied palate is quite brightly lit with white fruits with a slightly forward balance, displaying refined sublime acidity with lithe delicate intensity. Not as heavy as white Bordeaux may sometimes be. Excellent.

2009 Château Ormes de Pez, courtesy of KP at his residence, 26 Jan 2021. Very deep dark red. Abundant in cassis, black fruits and dark cherries, saturating the palate with a velvety supple fullness though its angular intensity is still a bit too pronounced at this stage, lending a touch of austerity to its finish. Needs plenty of time.

2016 Tinazzi Ca’ de’ Rocchi Amarone della Valpolicella La Bastia, popped and poured at home, 28 Jan 2021. Dull red. Surprisingly feminine, proffering rosy hues and perfumed fragrances on the nose while the medium-bodied palate is shaped by smooth rounded contours with the relaxed charm of raspberries, cherries and red fruits tinged with cedar and glycerin. Nothing cerebral but drinking well.  

2014 Domaine A & P de Villaine Saint-Aubin Les Perrières 1er. Popped and poured at Ka Soh, 30 Jan 2021. Dull golden. Effusive notes of aged butter, honeyed toast, cashews, distant peaches and bananas with an attractive early complexity. Medium-full with a predominance of glazed caramel on the palate amid cool tones of icing that exude delicate intensity with fine detail, developing more white tones over time with growing intensity of fine citrus. Very elegant and well integrated. Excellent.

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