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2008 Armand Rousseau Chambertin GC, 1998 Château Rayas, 1999 Château Lafleur, 1995 Dom Pérignon Rosé

January 15, 2022

The great SC hosted his traditional New Year’s Eve lunch at Omakase @ Stevens on 31 December 2021 with an outstanding line-up to end the year with a bang. Thank you, Sir!

1995 Champagne Dom Pérignon Rosé. Orange hue, proffering an alluring bouquet of mature grapefruit and tangerines. Slightly leathery on the palate with a strong suggestion of lychees, fullish with subdued dryness, fleshing out with excellent depth and freshness.

2017 Hospices de Beaune Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Cuvée Madeleine Collignon. Vinified by Joseph Drouhin for Lisa and Henry Tay. Deep rosy tint, exuding a delicious rosy fragrance with rich plummy tones. Medium-full. Highly supple with a lovely warmth and intensity of fruit on a base of subtle earthy elements, superbly balanced. Good finish.

1999 Château Lafleur. Deep ruby. Alluring aromas of deep dark fruits and currants with some bright spots. Surprisingly full and fleshy for the vintage, imbued with a warm abundance of ripe wild berries and capsicum laced with sublime acidity. Seamlessly integrated with moderate complexity. Finished well. Highly successful.

2008 Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru. Mature pinot tint. Surprisingly open with lovely orangey tones of mandarins and tangerines amid overtones of summer hay. Structured with rounded pliant tannins that exert exquisite intensity with subtle complexity, laced with very fine acidity. Almost feminine. This is an alluring beauty caught at its prime.

1998 Château Rayas. Light orange hue. Complex effusive bouquet of glycerin, rose petals, tangerines, haw, red fruits and cherries that is highly alluring and seductive, displaying a gentle layered depth of smouldering ember with a savoury trace amid darkish undertones. Open with fine clarity and supple feminine intensity, maintaining its haunting complexity and beauty in the glass. A real seductress. Outstanding!

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