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2014 Haut-Brion Blanc & 1999 Haut-Brion, 2014 Louis Jadot Musigny Grand Cru

April 6, 2022

These wines are courtesy of my wonderful hosts in Sentosa island on the evening of 28 March 2022, who also laid on an array of homecooked tempura that easily rivals those Michelin-starred establishments in town. Every dinner there is always a memorable event – a perfect fusion of 色 (colour), 香 (aroma), 味 (flavour) – and this is no exception. Many thanks!!

2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé. Deeply colored. Dense aromas of apricot, citrus and mandarins tinged with orange peel, flooding the palate with excellent concentration of fruit that exert sweet supple intensity, supported by charred elements that added further dimension.

20220328_194651.jpg2014 Château Haut-Brion Blanc. Light golden. Effusive in sleek white floral tones still laced with appreciable vanillin and distant overtones of paraffin. The palate displays a lovely tension from the sublime acidity exerted by the concentration of dense citrus, wonderfully fresh and delicate in its teasing intensity, eventually opening up to reveal fine clarity and early depth. Utterly seamless and understated in structure. Undoubtedly youthful but it does everything right, beautifully poised and elegant with a wonderful perfumed lift. Huge potential ahead. Extremely rare, this is the most sought-after Bordeaux dry white. Only 450-650 cases annually.

1999 Château Haut-Brion. Deep garnet with a bare rim of crimson. Most impressive right from the outset, proffering a superb bouquet of red currants, dark plums and mandarins, the latter an unique hallmark of this estate. The medium-full palate is plush and velvety, beautifully integrated with characters of soy and deep plummy tones caught at optimal ripeness and maturity, underscored by superb acidity that left a lasting impression. Superb by any standard. Probably the best 1999 Haut-Brion that I’ve had.

2014 Domaine Louis Jadot Musigny Grand Cru. Classic pinot tint, exuding a soft feminine glow of rose petals on the nose, amply delivered by a sizzling abundance of ripe red fruits currants on the medium-full palate imbued with sublime acidity and superb purity of fruit. Remarkably cool and elegant, somewhat understated in intensity probably from the contribution of subdued ferrous minerals within that developed further with characters of charred saline elements, glowing with open supple textures. Outstanding.

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