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June 2022: Morey-St-Denis Chaffots 2014, Pichon Baron 1996, Pichon Lalande 1996, 2009 Mugnier NSG Clos de la Marechale, 2018 Château Montaiguillon

June 30, 2022

Champagne Veuve A. Devaux Coeur des Bar Blanc de Noirs Brut, at a MEH Radiology function, 03 June 2022. Refreshing verve, displaying chiseled definition with fine presence of pointed lime, pomelo and citrus. Drinking well.

2017 Laurent Ponsot Chambolle-Musigny Chaumes 1er, at a MEH Radiology function, 03 June 2022. Darkish characters with a good lift of haw, twigs and undergrowth on the medium-full palate. Good integration and presence, structured with smooth tannins but unyielding.

2012 Château Léoville Poyferre, at a MEH Radiology function, 03 June 2022. Some haw on the nose, still largely dominated by new oak vanillin. Medium-bodied. Soft, fleshy and fresh, proffering some detail but short. Drinking well but not distinctive.

2004 Château Madeleine, courtesy of Sir Bob at a MEH Radiology function, 03 June 2022. Poured from magnum. Some bricking, considerably restrained. Soft, rounded, well-integrated proposition with secondary characters of mahogany though the fruit is rather backward. Appears more evolved than expected, considering this is poured from large format. Short as well.

2016 Heitz Cellars Chardonnay, at a MEH Radiology function, 03 June 2022. Served too cold, hinting at only some crème de la crème. Good density of cool tones on the palate, proffering fine clarity with glimpses of clear citrus. Rather reticent.

2018 Domaines Leflaive Mâcon-Verzé, at a MEH Radiology function, 03 June 2022. Poured from magnum. Light-medium. Gently layered with pebbly tones and cool citrus amid some creamy characters, displaying fine clarity and acidity with a hint of nutmeg. Good balance. Drinking well.

Bouchard Aine et Fils Chardonnay Terret, at the Krisflyer Gold Lounge, Changi Airport T3, 04 June 2022. Lifted tones of white fruits and spicy nutmeg. Quite integral, showing good balance and fullness. Does its job.

2020 Rare Cabernet Merlot, at the Krisflyer Gold Lounge, Changi Airport T3, 04 June 2022. Dark currants and bramble dominate with some bright spots. The palate is fairly full and supple with predominant red fruits, structured with smooth sweet subtle tannins.

Champagne Henriot Souverain Brut NV, from the list of The Glencoe Inn, Scotland, on our twenty-eighth anniversary, 11 June 2022. Pale. Forward balance of dense citrus and white fruits with a bright minerally presence that blazed with searing dry intensity.

2020 Diez Siglos Verdejo, courtesy of The Glencoe Inn, Scotland, on our twenty-eighth anniversary, 11 June 2022. Nutmeg and wild flowers on the nose, while fig, olives and green fruits feature on the medium-full palate, displaying good weight and integration. Straightforward but does its job.

20220613_192343.jpg2018 Château Montaiguillon, from the list of Rufflets at St Andrews, Scotland, 13 June 2022. Deep garnet, exuding redcurrants and dark rosy hues underpinned by savoury characters with a tinge of undergrowth. A little more fruit forward after some time, fleshing out with smooth rounded silky tannins and refined acidity as it morphed with greater warmth and ripeness, developing an open gentle velvety intensity.

2019 Domaine André Brunel Cotes du Rhone Est-Quest, from the list of Rules restaurant, London, on 15 June 2022. Restrained deep currants on the nose, leading to a full darkish palate structured with youthful tannins that exert dry intensity. A little more open with food as it settled down with some delicious savoury characters.

2019 Château Le Roc, at the Krisflyer Lounge, Heathrow Airport T2, 17 June 2022. Fairly deep nose of delicious dark currants, though the palate is distinctly more lean and minerally, somewhat austere.

2022 Domaine de Castelnau Les Ronces Chardonnay, at the Krisflyer Lounge, Heathrow Airport T2, on 17 June 2022. Morning dew and grassy elements on the nose, imbued with some nutmeg and Asian spice on the sharp medium-bodied palate.

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut NV, tasted on board SQ317 from LHR-SIN, 17 June 2022. Lovely pungent yeasty overtones on the nose, matched by a refreshing crisp presence of dense white fruits and citrus with a minerally wisp, imparting excellent dry intensity.

2010 Champagne Dom Pérignon, tasted on board SQ317 from LHR-SIN, 17 June 2022. Restrained whiff of yeasty tones, leading to a very refined mouthfeel of seamless chalky ferrous elements, yellow citrus and white fruits. Poised with delicate balance and fine detail with a warm ripe fullness. A tad austere at its distinct minerally finish, but highly successful.

2017 Domaine Albert Bichot Montagny 1er, tasted on board SQ317 from LHR-SIN, 17 June 2022. Luminous. Highly restrained, not giving away much. Medium density. Slightly chalky at first before developing a greater rounded presence with food, proffering cool clarity with mild overtones of nutmeg, showing some early complexity. An astute choice with the advantage of an outstanding vintage, but it needs time to express itself properly.

2016 Château Cap d’Or, tasted on board SQ317 from LHR-SIN, 17 June 2022. Deep garnet. Whiff of raspberries and wild roses. Medium-bodied, fairly smooth and seamless with a hint of briar and capsicum. Exudes gentle feminine elegance.

2013 Champagne Frédéric Savart Le Mont des Chretiens 1er Ecueil Extra Brut, courtesy of Dr Ngoi at his residence, 18 June 2022. Bright and bold with dry intensity and a high-toned acidity.

2013 Château de Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 1er, courtesy of Dr Ngoi at his residence, 18 June 2022. Poured from double magnum. Luminous. Medium-bodied. Imbued with white fruits amid a minerally presence and fine acidity but somewhat lean.

2016 Domaine Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles 1er, courtesy of Dr Ngoi at his residence, 18 June 2022. Poured from magnum. White tones and vanillin dominate on the nose. Medium-full. Structured with the classic chalkiness of Puligny, exerting a lovely gentle tensile presence but a little short.

2018 Domaine Belargus Anjou Les Roueres, courtesy of Dr Ngoi at his residence, 18 June 2022. Poured from magnum. Restrained peppery notes. Medium-full. Very good presence with a powdery texture, imparting an unique mouthfeel. Not too creamy. Highly refined.

2014 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Les Chaffots vinified by Domaine Dujac for FICOFI, courtesy of Dr Ngoi at his residence, 18 June 2022. Poured from magnum. Classic pinot tint. Opens with a gentle feminine rosy fragrance, showing early secondary characters on the medium-bodied palate with understated acidity. Great refinement, as expected, from Dujac. Drinking beautifully.

2017 Hospices de Beaune Beaune 1er cuvée Maurice Drouhin vinified by Joseph Drouhin, courtesy of Dr Ngoi at his residence, 18 June 2022. Poured from magnum. Good presence of rosy fruit at just the right level of concentration. Open with fine seamless integration and understated acidity. Good refinement.

2015 Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru, courtesy of Dr Ngoi at his residence, 18 June 2022. Good colour and presence with a certain structured dryness, exuding a gentle feminine rosy fragrance. Drinking well but somewhat uninvolving.

2014 Domaine Pierre Damoy Chambertin Grand Cru, courtesy of Dr Ngoi at his residence, 18 June 2022. Poured from jeroboam. Classic pinot tint. Surprisingly open with a lovely deep rosy fragrance that carried well onto the palate.

2016 Château Quintus, courtesy of Dr Ngoi at his residence, 18 June 2022. Poured from double magnum. Deep purple. Well-extracted. Massively proportioned with structured intensity, displaying a warm ripeness with a sharp tannic spine but the quality is obvious.

2007 Champagne Delamotte, courtesy of Kieron at Tanglin Club, 18 June 2022. Poured from magnum. Pale. Firm density of fig, citrus and pears, brightly lit with dry intensity. Drinking well.

2009 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Clavoillon 1er, courtesy of Kieron at Tanglin Club, 18 June 2022. Poured from magnum. Gentle nose of crème de la crème with a recessed chalkiness. Medium-bodied. Displays excellent clarity and cool freshness of morning dew with very refined acidity and great balance, developing caramelised notes after two hours. Excellent.

2009 Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de la Marechale 1er Rouge, courtesy of Kieron at Tanglin Club, 18 June 2022. Poured from magnum. Dark fruits and currants dominate with an alluring freshness amid a mild herbal glow. Medium-full. Cleanly structured with refined precision and smooth silky tannins, well integrated with understated ferrous elements, gaining further velvety depth.

1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, courtesy of Kieron at Tanglin Club, 18 June 2022. Poured from magnum. Incredibly rich bouquet of distilled black fruits, currants and green capsicum that glowed with an irresistible pungent earthiness, well-replicated on the medium-bodied palate with fine clarity and detail.

1996 Château Pichon Baron Longueville, courtesy of Kieron at Tanglin Club, 18 June 2022. Poured from magnum. Deep crimson. Attractive velvety bouquet of cedar, cinnamon and capsicum. Highly supple and fleshy with a refreshing fullness, subtly structured with great balance and clarity. Surprisingly close in character to Pichon Lalande of the same vintage, perhaps just a tad cleaner.

2000 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge at Tanglin Club, 18 June 2022. Dark fruits on the nose amid gravelly tones with a gentle earthiness. Medium-bodied. Softly contoured, well balanced and integrated, developing more youthful intensity and exciting acidity much later.

2017 Domaine de Montille Saint-Aubin En Remilly 1er. Popped and poured at Hillman 99 (Pasir Panjang), 24 June 2022. Dense glossy sheen of white fruits, clear citrus and white floral characters, exuding lovely aromatics. Great clarity on the palate, imbued with a deeper vein of distilled essence. Fleshed out with more rounded presence tinged with a trace of salinity, finishing in a mild blaze of nutmeg and exotic spices.

2020 Shaw & Smith Adelaide Hills M3 Chardonnay, drunk over dinner at home after two hours of aeration, 28 June 2022. Generous swathe of tangy nutmeg and menthol with a white floral lift, carrying well onto the palate with wild grassy elements and slick acidity that opened up further dimension in addition to its excellent depth.

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