Post-baby Visit Dinner

Mong Hing, Keypoint, Singapore
Tasted Friday, April 27, 2012 by Paul S with 119 views

Introduction

Alex, Fiona and I decamped to Mong Hing after paying newborn Kagan and his parents a visit. Two nice bottles for an impromptu dinner with ever-reliable Teochew fare was a nice way to usher in a long weekend.

Flight 1 (2 Notes)

  • 2009 Domaine Charles Audoin Marsannay Les Longeroies 91 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Marsannay

    This bottle did not have the benefit of the extended aeration we gave the previous one, but still showed very well. It had a sweet, fruity 2009 nose, with blackberries and dark cherries and a little touch of violets on a background of bramble and stone aromas. Very pretty, if just on the side of new-world ripeness. The palate, as expected, was super young and very primary, but again really delicious, with clear, pure flavours of dark cherries and berries laced with bright acidity and a stream of stony minerality. A bed of fine but firm tannins carried the wine into a long finish flecked with minty herbs and spice notes. This had a lot of stuffing and power for a village, especially obvious towards the really surprisingly long finish. Very good. No harm done in drinking this really young with a good, long decant or time in an opened bottle, but this really should do well with at least 5 to 6 years in the cellar.

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  • 2001 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Château des Ducs 92 Points

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Volnay 1er Cru

    I really liked this wine - it took me a couple of guesses before idenitfying it as a Michel Lafarge Volnay, but it had all the hallmarks of its maker, with an understated but very classy expression of terroir and vintage. There was a very nice nose here, with a whiff of sweet strawberry preserve and a touch of biscuit, almost like the coating of a Glico Pocky Strawberry stick, and then just a hint of raspberry ripple, along with more tertiary scents of bramble and earth. With time, a little floral whiff floated out, more or less confirming that this was a Volnay. Very nice. The palate was blessed with the fresh, bright acidity of the vintage, showing in a very cool, clear fashion, with serious limestone notes undergirding sweeter high-toned notes of fresh cherries and berries. This had a lovely purity to it wed to a solid sense of structure, all leading into a wonderfully fresh finish with licks of mineral lapping around more pure red fruited tones. Lovely depth and presence all round. While really yummy, it was very young for a 2001, with a layer of fine but firm tannins and fresh acidity thrown like a cloak over the still rather primary fruit. I thought it needed a good 5 years at least to really blossom. It should be lovely when it does though.

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