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White - Sparkling

NV Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Rare

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4/10/2010 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

Hitting the Big 3-0. (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): Fresh, elegant Champagne. Very pleasant. Sweet nose showed ripe lemons, red apples and apple rind, along with some toasty spice, a bit of earth and just that touch of umami. There were little scents of herb and pepper floating around on top as well. Palate was crisp, clean and balance, with a nice sense of fruity sweetness and clean, crystallined fruit flavours - green apple shading into pineapple notes. Finish was mid-length, with touches of spice. Nice, almost too "nice", so that it almost lack a sense of personality. Still though, great elegance and very nice balance. Yummy start to the meal.

  • Comment posted by Paul S:

    5/18/2015 12:56:00 AM - Very different - altogether a crisper style. The vintage Cuvee Rare is very good.

Red

1982 Bouchard Père et Fils Corton-Le Corton

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4/4/2009 - Paul S wrote: 96 points

Sasi's farewell tasting (Richfield, Lam Soon Building, Singapore): Absolutely profound. This must be the best red wine I have had this year. Orange and garnet all over. Just an amazing mature Burg nose. At once pretty, lush and fragrant, with wet matted earth, mushrooms and truffles, lots of floral notes reminiscent of crushed flower petals, rich blackcurrant and cherry. With time, a savoury chicken stock tone weaved its way through these rich secondary flavours and the fruits took on the sweet tone that is so beautiful in aged Burgundy. No artificial confected stuff here, just honest to goodness accents of stewed cherries and kirsch. Beautiful. I was just hoping the palate would not let down, and it absolutely did not. Lots of clean acid still, wed to a silky lightness – this wine was definitely alive and kicking. I got cherries, strawberries, fresh cut flowers and more of the lovely natural sweetness, if only a little more restrained than the nose. At first, the wine was marred by a hollowness that sounded at the mid-palate, where a submerged metallic note rang out in spots. We were afraid that the wine was beginning to collapse. However, as it took on air and the nose started singing in sweeter notes, the palate also filled up with an incredible rush of cherries, preserved strawberries and sweet dates and just started showing better and better. My written notes say “Complex!! Singing!! Opened!! Profund… ecstactic… LONG!!!” The finish was superb – with cherry compote, almost candied, hisbiscus notes and orange peel just swirling around the mouth. This is one wine I am going to remember for a long, long time.

  • Comment posted by Paul S:

    5/1/2015 7:22:00 PM - We had this a long, long time ago - not sure how well the wine would have held up over the years. I would suggest standing it up for an hour or so, opening it, tasting to see how it is and then deciding whether to let it sit in an open bottle for awhile or to open up in the glasses.

Red

1990 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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10/31/2014 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Welcome Home Peter! (Park Palace, Grand Park Hotel): I don't quite know how to place this bottle. While still clearly very good indeed, it was so marked by Brett that I could not quite enjoy it completely. Served blind, some on the table adored it, voting it wine of the night, others were less thrilled. Personally, I thought it was perhaps the poorest of the few smashing bottles of the 1990 I have had over the years. The Brett just hit you on first pour - with lots of funky smells, reminiscent of barnyard and gym sock, floating over more pleasant tones of dark plums and black cherries laced with a lovely fragrant spice - cumin and menthol and cloves - and then a nice interplay of savoury mushrooms and sweet violet florals. The palate was clearly Brett influenced as well, but was thankfully less funky than on the nose. While there were savoury, meaty notes and a little sauvage edge, these were in the background rather than dominating the palate. Beyond that, the wine was actually very fine indeed, with the brilliant balance and fine, silky tannins that have always given this vintage an almost Burgundian feel. There were lovely flavours in there too, with a pure expression of sweet dark fruit - black cherries again, and blackberries - mid-bodied at first, then opening up and taking on depth and a subtle power. Lovely stuff. Very strong, very complete, and while the Brett came out rather distractingly again after time, very long on the finish too, with black fruit was kissed by savoury meat and earth and a long trial of white peppery spice. I should have decanted this rather than popping and pouring, and I wish there wasn't that much Brett, but it is a testament to how good the wine is that it still showed this well even with all that going on.

  • Comment posted by Paul S:

    12/8/2014 5:13:00 PM - Thanks for the comments guys. The bottle was in great shape - and from the same case another really superb one I had earlier in the year. Variation indeed.

Red

1947 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva

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12/4/2013 - Paul S wrote: 95 points

5 Decades of Aged Barolo with White Truffles (Absinthe, Boat Quay, Singapore): An old vine Barolo from the "vintage of the century", this was a rather special wine – it is telling that in the midst of some really strong contenders, it was almost universal hailed as the WOTN. It was so youthful that I am quite sure it has been topped up with younger, fresher vintages over time, but there was still a beautifully developed quality to it that only extreme age can bring. The nose started off with a large dose of bottle funk, with whiffs of wet mud, fermented soy, drain water and a barnyardy pong all round. One sniff and you could really believe that the wine has been cooped up in the bottle for the last 66 years. Thankfully, all that muddy funk cleared off significantly with a bit of time to show much more pleasant scents of beef broth, smoke and spice on a backdrop of dark fruit and wilted flowers. Actually really nice. However, while the nose smelt like a really old wine, the palate tasted like something decades younger, so that most of us guessed it was from the 1970s or 80s when blind. This was still sharply cut, beautifully fresh and balanced, with beautiful flavours of dark berries and cherries laced with yummy tones of savoury beef broth and earthy, mushroomy, undergrowth notes on the midpalate. Really juicy and very pure I thought, yet with a nice fullness and complexity to it - wonderful stuff. Great little finish too, with little bits of spice and earth and meat lingering away in the back palate. A truly excellent wine, not perfect, but full of character and drinking very nicely indeed. Bravo.

  • Comment posted by Paul S:

    9/26/2014 3:58:00 AM - Hi there - we only decanted for sediment just before serving. It needed some time to get going though, but with wines this age, better to let that happen slowly in the glass.

White

2005 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

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2/9/2014 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

CNY Lo Hei at Alex's (Alex's place): I have been lucky enough to drink this twice in the space of a few months, and this bottle very much confirmed the positive impressions I had from the previous outing. If anything though, itwas rather more forward and expressive this time round. Indeed, I found the nose unusually ripe for a CFE, with a light drizzle of petrol scents over initially tight notes of lemons and mineral that opened up into a pretty floral sweetness with nice orange blossoms scents around the sides. The palate too seemed weightier than the last bottle, coming across unusually round and ripe, with fruitier notes of sweet lemons married to critus yuzu and kumquat peel notes and a very orangey midpalate. Where the bottles were very similar though was the lighter feel of the wine, with it coming across less solidly built and substantial than on the greatest vintages, but still having a decent depth for all that. The fleshy fruit then receded at the finish to show-off a nicely steely core, with more restrained grapefruit tones wrapped around a long, lacy tail of lovely mineral. A surprisingly pleasing, forward CFE, yet one that has the bones to age nicely over the medium term. This was very good.

  • Comment posted by Paul S:

    3/26/2014 5:19:00 PM - I would say try it in another 5-6 years. It will be an earlier drinking CFE.

Red

1983 Adrien Belland Chambertin

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1/6/2014 - Paul S wrote: flawed

Bonneau du Martray, Ghislaine Barthod, Clos des Lambrays and other Auction Steals (Alex's place): One of the strangest and worst wines I have had in a long time. We thought it was flawed, but we could not figure out with what - most likely a particularly Dettol-smelling dose Brett - but the wine just stank, with a potent mixture of hospital disinfectant, iodine and band-aid rising out of the glass, more or less obscuring more conventional aromas of dark fruit, meat and some smoky ash. Yuck. I can think of some metaphors to describe this, but they are all rather impolite. Thankfully, the palate was more decent than the nose would lead one to expect (after we were brave / foolish / drunk enough to actually take sips out of the glass even after that almighty pong). There was actually a nice fleshy depth and good balance on the wine, with cherries and raspberry flavours tinged with a smoky, meaty tang. Very unfortunately, there was also always a suspicion of taint alongside the fruit, with that nasty antiseptic smell lingering in the nooks and crannies of the midpalate, and rising to the fore more perceptibly towards the finish. Horrid – this is something I hope I will never have to taste again. A Chambertin too – a real waste.

  • Comment posted by Paul S:

    2/20/2014 7:11:00 PM - Thanks Burgundy Al - probably it, but this had stranger, high-toned smells than most bretty wines I have had

Red

2005 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley

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9/27/2013 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Welcome Back Kelvin! (Kelvin and Joyce's Place, Bishan): This was truly excellent. Still a bit young for my tastes, but it was such an impressive wine - one of the best of the night in fact, even though it was the only new world in the midst of a nice French and Italian line-up. It had a big nose that left not one in any doubt that this was a Barossa Shiraz, with deep draws of ripe plums, cassis and blackberries seasoned with earth, eucalyptus and mint. Still rather primary, and the same thing could be said about the palate as well. The wine was very substantial, very rich in the mouth, with big black-fruited notes of cassis and blackberries at the forefront - tons of flesh and depth and power throughout. Yet what really set this apart from your run-of-the-mill big, modern Barossa was the remarkable sense of balance and purity that that had the wine practically glowing with energy in spite of its weight - not a hint of confected sweetness or cloying viscosity here. In fact, this is one of those rare modern Shirazes where one sip actually invited another and then another. There were signs of nascent complexity starting to show up on the midpalate as well, with the dark fruit being met with earth and eucalyptus, and then into the long, muscular finish, were sour plums and menthol, spice and a light puff of cigarette smoke drifted off on a bed of slightly chewy, but very ripe, pleasing tannins. Very impressive indeed. This will take a few years yet to lose it puppy fat, take on more complexity and fully form, but it is getting there - I would love to try it again say at the turn of the decade. 93+

  • Comment posted by Paul S:

    10/2/2013 6:44:00 AM - Looking forward to that!

White - Sparkling

2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année

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9/20/2013 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Dinner with Fellow Counsel (New Ubin Seafood): This continues to impress. While drank in less than ideal conditions (too warm without proper glasses), it was still really enjoyable. The nose was classic Bolly, with yeasty, biscuity notes hovering over white fruited apple aromas and a sprinkle of lemon zest. The palate was still young and primary, but already approchable, with fine, creamy mousse and very bright, fresh acidity forming a fine frame for zippy flavours of sweet lemons and green apples drifting into a round, creamy finish. A very whole, complete Champagne. Nice stuff. I am not sure this will be the longest lasting vintage Bollinger, but it sure is a good one.

  • Comment posted by Paul S:

    9/30/2013 2:09:00 AM - Thanks for the valuable comments. Let me know if you do pop the 2002 Krug!

Red

2004 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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2/26/2010 - Brady D Likes this wine: 92 points

Medium purple. A great nose of mixed fruit and spices. The tertiary CdP characteristics are coming out to play. Full bodied and concentrated but not over the top. Developed over the course of the night. Intended to drink only half a bottle, but finished the whole thing.

  • Comment posted by Paul S:

    2/27/2010 8:20:00 PM - Hi, just wondering - did you find the wine anywhere near ready to drink? Or would you have waited a few more years before popping it?

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