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Red

2001 Domaine Robert Arnoux / Arnoux-Lachaux Romanée St. Vivant

Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 96 points

This was one of my red wines of the year back in 2013, but I wondered how it would do placed next to the 2001 DRC RSV (which blew me away last year) and a highly reputed 2001 Sylvian Cathiard RSV. This was absolutely superb once again tonight though, actually putting both the other wines in the shade – and that it really saying something. It had the best nose of the three, unfolding out of the glass in a wonderfully perfumed mix of chalk and earth, sweet spice and fragrant fresh cut flowers, and then lovely lifted aromas of red fruit. Wow. The palate was absolutely singing too. This had all that beautiful purity that I remembered from the last bottle – depth without weight, intensity without effort, it filled the mouth with sweet wafts of dark cherries and red berries, spice and dried flowers, all held in the silkiest tannins and beautifully fresh, yet wonderfully soft and integrated acidity that gave the wine an almost ethereal weightlessness. A complete wine, yet one that never had the need to be demonstrative about its strength or its mouthcoating depth, this was absolutely captivating. A wonderful wine at a perfect place now. Bravo.

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Red

2001 Sylvain Cathiard Romanée St. Vivant

Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 94 points

An impressive wine, but this stood out somewhat like a stylistic sore thumb amidst the two elegant beauties that shared its flight – a 2001Arnoux RSV and the 2001 DRC RSV. This was a rather gruffer, more robust expression of the terroir. It was actually a bit grumpy when first popped and poured, showing a deeper, tighter, more masculine nose than either of the other wines, with more earth and mineral and sous bois notes drifting amidst a core of rich, almost liquered dark cherry and blackberry aromas. Attractive in its own way, back lacking the floral and spice perfume of that so entranced me with the other wines. The Palate came across thicker and more powerful than the others as well, almost bearing more of a resemblance to the Richebourgs in the earlier flights, with rather tight notes of sweet dark cherries and filling the mouth with a pure, intense, beam of flavor that then pulled away in robust, pungent, earthy finish. This impressed in its own fashion – I was quite struck by the marriage of power and purity here. It packed a real punch, and yet was clearly a wine of finesse. On its own, I would even have said that it had a rather nice elegance. However, for all its quality, it somehow always felt rather less refined and effortlessly graceful than either the Arnoux or the DRC. That aside though, this was a great wine. Give it 4-5 more years in the cellar though – it will reward the patience.

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Red

2001 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée St. Vivant

Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 95 points

This amazing wine was the last of three repeat bottles that we had also drank back in September 2014 during our 2001 Grand Cru dinner. Back then, it was easily the wine of the night from amongst a superb field, showing absolutely brilliantly. It seemed to have lost some of its virtuosity amidst the even stronger line-up this time round though, with some of the other wines, including the Arnoux RSV later on in this flight just shading it somewhat. That is not to take anything away from the DRC though – this was a great, great wine in its own right. As before, it had a just incredible nose, with sweet cherries and berries, swirls of boiled herb and bramble and wood spice, a sprinkle dried flowers, all tumbling out of the glass in a wonderful mélange of fragrant aromas. The palate seemed a little tighter, rather last openly giving and seductive than on the bottle, but it shared the same wonderful, juicy clarity in its glorious flavours of sweet dark cherries, haw flakes and orange peel, then wood spice and gentle notes of earth, all carried on a bed of soft, silky tannins and lovely acidity that still held the wine in a gentle grip as it lingered into a beautiful finish. There was such a lovely sense of finesse here, so much so that one barely felt the considerable depth and breadth of the wine as it caressed the palate. I said that this was the archetypal RSV the last time I tried it, and that remains the best way I can describe the wine. Beautiful, and with this bottle at least, it would have shown even better with a couple more years under its belt.

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Red

2001 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Richebourg

Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 95 points

Magnificent. It is difficult to come after two amazing bottles of DRC and Leroy Richebourg, but this more than held its own. It had a beautiful nose, clearly different from the other two wines with its smoky layers of mineral and chalk and earth floating around a dark core of black cherries and plums and more lifted orange peel scents wreathed in fragrant spice and dark flower petals. Lovely, arresting stuff. The dark-fruited palate was thick and rich and powerful in a very Meo-Camuzet fashion. It was certainly well balanced and nicely structured, but it almost came across bit muddled compared to the effortless elegance of the other two wines at first. With time and some air though, this opened up beautifully to show a superbly delineated, almost linear character to its pure flavours of dark cherry and berries and orange peel lined with a lovely savoury undercurrent of dried earth, meat and stony minerality. The fruit almost felt secondary at the finish, with all those savoury notes really capturing the imagination on the backpalate. This had flavor and intensity, complexity and finesse, combining Meo-Camuzet’s characteristic weight and richness with the clarity and precision of the best 2001 Grand Crus. If anything, it actually felt unusual lifted and light on its feet. A great wine, drinking wonderfully now.

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Red

2001 Domaine Leroy Richebourg

Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 97 points

It is hard to choose between the three truly special bottles of Richebourg in this flight, but if I were pushed, I would probably say the Leroy by a whisker. This was a monumental bottle, representing everything that is best in Madame’s wines. It had a captivating nose that wafted out of the glass in layer after layer of of ripe black cherries and sweeter red berries, herbs and spice, and deep draws of earth. Woah. Like the nose, the palate was deep, rich and thick, yet somehow also absolutely effortless, pure and transparent. The Richebourg muscle was clearly there, but it was so elegant and gentle in the way in inexorable filled the palate with deep flavours of dark cherries and berries, earth and mineral, and wafts of fragrant spice. This was a wine of stunning purity and finesse; hedonistic yet perfectly controlled, with an almost obsessive compulsive sense of perfection and balance – truly special. While drinking well now, I am quite sure this will last until just about forever.

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Red

2001 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg

Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 96 points

The first of a truly great triumvirate of Richebourgs, this just about blew my mind. It had every hallmark of a great DRC, starting with a lovely, super-complex nose, with whole cluster nuances of boiled herb and bramble accompanied by blush of dried flowers and sweet Vosne spice, a gentle earthiness and then deep aromas of dark cherries and sweet blueberries. Wonderful. The palate elicited a big “wow” on my notes. This was at weighty and velvety and pure, with a truly luxuriant feel in the way its wonderful flavours of dark cherries and blueberries with a gentle infusion of spice and dried flowers coated the mouth in a deep, velvety cloak. Pure luxury someone said. A deeply integrated reservoir of acidity kept it beautifully clean and defined in spite of all that velvety depth, all the way into a long minerally finish. Superb stuff – this was power and elegance, purity and finesse. Drinking beautifully now, this was another bottle that showed even better than 9 months ago.

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White

1996 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles

Chardonnay more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 95 points

Hands down the best Leflaive Pucelles I have had through numerous vintages, this was showing incredibly well on the night. The nose just exploded out of the glass with wonderfully intense aromas of gunflint and stony mineral swirling around a core of ripe white fruit, pineapples and kumquats, with a base of earthy, chalky accents running underneath. Woah. If anything, the palate even better. Here, beautiful, bright 1996 acidity framed a deeply intense mouthful of delicious yellow-fruited flavours, with subtly honeyed tones of peach and melon and little flowery notes leading into a superb finish that just gripped the the backpalate with savoury, stony seashell and flint notes. This had everything – power, depth and elegance, all beautifully integrated in a wonderfully drinkable package. Drinking at absolute peak now, it was easily the standard of a great Grand Cru white. Wow.

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Red

2001 Alain Hudelot-Noellat Richebourg

Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 94 points

I love Hudelot Noellat’s subtle, elegant style. Tonight, a lesser wine would have suffered from being served next to the lusher, more immediately welcoming 2001 Anne Gros Richebourg, but this stood its ground, showing entirely wonderfully in its own inimitable way. What a lovely nose we had here, with motes of spice, earth and stony mineral laced together with dark cherries, powdered herbs and a whiff of dried flowers. The palate was clean, spare and elegant, with subtle notes dark cherries and earthy minerality wonderfully integrated with mouthwatering acidity and beautifully fine tannins that still gave quite a grip at the finish. A lovely, elegant expression of Richebourg strength, this certainly had a sinewy core, but it came across more like a male ballet dancer then a bruiser, with a long, lean grace to it. Very nice indeed. This is starting to show well; I thought it was quite a bit better than the last bottle we had some 9 months ago, probably just needing another couple of years more in the bottle before it really hits peak.

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Red

2001 Domaine Anne Gros Richebourg

Richebourg Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 94 points

Super. This was a different animal from the Hudelot-Noellat Richebourg on the same flight – the voluptuous siren to the HN’s more understated, sparer elegance. This had a beautiful nose, with sweet perfumed aromas of red cherries and berries, gentle wafts of earth and spice, and a faint floral drift at the ends. A really pretty bouquet in a thicker, more modern fashion. On the palate, the wine seemed to be in its adolescence, just on the cusp of maturity I thought, with a slight rasp of velvety tannins gliding alongside deep but pure flavours of sweet cherries and red berries seasoned with subtle notes of spice and earth and stony mineral. This was a beguiling mix of masculine and feminine notes all underscored with a lovely intensity. The finish seemed a bit primary, with sappy fruit punctuated with flashes of sweet spice and a light hint of bittersweet mineral notes. Even with all that though, fresh but wonderfully integrated 2001 acidity still gave the wine a beautiful clarity and balance. Anne Gros makes great Richebourgs, but even by her standard, this was great stuff. It needs a few years more in the bottle though. Try again in 2018-2020.

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Red

2001 Domaine Francois Lamarche La Grande Rue

La Grande Rue Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

A nicely complete Grand Cru and a rather pleasing wine, even if it did not quite shared the effortless elegance of some of its more illustrious cousins in the later flights. This had quite a tight nose to start off with, with shades of meat and wood spice and a gentle earthiness underlying subtle notes of black cherry – a very Vosne bouquet I thought, albeit a rather reticent one. The palate seemed a tad rustic on first sip, with ripe notes of plums and black cherries touched with a chew of rather obvious tannins. With a bit of time though, a nice brightness and clarity lifted the wine quite nicely, with satisfyingly full dark-fruited notes melding with more subtle nuances of herb and wood spice in a nice finish. This lack some of power and intensity you would expect of a top Vosne-Grand Cru, but it had good enough depth and a nice solid, well-balanced structure that lent it a nice sense of focus and clarity throughout. Starting to drink nicely now, this was an understated yet very complete wine. I liked it

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Red

2001 Domaine Dujac Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

Disappointing – I have always felt that Dujac’s Echezeaux was one of their weakest Grand Crus, and this bottle showed just why. It did have a lovely nose, with lush, deep, almost liquered wafts of sweet black cherries and wild berries packed together with shades of damp earth and brambly herbs, spice and wilting flowers – at once sweet and masculine, that was a real beauty of a bouquet. Unfortunately, the palate was a bit of a shock after that. Reserved, almost austere at points, it showed a flush of jammy dark berry fruit on the attack that quickly leaned out into brambly, herby midpalate and a slightly truncated finish of warm woody spice. This needed food to bring out its more pleasing, fruitier characteristics, but even then it never showed all that well. There was certainly some quality here – it had a clean clarity to it, the tannins were fine and the balance was just about perfect, but it was just not giving much in the way of charm. I would give this a few more years and hope it improves. It was rather anonymous on the night.

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Red

2001 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Probably the pick of its flight – this was a masculine, minerally Richebourg in the typically reserved, brooding Grivot style. It had lovely nose with deep draws of spice and earth and stony minerality arrayed around lush aromas of blueberries and plums with a hint of violets at the sides. A very insistent, masculine bouquet. The palate seemed to be a natural extension of that – it felt really solid, with a true Grand Cru depth and a good bit of power to its masculine flavours of meat, earth and mineral, all packed under a cloak of dark black cherries and berry fruits. Yet for all that, it also had a sense of noble balance and elegance, even transparency to it, with fine, slightly prickly tannins and lovely fresh acidity giving the wine a very nice, open structure all the way into a fresh finish that trailed away in a stream of mineral, spice and a tiny kiss of herb. Lovely. Starting to drink well now, but this should be even better in a few years’ time.

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White - Sparkling

1985 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut

Champagne Blend more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 96 points

What a start to the night. This was a wonderful champagne - from a magnum, it was even better than the 750ml I had several months back. It had a beautiful nose – broad, creamy, with deep wafts of apples, pears and kumquats, toasty brioche and a deep seam of spicy, minerally undertones. Wow. Wonderful palate too, not quite as immediately broad or deep as the nose, but it had a quietly insistent depth and subtle power running through its complex panoply of flavours, with generous notes of apples and lime zest, cream and brioche, honey and white flowers. At the finish, it opened up even more with warm nuances of spice, mineral and bread that went on and on and on in the backpalate. Wonderfully full and warmly generous yet also effortless and beautifully integrated, with a round, softly matured feel that made it so easy to gulp down, this would have popped down the hatch in an instant – save for the fact that it had that breathtaking quality that forced you to pause and pay attention. Magnificent stuff, drinking wonderfully now.

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White

2012 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Riesling

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

5/21/2015 - Paul S wrote: 89 points

Good entry level Riesling. The nose showed pleasant drifts of lime, green apes and stony mineral with a flowery lift at the sides. Palate was simple but pleasant, with bright acidity running through off-dry flavours of green apple and floral notes leading into a slightly spicy finish. Not bad at all.

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Red

1993 Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana

Nebbiolo more

9/26/2014 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

I am not a big fan of Clerico’s hypermodern style, but this was not bad at all, with the 20 years or so in the bottle softening its overwrought edges somewhat. It had a nice nose, with thick aromas of sweet red fruits – cherries and raspberries – and then a sprinkle of rose petals and a whiff of smoke, spice and a little earthiness. I found the palate quite yummy. Again, it had a slightly thicker, creamier mouthfeel than the more traditional Nebbiolos that I favour, but it was nicely balanced and structured, with a decent amount of acidity and still chewy tannins framing flavours of sweet black fruit and savoury touches of meat and earth. It was a bit more austere on the finish, showing a typical Barolo bite as it drifted away with a little touch of smokiness. No bad, drinking quite nicely now, especially with a nice hunk of beef, but this could still use another 4-5 years in the bottle, perhaps more.

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Red

1978 Château Canon

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/26/2014 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Charming – we all enjoyed this wine quite a bit. It had a nicely matured nose of dark fruited cassis aromas along with drifts of smoky gunflint and minerally notes and a bed of damp earth and brambly herb. The palate was rounded and softened with age, but still had a freshness to its clear flavours of cassis and blackberries that made it seem very youthful for 1978. These were laced with more minerally gunflint and smoky notes that added a gentle complexity to the wine. Not a blockbuster, but this was a lovely drink that was showing charmingly well on the night.

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Red

1995 Château Canon

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

9/26/2014 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

What a coincidence – two blind bottles of Chateau Canon brought by two different people on the same night. This was decent, but not quite as enjoyable as the charming 1978 that we had alongside. It had a nice right-bank nose, with sweet scents of plums, cassis and blackberries wreathed in a little halo of tobacco smoke and pencil shavings. The palate had quite a round, fleshy feel for a 1995 Bordeaux, showing sweet blackberry and plum flavours and slightly more lifted suggestions of black cherries. It felt soft and ripe and very drinkable, but there was also a fine tannic spine and decent acidity that carried the wine into a rather more delineated finish, where the fruit ceded way to an earthy, minerally leanness and a blush of spice. Unspectacular, but this was a nice enough drink that is just starting to come into its own.

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Red

2010 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

9/26/2014 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Decent enough, but this was way too young and felt rather overworked and extracted on the night. The nose started out with a blast of popcorny, buttery oak that shaded fruity aromas of sweet black cherries, cassis and plums. More nuanced accents of minty eucalyptus and floral herbs and a savoury meatiness started drifting out in time. The palate was almost paintfully primary, with tons of acidity and lots of oak laced through a thick mouthful of sweet plummy fruit and creamy raspberry ripples notes leading into a spicy finish. This had a whole lot more depth than one would normally get on a village and it was balanced very nicely, but I could not help thinking that this could easily have been a top-notch new world Pinot Noir with its current characteristics. It will get better – this is just a baby now, but it is not a style of young Burgundy that I enjoy. Try again in 6-8 years.

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Red

2009 Domaine de Chevalier

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/7/2015 - Paul S wrote: 94 points

KR's Farewell (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): Very good indeed – this is about as solid a young Domaine de Chevalier as I have ever had. It had such a lovely nose, ripe and warm and inviting, with dusty earth and warm herbs wafting out of the glass alongside sappy cassis and dried flower aromas, then some sweet roasted capsicums and just a kiss of fragrant spice and toasty oak. This was complex, perfumed and alluring. The palate was first class too. It shared the same warm depth as the nose, but was at once clean, clear, juicy and just really delicious, with pure, sappy tones of cassis and blueberry that brought to mind fruit pastilles in their gentle sweetness, and then gentle notes of warm wood spice and lovely wafts of tobacco filling the back-palate. In spite of its youth, the velvety finesse of the wine’s tannins and the lovely integration it had made it really easy to drink after short decant. Beautiful stuff. The wine was still clearly structured under all its sappy fruit, with wonderfully bright and juicy acidity and a slight grip of drying tannins showing up right at the finish. While it is delicious now, I would leave it aside for another 8-10 years at least. It probably will age for just about forever though.

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White

2011 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

Napa Valley more

5/7/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

KR's Farewell (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): Grumpy and rather unfriendly at first, this opened up with time to reveal a stylish Chardonnay. On first pour, the nose was a strange mix of sulphur, oak and reductive tones. It took some time, say about 15-20 minutes to open up and show a nicer bouquet of cream, yellow fruit and floral aromas along with a toss of roasted peanut aromas. The palate took some time as well, but when it did open up, it came across as being very well-proportioned. There was good depth and weight to its mix of yellow fruit and red apple flavours, but these were also held in a lovely dry balance, with well-integrated acidity and a nice sense of minerality driving the wine into a long finish. A nice wine, somewhat perched between the old and new worlds. While drinking well young, I think it will benefit from a few years in the cellar yet.

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White

2010 Yering Station Chardonnay Village

Yarra Valley more

5/7/2015 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

KR's Farewell (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): A pretty good new world Chardonnay – I enjoyed this. The nose had a bit too much popcorny oak for my tastes, but this was met by pleasantly sunny accents of yellow-fruited pineapples, peaches and nectarines, with a whiff of cooked cream and a little twist of herb at the sides. The palate echoed those ripe stone fruited tones on the attack, but leaned out nicely on the midpalate to show a surprisingly fine mineral character, with shades of earth and chalk bedded down with gently juicy acidity. This was actually very nicely balanced with a touch of elegance to it. There was just a touch of drying woodiness amidst spice and mineral notes at the finish that I did not quite like. Otherwise, this was a good Chardonnay with a decent capacity to age over the next few years as well.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut

Champagne Blend more

5/7/2015 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

KR's Farewell (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): Consistently decent, this was a nice aperitif to start the evening off with. The nose showed pleasant strawberry, apple and lemon peel aromas seasoned with a little mineral and spice. On the palate, fine mousse and a decent balance formed a nice frame for rather fleshy flavours of strawberries, cherries and more citrusy green apples as the wine moved into a finish of warm spice and mineral. With time, a little floral note came out as well. Decently good.

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White - Off-dry

1990 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Vendange Tardive

Alsace more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): Very nice, but not quite as good as the superb “standard” 1990 Frederic Emile I thought. This had an attractively sweet nose, with apricots and nectarines, red apples and lightly honeyed notes. The palate was off-dry rather than sweet, showing juicy lime and lemon notes on the attack wed to sweeter suggestions of stone fruit and apples on the midpalate and then a nice minerality on the finish. There was a lot of depth on the wine, all nicely integrated into a creamy package, but it bore its heft so effortlessly that it seemed almost weightless. I thought the slight sweetness actually threw off the wine's lovely poise and balance and distracted from its beautiful minerality ever so slightly. That aside, this was quality. Drinking nicely now, although I can see this getting better over the next decade or so.

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Red

1990 Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): Disappointing. It was not a bad wine, but I would really have expected more from any good Pauillac in 1990. The nose rather flattered to deceive – this had an absolutely classic left-bank nose, with cedar and pencil lead, earth and tobacco and a nice core of cassis aromas. Really quite nice. Unfortunately, the palate came across rather preternaturally soft, having a rather soupy feel to its cassis, cedar and light capsicum notes. Flavours were okay, the balance was alright, with a decent amount of acidity, but the tannins were very soft, almost a bit mushy as the wine slid away into a tobacco filled finish. I wonder if this was an off bottle. Served blind, it was pleasant enough but not great, this felt like it should have been drunk up 4-5 years ago.

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Red

1998 Tertre Rôteboeuf

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

5/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 94 points

Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): Wow, this was really nice. A fine example of just how good the 1998 vintage was on the right-bank. It had a beautiful nose, swirling with tobacco and spice and damp earth, plums and black cherries - a beautiful Merlot bouquet that got me wanting to smoke a cigar. Lovely palate too – soft, seductive, with lovely full flavours of plums and sweet black cherries infused with smoky, spicy, earthy tobacco notes that filled the backpalate in a lively finish. There was lovely balance here, with bright acidity and the finest tannins giving the wine a really nice sense of focus. Absolutely delicious, this is lovely stuff that is starting to drink nicely now. It still has the substance and balance to age effortlessly over the next decade and more though. Very, very good indeed.

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