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Red

2010 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Morey St. Denis 1er Cru La Riotte

Pinot Noir more

7/2/2015 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Dinner at Nude (Nude, MBFC, Singapore): Good quality, but a bit tight. The nose had shut down a little, smelling a bit stemmy along with subtle red fruit and earth and mineral scents. The palate had nice velvety depth underlying its dark red berry and blueberry notes, but again there was a toughness to it, with some stemmy, mouth coating tannins lurking in the background. The acidity and fruit of the vintage showed up nicely, but both stuck out in rather disparate angles. There is quality here, but it is in deep sleep mode. Let it rest for the next 6-8 years at least.

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Red

2001 Maison Leroy Volnay

Pinot Noir more

7/2/2015 - Paul S wrote: 89 points

Dinner at Nude (Nude, MBFC, Singapore): Okay, but not great. This was very advanced, with a developed nose of dried cherries and berries, dried earth and a little sprinkle of brambly notes. The palate had the high acidity of the vintage, but the fruit had dropped off somewhat, leaving a blush of preserved cherries and berries trailing away into an orange peel finish with a little peck of tannins. Okay, but tired. This needs drinking up.

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White

1997 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Blanc

Chardonnay more

7/2/2015 - Paul S wrote: 88 points

Dinner at Nude (Nude, MBFC, Singapore): Third time with this bottle. The last two were back in 2012. I really liked it back then, but this somehow was rather anonymous. It was clearly a Chardonnay, but it could have come from anywhere. Neutral white fruited notes and a lite citrus on the nose were met with neutral white fruit notes and a little citrus on the palate. Pleasant balance and good depth for a Bourgogne was a credit to the wine, otherwise there was nothing that stood out. Time to drink up.

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White - Sparkling

1999 Jean Laurent Champagne Millésimé Blanc de Noirs Brut

Pinot Noir more

7/2/2015 - Paul S wrote: 89 points

Dinner at Nude (Nude, MBFC, Singapore): Decent enough, but very undeveloped for a 1999. The nose was still a bit tight when it was first poured, and only slowly opened up to show sweet aromas of apples and lemons. On the palate, big, ripe flavours of apples and lemons were laced by really bright, youthful acidity. The flavours just felt very compact and tight, as if needing more time to mellow. It was only the rather less than vigorous mousse that hinted at its age. Otherwise, this was decent but a bit stubborn and unyielding. One to try again in a few years time.

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White

2014 Agustinos Chardonnay Reserve

Bío-Bío Valley more

7/2/2015 - Paul S wrote: 88 points

Dinner at Nude (Nude, MBFC, Singapore): Decent. The nose had a lilting grassiness and a twinge of passion fruit and gooseberries that reminded me of a Sauvignon Blanc. Same thing on the palate. It has the creamy, weighty texture of a new world Chardonnay, but this was punctuated with fruity gooseberry and passion fruit notes. It was balanced enough, but clearly had some alcohol, especially as it tailed away into a fruity finish flecked by a touch of spice. Simple, fruit forward, but decent enough.

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White - Sparkling

2004 Gaston Chiquet Champagne Brut Special Club

Chardonnay more

7/2/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Dinner at Nude (Nude, MBFC, Singapore): A nice, stylish champagne. Subtle mineral, apple and lime zest notes made for a really attractive nose. The palate was lithe, streamlined and very nicely focused, with well-cut flavours of apple and citrus lined by lovely mineral streaks. A little sprinkle of spice then lingered on the finish. Really nice indeed, with lovely fine mousse and gently juicy acidity forming a delicious frame for all that laser sharpness. This has rounded up a bit since I last had it and it is delicious. Drinking well now, it will be even better in a few years. 70% Chardonnay 30% Pinot. Disgorged Feb 2012.

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White - Fortified

NV Emilio Lustau Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Fino Jarana

Palomino Fino more

6/28/2015 - Paul S wrote: 89 points

Dinner with Monthly Group at La Taperia (La Taperia, Shaw House, Singapore): As usual, consistent enjoyable without being especially impressive. Nice salty preserved fig peel and sea breeze scents on the nose were echoed by a seashell and mineral tone on the palate, all nicely balanced by a splash of fresh acidity. Fruit peel and spice notes then lingered nicely on the finish. Yum.

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White - Sparkling

NV Josep Masachs Cava Brut Reserva

Macabeo-Xarel-lo-Parellada Blend more

6/28/2015 - Paul S wrote: 88 points

Dinner with Monthly Group at La Taperia (La Taperia, Shaw House, Singapore): From magnum. Simple bubbly, pleasant with tapas. Sweet apples and lemons on the nose were met with a pear and apple palate nicely balanced with mellow acidity. Decent enough.

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White - Fortified

1987 Marco De Bartoli Marsala Superiore

Grillo more

6/28/2015 - Paul S wrote: 94 points

Durian and Wine at Alex's (Alex and Fiona's in AMK): Really nice. This is ageless and does not seemed to have changed at all from the last bottle. It had a lovely, heady nose with complex notes of salted fig peel, preserved limes and kumquats, sweet molasses and toffees, little drifts of coffee grounds, sweet fruit cake aromas - really lovely. The palate had tons of character on it, with a real flush of bright acidity framing lovely, clear flavours of preserved fruit - cherries, plums and kumquats - alongside sweet honey, maple syrup and molasses, all packed together in a nicely focused, balanced package and stretched out into a long, spice infused finish backed by a mushroomy earthiness. Delicious, palate-staining stuff. I loved this.

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Red

2012 Rosemount Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

South Eastern more

6/28/2015 - Paul S wrote: 88 points

Durian and Wine at Alex's (Alex and Fiona's in AMK): A throwback to the days that I first started drinking wine. Big plummy fruit aromas, a little stalkiness, some eucalyptus. Not unpleasant, but certainly not a bouquet that calls out to me. The palate was not bad, but not to my taste. This was very much in line with the "international style". Bright plum and cassis fruit, soft tannins, bright acid, a little warm spice. All decently put together but rather anonymous. Not bad, no harm drinking, but not one I would go out seeking.

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Red

1994 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/28/2015 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

Durian and Wine at Alex's (Alex and Fiona's in AMK): Quite delicious. Neither the nose complex nor the most compelling and, if I am to be honest, a rather advanced, but yummy nonetheless. The nose had a whiff of ripe blueberries and blackberries streaked with a bit of stalky herb, funky earth and drifts of smoky, spicy cigarette notes. The palate still showed a chew of fine, mouth coating tannins and bright, orange citrus acidity, but the flavours were soft and mellow and rather advanced, with shades of preserved berries and cherries and a haw flake sweetness trailing away into a deliciously smoky, ashy finish. It was just a tad soft and lacking conviction at the finish. Otherwise, this was very enjoyable.

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White

2009 Patrick Piuze Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Chardonnay more

6/28/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Durian and Wine at Alex's (Alex and Fiona's in AMK): Very nice indeed. There was a bit of sulphur on the nose at first, but this opened up nicely to show ripe, tropical tinged aromas alongside whiffs of chalky mineral - the sunniness of the 2009 coming out a bit here. It was clearly a Chablis on the palate though. There was a bit of that same ripeness in the shape of the fruit, especially on the attack, but this was underlined with lovely, bright citrus acidity and a nice streak of stony minerality and a flush of warm spice stretching into a long, precise finish. Very good indeed. I really liked the focus and juicy balance here. While drinking pleasantly now, it still has its best years ahead of it. This will be lovely in the mid-term. Very good indeed.

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Red

2011 Domaine Jasmin Côte-Rôtie

Syrah more

6/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Dinner at Joel Robuchon, Monaco (Joel Robuchon, Monaco): I really enjoyed this. From a magnum, it was youthful, lively and quite delicious. The nose was really attractive, with a complex melange of red and black fruit, loamy earth and a generous lift of wild garrigue that brought to mind lavender and rosemary. With time, flowery violets from the 5% Viognier came to the fore. Really nice. The palate had a nice soft feel that reflected the earlier drinking vintage, with fine, velvety tannins and fresh acidity framing delicious flavours of black cherries and plums laced with more of that wild garrigue and just a hint of dried earth and bramble as the wine pulled away into a pleasant finish. This lack the depth and conviction to be a great wine, but it was very nice indeed. One for medium term drinking - it is showing well now and should be just about perfect in 2020 or so. Beautiful with a quail dish by the way, with the meat drawing out flowery violets and a spicy character beautifully on the finish.

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Red

2012 Huguenot Père & Fils Fixin Les Petits Crais

Pinot Noir more

6/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 89 points

Dinner at Joel Robuchon, Monaco (Joel Robuchon, Monaco): Quite enjoyable. This had a pleasant nose of red fruit spiked with some brambly herb and spice. Nothing spectacular, but pleasant enough. The palate came together decently well. Nice depth of dark cherry fruit with just an edge of Fixin leanness, a lacing of herb and mineral, a gentle spicy ending, all nicely balanced with fine sinewy tannins and good acidity. All in all, very decent. It really did come alive with food, tying together beautifully with a nice ceps dish.

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White - Sparkling

NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut

Champagne Blend more

6/13/2015 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Dinner at Joel Robuchon, Monaco (Joel Robuchon, Monaco): I normally hold that Champagne tastes better en magnum, but served by the glass at Robuchon, Monaco, this was pleasant rather than good - a little step down from the last few surprisingly pleasing bottles I have had. The nose had a nice lift to it, with white fruit, apples and a little straw and yeast. On the palate, fine mousse and lemony acidity framed simple but pleasant white fruited notes. A little trial of lemon zest and mineral trailed away at the end.

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White

2007 St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

5/25/2015 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

This is starting to show a little age and was very pleasant indeed. The over sweet 2007 character had subsided a bit, which made the wine a whole lot more pleasurable to drink. On the nose, little tones of slatey mineral were starting to come out amidst the more honeyed stone fruit notes. The palate felt sleeker and more balanced as well. The fruit was still rather fuller and more plump than one would normally associate with a Kabinett of this age, with peaches and pineapples on the attack; but the cut and freshness has started showing more, as were dryer nuances of citrus zest and stony mineral leading into a nicely long finish with a nice bittersweet grapefruit tang and a little drift of petrol. This is shaping up quite nicely indeed. It will always be on the riper side, but give it a few more years to shed what is left of its puppy fat and integrate a bit more and it should be a really nice drink. 91+

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2006 Pojer e Sandri Essenzia Raccolta Tardiva Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT

White Blend more

9/1/2014 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Dim Sum Club at Summer Palace (Summer Palace, Regent Hotel): This was really interesting. A botrytised wine from Faedo, in the alpine regions of Italy, made from a strange blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Kerner. The nose tumbled out of the glass with wafts of exotic tropical tones, mango, passion fruit, almost jackfruit-like at points I thought, along with sweet, honeyed tones of peach, nectar and flowers. The palate was okay rather than great. Sweet, with honey, peaches and preserved kumquat notes, but not quite as exotic as the nose suggested, it was decently balance in spite of what seemed like rather lowish acidity. All in all, a decent enough sweet wine to place on the table, but not one I would be in a hurry to seek out.

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Red

2012 Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Barda

Río Negro more

9/1/2014 - Paul S wrote: 88 points

Dim Sum Club at Summer Palace (Summer Palace, Regent Hotel): Really unusual – a Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina made by one of the scions of the Sassicaia-owning Incisa della Rocchetta family. Unfortunately, while a decent enough drink, this was no great shakes. Served blind, we could just about make out the fact that it was a new world Pinot Noir of some sort, but the origin was just about impossible to pinpoint. The nose showed sweet dark cherry aromas and some flowers along with a little funky twist of earth and Chinese herb. It felt quite well-constructed on the palate, coming across clean and fresh, with nice silky tannins; but otherwise, this was quite simple and frankly a little nondescript, with cherry and raspberry fruit seasoned with a little blush of spice and bittersweet herb and then a touch more of that funky character picked up on the nose. Not bad, but not great either.

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Red

2005 Wild Duck Creek Shiraz Springflat

Heathcote more

9/1/2014 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Dim Sum Club at Summer Palace (Summer Palace, Regent Hotel): Every time I think I am way over the fruit-driven modern Aussie Shiraz, along comes one that really surprises me by how yummy it actually is. There was no doubt what this was the moment it hit our glasses – the nose alone was a telltale, with rich wafts of plums and blackberries seasoned by some brambly herb, dried earth aromas and twists sweet eucalyptus. Unmistakably Aussie. The palate was as rich and sweet as the nose suggested, with a whole mouthful of ripe blackberry and spice flavours touched by more of those herb and eucalyptus accents on the finish. For all its fruit though, the wine was actually well-balanced and nicely structured, shaped as it was by juicy acidity and fine tannins that kept it quite delicious to drink. This is so rich that it probably needs decades to shed its puppy fat and put on real complexity though. Not quite the style of wine I favour, but this was well made and pretty enjoyable.

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White

2009 Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault Les Chevalières

Chardonnay more

9/1/2014 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Dim Sum Club at Summer Palace (Summer Palace, Regent Hotel): A pretty solid Meursault village, but this seemed a bit of a blunt tool in comparison to the stylish, elegant wines that I am used to from Fichet. The nose was very forward in a warm, sunny way, with creamy Meursault aromas wed to sweet notes of yellow peaches and honey and some toasty popcorn and vanilla oak accents. Pleasant, but this could well have belonged to a Macon or even a new world wine with all that fruit and oak. The palate was rather less sweet than nose, but it still had a rather huge mouthful of yellow fruit, especially for a village wine, with peaches, pineapples and nectarines framed by lowish acidity that lent the wine a heavy, creamy mouthfeel. It is not as if it was out of balance, but this lacked a bit of subtlety in its full-on power, particularly on the attack. It did feel a bit more delineated and better cut past the midpalate and towards the finish though, with sweet citrus fruit, lemon peel and a hint of minerality cutting through the fleshier tones. All in all, a solid, well-crafted and a pleasant enough wine with quite tremendous depth for a village, but not quite what I would have expected from Fichet.

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White - Sparkling

1993 Schramsberg Vineyards Reserve

North Coast Champagne Blend more

9/1/2014 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

Dim Sum Club at Summer Palace (Summer Palace, Regent Hotel): I was a bit hesitant about bringing this bottle given its age, but it was universally well received over lunch. Almost everyone guessed Champagne, and we all agreed that it actually had the chops to go on in the bottle for a bit yet. It had a nose of ripe apples and a whiff of quinine along with a touch of minerality – quite an attractive bouquet. The palate was a dead-ringer for a Champagne of equivalent age, with sweet apples at the fore chased by lemon zest and bittersweet mineral notes, all this held in fresh balance and with a fine mousse. With time, a little touch of spice peeked out at the finish. The age of the wine showed in the nice mellow roundness it had in the mouth, but it still had a bit of youthful zestiness that bodes well for the immediate future. Neither the most complex nor the deepest wine, but this was very pleasant.

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Red

2001 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti

Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

5/20/2015 - Paul S wrote: 98 points

2001 Vosne-Romanée Grand Cru Dinner (Imperial Treasure Teochew, Takashimaya): So, finally to the Holy Grail. This was perhaps the most subtle and understated, perhaps even reserved, of all the wines on the night – one that demanded time and attention to appreciate. Yet coming at the end of a few tremendous flights of the very best Vosne-Romanee can offer, it was clearly Primi Inter Pares, the first amongst equals. It had deep yet subtle nose, not dazzling like the La Tache or seductive like the RSV, but quietly captivating, a perfectly integrated jewel of a bouquet with gentle notes of earth and toasted wood spice, sprigs of herbs and a little floral perfume, and then shades of dark cherries and berries. Lovely. It was the palate that truly took my breath away though. This was a wine so comfortable in its exquisite quality and its hallowed position at the apex of Burgundy that it had no need to trumpet its own graces. It was subtle, gentle, but insistent, showing layer after layer of glowingly pure red cherries and blueberries seasoned with fragrant spice and a deep, gentle earthiness that led into neverendingly long finish that knitted together deeply integrated acidity and a gentle bite of the most velvety tannins. It had a reservoir of depth and power, yet the words that kept coming to mind were “harmony” and “purity”. A profound wine combining the perfumed elegance of Romanée St. Vivant with the strength of Richebourg, the generosity of La Tâche with the spicy masculinity of Echezeaux, all effortlessly melded into a zen-like completeness – this is the synthesis of everything Vosne-Romanée is supposed to be; so long, so quietly compelling that I was still savouring its imprint on the palate a full 30 minutes after we left the dinner. What struck me most was how seamless the wine was, it had a wholeness and singularity that perhaps only a great Musigny of all the other wines in Burgundy can achieve, yet this was wed here to a beautiful, weightless transparency that I have yet to taste in any Musigny. I feel extremely privileged to have shared in this wine; it is an experience that will live for a long, long time in the memory. On the night, this seemed ageless, already drinking well, yet feeling as though it will age effortless for decades to come.

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Red

2001 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

La Tâche Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

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

2001 Vosne-Romanée Grand Cru Dinner (Imperial Treasure Teochew, Takashimaya): A rather rich, opulent expression of La Tâche, this was surprising given the context of the vintage and the genererally finer and more minerally than usual tones on the wines that came before, but boy was it ever good. It had a dazzling nose, wafting out of the glass in arresting tones of sweet blueberries and dried plums, fragrant spice and smoky mineral, rich earthy notes that brought to mind a forest after a spring shower, and then perfumed drifts of fresh cut flowers. Wow. One always expects a fantastic nose on a La Tâche, but even then, this was breathtaking. Like the nose, the first impression on the palate was one of weight and stuffing, with wonderfully deep draws of dark cherries and berries infused with warm spice and gentle earthy notes filling the mouth beautifully. Yet in true La Tâche fashion, this carried its weight effortlessly, with juicy acidity and beautifully silky tannins lending it a wonderful sense of purity and finesse. This was a crazy delicious wine, yet one that oozed class beneath its hedonistic surface. It probably suffered a little from being placed next to a truly superb bottle of 2001 Romanée-Conti, perhaps the only wine in a sterling line-up that could have knocked this down a peg. Even with all its airy elegance and precision, the La Tâche seemed almost like a weightlifter next to the RC’s supremely graceful gymnast of a palate. On its own though, absolutely superb and starting to drink very nicely indeed.

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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

2001 Vosne-Romanée Grand Cru Dinner (Imperial Treasure Teochew, Takashimaya): 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. The Arnoux was absolutely superb once again tonight, 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

2001 Vosne-Romanée Grand Cru Dinner (Imperial Treasure Teochew, Takashimaya): An impressive wine, but this stood out somewhat like a stylistic sore thumb amidst the two elegant beauties that shared its flight (a 2001 Arnoux RSV and the 2001 DRC RSV) The Cathiard 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, but 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 is a great wine. Give it 4-5 more years in the cellar though – it will reward the patience.

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