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NV Zoémie de Sousa Champagne Brut Merveille

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2/4/2016 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Second last of the 375mls, this had tons of age on it and drank deliciously on the night. It had a lovely, mature nose of caramel, treacle and nuts alongside white fruit and a nice bready aroma. It was on the palate where this shone though. Still fresh and lively, yet with a mature golden glow, with rounded yellow fruit and mellow honey and toasty accents, this was at a perfect junction between youth and maturity. Yummy.

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1995 Château Calon-Ségur

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/3/2016 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Pretty good. The nose had a good layer of horsey funkiness to it, which was a bit distracting, but there were more pleasant aromas of ripe cassis, dried earth and light drifts of tobacco and tea leaves. The palate was quite strong, with a nice sinewy depth underlying clear flavours of cassis and dark cherries, and then a gentle infusion of spice and earth, black tea and bramble, all framed by fresh acidity and fine boned tannins that still lent the wine a little chew. Amazingly, this tastes a good 10 years too young, but even then, it was probably the best wine of the day. Altogether, pretty impressive.

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2002 Château Branaire-Ducru

St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/3/2016 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Not quite as impressive as the last time I had it blind, although this was still not half bad. The nose was interesting, with deep whiffs of dark cherries and cassis along with a lite drift of funk and earth. The palate was quite solid still, rather belying the vintage, with powdery tannins and fine acidity framing juicy flavours of cassis and black cherries. Still primary, with a lot of way to go, but there was a nice clarity to this that bodes well for the future. This would be nice to try again in 5 years time.

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2000 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau Vieilles Vignes

Pinot Noir more

2/3/2016 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Enjoyable. This had a lovely nose redolent with dried flowers and sweet, slightly dried cherries and berries, all underpinned by a gentle funky earthiness. Attractive, even if it smelt a bit older than it actually was. Same thing on the palate. The fruit had started to mellow into a dried red fruit tones, with secondary flavours of bramble, herb and earth coming up alongside. There was just enough floral character on it to suggest Chambolle, just before the wine slid into a surprising firm finish for a 2000, with a slight chew of powdery tannins and woody bramble at the end. All in all, pretty good without being special.

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NV Gatinois Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé

Pinot Noir more

2/3/2016 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

I liked this. Big, but dry and very food friendly, it was a Rose with a lot of character on it. On the nose, insistent wafts of strawberries and cherries were laced with nice notes of mineral and a little twist of herb. Nice. There was a good intensity and weight on the palate as well, with more of those petit fruits rouge picked up on the nose alongside muscular acidity and a nice creamy mousse. On the finish, little oxidative shades emerged amidst a lively dry minerality. Nice.

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2001 Tenuta di Trinoro Toscana IGT

Red Bordeaux Blend more

2/2/2016 - Paul S wrote: 95 points

A beautiful, effortless wine. This was easily 10-15 years from peak, but already brilliant. It had such an intriguing nose, with wafts of sweet cherries and dried strawberries laced with wild herb and bramble, dried earth and just that little ring of something smoky in the distance. Glorious. On the palate, the wine still felt youthful and primary, with rich, intense flavours of dark berries, plums and black cherries, but the density and depth was balanced by a deep river of underlying acidity that lent the wine a wonderfully juicy energy and strength. Fine tannins gave the wine a lovely chew and texture as it slid past the midpalate and into generous finish flushed with warm spice and more of that brambly, herby goodness. Delicious, complete and effortless, but there is so much packed in here still waiting to unfold. Brilliant stuff.

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2008 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée

Pinot Noir more

12/12/2015 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

This was a charming wine, but in a more subtle way than the very showy 2013 iteration on the same flight. This was a touch reductive and matchsticky on first pour, but those smells blew away quite quickly to show a pleasant nose of stony mineral woven around a core of subtle dark fruit and fragrant spice notes. With time, a little citrus lift and something fresh that reminded me of sprigs of mint came out as well. Certainly a tighter bouquet than the pretty 2013, but nice in its own way. The palate showed lots of juicy fruit, with dark cherries and berries, maybe some sour plums, all laced with a bright, blood orange acidity. There was still a layering of oak and some structure showing beneath that, with some powdery tannins coming out towards the chewy finish which trailed away with a linger of spice and mineral, but this came across as very elegant overall, with a seductive sweetness and purity married to a nicely textural mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious. This took awhile to get going. It was not as immediately giving as 2013, more reserved perhaps, but I thought it had oodles of charm. A very nice village, I had quite forgotten having had this before a few years back, but it has come along nicely and it should get even better as it opens up over the next few years.

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2013 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée

Pinot Noir more

12/12/2015 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

Very commendable. Liger-Belair’s straight Vosne-Romanee village is made from a blend of wines from 12 single vineyards, comprising different soils, from clay to more limestone, up and down the slope of the Cote. Average vine age is between 40-60 years. This started with a very expressive nose. Like all of the other wines on show, there was a whiff of oak, with something akin to roasted nuts and lots of toasty spice aromas weaving in and out a deep red-fruited core, with drifts of cherry syrup and faint floral notes alongside stony earth and mineral undertones. Gorgeous aromatics, even if the oak stood out a bit. I thought it was a really nice drink on the palate too. With its youth, it was still influenced by a light grip of fresh tannins and more than a far share of oak, but this had a lovely purity and energy to it, with a lifted dance of pure cherries and fresh berries on the attack and midpalate laced with a nice spiciness that lingered on the finish, where a touch of grippy acidity and some drying tannins nestled in the backpalate, giving the ending a rather surprising bite. I thought the wine had good depth and a surprising intensity for a young village wine, but it was actually the clarity and elegance of this that I really enjoyed. Very nice overall, with great raw material. It does needs a few years to shed the oak and pull together around its spine of stirring acidity though.

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2001 Nicolas Potel Charmes-Chambertin

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

12/15/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Prime of Life Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): Good but boring. If at all possible, this semmed to be quite a mechanical, paint-by-numbers Burgundy. It had a nice nose, with a touch of funky forest floor alongside dark cherries and plums and a hint of spice and rubber. The palate showed a good bit of fresh, juicy acidity running through a muscular, broad-shouldered mouthful of cherries edged with earth and spice and a touch of orange peel towards the finish. All in all, well-made and quite classily shaped, with just a touch of drying tannins throwing the overall feel off by a bit. However, the wine seemed to lack passion and interest and, like the Romanee St Vivant before it, came across quite monolithic. In fact, it was similar enough to the previous wine for us to guess that this was another 2001 Potel Grand Cru en magnum, albeit from an indeterminate village in the Cote de Nuits. Altogether, good, but not great

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2001 Nicolas Potel Romanée St. Vivant

Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

12/15/2015 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

Prime of Life Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): First of a pair of rather disappointing Potel bottles. I have had a couple of bottles of this particular wine in the past. One really nice one in 2012 followed a very disappointing example in 2013. Unfortunately, this bottle was more akin to the later than the former. It was not a bad wine by any means, but again fell way short of what one would expect from a good RSV. I must say that it did have a beautiful nose, with whiffs of black cherries and the very darkest berries tossed together with some funky earth and meat, and a twist of licorice. Nice, but not quite RSV – this came across more like a very extracted Pommard or, dare I say, even a Chateauneuf-du-Pape with that bouquet. No one got it right blind. The palate shared some of the character of the nose. Far from the elegance and silk one would expect from the vineyard, we instead got lots of power and richness in the wine’s expression of dark cherries and blackberries. On the attack and midpalate at least, this certainly had impressive depth, even for a Grand Cru, and a nice bit of freshness as well. I just thought it felt rather clunky and lacking in charm, with a certain monolithic stubbornness that sometimes afflicts Potel’s wines. The finish conspired to thin out a little too, with the fruit fading behind a cloak of spice and herb Altogether, a decently good drink but, even in a magnum format, this is a wine that seems to be quickly losing its vitality and charm.

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1985 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Chambolle-Musigny

Pinot Noir more

12/15/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Prime of Life Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): Wow. This village wine was a canvas for showing off the joys of a mature Burgundy from a great vintage, well-stored (in a magnum no less), and drank just as it hit its peak. 50% of the wine came from young vines Musigny I am told, as these were the days before Vogue declassified the Moose into a Chambolle 1er Cru, and the quality certainly showed. It had a wonderful nose that just wafted out of the glass with meltingly sweet aromas of cherries and berries, spice and herb, with a lovely floral perfume of dried rose petals weaving in and out of the fruit. Beautiful. The palate was classic 1985, marrying sappy depth and sweet sunny flesh to a great freshness and purity, so that there was a lovely fresh-fruited crunch to its sweet flavours of cherries and red berries, again perfumed with a nice floral character. This really was a perfect gem of a Chambolle-Musigny, with a jewel-like clarity and elegance to it. From magnum, it was at peak and drinking wonderful well too. Of course it did not quite have the weight of a great Grand Cru, but at 30 years of age, this was probably one of the best Burgundy villages that I have ever had.

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2011 Hubert Lamy Bourgogne Blanc Les Chataigners

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1/16/2016 - Paul S wrote: 89 points

Maybe not quite as good as the last bottle, but still a very commendable Bourgogne. A Chablis-like nose of chalk, cream and saline mineral on the nose was chased by a bright, citrusy palate, where flavours of guava flesh were streaked with zippy lemon pip and lime zest notes. Tons of bright acidity kept the wine really lively in spite of its surprising depth for a Bourgogne throughout, and there was this lovely spine on stony, flinty minerally that carried the wine into a nice long finish. The only thing that bugged me was the slightly awkward feel on the midpalate, with the acidity sticking out from amidst the fruit so that it came across rather tart at points. Otherwise, a very pleasant wine that was punching well above its weight. Drinking decently now, it should get even better after a couple of years so long as the fruit lasts long enough for the acidity to settle down and integrate.

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NV Henri Giraud Champagne Brut Esprit Blanc de Blancs

Chardonnay more

1/14/2016 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

By the glass at Nicolas. Very pleasant. This had a fresh nose of lemons and apples, a touch of fresh herb and a little hint of oxidation. On the palate, a fresh lively mousse and nice lemony acidity was met by a nice crunch of green apples. A touch of mineral and herb than rounded it off. Fresh, bright, yet with a nice creaminess amidst its tension - a good NV.

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1970 Château Clerc Milon

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend more

12/15/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Prime of Life Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): A really delicious matured Bordeaux. Not the strongest Claret by any means, but in a magnum format, it was drinking at what seems like peak. This was classic Pauillac. It smelt like a gentleman’s club on the nose, with deep leather and tobacco aromas swirling around a lighter core of sweet cassis, earth and capsicum notes. Very nice. The palate was completely resolved and almost seemed to melt in the mouth, with soft, barely there tannins and perfectly integrated acidity dripping through lovely, pure notes of cassis and capsicum, earth and mineral, with just a twist of black tea at the finish. This was utterly delicious, especially when paired with a lamb dish. It did lack some oomph, coming across rather light-weight, but boy was it at a sweet spot and drinking marvelously well. I half suspect that normal 750ml bottles would be slightly past it, but in a magnum, it was at a perfect place.

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2000 Chateau Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend more

12/15/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Prime of Life Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): A pretty good wine, drinking quite nicely out of a magnum. As always, this was quite impossible to pick out when blind, but it all made perfect sense when unveiled. There was a whiff of Musar’s typical melange of earthy funk, meat and tobacco on the nose, along with complex notes of cherries and wild berries, capsicums, and something faintly floral – dried rose petals maybe. That funk carried across to the palate as, where there was a trace of smelliness I could best describe as wet goat fur drifting its way around an otherwise lovely, bright mouthful of cherries and berries on the attack and midpalate, and then notes of wild herb, menthol and a unusual hint of gingko nut around the finish, all this laced with soft, powdery tannins. Overall, not fantastic, but this was a nice wine, drinking well too.

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1981 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

12/15/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Prime of Life Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): We have all become fans of Francois Bertheau’s wines in the past few years, so it was a bit of a treat to try his father’s handiwork – especially since the Bonnes Mares is probably the best wine in the family’s stable. This was the only wine on the night that came in two separate 750ml bottles rather than in a magnum format, but pours from either bottle still felt really alive for an almost 35 year-old Burgundy from a middling vintage. It had a beautiful nose, with perfumy wafts of dried flowers and orange peel floating about mature aromas of dried cherries and blueberries, then sour plums and earth – a lot of people actually guessed Chambolle with a pretty bouquet like that. The palate was a lovely mix of the soft and the firm. Fine tannins had already mellowed into a creamy mouthfeel, but there was also some muscle left, with a nice strength showing in the wine’s flavours of cherry and blueberry seasoned with a flush of dried flowers and spice. Actually, very strong for 1981 I thought, with a nice succulence on the midpalate and decent acidity keeping the wine on its feet nicely. There was just a touch of austerity showing in the long finish, and this was nowhere as silkily elegant as the recent Francois Bertheau examples. However, all that apart, it was really pleasurable and full of charm – a wine that I enjoyed tremendously. Probably time to drink up.

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2002 Peter Michael Chardonnay Mon Plaisir

Knights Valley more

12/15/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Prime of Life Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): A lovely new world Chardonnay, quite at peak now. This had a beautifully perfumed nose – flowers and sweet cream, beeswax and honey, with ripe lemons and sweeter stone fruit aromas, all rounded off with a touch of salted caramel and toasty oak. I was actually quite surprised that a lot of people guessed that this was a Grand Cru Burgundy with a sunny nose like that, but I could just about see why when we got to the elegant balance and integration on the palate – qualities that more often than not escape warmer new world Chardonnays. There was a really nice yumminess to this, with creamy flavors of sweet peach and apricots and nectarines shaded with just a touch of toasted corn and coconut oak notes. There was lovely weight, but also equally lovely balance throughout, with the acid and fruit all beautifully integrated from the attack to the long finish with its dash of spice. I thought the oak treatment was obvious, but otherwise, this was very delicious in a very upfront, summery way. In magnum, this was at peak and really enjoyable now – a great example of what a Californian Chardonnay can be.

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2008 Georg Breuer Riesling Estate Rüdesheim

Rheingau more

12/15/2015 - Paul S wrote: 89 points

Prime of Life Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): In an odd German Riesling magnum format, this bottle looked a bit like a baseball bat in its length and dimensions. The wine itself was a bit on the simple side, but it was otherwise pleasing enough. The nose showed telltale petroleum notes alongside sweeter aromas of apple flesh and then some lemon zest and a nice dose of chalky minerality. The palate came across very juicy and lemony at first, but then opened up into apples and a hint of white peach on the midpalate, with a little flesh peeking out from its bright acid frame. I found this to be very elegant and light on its feet; perhaps a touch simple, but good with food. It does need a more few years in the bottle though.

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1994 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau

Red Rhone Blend more

12/15/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

Prime of Life Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): A real charmer of a CDP and (from a magnum) at a perfect place for drinking now. It started out with a wonderful nose, with meaty, earthy tones - roast beef I thought – shading a core of black cherries and sweet plums seasoned with warm, fragrant spices and fresh herb. There were some bretty, gym sock hints at the sides, but these added interest rather than distracted from what was otherwise a lovely bouquet. The brettiness came out again on the palate, but again not in large enough doses to distract from the wine’s better qualities. Here, fine-boned, ever-so-slightly powdery tannins and gentle acidity framed pure, expressive flavours of cassis, blackberries on the attack and midpalate, and then a lovely earthy minerality as the wine glided into a succulent finish. Neither the most powerful nor the most complex, but this was a real charmer, perfectly balanced and nicely elegant, showing all of the dialed-back presence and classic styling that I always enjoy in Vieux Telegraphe wines. A great drink, especially in the context of the weaker vintage.

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White - Sparkling

NV Bereche et Fils Champagne Brut Réserve

Champagne Blend more

12/15/2015 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Prime of Life Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): A fun Champagne, I liked this from magnum quite a bit more than the bottle I tried at EMP a few years back. 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Pinot Meunier, the bottle was marked Non-Vintage, but had some useful information on the back-label, including the fact that the base year for the wine was 2012, and that it was disgorged in Feb 2015. A bit reductive at first, it opened up into a very effervescent nose with time, showing lots of bright scents - fresh herb and mint, lime zest and green apples. Attractive. The palate was really fresh and lively too. There was clearly quite a bit of power and intensity on the wine, but what stood out more was its bright acidity and a really bubbly mousse that streamed out alongside a pure crunch of green apples and fresh cucumbers. Past those super-fresh flavours, a little dosage showed up with lightly sweet apple cider notes spreading past the midpalate and into the finish. Altogether a very decent NV and a fun drink even if, in a magnum format at least, it was way too young. This will be interesting to try it again in 4-5 years.

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White - Sparkling

2004 Gaston Chiquet Champagne Blanc de Blancs d'Aÿ Grand Cru

Chardonnay more

12/15/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Prime of Life Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): I have had the 2004 Chiquet Special Club several times and loved each bottle. This was just a step behind I would say, but still really nice. It had a lovely nose, with fresh cream and white flowers and a soft sweetness, like the aroma of spun-sugar (I thought Chinese Dragon-Beard candy) and then a hint of white bread. A very pretty bouquet. The palate echoed the nose quite well. It was nicely elegant, with a gentle mousse framing soft, round, fleshy white-fruited flavours, and then a little stream of minerality peeking out at the finish. There was a nice, gentle presence and demenour to the wine. Unlike some other 2004s, it was fresh, but not threateningly so, with a beautifully integrated balance that, wed to its creamy textured roundness, made it so easy to drink. I think Champagne always tastes better out of a magnum, and this really just slipped down the throat. It was not the most powerful, but boy was it charming. Approachable and very enjoyable now, I do not think that this will be the most long-lived of 2004s, but it should continue to give lots of pleasure over the short to medium term.

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1999 Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart

Clos de Tart Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/25/2015 - Paul S wrote: flawed

1996 / 1999 / 2001 Burgundy Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): Very slightly, but very sadly corked. On the nose, telltale notes of cardboard and a strange whiff of almonds floated amongst more pleasant tones of cherries and blueberries, flowers and earth, and a nice dash of Morey spice. Unfortunately, everything did seem rather muted by the TCA. The palate was slightly less affected, so that it still showed as a nice marriage of power and purity, with an effortless balance glowing through a tremendously deep expression of dark cherries and blueberries and hawflakes, all held in the grip of fine powdery tannins. There was a nice effortlessness and a nice breadth of flavours in the mouth, along with the structure and freshness to last decades. Unfortunately, this felt a little scalped at points and, with that corkiness, I really could not tell if a clean bottle would have been better. Sad.

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2000 Bouchard Père et Fils La Romanée

La Romanée Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/25/2015 - Paul S wrote: 95 points

1996 / 1999 / 2001 Burgundy Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): The penultimate vintage of Bouchard’s Regis Forey-made La Romanee (Liger-Belair took the vineyard back in 2002), this was superb. It was decanted 3 hours before serving, and this needed the time and air too. Of all the wines on the night, it had the richest nose, with thick, powerful scents of dark berries and plums that were deeply interwoven with notes of spice and fragrant dried flowers. A lovely bouquet –masculine, yet holding out a promise of perfume and refinement. The palate more than delivered on that promise. It was serious, deep and complete, with a full, powerful mouthful of plums and dark cherries riding on a deeper underlayer of earth and mineral. Still super-youthful, with lots of juicy acidity and a firm structure that carried it into a long, powerful finish of spice, earth and eucalyptus notes, this was a very serious wine with tons of potential yet. Not quite as monolithic as the Grivot Echezeaux that preceded it I think, but this too could use a good 10 more years in the bottle. Excellent.

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1999 Domaine Jean Grivot Echezeaux

Echezeaux Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/25/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

1996 / 1999 / 2001 Burgundy Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): I guess we should not have expected anything else from a Grivot Grand Cru, especially from a vintage like 1999, but this was far too young – at least a decade away from being ready I would say. Otherwise, it was a very solid Ecehzeaux. It was already tight on the nose, with a sprinkle of spice and dried earth over a brooding core of dark cherries and berry aromas and a whiff of wet stone coming on behind. Likewise, the palate was fine, but still very monolithic. Here, a deep core of dark cherries on the attack and midpalate gave way to an altogether earthier finish with notes of mineral and spice rounding off the backpalate. It was big, full and muscular, yet showed a nice clarity and balance. Altogether, a nicely fine, broad-shouldered wine. This is built to last though, and needs a good 10 more years before it gets anywhere.

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1996 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Bonnes Mares

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

11/25/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

1996 / 1999 / 2001 Burgundy Dinner (Yan, National Gallery, Singapore): Very good, as would be expected of a Vogue Boness Mares, without really hitting the heights. This had been double-decanted in the afternoon, which I thought was helpful. By the evening, it had a beautiful nose, with light notes of earth and mushroom floating about a core of blueberries, and then drifts of floral perfume and a gentle spiciness at the sides - very Chambolle-like. There was a lovely clarity and delicacy about the palate, which again nodded towards Chambolle, with the finest tannins and bright acidity surrounding clear flavours of blueberries and dark cherries, but there was also a nice sense of power beneath that. A good marriage of feminine elegance and masculine strength – the way I like my Bonnes Mares. If there was any criticism, I would have said that it was perhaps just a touch of the leaner side, with the fruit giving way to notes of earth and mineral past the midpalate. However, there was a beautiful finesse to this wine, with a feminine, almost perfumed character coming out at the finish, where violets mingled with the earthier notes. All in all, a really nice wine. With the early opening of the bottle, this seemed quite good to go, although I am confident that it should last very well in the bottle for years yet.

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