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White

2009 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Riesling Kabinett

Nahe more

7/25/2015 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

At home over cards with Allen and Shin. This was A really rich Kabinett, and still quite primary to boot. It had some quality, but this really does not seemed to have developed much from the last bottle 4 years ago. Grapey sugar aromas on the nose were just starting to give way to green apple, peach and mineral shades. On the palate, sweet, Spatlese-like flavours of green apples were coated with more honeyed stone fruit and another layer of that primary, grapey sweetness. This was all balanced by a nice bit of mouthwatering acidity and there was a real substance to the way the wine filled the mouth into the back palate, but it just somehow felt a bit tight-fisted and brutish. Overall, decently good, but the next bottle will only be open in 3-4 years time.

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Red

2003 Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz Langi

Grampians more

7/24/2015 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

With Jerming at home. Very nice, but at 12 years old, still way too young. It had a bright, attractive nose, with blue and black fruit laced with violets, herbs and peppery spice and just that little remnant of sweet oak. With time, a little earth and some meatiness started drifting out as well. Nice, but quite primary, just starting to put on secondary complexities. On the palate, sweet, lush, rather sappy notes of blueberries and plums were laced with fine, but still chewy tannins and gobs of juicy acidity. Quite yummy, but this still needs time to soften and integrate, even to shed some puppy fat. It probably needs food at this point as well. It is good wine though, nicely balanced, quite complete, so that one did not feel the 15% in the mouth. Decent finish too, with a little flush of spice and a twist of orange peel. Pretty good but too young. This should be quite nice in 5-10 years.

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Red

2004 Christophe Roumier Ruchottes-Chambertin

Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

7/22/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Not for those who are sensitive to green meanies, but if you can get past that, this was actually very pleasant. It had a wonderfully aromatic nose, rather a mix of Chambolle and Gevrey with some 2004 mixed in, wafting out of the glass with perfumed drifts of flowers, red fruit and Chinese herbs like ginseng and Angelica roots swirling around. Very nice. The palate was rather more reserved, with more clearly Gevrey muscle and grip underlying pure notes of red cherries and berries. The midpalate was laced with flowers and a little earth just that touch of green herb pulling into a long finish. Not the greatest depth for a Grand Cru, but there was a wonderful freshness and energy to go alongside the muscular structure. Very impressive, and this still has its best years ahead of it.

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Red

2005 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Corton Vieilles Vignes

Corton Grand Cru Pinot Noir more

7/22/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Pretty good. This spoke of the quality of the vintage, but it was still really tight and partially asleep. On the nose, the remnants of new oak mingled with sweet blueberry, violet and light earthy notes. The palate was very symptomatic of 2005, with a blush of ripe fruit on the forefront very quickly giving way to fine but robust tannins and well-knitted acidity that gave the wine both a sense of purity and a certain reserve. The finish was long and full, with a nice lushness of fruit underpinned by that serious structure. A very good wine, technically vey correct, but this easily needs a decade or more.

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Red

1995 Remoissenet Père et Fils Beaune 1er Cru Perrières

Pinot Noir more

7/22/2015 - Paul S wrote: flawed

Pretty good. This was a classic 1995 - sinewy, athletic, with a touch of austerity without quite being stingy. Little spice and earth and sour cherry notes on the nose were matched by similar tones on the palate. Beneath that, a clean, clear structure of fine tannins and bright acidity stretched away into a nicely chewy, slightly citrusy finish that tailed away with a blush of Beaune spice. Altogether, quite nice, if just a touch characterless. Time to drink up.

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Red

2004 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend more

7/19/2015 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Dim Sum Club at Ding Dong (Ding Dong, Ann Siang Hill, Singapore): I liked this quite a bit the last time I tried it. Not so impressed this time round. It was still decently good, but rather tighter and woodier and less charming. On the nose, a distinctly brambly, spicy twang cut through rich aromas of plums and blueberries that almost brought to mind Syrah. Only with time and air did a more Bordelais hint of capsicum start drifting out. A more old world sensibility set in on the palate, with grippy, slightly powdery tannins and juicy acidity forming a frame for chewy flavours of cassis, plums and dark berries. The finish was a bit muted, maybe even muddled, with structure and fruit and a little herby, brambly note stumbling their way into a rather unconvincing end. Altogether, not bad, but not great. This seems to be going through an awkward stage. I would lay it aside for 4-5 years and hope it works itself out by then and reverts to the rather more charming wine that I remember.

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Red

2010 Frederic Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets

Pinot Noir more

7/19/2015 - Paul S wrote: 90 points

Dim Sum Club at Ding Dong (Ding Dong, Ann Siang Hill, Singapore): Very decent, if a bit on the modern side. The nose was pretty enough, but comes across really primary, with a flush of sweet red cherry and rose petal aromas touched by a little stalkiness. On the palate, more red fruited notes on the attack were wed to bright acidity and a solid structure of fine, firm tannins with a touch of woodiness at the end. There was the sweetness of a warm vintage to this, but the wine seemed a bit asleep, with the structure coming to the fore. Altogether, pretty well-made, but very young and rather shut down. Will be better in 8-10 years.

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White - Fortified

NV Valdespino Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Solera 1842 20 Year Old Oloroso VOS

Palomino Fino more

7/19/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

Dim Sum Club at Ding Dong (Ding Dong, Ann Siang Hill, Singapore): Very nice. Rich and moreish, the nose wafted out of the glass with layers of treacle and molasses, dried figs and sweet Christmas spice. Really attractive. On the off-dry palate, a nicely rounded mouthful of red berries and dried cherries was seasoned with more of those complex spice and savoury brown sugar notes picked up on the nose. Fresh acidity kept the wine nicely balanced all the way into a richly layered finish of raisins, dried figs and Christmas cake infused with woody spice. With time, a nice hazelnut to tone started coming out as well. Very nice. This went well with both slightly spicy dishes as well as dessert.

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Rosť - Sparkling

NV Moutard Père et Fils Champagne Rose de Cuvaison

Champagne Blend more

7/19/2015 - Paul S wrote: 91 points

Dim Sum Club at Ding Dong (Ding Dong, Ann Siang Hill, Singapore): I liked this. 100% Pinot Noir rose. It had a very characterful nose, with a slightly oxidative, meaty edge to notes of sour cherries and red berries. The palate was very vinous, with a grippy, almost tannic chew and bright acidity running through fleshy, powerful flavours of red cherry and white meat flecked with just the slightest hints of spice and mineral. This had a nice open mouthfeel and a good deliciousness to it. Enjoyable.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

1989 Château Rieussec

Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

7/12/2015 - Paul S wrote: 93 points

375ml at home with the Lees. It has been some years since I last had this and it is in very good form indeed. If anything, it has mellowed into a subtler, less outwardly hedonistic wine, and it is all the better for that. On the nose, notes of brown sugar and mineral and spice are now started to come to the fore form beneath more primary scents of dried apricots and sultanas. Same thing on the palate too. The sweet honey and dried apricots and mangoes were still there in charming fashion, showing off the summery warmth of the vintage, but there was a nice sense of balance and complexity really showing, with gentle citrus shades and more of the spice and mineral picked up on the nose stretching out into a subtly mouthwatering finish lined with bittersweet orange peel. This is just starting to hit the point where great Sauternes show their ageless beauty, and it was very good indeed.

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Red

2001 Domaine Alain Michelot Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Porêts Saint-Georges

Pinot Noir more

7/11/2015 - Paul S wrote: 92 points

At Ivan's. Still really pleasant, but less compelling than the last few bottles - this felt a touch thinner, less generous. A truer expression of a 2001 NSG maybe. It was still really good though. The nose was a nice melange of meat and earth, dark cherry and a little flush of brambly spice, all lined with a streak of ferrous mineral. The palate was clean as a whistle, with bright 2001 acidity laced through a sinewy mouthful of dark cherries and spice and earthy, mineral notes still structured with fine, muscular tannins. It lacked some of the depth of the previous bottles, but had a nice presence to it nonetheless. Good finish too, with a nice grip at the end. Very nice and drinking well now.

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Red

2013 Giuseppe Cortese Dolcetto d'Alba

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7/9/2015 - Paul S wrote: 89 points

At Cut. A decent drink. A lifted nose of bright black cherry, dusty herb and violet flower notes framed a fresh, juicy palate with gobs of bright fruit speared through by vibrant acidity. On the midpalate, little sprinkles of herb, bramble and dried earth trailed away into spicy finish. Pleasant and food friendly. A wine of character, but very young indeed - leave it aside for 3 or 4 years and you should get a nice drink.

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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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