94 Points

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - Chateau de Beaucastel Dinner (Tippling Club, Singapore): This was beautiful. Much deeper and broader than the straight Beaucastel blanc on the first flight, the nose flowed out of the glass with rich stone fruit aromas, think peach and nectarines, and then golden honey and white flowers, like acacia and osmanthus, and just a little touch of spice at the edges. Very nice. With time, a bit of chalky minerality floated up to add even more complexity to the bouquet. I really liked that, but it was really on the palate that the wine truly wow-ed me. It had layer upon layers of depth, with lovely honeyed flavours, custard apple and stone fruited nuances at the core and motes of tropical fruit, spice and white flowers floating around like a little halo of higher-toned notes - all this couched in a luxuriously creamy body. This wine was large-scaled, generous, and yet beautiful balanced in spite of its rich depth and powerful flavours, with a good touch of acidity that lent the wine a lovely sense of focus and helped to lift it slightly as it stretched away into a wonderfully long finish. Absolutely beautiful, and it was just perfect with a beautiful dish of sea-urchin risotto topped with a dollop of fresh cream and generous shavings of Provence black truffles.

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