91 Points

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de Beze and Clos des Ruchottes dinner (Conrad Hotel, Singapore): Really interesting Champagne - this was a good NV. Needs time though. It had a pretty tight nose, rather earthy, minerally, with a nice touch of exotic spice and just that little bit of citrus fruit opening up into nutty accents with time. The palate had nice grip for a wine made from 1er Cru grapes, with a snappy, bright, indeed almost tart attack with citrus lemon and lime notes streaming away into an absolutely minerally midpalate and a long, bone-dry finish. Very interesting, full of character, wonderfully delineated, but just perhaps a bit too much acidity to be truly enjoyable at the moment. Even a rather rich dish of scallops in squid-ink risotto was not qutie enough to tame this. One to broach in another 3-4 years' time I think. Supern value for its price though.

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