Joyce and Gillian's Birthday soiree (Faber Lodge Function Room): Wow! 2 beautiful wines in its bloom in a row, this followed closely to the aromatics and flowery path of the 85 Volnay . Just as floral and with more delineation and structure which made all of us call out as a definite Chambolle GC! But lo and behold, we were all stumped yet again that this is no less a supposedly more serious structured commune that was not known for being so floral. But nonetheless, as much as terroir might not feel logical for this wine for whatever the reason, this was also a beauty as much as the Volnay was. Delicious palate, more sumptuous, weightier and bolder than the prior.
Soiree (Mount Faber Lodge, Singapore): Another pleasant surprise. I love it when a Burg that is neither from the strongest vineyard, nor from the strongest vintage, turns out this good. This stunned the table almost as much as the incredible 1986 Bitouzet Prieur Volnay 1er did. Nose was even more expressive than the Volnay, and very un-Latricieres-like. Really high-toned, with tons of attractive floral notes wed to glroiously singing cherry, strawberry and raspberry tones - red-fruits galore, along with a little dose of vanilla pods at the side. The palate attacked with more red fruit, which had a lovely sappiness to it, along with some spice, more florals and another little notch of vanilla. Nice enough flavours, but what really set the wine apart was the way it was so seamlessly woven together. There was a lovely, soft plushness to the mouthfeel, yet no lack of structure (which was very fine) and acidity (which was very fresh). The wine was just so incredible balanced that it was a real joy to drink. Finish was every bit as integrated as the rest of the wine, showing fresh cherries alongside little sprigs of mint which grew more pronounced with time. Not a touch of 1998 hardness here, just pure, unadulterated Burgundy pleasure. Almost everyone on the table thought this was a top-end Chambolle given the ridiculously attractive floral notes, and most thought 1990. I changed my guess to a 1990 Clos-de-Beze at the last minute, as the sappy red fruit just blossomed in the glass. No one in a million years would have recognised this as a 1998 Latricieres. Wonderful.
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