Popped and poured over 2 hours. This got better with some air over the course of the meal. Black fruited nose, showing some mushroom and clove. The palate is deep and flavorful showing more black cherry, with a texture that is silky and supple.
This is why Echezeaux is always the unloved stepchild. No matter how nice an Echezeaux is, the Grands Echezeaux is always a step up and sometimes several. So it is here. This is immediately more distinctive in flavor than the Ech, obscured for a bit behind an almost Bordeaux-like tannic structure, but eventually the front-end tannin almost completely melts away, revealing material that's gratifyingly vinous but with a creamy fullness and gloss. Despite that fullness, when you toss it around in your mouth it feels barely thicker than silk. It shows just the slightest touch of a graphite-like minerality and a slight cinnamon scent, a nice forecast of what I hope it'll show with more time to develop.
"Farewell" Party for Sasi (Lam Soon): Initially very closed up with singer oil and baygon but after about 20mins in the glass, more fruits came to the fore with dash of mushroom dust, beef blood and ginger skin. Good fruit of ripe cherries and orange peels with undercurrent of floral components as well. Velvety mouthfeel, goiod tannins and good fruit for longer aging.
Sasi's farewell tasting (Richfield, Lam Soon Building, Singapore): This looked the youngest wine of the day, with a dark core and a still pinkish rim. Really, really tight at first, nose was mostly dominate by glycerin, varnish and I thought just the slightest hint of metallic. Same thing on the palate – velvety tannins notwithstanding, I found the wine rather tight and hard, with quite a bit of extract and lots of acid. Its rich, plump cherry notes were about the only attractive feature. A couple of sips and I set the glass aside to drink the other goodies first. Thankfully, it evolved very nicely in the next half-hour. The varnish and glycerin peeled away to show earth, mushroom and pleasant cherries tones interwoven with coffee notes. Still young and tight, but pretty pleasant. Returning to the palate, I found it a lot more opened, with more of the rich cherry tones, morellos I thought, along with a touch of ginger and a finish that lengthened and stretched out in the mouth with time, showing crystalline fruit, orange peel and flowers. Very nice indeed, with superb quality of fruit, but it needs a lot more time yet.
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