Welcome Back Kelvin! (Kelvin and Joyce's Place, Bishan): A good wine indeed, but ultimately a little disappointing for an RSV from such a strong vintage. It must be said though, it is not the first bottle of Potel RSV that has failed to bowl me over. This did have a beautiful nose; very floral, with perfumed roses strewn over lovely red cherry aromas, and then a little undertone of sous bois, a twist of menthol and nice bits of spice running alongside - beautiful. The palate seemed to be at a really good place, with a soft, melting feel to it lent by the finest tannins and perfectly integrated acidity. It was fresh, yet was nicely integrated; possessed a nice backbone, yet had a pleasing suppleness to its ripe, sunny flavours of red cherries and raspberries - really pleasurable. The midpalate was rather less generous however, with the sappy fruit taking a back seat to shades of sour plum and orange peel and dashes of wood spice. I thought this had nice complexity, but it lacked some of the layered depth of a good Grand Cru, especially for a vintage as strong 2002. This even clearer at the finish – there was a lovely freshness here, but it felt rather less integrated and was a lot more austere than the nose and attack promised, going slightly bittersweet with a tail of minerally earth and roots at the end. A very good, but not quite up to expectations when unblinded. One to try again maybe in 5 years time – I am not entirely convinced at the wine's potential to age, but it will hopefully flesh out more by then.
2011 Simple Dinner Series 14 :: Ed's big day (Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant, The Forum Shopping Mall, Orchard Road): Alcohol :: 13.5% Medium ruby red with light hue. Tighter than the roty but deeper and larger scale. The nose is still rather primary that loaded with fresh plum, blackberry, haw flakes intermixed beautifully with Asian spiciness and earth. Harmony, though not big scale but perfectly balance, razor sharp focus and precision, beautifully layer with polished structured that leads to the truly fine tannin for the grip, long lingering finish though not still a little bit shy. This should continue to evolve in the bottle for a decade and I hope will gain better weight in the bottle too. 92-94
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