Similar to previous bottle. Took a bit of aeration to show up. Clean and balance but could have more intensity. 0.13 ha of land. Vines planted in 1968. 36 hl/ha. 50% new oak barrel. 13% alcohol. Bottle #654 out of 942. Tiny production. A lot of useful information on the label! Drinking this wine with "The Sound of Silence" in the background, everything seems to match seamlessly. Bizarre. I want the 1967 Alfa Romeo Spider in the movie "The Graduate". (A-)
Good nose, floral and clean. Rose petal and stem on the nose, almost sweet. Fresh acidity of the vintage, very lively. This wine is about finesse rather than power, not very long or big but very good balance overall. No hint of alcohol with slightly drying mid-palate. Hint of oak at finish. Picked up the 6-pack for a song last year during close out sales. Pretty good QPR. (A-)
Dinner with Monthly Group at Level 2 (Level 2, The American Club, Singapore): Not quite as breathtaking as the last time round, but this was still an excellent wine. It had such a pretty nose, with high-toned, perfumy accents of violets and fragrant spice floating around a core of red cherries, sour plums and sweeter strawberry jam aromas. With time in the decanter, a touch of savoury herb and a tiny hint of oak drifted out amidst the fruit. Really lovely. The palate was rather tighter than the bottle we tried last year, showing a bit more structure and grip. It had the same lovely clarity and to its pure tones of dark cherries and strawberries that I remembered from the last time round, but there was also a super firm spine of fine tannins and orangey acidity undergirding the fruit, carrying the wine in a firm grip all the way into a lovely long finish, with bits of chicory and cinamon spice peeking out at the end. Lovely depth, wonderful clarity, elegant length - still a baby, but this was very enjoyable indeed. This may well be one of those wines that shows well throughout its life. I am looking forward to drinking my bottles over the next 10 years or so.
Meet the man - Nicolas Potel (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck @ Paragon): Alcohol :: 13% The Champeaux is good, but the Petit Monts is clearly a step up in term of overall harmony, purity and finesse, if not the power. Absolutely intriguing here with its exotic Asian spices and rose petal aromas intermixed with sweet strawberry and red cherry as well as autumn leaves. Excellent precision and focus here, elegant and feminine with power well hiding underneath. I especially enjoy the creamy, velvety texture and the complexity, purity of fruits is absolutely first class. Great persistent on the very long, mineral and spices infused finished. 92-93+
2010 Maison Roche de Bellene / Nicolas Potel Dinner (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): This was beautiful - the pick of the bunch amongst a trio of very nice Vosnes. It had a really nice nose, with typical scents of wood spice and angelica root floating around a core of dark cherries and plums with a little floral top-note. Really attractive, seductive stuff. The palate was every bit as good, Rich yet pure, velvety yet structured, there was a wonderful lightness and clarity to otherwise rich, sappy flavours of dark cherries, black berries and plums. These were then wed to a savoury, earthy, wood spicy depth on the midpalate that stretched away beautifully into a long, lithe, elegantly sculpted finish. A superbly integrated wine for something so young, yet this is one that will aged effortlessly for a long, long time. A beautiful wine that would easily be mistaken for a Grand Cru if served blind. Brilliant stuff. One of the table's favourite reds of the night.
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