La Paulée Meets Chicago (Dinner) (Blackbird - Chicago IL): Small pour, brief note. Once again this wine is "wow," with lots of fresh, lush black and red fruit, fantastic savory spice throughout. Long finish, great power at the end. Certainly a top red tonight. Slightly better than the 1993 served alongside.
Was tighter than the Ech with some sappy, floral spice. It was dense with a strand of liquorice weaving through the flavour profile. It finished with sweet tannins and length of flavour was super. It needs more time.
Dinner with Mrs L, HY and Jeremy (The Fat Cow, Singapore): Handing me a glass of this, all Jeremy would say was 1990 burgundy. Medium ruby in color, it had an intoxicating bouquet that was all about red fruit -- ripe raspberry, dried cranberry -- with subtle mineral notes in the background. On the palate, there was a rich and laden core but it was tight and unyielding at first, like a coiled velvet spring. In the course of the next 30-40 minutes the polished, elegant layers gradually unfolded. The finish was so fine-grained and exquisite it was like a faint shot of raspberry dust up the nose. In retrospect there were a few giveaway DRC traits, as I think nobody does "fine" in quite the same way this estate does it. As this wine matures over the next 10 years, perhaps 1-2 more points on the enjoyment scale? Already very enjoyable though. (And no I couldn't guess it...)
The most powerful wine of the bracket, crammed with delicious red and black fruits and possessing a kind of supercharged sweetness in the mouth. It breathed to show some delightful aromas of fresh roses and had smokiness from the stems. Despite its size it is brilliantly proportioned and seems to be just entering a great drinking phase that could last for many decades.
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