Wine Bash of the Year 2012 (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria): I really wanted to shower this wine with my love, but in the end, it was very good rather than astounding. It did have a lovely nose, with wonderful notes of black cherries and dark berries surrounded by a halo of spice and meat, bramble and undergrowth - really nice stuff. On the palate, however, this showed both the strength and the weaknesses of the 1988 vintage. It had a lovely elegant feel for an Echezeaux, with firm but super-fine tannins and lovely, juicy 1998 acidity dancing around fine flavours of black cherries and blackberries. This had a lot of depth, but also a fine purity and clarity to it, with a certain precision that seems to go missing in less deftly handled wines from this vineyard. However, it finished rather weaker than it started, with the fruit fading a little at the backpalate, so that the wine seemed almost too fresh, too crunchy in its bright acidity and tannins, ending with a hint of 1988 dryness weaving its way through a little layer of ripe black fruit touched with spice and a hint of bramble. Overall, an excellent Echezeaux. However, this is neither the best I have drank, nor anywhere near that. A great experience, but as much for the Jayer name as for the quality of the wine. On a side note, even though I thought that it may have been a little better a few years back, this bottle was still going pretty strong.
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(Jayer Echezeaux) The 1988 Jayer Echezeaux was equally as impressive, but stylistically different. It had so much fruit for 1988, and Martine likened it to ‘a blossoming flower.’ This sang even louder in its nose. It, too, had that signature purple sexy back, along with musk, perfume, Asian spice and forest. A hint of mahogany cabinetry balanced out its enormous sweetness. It was meatier, bigger and brawnier than the ’85, and its sweet, musky, minty and thick finish were all that and then some.
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