Simple Series Dinner 2 (Huat Kee): En magnum. Tasted about 12 hours after first popped. More austere and fresher than the Clos de Beze but similarly greenies appeared on the palate more than nose. Silky texture and great presence. This wine is built like a monument with an impressive structure. Definitely needs more time to show its stuff. I very much like this for the grace and the sheer dry extract in reserve (in the context of the vintage).
From Magnum. Fresh perfume, lifted nose that display angelica root, dried herb, touch of wild factor with underlying minerality, not really expressive now. The palate is not as rich, concentrated as the 09, but very classic burgundy with good transparency. Lively and good freshness with medium weight and depth, this is not really singing today as the finished is slightly short with touch of herbs and austerity. Buy - No.
Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin Singapore - Chapitre des Coteaux et Climats (Nicolas Potel / Roche de Bellene) (Salt Bar and Grill by Lucas Mangan, Ion Orchard): From magnum. No mistaking this for anything but a 2004 with its share of green-meanies, but it was a very good wine nonetheless. Nose started out with herby ginseng and angelica root at the fore, but concentrate and one gets really nice red fruit and a little earth beneath that. Quite pretty really, with the herbal notes actually lending to a sense of complexity rather than subtracting from the bouquet's attractivness. The palate showed lovely balance. Nice depth of red fruited cherries was wed to some fresh acidity, making for a very delicious wine. It is so easy to get caught up with the greenness that one forgets the nice fruit and balance 2004 can give. Still very young obviously, but there were nice earth and spice notes layered alongside the fruit as the wine traced its way into a elegantly long finish where just a touch more herb, root and rubber emerged alongside a little strem of minerality. Very nice, and I think it will get better with time assuming the green-meanies do not envelop the better qualities of the wine.
100th note, figured I'd make it a good one. Very meaty nose of pure soil with kaleidescopic deep fruits infused with mineral essence. It dances between lively, sexy and serious, and it refuses to be pinned down. Wonderful silky texture, the depth of fruit here is admirable and the finish is long and sensuous. Pointed sense of place.
All that said..... This is a bit glazed over on the palate, a great part of that is certainly youth, but this is undoubtedly touched by the 2004 GM bug. I did not find it completely overpowering, food helped as did some air, but it does detract at this point from the underlying nuance and certainly stops it short of sublimity. Pretty intense depth none the less, and I'll lay a bottle or two down as an experiment to see if it integrates.
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(Potel Nicolas Chambertin) Much more multidimensional on the nose, super complexity. Similar to the Clos de Bèze, quite understated though perhaps the length is not quite so sneaky. The nose from this and the palate of the Clos de Bèze would be the perfect synthesis today…
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