Off-Vintage Wine Dinner (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria, Singapore): Another quite solid 1997 from Potel. I am not always a big fan of his wines as they gather age, but this was quite nice. The nose showed some woody notes, with dried root herbs and a more perfumy drift of dried flowers, alongside matured notes of almost preserved cherries and sour plums, and then some meaty aromas started coming up with time. Nice. The palate had a bright, juicy attack, with a good depth of black cherries and plums layered with dried flowers and a sweet spice. Very nice, almost pretty, but it also had a solid sense of substance, especially on the chewy midpalate. The weaker vintage only showed up at the finish, where fruit dried out a little, leaving behind a shell of high acidity and fine tannins, with a suggestion of dried plum and root herbs and menthol trailing behind. Altogether, not a great wine, but certainly a nice one. Very charming and with a good deal of character to boot.
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