Celebration Lunch at Kel's (Kelvin and Joyce's Place, Bishan): I have had some surprisingly lovely 1997 Burgundies in recent times, and this was one of them. It had beautiful nose, full of sweet red fruited aromas - cherries and raspberries, strawberries even - and then a layer of earth and meat, and lovely drifts of violets and spice. Complex, lovely stuff. The palate did not quite have the depth of a great CdlR, but it was still very impressive for the vintage, with a nice sappiness to its juicy flavours of red cherries, rapberries and strawberries, all underpinned by a gentle savoury note of earth and meat. It did not have the brightest acidity, but was still nicely balanced and posied, with fine tannins lending a nice sense of structure to the wine as it pulled away into a lovely finish with more violets and spice. Great stuff and seemingly at peak, this was a very pretty, feminine version of Clos de la Roche. While not exactly the most powerful wine, it had impressive depth for 1997, with a lovely mouthfilling perfume and warmth to it. Not bad at all for a vintage that I had started consigning to history.
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(Potel Nicolas Clos de la Roche) A medium-plus ruby-red, right up to the rim. The nose shows plenty of red cherry covering a deeper base of solid fruit and just a trace of secondary scents. Super intensity as you draw air through the wine, the fruit just shaded towards red. The tannins are in the background and there's a lovely texture to the wine. Very long, but the finish is initially spoiled by an awkward showing to the acidity - but I think this must have been the cheese I was tasting (Sbrinz) as one espresso later, everything was fine. A very good and relatively young wine which improve over several years.
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