Food: French at Darcy & Liz Hong Kong Duration: 4 hours Condition: Perfect Aroma: coffee, cream, wood, earthy Notes: I guess I was a little disappointed with the wine. A lot of his wines from the 90s wasn't well made and this vintage in particular I didn't think very highly of. I thought the usage of oak was too excessive so the whole wine became rather unbalanced. The earthy aroma definitely demonstrates the great terrior of the appellation but then I thought that the palate was a little messed up in a sense that nothing seemed to have integrated and everything seemed to be half assed. So I didn't at all enjoy this wine.
Lovely wine, but needed 4 hours of air to really sing. Great mature and quite refined nose, leather, tea, red berries. Taste is medium bodied, long and elegant. I guess this vintage is somewhat less powerful than others, but nonetheless very refined, very much like a mature elegant red burgundy.
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(Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle) A reassuring colour in one way at least, in that it has an attractive shine, a nice youthful appearance and a moderately deep core, but it doesn't have the dense colour and concentration that we might hope for. An attractive nose, with dark berry fruit, and a rubbery Northern Rhône edge - something I find in a number of wines from the region from time to time. Rather light on the palate though, lacking in concentration, still showing a faint vein of tannins, but there is an absence of impact, texture or really interesting character. There is no real structure to speak of; in fact, it seems very deficient in this department indeed. Some nice character here, in itself a nice but rather light wine, drinkable and not the awful shocker some seem to find, but given this was the greatest Northern Rhône vintage for eight or nine years, this is very disappointing. 15.5 -