A Champagne fit to toast the Rodgers-Janis last second Hail Mary and then soften the heartbreak of the Packers OT loss to the Cardinals. Rich, plump, and creamy. Yet also sharp and nicely poised. Plenty of brioche, apples, and yeast in this one. Very long.
Gaja Charity Dinner & Tasting for HealthServe (Taberna, Bukit Merah): Delicious and drinking very well indeed - this was a nice little start to the night. It had a lovely nose, on the cusp of maturity, with notes of white meat and yellow fruit shaded with a slight oxidative hint and some lightly honeyed tones. The palate was impeccably balanced, with juicy flavours of sweet lemons and red apples, all round and fleshy, yet nicely held up by a gentle spine of minerality all the way until the wine slid gently into a long finish of warm spice. Not the most complex, but very full and yummy. This is drinking very well now, but still has a nice grip and sinew and a good amount of dry extract. With the nice plump mousse and decent acidity, it should continue to be delicious over next few years.
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(Pol Roger Brut) This wine has a shimmering lemon-gold hue, and a plentiful and quite fine bead. there follows a nose that is at first quite rich, showing aromas of roasted honey, caramel and brazil nuts, but with a little time it seems finer and lifted, with more lemony fruit. Quite a rich and open style on the palate too, although it starts off rather awkward and full-on. But with a little time it shows a very composed nature, elegant and bright, although with a creamy, caramel-tinged finish. It has a rather backwards feel to it at the end, but there is plenty of pleasure here all the same, and surely some potential for the cellar yet. Very good indeed.
(Pol Roger Brut) This wine has a great bead, very lively, and there is plenty of it. It is seemingly quite well matured already on the nose, the initial yeastiness has gone, and it now seems warm and welcomely nutty. This is followed up by a seductive palate which has an underlying firmness rather than being totally soft. It has good finesse, and some grip towards finish. There is lots of substance here although it always keeps its rounded, creamy, textured harmony. A very complete wine right through to finish, this is delicious and has shown really very good development. Ready now.
(Pol Roger Brut) This is the first of the bottles from my cellar, and it is instructive to see how the wine fares tasted in a relaxed environment, with time for reflection and contemplation, as opposed to the bustling annual Champagne tasting. It has also, of course, almost another year under its belt since I last tasted it. Today it has a pale straw hue, and a moderately fat bead. The nose is immediately seductive, showing the nutty and slightly yeasty-bready elements of youth, but with a plump honey-tinged richness. But there is a freshness too. On the palate is does indeed start off soft and seductive, before tightening up a little in the midpalate, but never really withdrawing. It has a toothsome, rounded mouthfeel and a crisp, leafy definition towards the finish. Great acidity and a prickling mousse, which both combine very nicely with the plump nature, which builds to a more creamy style, to give a very complete package. This has come on very nicely since my tasting in March 2007. It finishes well, has more mineral character than before, and plenty of interest and potential, upon which you can reflect as the flavours linger on the tongue. Very good indeed, and a score that continues to creep upwards.
(Pol Roger Brut) Unlike last year when it was open and charming, today this wine seems quite closed down. But there are some primary aromas here, lemon freshness and even a little touch of honey. And some exotic fruits. A very composed palate, with good substance, acidity and a fresh mousse. But it is very tight today, and clearly needs a few more years yet (so I will leave those in my cellar untouched).
(Pol Roger Brut) There is evident finesse here, with nuances of nutty, honeyed, oiled oak all presented in a gentle fashion. There is fine structure on the palate, with correct acidity and a gentle, creamy mousse. It still displays rather simple primary flavours. Has a perfumed character. Just too youthful at present - this will come good with time in the cellar, 3-4 years at least.
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