Birthday dinner for Alex, William and Gina 2014 (Cove99, Peck Seah Street, Singapore): The first of William's birth year wines. This was a fully mature Bordeaux at its charming best. The nose showed cedar wood and wet leaves and a little funky sous bois alongside gentle aromas of cassis and plums, with some typically Margaux accents of floral black tea running on behind. Very classic. There was a soft elegance to the palate. The fine tannins still provided a little grip to the fruit, but had otherwise a softened into a soft, silken texture that, wed to nicely fresh acidity, gave a lovely elegance to the wine's rather simple flavours of black cherries and cassis. The finish, with its little bite of cherry peel and hint of mineral, was rather mid-lengthed, somewhat drying out towards the end, but all said, there was still a lot of charm to the wine. A pleasure.
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