Vivino - Singapore "chapter" (the opening) (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): Our 1st red of the night, and we picked the most Burg lookalike bottle to pour. Almost liqueur'ish nose, with roses, berries and garrigue as well. Very nice. On the palate - smoky, meaty, tea-leaves; Still fresh, this lingered for quite a while but could feel that the fruit is perhaps drying off... If this is a representative bottle, then it ought to be drink-up soon else the acid may become too overwhelming (over the diminishing fruit)... Still, very enjoyable at this juncture!
Served to me double blind. I correctly identified this as from the Northern Rhone, but thought it much older, which I realize is the fruit ripeness showing characteristic maturity profile. Good fat and lushness, slightly shy on spice vs what I expected from Cote-Rotie. Good now, I wouldn't expect any upside from here.
Year-end "James Bond" Party (Chad's, Chuville): Very delicious. This was a bit of a skip up from the last, very pleasant bottle that I had a few years back. Lovely nose here, with sweet berry and dried cherry aromas mixed-in with nice drifting notes of capers and roasted capsicums, a touch of roasted meat and some sweet, woody garrigue scents. Lovely on the palate too. One got a feel with this wine that it was just coming out of its peak drinking window, but it was still absolutely delicious, with juicy flavours of dark cherries and blackberries seasoned with more capers, herbs and a little ring of smoke and earth. IThe tannins had mellowed into a nice, silky robe, but the wine was still carried by superbly fresh acidity. A nice kiss of dried cherry sweetness then emerged at the finish, alongside a touch of dried earth, a bit of spice and a nice meaty echo. A classic Cote Rotie. Not unexpectedly lacking the depth of Guigal's higher-end offerings at the same age, but a lovely wine nonetheless, and a great pairing with lamb. Time to drink up though!
Casual Drink 2 (Maiu Restaurant - Damansara Perdana): Alcohol :: 13% Opened for 3hrs before serving. Seductive sweet aromas with dried fig paste, dark plum, blackberry complexed with smoke meat and deep core of spices and barnyard at the background too. Fresh. Lots of lush dark fruits on the palate, well-balance with spices, earth and smoke meat that underpinned by fresh acidity, little touch of tannin giving good grip as well as longer persistent finish. This bottle somehow lack a bit of the completeness and lift on the palate and length compared to the previous bottle, perhaps suffered from the travelling. My drinking buddies thought this was a wine with max 12yrs in age. Buy - No.
Alcohol :: 13% Brick red with garnet core. still alive, in fact, very young and most of my drinking body thought this was a burg from Late 90s with its high tone perfume of fresh red floral, seductive sweet fig and cherry fruits with sour orange that lifted the aromas with very little touch of barnyard along with roasted meat and herbs, mineral notes that widen the aromatic profile and bring on to the soft, polished texture, medium body wine that offer generous sweet fruits, perfectly balance with the lively acidity that go on with a touch of tannin giving a good grip and leads through by the fine, silky tannin with milk and dark chocolate flavor, juicy finishing with spices that's linger around with perfume floral, sweet fruits and Haw. Not outstanding, but great harmonious that show very well now. 3.5hrs later, the palate is gaining weight as well as richness, lots of vigorous and sweet pure fruits, absolutely worth the price tag. Buy - Yes
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(Guigal Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde) A dark colour, not showing obvious maturity. Rather sweetly gamey on the nose, with a furry, leathery dark yet really rather reserved character which is attractive but I can't help thinking that this is rather deficient in perfume. The same can be said of the palate, which has a very firm style, with a rather plump, rounded texture cut through by grippy, rather sooty tannins which give a strong backbone for the wine. This has a really nice concentration, but to be critical it is perhaps rather short on perfume and character.