Weekday treat at Jade Palace (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria): Garnet, brickish colour. Nose showed like an aged Burg, with winter melon soup, earth, fruit tea notes, some ferrous, bloody mineral and plenty of sweetish crushed strawberries and haw flakes, along with some meaty notes, wood spice accents. Lots of complexity. Palate was still alive and kicking, quite nicely so. Thickly textured, but fresh, with more meaty notes, sweet red fruits, tons of cherries, more spice and a longish finish, replete with black tea, winter melon, haw flakes and slight bittersweet notes developing into cigarette smoke and spice at the end of the glass. Remnants of tannins just played in the mouth at the very tail of the wine. Probably better 5 years back, this will be knocking at death's door soon, but when we had it, it was certainly still respectable, still going strong, and very nice indeed. Jaboulet does not make wines like this anymore.
A not so simple night (Jade Seafood At forum): As with most aged cdps, this displayed burgundian characteristics. Pretty chambolle like strawberry and red fruits, vosne woodspice, gevrey woodsyness and tannins structure. Aged yes but holding up well. This is like that elderly statesman that is well respected mostly except for some erratic breakouts at times. Aging gracefully in its twilight. Nice tea leaves bitter finish with some cigarette ash. Pretty and roundish.
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