Wines with Larry, Huw and Paul in Martinborough: Popped and poured. Deep ruby colour. An aromatically explosive, lovely bouquet of musk, tobacco, forest floor and largely red fruits. The bouquet showed a little age. On palate, everyone had this as a top quality Cote de Nuits Burgundy, with Gevrey Chambertin the favourite village. This wine was clearly WoTD, being complex, multi-layered and showing serious fruit weight, power and length. The wine was actually quite primary, drinking much younger than 2001, sitting at the moment on its fruit. I’d give this Clos de Bèze at least five more years. Thanks Paul.
We got a corked one at first, so our sommelier came with a new one and decanted it for us.
Ruby red color. Beautiful and sparkly clear. Nose is pleasant though a bit muted. Did not show much at first. On the palate on the other hand, this wine was very good. Strength and power combined with timeless elegance. This is very good stuff.
But when the Chambertin 2001 came as our next blind wine it was apparent that this is only the little brother.
Decanted 30 minutes in advance. A fairly deep ruby colour; strawberry and raspberry fruit on the nose; the palate is quite rich and complex, with a touch of sweetness. The wine evolved in the glass, taking on secondary flavours of mushroom and spice. Very concentrated with a long finish. The wine is certainly ready to drink, but it should keep well.
Angela's Belated Birthday Dinner (Crown Wine Cellars, 18 Deep Water Bay Drive, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Popped and poured then enjoyed over two risottos of Asparagus and Duck Confit. Lovely bright, jeweled transparent ruby red colour. Nose is pinpoint-perfect wild woodland strawberries and a touch of sous-bois then bright red cherry.....very refined and hard to put into words. Palate is "oh my gosh!" gorgeous...so focused and refined - like an amplified version of the nose. The tannin cuts in more aggressively but still chiselled and light then some 30 minutes after pouring then it harmonises into a wonderful light melange of Swiss white chocolate and nougat with a deft oak frame. Great length and gorgeous resonance of perfume floating inside your head that is softly heady. Captivating. 95-96.
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