2011 Special Session 4 - Wine bash of 2011 (Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant, The Forum Shopping Mall, Orchard Road): Popped and poured. Milky dark ruby with brown rim. Seriously, the color is not really appetizing, but wow! What a nose and palate! Incredible perfume and complex, roasted herbs, dried fig, dark currant and plum fruits that added better breadth and depth with pepper, earth, roasted meat and a whiff of dried flower. The palate is even better: such intensity and richness, with sweet cassis and plum fruits expand on the palate along with complex spiciness, roasted meat, earthiness that went on to the palate with stunning drive and persistent. The sweetness melted in the mouth that is really touched my heart, so seductive! 1980 is not a great vintage but I have never had a Guigal La La from a normal vintage that didn't impress me. I can't believe this is aging so graciously and still so lively, for a 31yrs old wine, from a normal vintage. This classy juicy is getting sweeter and lusher yet remain ed highly focus and precise. This pair perfectly with the lamb shoulder too. While this doesn't has the depth or scale of the 1989, the pedigree and harmony is all the same. Stunning!!
Wine Bash of the Year 2011 (Jade Palace): I was over the moon with this bottle. Not because it was the best wine on the night, far from it, but because it was finally the one bottle of wine from my birth-year that was truly excellent. There was yet another absolutely beautiful nose here, with beautiful Northern Rhone aromas of dark berries and plums, dollops of meat and earth and a little whiff of smoke. Wonderful stuff. The palate was lovely too. Far stronger than I would expect from a 1980, it had a lovely depth of dark berries and cherries wrapped in a wonderfully velvety textured midpalate. This was drinking at peak, with a deliciously matured sweetness, to go along with its succulent and super fresh fruit. Towards the finish, slightly dried notes of black cherries and berries, a bit of haw flakes maybe, floated out amongst stony, minerally earth notes, before the wine tailed away with hints of spice and a little touch of savoury meat. Beautiful stuff, drinking just perfectly. Superb with pan-fried Wagyu beef.
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