Dinner at JB Ah Meng

JB Ah Meng, Geylang, Singapore

Tasted February 29, 2020 by Paul S with 17 views


Dinner with the wine gang at JB Ah Meng, followed by late night drinks at our place

Flight 1 - BUBBLES (3 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Alexandre Filaine Champagne Cuvée Spéciale France, Champagne
93 points
What a brilliant NV - this was lovely with the zhichar food at JB Ah Meng. The nose had a smidgen of age on it, with fresh apple and lemon zest notes laced with a little kiss florals, all riding on a bed of chalky mineral. A light and lovely bouquet. It was on the palate where this shone though - lovely cut and energy to it, with fresh acidity and a soft creamy mousse draped over a lovely bright core of blood orange and other sweet citrus tones. The balance was just pitch perfect, given the wine a lovely poise and elegance. Absolutely beautifully put together and drinking very well, this just slipped down beautifully.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Cattier Champagne Premier Cru Brut Clos du Moulin France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
90 points
Decently good. This was a blend of 2006, 2007 and 2008 vintages. The nose showed notes of sweet lemons, red apples and a hint of yeast. On the palate, there was a nice freshness, with a crunch of sweet Fuji apples with a little hint of oxidative white meat and brown pears notes, ringed with a touch of honeyed lemons. The finish had a nice touch of mineral on it, all riding along a bed of bright acid and an energetic mousse.
White - Sparkling
2004 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame France, Champagne
93 points
A very winous Champagne - this smelt almost like a rich white wine, with butter, cream and chalk, with toasted bread and rich apple fruit below. The palate was quite a bit more developed than the last bottle, but still very youthful, with bright lemony acidity and a firm mousse holding up rich, powerful, very Grand Dame flavours of red apples, bread and yeast, even a touch of white meat on it. Still a touch on the simple side, but there was a lot of power and authority to this, with a lovely push of length at the finish. A solid Champagne, if rather blocky and broad-shoulders. Starting to show well now, but this really needs a decade or more to really show its chops.
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Flight 2 - WHITES (2 notes)

2007 Vincent Dancer Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanée France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru
96 points
A little on the fat side for a 2007 - surprising for a Dancer wine - but otherwise pretty good. The nose had a touch of new world Chardonnay to it, with ripe yellow fruit with an edge of tropical sweetness to it, and plenty of creamy, buttery accents, and then just a hit of spice and new oak running behind. The buttery, oily-textures palate had the same ripe, sunny tone to it, with stone fruit at the fore, and more or those tropical notes running into a nicely long and mineral finish. Not the most complex, but nicely delicious, and thankfully pulled back with a decent bit of 2007 freshness and tension which gave it some definition. Overall, not bad and drinking pretty nicely, but not in a style I would associate with a Dancer in 2007 of all vintages.
2017 Ballot-Millot & Fils Meursault France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Meursault
91 points
This was really nice. The nose was a bit reserved, with a touch of chalky mineral and some neutral white fruit accents, with some sweeter fruit just starting to peek out at the edges. The palate was really nice, with a lovely purity to its bright flavours of green apple and sweet lemons, with a grapefruit zest running into a fresh, mineral and spice finish. A really nice Meursault village, all zippy and energetic, with a nice depth to boot. This was so enjoyable in even in its youth, but should be even better with a few years under its belt too. Yummy.

Flight 3 - REDS AND SWEET AT OUR PLACE (3 notes)

2004 Giuseppe Cortese Barbaresco Rabajà Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco
92 points
I have always liked Guiseppe Cortese’s style, and this bottle was not exception. Nothing mindblowing, but well-made and elegantly styled as always. Opened a couple of days back, the nose was classic Babaresco, with black cherries, earth, meat and a bit of smoky tar. A bit reserved, but quite nice. This led into a bright, pleasing palate, where sweeter red fruit - think strawberries and raspberries - mingled with a nice infusion of rose petals, spice and just that little drift of smoke. At the moment, it is a pleasant and food-friendly wines, but the tannins were still chewy, and the was acidity still juicy, all forming a nicely firm, but elegant frame for the wine - it bodes well for long aging.
2011 Bernard Dugat-Py Pommard La Levrière Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard
92 points
A touched overworked for my tastes, but this was pretty good. The nose had a toasty oaky twang at the fore, with deep dark fruit and a little lift of wood spice and dried earth running behind. The palate was where this showed its chops. Good depth, lovely balance, and nicely structured, with fine, grippy tannins and fresh acidity framing juicy flavours of dark cherries and sweet berries - this was really quite delicious. Nice finish too, with a backbone of earthy mineral and spice trailing away into the distance. A bit obviously extracted, but this was drinking quite nicely after a couple of hours in the bottles. There was a nice sense of power and quiet intensity to this, along with a nice purity that pointing towards a nice long, aging curve. I would like to try this again in 8-10 years.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
1993 Château Pajzos Tokaji Esszencia Hungary, Tokaji
95 points
This has barely moved in the last decade since I last tried it, but I somehow enjoyed this more. The nose was still lovely - with figs, sour plums, dark chocolate and Christmas spices. Lovely. The palate was where this was really special. This is unique in the wine world - rich, thick, oily, almost unctuous, it would have been cloying if not for the river of fresh, bright acidity that ran through its super-sweet flavours of dried figs, preserved plums and candies oranges. Somehow not the most complex wine, even at its age and level, but this was delicious in its own way. Long, long finish too, with a sweet, syrupy, dried fruit tail drizzled with molasses and spice.
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