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  • 2010 Château Rauzan-Gassies

    My first ever Rauzan-Gassies Grand Vin, this is a 2nd growth Bordeaux but surely times have moved on and I would be surprised if it could keep its ranking if there was a reclassification.

    85% Cab, 13% Merlot and 2% PV. Circa 25% new oak.

    Moderately aromatic nose, quite typical of a Margaux with its dark berries and sweet spices.

    More ripe blackfruit on the palate, tannins are still there with M- acidity and I felt it lacked an elegant balance.

    Some thinness on the mid palate too, medium length finish with chocolate notes.

    I looked it up, and it looks like Rauzan-Gassies is literally 60 metres walk away from Rauzan-Segla in the Margaux appelation.

    Date night at Stoked, we enjoyed this with two cuts of steak and quickly finished the entire bottle over our dinner!

    Stoked, Damansara Hts, KL, Malaysia
    2nd Mar 2024

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  • 1983 Château Trotanoy

    Light tobacco aromatics on the nose. First impression on the palate was slightly herbaceous, and polished leather.

    Red fruit and plums held to the end of our dinner, highlighting sublime balance for a 41 year old claret.

    85% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc. 33,000 bottles produced in this vintage. Proudly brought the oldest bottle of the night, many of the sifus and lads thought.. 1998!

    Aging lasts 16 to 18 months in French oak barrels
    Around 50% of which are new.

    The 1983 vintage for Bordeaux was generally very good. The growing season began with a cold winter and a cool, wet spring.

    However, mild conditions set in shortly after allowing near perfect bud break and flowering and, despite a brief cool spell, temperatures soared in July.

    The month of August, although still hot, brought abundant rains which relieved the vines. Sept was dry.

    Dinner at Château @SKT celebrating Chor 12 of our Chinese New Year of the Dragon, the theme was wines with 🎱 in the vintage!

    21 Feb 2024
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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  • 2008 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Rare

    Really good with such a high level of salinity, love the tingly minerality on the palate.

    Red apple, pastry, lemon and a creamy mouthfeel with lively bubbles. 2008 is often described as not only legendary, but one of the greatest years ever for vintage champagne!

    Thanks brother TC for sharing this aperitif with the lads at Chef LMKs homecooking session, on Chor 12.

    One of two aperitifs along with my Egly-Ouriet to kick-off an evening of wines with "8" in the vintage! Yes.. even TCs aperitif was on-point... 2008!

    Piper Heidsieck only produces this in the most exceptional vintages. 2008 Rare is a blend of 8 crus including Oger, Villers-Marmery and Avize for Chardonnay and Verzy for the Pinot Noirs.

    Matured over 8 years in the Heidsieck cellars.
    🍇 70% Chardonnay - 30% Pinot Noir

    SKT's home, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    21st Feb 2024

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  • Juliansi says:

    1/2/2024 5:03:00 PM - A recollection of the crazy Bordeaux December or Bordecembre celebration this past month ... HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! 34 Left Bank + 9 Right = 43 Bordeauxs Pauillac (8), Saint Ju (12), Saint Est (5), Pessac (4), Margaux (4), Haut-Medoc (1), and... Fronsac (1), Saint Em (7), and.. Pomerol (1). La Mission Haut Brion 2005 Cheval Blanc 2001 Gruaud Larose 1988 Rauzan-Segla 1988 Las Cases 1988 (Loved this.. my bottle for a b'day boy) Smith Haut-Lafitte 2017 Duhart-Milon 2015 Tronquoy Lalande Blanc 2018 Pichon Lalande 1995 Margaux 2000 (Best bottle of Dec 2023!) Ducru-Beaucaillou 2001 Phelan Segur 2014 Troplong Mondot 2006 Valandraud 2016 Clerc Milon 2001 Brainaire-Ducru 2009 Troplong Mondot 1999 Cos D'Estournel 1994 Las Cases 1983 Leoville Poyferre 2003 Capbern 2014 Haut-Bergey 2010 Reserve Comtesse de Lalande 2016 Carlmagnus 2020 Croizet-Bages 2002 Gruaud Larose 2004 Montrose 1995 (Special mention.. superb!) Cheval Blanc 2013 Camensac 1989 Lynch Bages 2005 Saint-Pierre 2014 Croix de Beaucaillou 2012 Lascombes 2010 Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2012 Leoville Poyferre 2006 Duhart-Milon 1984 Lascombes 1983 Virginie de Valandraud 2018 La Fleur d'Armens 2016 Gruaud Larose 2004 (Yes, had this twice!) Trotanoy Pomerol 1993 Pontet-Canet 1985 Ducru-Beaucaillou 1985

  • AMC Eagle says:

    1/2/2024 9:34:00 AM - Hi Juliansi! Thanks for the kind note and Happy New Year!

  • N.Bonaparte says:

    12/26/2023 4:26:00 AM - Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and nice collection :)

  • El_Dougo says:

    9/18/2022 6:42:00 AM - Greetings from Hong Kong. Stumbled onto one of your notes and ended up reading the last 20 or so… Loved your notes and descriptions and feelings. Feels like I know you guys now at least little. Keep it up! Doug P.s. Adding you as a friend / fan

  • Juliansi says:

    8/28/2022 10:34:00 PM - Thanks Mag357, that's a good tip for decanting safely... I will try this next time! Haha... it was a great visit to Troplong-Mondot, they were so warm and took great care of us back in Mar-Apr 2022 this year.

  • Mag357 says:

    8/26/2022 6:53:00 AM - Re your msg abt Rauzan Segl a. I actually open bottles and drink one small glass upon opening and retaste every 45mns. If the wine becomes oxydized or volatile, I recork it and pump the air out and wait until guests arrive. Btw awesome profile picture !