TN Midweekers 21-24 Nov

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  • 1981 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (11/23/2022)
    This was generously bought by a friend off the list at 67PM.

    FMSW this was good. Pristine condition with ripe plum, a little umeshu, sapid red cherry, old leather and a hint of chocolate. A good amount of acidity and completely integrated tannins had me coming back for more after each sip. Enjoyed with a chateaubriand but I would have loved to have been able to ponder this in more detail. Wonderful. (94 pts.)
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Credit to Ian for introducing me to the FMSW acronym
 
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One of those wines where it’s hard to tell if it’s corked or just old. Think it was the later as with air the fruit came through, while a corked wine tends to get worse.

Either way this was a light coloured Pinot look alike that had 11.5 % alcohol. It was pop and pored but really needed to be Audouze. Black tea, forest floor, very pale, nice acidity. It will dry out overnight, but it was interesting with a mid week pasta.

Update: Well I was wrong. The 2nd half of the bottle was much better tonight than the 1st half was yesterday.
 
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PYCM St Aubin le Banc 2014. A very reduced nose, unpleasant to my non wine obsessed friends. Pouring from one glass to another empty one back and forth five times helped considerably and impressed my friends greatly! It opened up well over lunch and impressed me at least. Not a stellar lowish level PYCM on that showing but doubtless will improve with age.

Dom Perignon 2008 needed no tricks at all to help it show. This was my second bottle (last one about a year ago). It’s very fine indeed. Initially a bit curled up, with an hour of air it really stretches its legs! Superb balance, delicious fruit, fine mousse, all so neatly gathered together. Really lovely.
 
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Have I missed a thread?

Anyway here goes.

  • 1981 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (11/23/2022)
    This was generously bought by a friend off the list at 67PM.

    FMSW this was good. Pristine condition with ripe plum, a little umeshu, sapid red cherry, old leather and a hint of chocolate. A good amount of acidity and completely integrated tannins had me coming back for more after each sip. Enjoyed with a chateaubriand but I would have loved to have been able to ponder this in more detail. Wonderful. (94 pts.)
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Credit to Ian for introducing me to the FMSW acronym
I drank a bottle of this over the summer, this is what Rioja is all about and a relatively good price at 67
 
Morey St. Denis 1996, Hubert Lignier. An utterly hopeless cork which shattered into a thousand pieces as soon as I looked at it, necessitating decanting and filtering through a cloth. To my very considerable surprise a lovely wine from the very beginning which didn't falter at all and in a perfect state of rich, voluptuous yet slightly strict maturity. Village wines of this sort show that the classification has nothing to be ashamed of. In my recollection this was a very oaky wine 15 years ago. The oak has left no trace. One of the last remaining of my Uvine purchases.
 
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Back from UK, we needed to go through a health check in Paris and took the opportunity to go to Les Climats, a restaurant with a wine list a mile long (with Burgundy wines) located next to Musee d'Orsay where we went to the Munch exhibition (also highly recommended).

A very knowledgeable sommelier advised us a Pommard les Grands Epenots 1990 from Francois Gaunoux and it was one of the best Cote de Beaune rouge I ever had (directly sourced from property)... perfectly balanced and mature, it went down over a delicious meal
 
Couple of good meals this mid-week, starting off with a close friend's birthday dinner.

  • 2014 Marc Colin et Fils Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Montceau Blanc - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Saint-Aubin 1er Cru (22/11/2022)
    Brought to Willow for dinner. Wanted to try this plot as it's supposed to be Marc Colin's best wine in St Aubin. Was worried this might be advanced at the start as it seemed a little flabby, but it tightened up to show greater focus with time in the glass. A textbook old-school Burgundy that wasn't shy with the oak use. Definitely a wine that didn't eschew concentration for acidity, very rich with caramel notes and honeyed citrus fruit. I really adore this kind of classic white Burgundies which can develop into something wonderful with some age. In a wonderful spot at the moment. (94 pts.)



CUTLERY OPTIONAL - (23/11/2022)

Great meal at Cutlery Optional where we got to experience the depth of south Indian cuisine. Authentic Indian dishes have proven to be difficult to find both in the UK and Singapore, and I really enjoyed the experience of such new flavours. Everything was very good but my personal favourites were the prawn masala vadai and the GOAT biryani.
  • NV Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Cuvée Sainte Anne - France, Champagne
    2019 base, disgorged March 2022, 4g/l dosage. Usually a big fan of this cuvee but this edition is not quite in place yet. Heady fruit but lacking cut and focus at the moment, but the potential is there to develop into a more cohesive wine. (90 pts.)
  • NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Cuvée Rubis - France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
    Disgorged July 2021. Round and creamy strawberries held together by good tension and acidity. A proper food champagne, Vilmart is always a winner for both champagne nerds and casual drinkers. (92 pts.)
  • 2019 Domaine Testut Chablis Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Chablis
    Not familiar with this producer but this showed great depth for its level. From a parcel that is 45 years old and located in front of Blanchot. Generous mouthfeel for a Chablis but had a very good acidic spine. (91 pts.)
  • 2020 Grosset Riesling Polish Hill Clare Valley - Australia, South Australia, Mount Lofty Ranges, Clare Valley
    Read some notes recently that said these might be better young so decided to open one for a test drive. This was literally drinking battery acid on the first day as it barely had any fruit, saved the remainder for the second day and it was absolutely singing. Pure, chiselled citrus fruit with beautiful weight and texture, truly a pleasure to get a top of its class wine for less than SGD60. (93 pts.)
  • 2019 Von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer
    Absolutely delicious like many other 2019 Rieslings that I have had. The common thread seems to be mineral, citrus fruits with a slight hint of tropical notes, but with great tension and restraint. A little pradikat creep here but still superb. Hard to keep my hands off these. (92 pts.)
  • 2018 Quinta do Zambujeiro Monte do Zambujeiro - Portugal, Alentejano, Vinho Regional Alentejano
    Bought this from a wine fair on the same day. A fruit-forward and simple wine with globs of dark red fruit. Almost Bojo-like, this was lighter in body compared to the other wines in the range that I tasted. Liked this more than the higher level bottlings as this was aged in used oak barrels. Not my preferred style but others seemed to like this more. (88 pts.)

 
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Absolutely delicious like many other 2019 Rieslings that I have had. The common thread seems to be mineral, citrus fruits with a slight hint of tropical notes, but with great tension and restraint.
I feel the same way. There's a similar phenomenon with 2016 Barolo and Bordeaux - young wines of course, but the perfect balance and ripeness makes them so good already.
 
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One of those wines where it’s hard to tell if it’s corked or just old. Think it was the later as with air the fruit came through, while a corked wine tends to get worse.

Either way this was a light coloured Pinot look alike that had 11.5 % alcohol. It was pop and pored but really needed to be Audouze. Black tea, forest floor, very pale, nice acidity. It will dry out overnight, but it was interesting with a mid week pasta.

Update: Well I was wrong. The 2nd half of the bottle was much better tonight than the 1st half was yesterday.

Shiraz and Pinot Nior Burgundy from South Australia, this got to piss off the French….I came across some of these wines (Shiraz/PN) a few years ago in Hunter Valley.
 
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Thanksgiving yesterday and a good opportunity to check in on a couple of Oregon purchases. The Chardonnay slightly more impressive than enjoyable at the moment, the Pinot perhaps slightly the other way, although that was exactly what the context required. Glad to have more of both!

2019 Abbott Claim Chardonnay - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills (24/11/2022)
A very serious wine, barely into its drinking window. Opened around 30 mins before, but not decanted, drunk at cellar temperature. Classy nose, with a good balance of oak and reduction, although perhaps slightly too much of both at this stage; I feel this will balance out within 2-3 years. Bright on the palate, lots of citric drive, ripe but restrained, then a long and attention-grabbing finish. Exciting, and I'm glad I have another to open in the second half of the decade (score is for current drinking). (91 pts.)

2019 Hundred Suns Pinot Noir Old Eight Cut - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (24/11/2022)
The perfect wine for a Thanksgiving dinner, with its generous fruit, succulent acidity and general drinkability. Lots raspberry, not too sharp, not too sweet. Not a great deal of tannin, but the wine didn't want for structure. Enjoyed by civilian and nerd alike. (90 pts.)
 
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