Philippe Colin Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumees 2016

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Philippe Colin focus on producing Chassagne Montrachet, he is a big fan of the terroir and Les Chaumees is the most outstanding one out of 6 of his production. They are typically aged 11-18 months in 35% new oak, and are often characterized as being elegant and accessible when young.

It is golden color with strong floral nose, mingle with citrus and honey fragrance. The wine is medium light body with toasty taste and but not sapped the fruit notes. it keeps evolving on the glass and medium long finishing with mineral flourish.
Although it’s not my favourite oaky fruity wine, but it’s my 2nd favour of the day,

PHILIPPE COLIN CHASSAGNE MONTRACHET EN REMILLY 1ER CRU 2016

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Rare & Elegant

Pale color with light green tints. At first, nose appears shy, slowly revealing citrus-lemon, lime, floral and barrel toast. On the palate, the crisp acidity is refreshing; good tension with fruit. The length of flavours carry on, round and creamy, showing oak maturation. The citrus fruit lingers, with minerality on lingering long finish. Philippe Collin signature for wine freshness is extraordinary. Can keep further 5 years.

A winemaker to watch out for. A rare find with limited production.

Henri Boillot Clos de la Mouchere 2017

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Consistently Great!

Clos de la Mouchere, a Monopole plot from Les Perrieres in Puligny Montrachet, is such a fantastic wine that no white burgundy lover should pass up tasting this great plot. If you’re not a fan of Clos de la Mouchere, then something is wrong, as it consistently ranked as the top 3 premier cru for all the blind tastings I’ve ever attended. 2017 was no different, quality improved vastly compared to 2015. The nose was a stunner, with smoky bouquet that you can see the smoke oozing out from the glass, along with very focused and jackfruit driven aromas. It’s a big wine by any 1er cru standard, slightly bitter, thick juice (almost like good phlegm). Slowly it evolved into soft buttery notes, chewy and elegant fruits dominated the long finishing.

Very impressive!

Grassl Cru versus Zalto Burgundy Round 2

Switzerland (Grassl) versus Austria (Zalto) on Red Burgundy

I opened an Aegerter Belissand 1er Cru Red Burgundy 2015 for this test.

This was a match that I could not jump to conclusion easily.

The bouquet on Grassl was not as good as the Zalto, as I smelled some earthy tones in the Grassl but not Zalto. However, strangely the Grassl was giving me a lot more forward and ripe tones on the palette, of which I couldn’t get from the Zalto glass, instead, I got a lot of skinny, dry and tannic mouth feel. Frankly, I feel that Grassl gave me more pleasure, but I wouldn’t jump to conclusion that Zalto wasn’t made for young burgundies as well. A bit of technical; the opening for Grassl is smaller than Zalto, and the bowl for Grassl was smaller too. The opening gave you the focus on the palette, the smaller the sharper you’ll get on the palette, as the palette sensory is focused on the center. So, the wider the opening, the more spread out you’ll get from the wine. I guess this may explain why Grassl gave me a better feel on the palette.

Grassl Cru versus Zalto Burgundy

Switzerland (Grassl) versus Austria (Zalto) on Chablis
I used a young Verget Vaillon Chablis 1er Cru 2017 for this test, along with Grassl Cru glass and Zalto Burgundy glass.

This was clear cut,  Grassl bouquet was sharper, more focused, while Zalto was more dispersed.

Content wise, I do get more focused taste, with a lot of precision of acidity from Grassl glass, while Zalto glass warmed up quite quickly, and white burgundies didn’t really enjoy the tropical heat, thus the acidity and tension was definitely not as precise as drinking it from the Grassl glasses.

Grassl 1855 versus Zalto Bordeaux series for young wines

Switzerland (Grassl) versus Austria (Zalto) Rematch
As I made a bold statement that Zalto Bordeaux glasses were perhaps a better fit for younger Bordeaux, tonight I made another experiment.

With a bottle of Chateau La Grangere 2016 fully decanted for 3+ hours.

However, I wanted to see it straight from the bottle, so I poured some liquid into both glasses. The nose for Grassl was more pronounced and focused, with loads of blueberries and graphite plus tar, whereas for Zalto, it was with quite a dispersed nose and I only get a blend of graphite and tar. Palette wise, Zalto seemed to be thicker and creamier, while Grassl content was tight. This cycle keeps recurring throughout the whole night till I finished the whole bottle. Thus, my conclusion is that, if you don’t mind missing out some bouquet, Zalto Bordeaux glasses is more suitable for young Bordeaux wines.

Grassl 1855 versus Zalto Bordeaux glass series

Switzerland (Grassl) versus Austria (Zalto) Match

I opened a bottle of l’Eglise Clinet 1975 to test both Grassl and Zalto Bordeaux series glasses.

My experience of using these two glasses was like watching a live soccer match, each scoring their deadly goal!

First half, the nose on Grassl was tight and focused, Zalto aroma was much more spreadout, palette wise, there was also significant differences, Zalto could not taste the tannins of the wines, so the entry was smoother, whereas Grassl wasn’t as forgiving as Zalto, revealing huge amount of tannins in the body of the wine.

First half winner goes to Zalto 0 to 1.

The mid game second half was more of a midfield game, more passing around than attack and defense. The wine has finally opened up to be much more approachable after an hour or so, Grassl bouquet was stunning while the palette was more forgiving, whereas Zalto has maintained status quo, almost no change to it’s strategy.

Second half it was Grassl winning, 1-1, a tie.

Extra time, it was all about who gives me the most pleasure; after a few subconscious sips (I don’t want to pay too much attention to the content pleasure, let it come naturally), I simply ended up holding the Grassl glass more, as it gives me the gentleness of the ripe fruit on the palette, the wine was more airy and approachable, whereas Zalto was still giving me slightly grippy tire feeling (tannins in play here).

I concluded that Grassl is more suitable for aged Bordeaux wines (wines with 15 years of age or beyond), whereas Zalto was more suitable for the young Bordeaux wines, and for touch and go pleasure rather than having a long haul drinking session. I have to declare Grassl a better made glass than Zalto. 2-1.

l’Eglise Clinet Pomerol 1975

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Beyond Imagination!

Knowing 1975 Pomerol, I decanted the bottle for 30 mins before taking my first sip, and I was stunned. Why was the wine so tannic?! This was like tasting a 4 year old Bordeaux rather than a 44 year old wine! Busloads of blueberry overwhelmed my nose. Huge amount of chunky red fruits, big and ripe cherries encapsulated the mouth, the concentration of the wine was incredible! Only after 90 mins or so the wine started to mellow down. My last few sips at 2.5 hours mark was still filled with grips! The only reason I didn’t give it 10 stars is because the wine is perhaps not at a prime drinking window yet, I believe it’ll take another 15 years or more to hit the prime time, just like La Conseillante 1955!

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