Montelvini S. Osvaldo, Pinot Grigio DOC Delleve, 2018

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Montelvini S. Osvaldo, Pinot Grigio DOC Delleve, 2018
8.5 stars
30 Jan 2020

This is a very simple and straightforward wine, as it’s almost a dime a dozen of Pinot Grigio winemakers in Italy. Actually the flavour is very decent, smooth and pleasant to drink, only downside is that the olive alike taste is not penetrating into the deeper side of the palate, just simply glide down on the palate to the throat, thus you won’t get a lot of after taste. Thus this is a simple wine.

Jean Louis Chave, Hermitage, 1985

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Jean Louis Chave, Hermitage, 1985
9.75 stars
29 Jan 2020

I vividly remembered the various bottles of killer JL Chave Hermitage 1978 I drank a couple of years ago, it was almost an end game for me (Rayas 1978 was an end game for me). Last night JL Chave threw another killer punch onto me, and I would boldly say this was probably my second best Chave I’ve ever had after the 78! Wet leaves with a hint of tobacco greeted my sniffing warmly. Slightly dusty and dirty body to boot, it has a unique earthy tone. Body was as elegant as a great burgundy, slightly more hardy than the fragile Pinot Noir counterparts, it’s really feminine and elegance to the max. I suspect this 1985 vintage will rival the 1978 vintage in a decade’s time!

Bouchard Chevalier Montrachet 2007

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Bouchard Chevalier Montrachet 2007
9.5 stars
29 Jan 2020

2007 was obviously a great white burgundy vintage as many producers exhibited fresh and lively acidity for what they’ve produced. Bouchard, as a very reputable Chevalier Montrachet producer, did not disappoint in this vintage too. I was taken aback when I poured out my first glass, as the color seemed to be too yellowish for a wine that’s only 13 years old. I was right, a whiff and it has revealed slight premox with sugarcane character. However, the premox did not affect the body of the wine, and as expected, the elevated acidity along with elegant fruits greeted my palate warmly. The prominence of a Chevalier Montrachet as compared to any other 1er cru wines is that Chevalier has this unique character of being “oily” with the texture, something like a very light olive oil dancing around your palate, deriving maximum pleasure from this unique taste. I always enjoy my Chevalier Montrachet!

Antione Jobard Meursault Blagny 1er Cru 2017

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Antione Jobard Meursault Blagny 1er Cru 2017
9.0 stars
27 Jan 2020

After the persuasive 2016 vintage (https://www.finewines.com.sg/francois-et-antoine-jobard-meursault-blagny-1er-cru-2016/), I was somehow shocked and disappointed with the 2017 version. Bouquet of very faint lemon skin implying a bit of bitterness. Body was lime driven quite contrasting to what the bouquet was telling me. The problem was that, it was very inverted triangular taste, initially with big and buttery fruits to boot, but slowly it tapered down to be less tasty, and finally it just vanished beneath the palate without penetrating the tongue. I think vintage was in play, and perhaps 2017 wasn’t a Meursault vintage.

Canonica A Cerreto, Chianti Classico DOCG, 2015

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Canonica A Cerreto, Chianti Classico DOCG, 2015
9.0 stars
26 Jan 2020

I was debating whether it’ll taste better with a Grassl Cru (burgundy) glass or 1855 (Bordeaux) glass, decided to give it a try with 2 glasses. Very typical Chianti style bouquet with abundance of red fruits and a tinge of smoky finishing. Palette tasted relatively hollow with the 1855 glass, but full of big and chunky fruits with the Cru glass, so I’ll use this Cru glass as it gave me maximum pleasure. Very surprising that the wine is so big and fruity which is not very common with Chianti wines. In fact, the tannins were all over the place, which implies it can be aged for another 5 years (in 2025) to reach the optimal drinking window of soft tannins and ripe fruits.

Sassicaia 1995

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Sassicaia 1995
9.25 stars
24 Jan 2020

I opened this bottle for the significance of sending the pig year away (Chinese zodiac sign for every 12 year cycle, thus this was to bid farewell to 2019.) I drank this bottle roughly 10 years ago, with a faint memory that it was a jumbo and inky wine undrinkable 10 years ago. After a decade, this has obviously tamed down a lot more, however, it was still not quite ready and still requires another decade or more of aging, as the tannins were still huge, grippy and tight. However, it was really easy to drink with smoothness and effortless body, very pleasant, with red fruits more dominating than the Bordeaux blend. I have no doubt this wine will keep on improving (and so will the score), as for now, it’s very entry drinking window for such a well known super tuscans.

Jean Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Les Baudines 2017

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Jean Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Les Baudines 2017
9.5 stars
24 Jan 2020
With no expectations as I’m not familiar with this parcel in Chassagne Montrachet, except that it was on the borders of Chassagne and Santenay, it was one of the biggest surprise of white burgundy for me this year (albeit at the start of the year). I really enjoyed the content, as it was not just a big wine but also big on flavour, relatively transparent and clean, and somehow very addictive to drink and will leave the palate screaming for more, before I knew it, the whole bottle was gone already. I was also surprised the abundance of acidity was way beyond a normal Chassagne Montrachet wine. Bouquet was also screaming big and ripe fruits. I totally surrendered to this unknown gem!

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