Jean Dauvissat Chablis Heritage 2018

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Jean Dauvissat Chablis Heritage 2018
9.25 stars
28 Feb 2021

We brought in this great producer based upon some samples they sent over a couple of months ago. We tasted 4 bottles of their samples along with a ringer from Chablis. The result was stunning, the well-known Chablis ringer turned out to be ranking last in every aspect, it’s a total shame and pity for this ringer. My favorite of the 4 samples? This Heritage, although they sent me the 2016 vintage. It did not escape my fussy palate, turned out to be the highest ranking of the tasting, and my vote for wine of the flight. While I tried to acquire some 2016 vintages, it was all sold out, so we have no choice but to purchase the 2018 vintage, and last night’s tasting with their “Claire” label, it confirmed to me this “Heritage” is definitely one of the best village level Chablis one can purchase in Singapore. These wines are produced from Jean Dauvissat’s oldest vines, planted between 1950 and 1960, thus a sip and one will be persuaded it has so much flavor, almost endless description for it. The flavor starts at the front palate, with lively, sharp and focus acidity, and a sweetness from the girl-next-door feel, I’m totally sold on the first sip already. The complexity is amazing although the finishing is a bit short. More importantly, I’m more than happy to field this bottle against any village level Chablis, and I’m extremely confident that this will pitch well against any strong player out there.

Ballot Millot 1er Cru Perrieres Meursault 2018

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Ballot Millot 1er Cru Perrieres Meursault 2018
9.5 stars
27 Jan 2021

I bought this label based upon my supplier’s recommendation, she thought highly of this winemaker, and she was correct. I must confess this has to be the most unique expression of Meursault Perrieres plot I’ve ever come across, even more unique than Coche Dury. For Meursault Perrieres tastings I’ve hosted, you can refer here: Meursault Perrieres Tasting Summary Report . Bouquet was relatively muted due to it’s young age. The content was ultra unique; soft and feminine dominated the major composition of the content, of course with great acidity. The most unique character I found was the effortless wine with absolutely natural and transparent style. Highly recommended to drink this right next to any Meursault Perrieres.

Ballot Millot Les Narvaux Meursault 2018

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Ballot Millot Les Narvaux Meursault 2018
9.25 stars
27 Jan 2021

I bought this label based upon my supplier’s recommendation, she thought highly of it. I always liked this Meursault ‘Les Narvaux’ plot, it’s one of the best Merusault village plot, very small of 0.6ha, with pretty good aged vines between 35 and 60 years old. I can co-relate to all these statistics, the content was stunning; mineral and intense. It has this stout and tight body that flexes like a great yoga practitioner. I believe in a blind tasting, I would have rated this as a premier cru rather than village level, it wasn’t inferior at all. Definitely a worthy buy and a great bottle to be represented in a blind tasting of Meursault.

Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 1988

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Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 1988
9.5 stars
31 Dec 2020

Randomly picked a bottle of good wine for my New Years’ Eve drink, to pair with lamb. I was sufficiently impressed with some 1988 Bordeaux, although definitely not comprehensive, as I think 1988 was a relatively poor vintage for Bordeaux. However, my experience has been very mixed, Mouton Rothschild 1988 was totally hopeless, but I do have good luck with all other first growths like Lafite Rothschild, a totally stunning wine, Latour 1988 never fail to disappoint, Margaux 1988 performed extremely well in a blind tasting of vertical Margaux. Thus, I picked something that I have never tasted before, and I must admit, it would have gone any direction. I decanted it for at least an hour before tasting a sip before my dinner, felt that it was slightly diluted, despite very elegant smoke on the bouquet. It possessed a bit of the Graves character of earthy notes, however, primarily red fruits driven. When I had my lamb dish, at the mark of about 1.5 hours of decanting, everything was off the chart! Haut Brion 1988 suddenly became so feminine, soft and approachable that was totally beyond my description! I really enjoyed the content when I had some food, I was not persuaded it was the lamb that ticked the magic, I’m sure given sufficient decanting time, the content of this stunning wine changed sufficiently to be very impressive. Try it to believe yourself!

Agrapat & Fils lAvizoise Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru Extra Brut 2012

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Agrapat & Fils lAvizoise Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru Extra Brut 2012
9.25 stars
25 Dec 2020

I wasn’t exposed to Agrapat champagne although I’ve heard of the big name often times, so I decided to try a bottle today for Christmas, pairing it with my Avocado salad. Unashamedly, it lived up to it’s reputation of the King of Grower Champagne. Bouquet was filled with lemon zest bundled with lemon custard. I really enjoyed the content, huge minerality (in fact, almost steely) without any harshness nor austerity, with a good amount of zestiness companied with sharp and precise focus, one of the best grower champagnes I’ve come across in 2020, something new for me!

Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan 1998

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Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan 1998
9.5 stars
26 Nov 2020

There were two great appellations in Bordeaux for 1998 vintage – Right bank (both St Emilion and Pomerol), as well as Graves (Pessac Leognan). I have come across numerous wines from these two appellations that produced stunning content. I can give you a safe advice, skip most of the left bank, as even a non-classified right bank wine can easily outperform a left bank second growth (I quote an example, Chateau Laroze 1998 easily outperformed Leoville Las Cases 1998, I’m sure not many people heard of Laroze). Smith Haut Lafitte has been on an ascending performance since the Carthiard family bought over the vineyard in 1990. I can safely assure you this 1998 vintage will be one of the best after 1990. The content was smooth, soft, feminine and even to the extend of being sexy. The red fruited content was extremely hedonistic, I can drink this wine forever without getting sick of it! I can see the trend of how Smith Haut Lafitte style keeps improving over time, and the epic vintage would be 2009. Hopefully we get to host a vertical tasting of this up and coming vineyard!

Troplong Mondot St Emilion 1985

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Troplong Mondot St Emilion 1985
9.5 stars
14 Nov 2020

I wasn’t sure of this label coming from 1985, although 1985 was one of my all time favourite vintages from Bordeaux. I hopped over to wine-searcher to look at some comments, not too encouraging at 90.9 points, I still decided to go ahead and purchase a case to try, as I really trust my instinct about the vintage. Lo and behold, this wine punched way above my expectations, easily one of the best 1985 Bordeaux I’ve ever had for a long time! Bouquet of fully matured red fruits, at the borderline of over-ripe. A sip and I told myself I hit on a pot of gold; the palate was so matured, and the softness of the texture was on the extreme scale, with multiple dimensions of flavour, truly hedonistic. It was at a borderline of 9.75 stars but I decided to “downgrade” it, not that I can find any fault with the wine, probably Troplong Mondot back in the 80s was not a big-name wine. Just don’t label me as a label drinker!

Sassicaia Bolgheri 2008

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Sassicaia Bolgheri 2008
9.5 stars
7 Nov 2020

I arranged a vertical flight of very decent vintages of Sassicaia 1990, 1997, 2004 and 2008 in a blind tasting. 9 tasters were all very experienced wine connoisseurs, and my theme was to throw them off, as I requested them to guess the grape blend and varietal. Nobody was closed to guessing this as a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, not to mentioning naming the label being Sassicaia. I chose to report the 2008 vintage, as I think so far it’s best of the flight. Bouquet was quite muted with slight band aid, clinical nose. I really enjoyed the palate, as it was very red fruit dominated, which was very unlike the characters of the duo Cabernet varietals. The content was lively, the wine was dancing on my palate, extremely enjoyable. The tannins were not so obvious, more muted and soft in the background, however, it’s still a wine with definitive long aging potential. Do expect to enjoy this wine in 2050.

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