2010 Dom Perignon, 2014 Esmonin Lavaux St Jacques

LUNCH AT LES AMIS - Les Amis, Shaw House, Singapore (22/2/2022)

  • 2010 Dom Pérignon Champagne - France, Champagne
    This was delicious again. It had a really nice nose to start out with, with notes of cream and yeast, red apples and a bit of toast, all garlanded by little floral hints. Very attractive stuff. The palate drank really well for such a young Champagne, coming across deliciously round, with a gentle mousse and very nicely integrated acidity forming the backdrop for yummy flavours of red apples and the ripest lemons, along with some of that toast picked up on the nose. Right at the finish, some mineral and spice notes came in as well. Such a nice drink. (93 pts.)
  • 2014 Frederic Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
    A pleasing wine, but rather a performance of two halves - an absolutely gorgeous nose, followed by a pleasant but rather less impressive palate. What a nose this had though, with savoury and sweet scents tumbling out of the glass in a perfumed melange - earth and meat, red cherries and dark berries, bramble and spice notes, with a hint of toasty oak and a drift of dried florals at the side - wonderful stuff. The palate was a shift of gear after that. Less assertive, lighter than one would expect, but still with just enough weight to make an engaging drink. What it did have going for it was a sense of purity that the 2014 vintage can give, with a lovely clarity to its flavours of red cherries and berries playing against a more savoury backdrop of earth, meat and bramble; all this gliding off into a finish touched by a bit of toast, some spice and a shade of dried brambly roses. All in all, an enjoyable drop, even if it was lacking in some authority. A few more years in a bottle may do it a bit of good, but this is not one for the really long-haul. (92 pts.)

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