Probably my dinner and wines of the year

Notes from a very special wine dinner in Singapore.

Selosse Initial BdB
Very pure, lean and taut. Super clean lines and surprisingly delicate. Yellow stone fruit notes and floral characters. Bone dry and layered. Some evolved, honey, on back palate and a creamy finish. 18.5

Puligny Montrachet ‘Enseigneres’ 2008 - Coche-Dury
A spicy and youthful lemon butter nose. Smoky with some floral hints. The bright and racy profile is somehow weightless despite obvious richness. 18

Chevalier Montrachet 1999 - Leflaive (mag)
Rich and complex aromas of orchard fruit, blossom and some older waxy notes. This had an intensely savoury, spicy thread at its core and gained in energy with air. A remarkable and vibrant wine, throbbing with energy. Great line and length - layered and mineral with some smoke on the finish. 19

Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Beaux Monts 1993 - Leroy
A smoky and slightly reductive nose of spent fireworks. Dark toned and rich on palate. Quite beefy and masculine. A sweet mid-palate with notes of blood and meat. Just a bit unmannered. 16.5

Clos de la Roche 1999 - Dujac
Of the 2 bottles served, mineral was corked. I had a tiny sip of the other bottle and it was markedly pure, fine boned and delicate. Probably a solid 18…gutted.

Chateau Trotanoy 1970 (mag)
Amazing colour with only the merest hint of tawny. Surprisingly youthful and tight. This was dark-toned and earthyou with a taut spine of spice and tannin. Only reluctantly does it open to show a generous and silky texture. Still very brooding and coiled. 17

Chateau Trotanoy 1975
A similar colour to the 1970 but the fruit aromas are much more at the red end of the spectrum. This is so much more approachable - Burgundian and delicate with a filigree texture. Some tobacco notes and spice on the graceful and harmonious finish. 18

Petrus 1975
A deep colour and an earthy, woodsy nose. At first this is introspective and stern but the palate bursts with energy. It is authoritative, structured and spicy with a hugely mineral, vigorous finish. 19

Chateau d’Yquem 1975
Burnished colour and aromas of spice with asked VA notes alongside butter, blossom and mature waxy tones. Plenty of botrytis saffron characters. Nuts, burned citrus and beautifully bright acidity on the palate. Long, complex and creamy. Not sure how it could be much better. 19.5

Stunning meal and wines. That Chevy and the Yquem were so close to perfect!


That 75 d’Yquem is incredible!

Cheers Paul. Reckon it’s my all time favourite Yquem - Well ahead of 76, 83 and 90, and just edging 01 at the the moment. Would love to try 67.