Fine Wines Outlook – Jan 2015

2015 is finally upon us and we are kicking off the New Year with our first Fine Wines Outlook for the year. I hope many of you guys drank some good wines over the past month. I know I sure did.

For the new year, WEA have dusted off the cobwebs from our official website and the cleaner interface should make browsing through it much easier on the eye. Also, more information on the agency wines we carry are available there. So if you want to know what the critics say about Antoine Jobard etc., just go to the page and all the summaries and reviews are aggregated on the respective pages. We will be constantly updating the pages with fresh info so do check it out from time to time. As many have requested as well, we have posted our Price List online for your consideration. Do note that the bulk of our offers still come via the Mailing List so do keep a look out.

For Burgundy fans, you will be pleased to know that many of the professional critics’ reviews of the 2013 vintage has been released. For paid subscriptions, Neal Martin from Wine Advocate and Bill Nanson from Burgundy Report have both released their reports while John Gilman from View from the Cellar will release his over the next few days. For those who do not want to shell out moolah, you will be pleased to know you still can read some free reviews online from Claude Kolm of The Fine Wine Review and from Steen Öhman of Winehog. And of course we are wrapping up our remaining 2012 offers and then we can start with the ’13s from many more new names. Exciting times ahead!

Domaine Jean-Marc Bouley Wine Dinner

As we have mentioned before, we are planning more events in 2015 and the first one to set the bar is the launch of our new agency wine from Domaine Jean-Marc Bouley. Based in Volnay, the Domaine makes a suite of Volnays, a Beaune 1er and their flagship Pommard 1er Crus. Thomas Bouley, the 4th generation of the family, has taken over gradually from his father Jean-Marc since 2006 and the quality level has leapfrogged tremendously. For those who think that Pommards are austere and rustic, you owe it to yourself to see how Thomas has crafted a set of extremely refined wines.

We will release further details this coming Tuesday. Very few seats to offer out so drop us a note if you would like to be informed in advance of a night of great food and fine wines.

Date: 20 January 2015 (Tuesday), 7pm.
Location: Restaurant Nicolas, 10 Teck Lim Road.

What WEA have been drinking…

The celebratory month started with NV Cheurlin Noëllat Carte d’Or Brut, our housepour Champagne. Round and intense with a slightly off-dry profile – a great drink to start things off.

Next up, a dinner at Jade Palace (where else?) which promised to rule them all and it did! Two gorgeous Rieslings matched perfectly with Cantonese appetizers but the similarities ended there. 2012 Keller von der Fels was a little off-balanced at the moment with the acidity poking out but there was plenty of extract for this humble cuvee from Keller. 2004 Robert Weil Kiedricher Gräfenberg Spätlese looked and tasted like it had barely aged at all. The sweetness however, has mellowed down and what’s left is a lovely richness balanced perfectly with bright acidity. I had seconds and thirds of this. A 2012 Denis Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin VV sneaked in with opaque color and a deep dark fruited nose. Very concentrated and some oak started to poke out, this probably needs many years to integrate. Things started getting serious when a blinded 2000 Drouhin Musigny appeared. Very restrained and primary, this surpassed the reputation of the vintage and shows that great producers triumph over ‘weaker’ vintages. A 2003 Vogüé Bonnes Mares reared its head with dark and ripe fruits and this is one ’03 which showed the rather stewy side of the vintage but with air it kinda improved a little. 2006 Dujac Vosne-Romanée 1er Aux Malconsorts meanwhile was all pretty florals and red fruited aromas. Such a feminine and lovely wine chez Dujac. An intermezzo with 2012 Antoine Jobard Meursault 1er Les Poruzots which had people guessing Chevalier-Montrachet (!), was very showy and flamboyant yet balanced well with bright acidity. A class of its own. Next a 2007 Bouchard Corton-Charlemagne surpassed the general quality of the vintage. It was bright, rich and intense with saline minerality – everything a Corton-Charlie should be. One of the last wines of the night before the Northern Rhone monsters took over was the 2010 Lucien Le Moine Clos de Bèze. Extremely dense and full-bodied, it did not show a certain transparency of the vintage. I would re-visit this in 5 more years.

Christmas Eve was a lovely bottle of 2007 Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée La Colombiere which was drinking beautifully now but did not seem to reach the heights of a 1er Cru as the price would suggest. Last bottles of the year was at the humble Extra Space Tasting Room where the 2011 Gérard Mugneret Vosne-Romanée showed beautifully. Red fruited with hints of spice and without the herbalness some ’11s display. Extremely more-ish. 2010 Roumier Chambolle-Musigny showed a different facade to Burgundy. For a villages wine it was very dark and dense. A robust rather than airy Chambolle. 2010 Duroché Latricières-Chambertin shocked everyone who guessed a Chambolle. A gorgeous wine, it was pure and elegant. This further confirmed to me that Duroché makes the most feminine Gevreys around.