(Proud to have our wines Bouley and Marc Roy featured on Winart.)
WEA were pleasantly surprised to be alerted that all three of the Domaines featured on the cover of this month’s Winart – Japan’s influential fine wine magazine – are carried by us. In particular, Domaine Jean-Marc Bouley and Domaine Marc Roy are our exclusive agencies in Singapore. The three Domaines including Domaine Lamy, have been identified as Rising Stars in Burgundy, but for my palate, they are already making exemplary wines. The only unfortunate thing holding them back is that they lack a top Grand Cru plot in their holdings to escalate them into the upper echelons of Burgundy. No matter, this keeps their price in check and provides great value for drinkers like me. We have some older vintages of Bouley in stock, so don’t hesitate to check our wine list on the website. Many of the wines we are carrying are new to the Singapore market but make no mistake, they are already well-established in the European market or picking up acclaims amongst the critics.
We have almost reached the one third point of our 2013 Burgundy En Primeur campaign and in the following months we have more exciting Domaines to offer. Again, just to emphasize that EP offers allows you to buy the wines at the lowest possible price before the wines are bottled. Our previous offers of 2013s are still available for Laurent Roumier, Meuneveaux, Jean-Marc Bouley and Marc Roy. So if you have not made your orders, or have not seen the offers, please email me. Exciting times ahead!
Next in our wine dinner series, we will feature the 2012s of Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret. Mark your calendars for 25th March for we will serve an excellent range of wines from the Domaine, mainly 1er Crus and Grand Crus. We still have a few seat left for the dinner at Restaurant Absinthe, so let me know if you are keen to join us.
Some wines tasted which I missed out last month. A pairing of the 1996 and 2005 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses was an interesting contrast. The 1996 tasted fresher (though with a tad more acidity than I’d have preferred) with more verve than the rounder, richer 2005. 2002 Dom Pérignon was more quiet and elegant compared to the flashier Clos des Goisses. Very tight and one for aging. The highlight of the Champagnes was undoubtedly the 2010 Cédric Bouchard La Presle (Blanc de Noir), the first vintage produced from this vineyard. Cool fruit rather than tropical. Fine and classy with a monumental presence. Befuddled how a Champagne can taste so vinous. A comparison between 1999 Carillon Puligny-Montrachet and 2004 Carillon Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Referts was enlightening. Undoubtedly the 1999 was the stronger vintage as the villages wine was drinking beautifully now albeit with limited depth and finish to speak of while the 2004 showed a superb nose with kaleidoscopic flavors, a nod to its 1er Cru origins. Bravo! The last white was the 2008 Raveneau Chablis 1er Vaillons which was flinty, mineral and with the richness characteristic of the Domaine yet with great acidity in check though this bottle seems to be a little aged for a 2008. The reds started with 1983 Remoissenet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos St. Jacques which could be from the current Sylvie Esmonin plot. Unfortunately it was a little tired now and should be drunk up. 1994 Castello di Ama Vigna l’Apparita ended the dinner. 100% Merlot but tasted quite new-world. Well-made but I did not feel it spoke of the terroir.
Just 2 bottles of wine actually tasted this month. First the 2011 Georges Noellat Nuits St. Georges 1er Les Boudots made by wonder boy Maxime Cheurlin. Slighty oaky when first opened but slowly integrated with air. Lots of spice on the nose as well as crunchy red fruits. Mineral and savory on the palate with earth and grass. Flavor profile is Vosne but structure and tannins are Nuits. And finally 1996 Chandon de Briailles Corton-Bressandes which wasn’t completely secondary yet. The 1996 acidity was still obvious though with sufficient fruit and extract to integrate with more time. A quintessential elegant Bresandes.