Fine Wines Outlook – May 2015

Last month, we were involved in a few events and one of them was the Winefield’s Wine Auction. It was good to put a face to many names in our mailing list and I hope many of you got some good bargains there. Interestingly one of our agency wines from Robert Sirugue, the 2006 Vosne-Romanee VV went under the hammer for around $170 nett. During our pre-arrival offer we sold the 2012 cuvée for 50% less so for those who bought it from us, I believe you got yourself a pretty good deal! Again we would like to emphasize that we do not resellwines we buy from auctions, much less pass them off as wines imported or distributed by us.

Another of our agency Domaine, Duroché was featured in a full length article by Neal Martin in the latest Wine Advocate published a few days back. There’s just a handful of Burgundy critics who are worth their salt and he is undoubtedly one of them. WEA are glad we explored and secured the allocations for Singapore before Neal discovered them (the ’14s are already fully spoken for)! As a subscription to the publication is considerably more pricey than Sunday Times, we will post an excerpt of the article to our mailing list in the next few days for those who may be interested.

School holidays will be here next month and I foresee many of us will be taking a well-deserved break. On our end, we will continue to source for wines which are not only good, but those which we actually love to drink, and only at the right prices. That is our passion which we like to share and we appreciate our clients for trusting us. WEA do not have 10 years of selling wines but we have 10 years of drinking wine. Exciting times ahead!

What WEA have been drinking…
The month started off with a simple seafood dinner at Cove 99. Coincidentally we shared the restaurant with the monthly Makansutra Makan Outing. Reminder to myself to join their next event. We had a 2011 Leflaive Puligny 1er Clavoillon as a tribute to Madame Leflaive. Many chase after the Pucelles and Grand Crus but the Clavoillon is really the value buy in their portfolio. In this instance, it tasted so distinctively Puligny that it could hardly be from anyone other than Leflaive. Accompanying it was the 2011 Mordorée Lirac Blanc Cuvée de la Reine des Bois which would have been great by itself but paled slightly when compared to the Leflaive. Excellent aromatics and mid-palate attack but lacking any finish.

WEA were also at an Alsatian lunch organized by the Alsace Wine Society at Bar-roque Grill. Happy to meet all the passionate people behind the society (esp. SK and M) and I truly had a great time meeting some old friends and clients. It is rare enough to see a Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune at any outing but on that day we had a 1997, 1999 and 2004 (all without coordination!). ’97 and ’99 very tight and structured (and truly a class of their own) while ’04 seemed a bit prematurely aged. There were many bottles that day but one of the superlative bottles was a 1990 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain. Slightly sweet but complex and drinking beautifully. After the boozy lunch, I conked out till 8pm at night…

A dinner at Capital Restaurant (trust me I had to google where this place was) with some winesstarted with a superlative 2009 Weinbach Gewurztraminer Furstentum. It has been a while since I was so taken by a Gewurz and this bottle reminds me why Weinbach is at the top of its game for off-dry wines. A 1990 Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges 1er Clos des Porrets St. Georges (a mouthful indeed), tasted like it has barely aged. A technically superior wine but one which didn’t engage me in a deeper level. 1999 Jacques Cacheux Echezeaux was a ringer for a funky/barnyardy CDP and I still couldn’t believe it was a Burgundy. 2011 Jean-Marc Bouley Pommard 1er Rugiens as usual was elegant, floral and classy, breaking all the stereotypes of Pommard.

At the Winefield’s Auction, we showcased three of our agency wines2012 Antoine Jobard Meursault En La Barre was truly the crowd-pleaser and had many repeat pours. Ravishing with fine depth and balance, this has a layer of baby fat still evident making it so alluring at the moment. 2012 Jean-Marc Bouley Beaune 1er Reversées was more serious with dark cherries and cassis. Concentrated, intense with silky tannins. 2012 Duroché Gevrey 1er Champeaux was the final wine and one which captivates with its floral aromatics. Silky, refined and feminine.

A dinner at the newly renovated Jade Palace capped off the month. 1996 Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne was more like a still wine, effervescence gone but very intense and long. 2004 Arnoux Vosne 1er Suchots was quite easily identified by the ’04 greenness but the purity, structure and intensity were impressive. 2000 Bruno Clavelier Chambolle 1er Combe d’Orveau was a little odd, with a lack of precision although unmistakably a Chambolle. 1998 Yeringberg was a ringer for a Bordeaux. 2000 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabajà was tightly knit and brimming with potential. 2000 Montviel was a Pomerol I hadn’t hear before but failed to reach the heights of this appellation. 1987 Tignanello was drinking at peak now. The next pair of CDPs were blinded (1995 Pégaü CDP Cuvée Laurence and 2000 Mordorée CDP Cuvée de la Reine des Bois) and half of the table guessed Burgundy! We ended with 1990 Zilliken Rausch Auslese GK #2, which was bracing with racy acidity – needs 10 years more to evolve. 2000 Guiraud was comparatively more heavy, full-bodied and tropical. Special mention to the delicious giant mantis prawns!