Madame 2004, Cotes du Roussillon Village, Maury, France.

Madame 2004, Les Vigne d'Elodie

Appearance: Dark and brooding purple with a little sediment.

Nose: Aromas of crushed blueberries, blackcurrants and black cherries.  Hints of cedar, mint and licorice lingered in the glass.

Palate: Sweet, ripe dark fruits came to mind immediately with the first sip. Nice savoury touch on the palate with its bright acidity and tannic grip. Oaky with a medium finish.

Comments: Made of 60% carignan, 32% grenache and 8% syrah. This has been aged in oak barrels and it shows 🙂 Bought this at Le Benaton. This beauty NEEDS food to shine.

Les Haut de Gramenon 2003 (Cotes du Rhone Villages) and Burger Shack (Singapore)

Les Haut de Gramenon 2003

This was a surprisingly easy-drinking bottle for a cool night out at Burger Shack along Bukit Timah with a few friends. The Moroccan Lamb Burger and the Original Burger paired pretty well with the fruity but slightly tannic red from Cotes du Rhone that we brought along. I thought the onion rings were better than the fries but ah well, that’s a subject for debate, no?

One of my friends succumbed to ordering a second helping of double black pepper beef sans the homemade sesame bun (he called it “the animal style”) – it was OK but nothing hit home. It didn’t help that it was being compared against Carl’s Jr and In-n-Out Burgers as we were digging into the meat patties? Check out some of the reviews here and here.

But their staff was kind enough to let us open our own wine (we brought our own glasses and corkscrew too!) at their premise without charging us any corkage, which I thought was only appropriate since they provide no wine service whatsoever. What I did find disturbing is that they discourage customers from consuming wines in the air-conditioned section of the “shack” (but if you choose to sit outdoors, it’s perfectly fine) as they thought it might offend families with children whom they claimed are their main customers? Honestly, I’ll buy that and respect their decision to do so given its proximity to so many primary and secondary schools around. But I thought it was ironic since they sell beers and display them prominently on the counter top along with all the canned and soft drinks (that kids would go for) ? Go figure.

Anyway, we decided to show them some support and hopped over to their ice-cream parlour, Island Creamery, to stuff ourselves silly with scoops of Burnt Caramel, Apple Pie, Blackforest and Pulut Hitam (black glutinous rice) ice cream before dragging ourselves back home 😛

Pipers Brook Vineyard, Gewurtztraminer 2004, Tasmania, Australia

Pipers Brook Vineyard, Gewurtztraminer 2004Appearance: Crystal clear pale meyer lemon core.

Nose: Pronounced kerosone/petrol and ripe lychee, melon, nectarine (maybe even wild honey?) aromas. I might be wrong but I thought there were hints of wood and yeast on the nose too.

Palate: The taste of sweet juicy green Anjou pears lingered in the somewhat medium (-) and spicy finish.  Oak and vanilla flavors definitely pretty forward on the palate but not overwhelmingly so. Medium (+) acidity.

Comments:  Sipped this without any food and went down surprisingly well (though my friend and I agreed later on that it was a tad heavy) after some delicious har cheong kai and beef hor fun dinner. I think I’m still biased towards the gewurtztraminer from alsace and germany 😛 But having said that, I’ll do this with a local popiah party anytime and chill it really really well!

Roederer Estate L’ermitage 2000 Brut, Anderson Valley, California

The last bottle of Roederer vintage L’ermitage that I brought back from the States last spring. Gonna pop it open with some good friends tonight at a local chinese family restaurant. Shall post its tasting notes later!


Appearance: Nice bubbles with an almost golden yellow core and pale rim.

Nose: Aromas of apples, pears and fresh lemon peel were quite strong after the wine warmed up a little.  Yeast and dough characteristics were present but not overwhelming.

Palate: Very ripe apples and pears. Medium (+) body with an equally strong matching acidity. Smooth and creamy mousse on the palate.

Comments:  Definitely keep this down for a few more years. Opened this too soon I think before the flavours can fully develop. I think it might have overpowered the steamed frog legs in chicken essence tonight and made the dish tasted kinda bland? I feel that the 1999 vintage that I had earlier in the year was much better and perhaps more balanced.