Nicolas Potel Nuits St. George 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 1998, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, France

Nicolas Potel Nuits St. George 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 1998Beautiful garnet core with quite a fair bit of sediment. Rim showed some brownish tinge. Pronounced red cherries and earthy tones with strong acidity and grippy tannins. Medium to medium (+) finish that left a somewhat sweetish aftertaste in the mouth. I felt that this was drunk too soon as the robust tannins could use a few more years to blend with the fragrant fruit profile. Unfortunately, this is the only bottle I have – won’t be able to tell how it would evolve in a few years.

Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon 2002, Mendoza, Argentina

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2002Appearance: Dark cloudy garnet, almost brownish with a brick, brownish-orange rim with sediments.

Nose: Fruit aromas were still very forward with plenty of crushed ripe blueberries and dried figs. Vanilla and cedar notes were quite evident from the nose. Very subtle hints of leather.

Palate: Blueberries filled the mouth while vanilla and oak flavours displayed quite prominently on the plate. Retained good acidity that provided a somewhat tart medium to medium (+) finish. Berries flavour still dominant with a touch of spiciness.

Comments: The cork disintegrated completely when I opened it this evening. But the wine was not oxidized whatsoever and probably won’t last very long given its current condition. My mum’s sieve actually did pretty well in separating all the broken cork pieces in the bottle. Drink up if you have any and check the cork. If cellared properly, this should be able to withstand a few more years before taking an exponential downward turn. Not exactly a wine layered with complexity but not quite a single dimensional one too. An excellent bottle to pair with the salty pork floss sticks that my sis brought back from Bangkok!

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 đŸ™‚ 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 đŸ˜›