Lunch leads to dinner
Had a great wine lunch/dinner yesterday in Sinagpore. It was with long-time wine buddies Yixin and Hsien Min and a couple of others. We began at 1pm, and finished at 8pm, taking in both the lunch and dinner sittings at a Chinese restaurant just off Orchard Road.
11 bottles were consumed in the end, beginning with the wines we bought and finishing with a raid on the well-priced wine list.
Leroy Bourgogne 1997 was light, crisp, mineralic and showing very nicely indeed.
Knoll Ried Kellerberg Riesling Smaragd 2003 Wachau, Austria showed lovely fruit with some nice mineralic acidity.
Zind Humbrecht Herrenweg de Turckheim Riesling 1998 Alsace was quite rich and evolved with lots of quite complex crystalline fruits and some lemony freshness.
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Riesling 2005 Margaret River was a bit reduced and tasted like many Australian Rieslings taste.
Ch Picque Caillou 2001 Pessac Leognan was a lighter claret that was drinking nicely.
Stonecroft Serine Syrah 2004 Hawkes Bay was really expressive, bright and peppery: a lovely NZ red.
Vigna Maggio Chiantic Classico Castello di Mona Lisa 1997 was a big Italian red with some earthy evolution.
Ch de la Gimmoniere 2003 Coteaux du Layon was a nice, quite pure, fruit driven sweet wine.
Elio Altare Barolo La Morra 2000 was a deliciously expressive, bright, fruity, modern Barolo but still has plenty of earthy, spicy savouriness. Lovely.
Ch Rausan Segla 1978 Margaux was a beautifully evolved, quite fresh claret that drank well.
Guigal La Landonne Cote Rotie 1994 was drinking nicely too: the oak has receded a bit to reveal a savoury, bacon-fat and spice Syrah that has a few years ahead of it but is just entering its drinking window, I'd reckon.
From the restaurant it was off to a bar where a Chinese pop group were playing. I'm feeling a little slow today.