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Another good wine dinner featuring Domaine Faiveley wines. The dinner was held at Shangrila with the following line-up of wines:

DOMAINE FAIVELEY

Whites

  • Bâtard-Montrachet 2009
  • Grand Cru Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet 2011
  • Grand Cru Corton-Charlemagne 2011
  • Premier Cru Meursault « Blagny » 2011 & 2007
  • Grand Cru Montrachet 2011

Reds

  • Grand Cru Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2011 & 2007,
  • Grand Cru Clos de la Roche 2009,
  • Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot 2011 & 2007,
  • Grand Cru Corton Clos des Cortons 2011 & 2000,
  • Grand Cru échezeaux 2011,
  • Premier Cru Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 2011,
  • Grand Cru Latricières-Chambertin 2011 & 2008,
  • Grand Cru Mazis-Chambertin 2011,
  • Premier Cru Pommard Les Rugiens 2011 & 2007,
  • Premier Cru Volnay-Santenots 2007,

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I started off with the Grand Cru Meursault Blagny 2011, which had light sweet fruit and clean taste. Seem to always favour Meursaults don’t I? Lol! Too much of a plain vanilla person by nature.

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Next up, the Grand Cru Corton-Charlemagne 2011which had a heavier, golden toasted wood tinge to it. Somewhat buttery, however, I found it was quite a serious and dry wine.

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When I saw this I really wanted to try it as we have some unopened bottles in the storage, but never tasted it before. The Grand Cru échezeaux 2011 tasted of toasty barrel and redcurrant fruit.

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Above, a small taste of the Grand Cru Pommard Les Rugiens 2011. While it has dense fruit I didn’t like that it was more sour than the Echezeaux, and as well it had some licorice tints in it. Not too much of a fan of this wine.

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Above, the Grand Cru Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet 2011, nice pale gold in color with toast cedar in the nose while in the palate the wine is structured with complex rich layers and a good long finish of at least 9 seconds.

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Next up, the Grand Cru Corton, Clos des Cortons 2011. I know, I shouldn’t have switched back and forth between the whites and reds. Should have just done whites, followed by the reds but you must understand, there was quite a large group of people in front of the tasting table and it was difficult to go at it in sequence ;). Plus I tend to clog up the area when I take pictures as well hehhehehehe~

The Corton was deep bright red and had deliciously deep full bodied flavours with blackberries and smooth in the mouth. Reminded me a little of Ribena 0.o if that doesn’t give you enough of an idea of how amateurish I am, I will later describe another wine as tasting very much like Fanta grape 😉 Blasphemy!

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At this point, dinner was almost about to start, so I rushed through another 2-3 wines and didn’t manage to take pictures of the wine in the glass.

This is the Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot 2011. I only remember the colour as being deep red, which I always like as it makes me think of good sweet fruit and depth in flavour. The wine didn’t disappoint, with what seemed like a higher concentration in fruit in the heavier berry tones, and it was sweeter and thicker than the previous wines. Some redcurrant definitely in there followed by a long finish and a nice aftertaste.

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I took just a sip of the Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2011 and the Grand Cru Mazis-Chambertin 2011, which was a shame as both are really good wines to me.

Upon sipping the Mazis, I felt a the wine create a nice soaring sensation (no, its not because I was drunk, its just that the wine is one-of-a-kind 😉 with explosive flavour and sweet, rich, dark berries. One of my favorites for the night.

The Clos de Beze is heavier than mazis and also delicious. It was silky and opulent, had some raspberry overlay and mineral in it as well.

After the hurried tasting:

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Dinner and wine pairing, and the list of wines for the tasting reception as well as the dinner wines.

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The first two wines were both a glorious golden hue in color:

1) Bâtard-Montrachet 2009 – I got a slight shock at this on first taste, it does smacks you in the face at first impression. With its toasty nose, it was heavy and strong but like good cheese it tapers down deliciously. Slight spice, savoury and chewy all at once, even almost salty!  It tasted amazing with food and went well with the shrimp; they brought out the best in each other. This gorgeous, rich and balanced wine was my favorite of the night. In fact it was one of the favourites of many people that night. I had 2 glasses of this XD

2) Grand Cru Meursault Blagny 2007 on the other hand was all chalk with mineral nose and was sweet yet savoury. Much heavier than the 2011 and complex with green fruit. After leaving it for a while, I thought that it had some caramel in the nose.

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Salmon tartar with ginger crackling.20130514-153042.jpg

 

Poached shrimp that was mehh by itself was completely transformed by the Batard Montrachet 2009. It just urges you to keep on eating. No wonder I can’t seem to lose the weight!20130514-153004.jpg

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3) Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot  2007 – floral bouquet nose and wild flowers in the mouth with a hint of pencil lead or earth I can’t tell the difference. Even felt like it was a little herb-y =p

4) Chambertin « Clos de Bèze 2007 – mellow with tannins. Smooth with a long finish. I don’t remember it being very heavy.

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5)Premier Cru Latricières-Chambertin 2008 – Remember what I mentioned earlier about fanta grape? This is it! Hahahaha, I distinctly remember saying I thought it tasted like fanta grape, to my fellow diner’s horror 😉 It is in fact quite spicy with prominent grape. I didn’t like the spice so much though.

6) Grand Cru Corton Clos des Cortons 2000 had a deeper red hue in comparison with the previous three wines. Its dark red but not yet reddish brown at all. Red fruit and tannins and apparently the flagship of Faiveley. It was described as a very masculine wine that can be kept for a long time.

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The mushroom risotto that I dearly wished for a bigger serving. Risotto isn’t usually my thing but this was really good. Somewhat like campbell soup XD20130514-153143.jpg

 

Notice that no. 6 was a deeper red than the no. 3? Wine glasses number 3,4, and 5 were similar in terms of colour and viscousity.20130514-153159.jpg

 

Sage roasted chicken breast, which was also very good. Nice and tender and the ricotta stuffed squash blossom fritters were light and tasty. Never imagined them to complement each other so well!

And now the dark horse:

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Grand Cru Clos de la Roche 2009, the unnumbered glass. Not all the wines listed in the dinner wines were served, so we could request a glass of whatever wine from the list that we’d like to try. Again, I had 2 glasses of this.

Another fantastic wine, opulent and sweet with cherry in the nose. A very smooth, meaty wine, I much preferred this to the Clos des Cortons. Another favourite for the night!

To summarize, these were the outstanding wines for the night: The Mazis Chambertin 2011, Batard Montrachet 2009 and the Clos de la Roche 2009