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1999 Château Corbin Michotte

TASTING NOTE

We sipped at Bibo in Hong Kong as an after-free-flow-brunch glass via Coravin.  A touch tired both in terms of nose (obscure veggies, no fruit) and texture (no tannins).

Reasonably pleasant, albeit uninspiring, was to end a mucho-marvie brunch.

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 87 points)

1999 Château Corbin MichotteFrance, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (11/13/2016)

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1962 Château La Tour Haut-Brion

TASTING NOTE

WOTN, our birth year bottle was excellent.  You cannot beat the provenance of “Ex-Chateau”.  We were pleased to experience absolutely no difficulties removing the perfectly preserved cork. Blessed!

We let her breath for an hour before dipping in.  We had stood her upright for 48 hours so the sediment remained under control throughout the pour.  Light brownish red on the eye. She looks perfect.  The original old musty law books blew off after an hour and we had pure, Chinese preserved veggies on the nose.

Liquorice, burnt coffee, dark chocolate.  Oh my…too many things going on!

The palate was silky smooth with virtually no tannins (sad a bit as we like a little grip).  Chinese herbal tea flavours overwhelm with preserved mushrooms and other root veggies.  We enjoy this flavour.  We equally would have preferred just a hint of fruit…nary a drop.

Et voila, the finish was as though Her Majesty was gliding down the runway to greet her subjects…elegance on steroids.

(VineNaughties Rating: 94 points)

1962 Château La Tour Haut-BrionFrance, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (11/12/2016)

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1999 Alfred Gratien Champagne Brut Millésimé

TASTING NOTE

We visited Alfred Gratien several years ago. The winemaker (Nicholas) is great fun, loves to make wine in a “gourmand” style and opened several bottles for our sipping pleasure.  Suffice it to say, we wobbled to our hotel, which was fortunately only a 15 minute stumble.

This is not the 1996 statuesque bubble, but certainly a spectacular wine with excellent balance of acidity, fruit and alcohol.  Fairly transparent green apple on the eye served properly in white Burgundy glasses.

Aromas of toasted almonds and yeasty vanilla cream.  Simply yummy and screaming “sip me, baby, sip me!”  Smooth, creamy vanilla on the palate and dry as a baby’s bum.  Lingering finish that almost convinced us to open another bottle!!! Awesomesauce!!

A winner!!! The song “I am hot for teacher” is playing as we sip…we missed a lot of education in champagne in our day, but not our homework is soo delightful that we are “hot” for this luvly!

Great QPR!

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 94 points)

1999 Alfred Gratien Champagne Brut MillésiméFrance, Champagne (11/12/2016)

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NV Diebolt-Vallois Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut

Tasting Note

The final bubble of our Champagne Cantonese Seafood Spectacular was no disappointment, albeit had to walk in large footsteps after the wine of the night!  Served in big bowl Chardonnay glasses to allow the nose to flourish.

Powerful aromas of citrus and flowers with pleasant yeastiness.

Dramatic statement initially on the palate develops into a more elegant, yet slightly short, finish. A winner from A to Z and excellent QPR.

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 90 points)

NV Diebolt-Vallois Champagne Blanc de Blancs BrutFrance, Champagne (11/11/2016)

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NV Pierre Péters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Perle du Mesnil

Tasting Note

The third bubble of our Champagne Cantonese Seafood Spectacular and Wine of the Night (WOTN).  Served in big bowl Chardonnay glasses to allow the nose to flourish.

Pale gold eye with a touch of green.  Luvly bubbles. Nose of both flowers and a blend of citrus fruit.  Great toasted almonds with dramatic freshness.

Lemon, lime and everything fine on the palate and a finish that never finishes. Excellent and very good QPR.

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 92 points)

NV Pierre Péters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Perle du Mesnil – France, Champagne (11/11/2016)

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NV Zoémie de Sousa Champagne Brut Precieuse

Tasting Note

The second bubble of our Champagne Cantonese Seafood Spectacular.  Served in big bowl Chardonnay glasses to allow the nose to flourish.

Golden yellow.  Pearls dissipate but remain on the eye.

Vibrant nose of ripe, dry fruit with a touch of toasted almonds.

Honey and burnt caramel on the palate. Refreshing and fairly long finish. Good QPR.

(VineNaughties’ Rating: 90 points)

NV Zoémie de Sousa Champagne Brut PrecieuseFrance, Champagne (11/11/2016)

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