I had an entirely different reunion dinner dinner experience this year, being the first time I celebrate Chinese New Year away from my parents, as well as missing out on the fun with my relatives. Yes, the family is crazy and dysfunctional in every way, but it sure gives all the excuses for a drink! It was very much enjoyable albeit wayyy less rowdy with a pair of Frenchies. I ordered some yee sang to save me the trouble of grating all the vegetables, bought some siew yoke, cooked some braise-roasted duck marylands and had QLD king prawns with stir-fried vegetables.
The Pol Roger Brut Extra Cuvee de Reserve Rose 2000 was a nice drink to match the yee sang. The color – an attractive salmon with shades of orangey-pink – complemented the salmon sashimi and reddish smoked trout. This one’s a blend of 50% pinot noir, 35% chardonnay and 15% still pinot noir. It has nice strawberry aromatics mingled with red currants and preserved lemons, and has sufficient acidity to freshen up the slightly drawn out fruit flavours. It’s not one to keep for the long term, so drink it now. 89/100.
I bought it at PWS South Melbourne because they were offering it at a discounted $120 (UP$144). Incidentally, the St Kilda outlet is closing down and everything is on sale until the final day, so some bargains might be found there.
With the rest of the meal, we had Maison Roche de Bellene Chambolle-Musigny Vielles Vignes 2009 by Nicoles Potel. Sure, it may seem way too early to crack the ’09 Chambolles, but I was curious as I haven’t had any ’09 Burgs prior. $72 (discounted) from PWS. Clear, intense dark ruby color with aromas of strawberries, red currants, mushroom stock and Chinese salted plums. This med+ bodied wine has a smooth velvet texture, med+ acidity and 13% alc. With attractive plush flavours of ripe strawberry, red currants and red plum skins, this is an easy drinking wine with potential to age in the medium term. Drink now (decant!) – 2017. 90+/100.
And lastly, to finish off the night as the cards were dealt in several rounds of Blackjack to see us into the Year of the Dragon, Samual Smith’s Chocolate Stout with a mild orange-rind sheep’s milk cheese. A brilliant combination.