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From the cellar: Singapore highlights
Twice a year, Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Michael Hill Smith MW and I meet up in Singapore as wine consultants for Singapore Airlines. We bring a few bottles to go with some of the most exciting food in Asia.
My first evening opened well with Dönnhoff’s Hermannshöhle Riesling 2008, perfect with deep-fried squid, followed by Wild Earth’s Pinot Noir 2009 from Central Otago, the natural ripeness of which was a match for spicy noodles.
The next night, Faiveley’s Mazis- Chambertin 2001, with briary red fruits and a velvety texture, will see its 20th birthday with ease. The high spot were two wines brought by Ficofi’s Philippe Capdouze: Coche-Dury’s Les Rougeots 1er Cru, Meursault 2002 – fresh, minerally vibrant and pure; and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s Grands- Echézeaux 1999 – rich, spicy and earthy on the nose, voluptuous yet firm.
Finally, at Ignatius Chan’s Japanese eatery, Hill Smith’s choice of Michel Lafarge’s Volnay 1er Cru 1996 was in its prime, and my bottle of Cain Concept’s The Benchland 2005 showed Napa at its most Bordelais. Then Iggy and his wife served a superbly precise Cristal 2005, with years in front of it.
Taken from the July 2013 issue of Decanter magazine