Dinner With Wine Buddies

Finally I get to organized an intimate dinner with two of my best wine buddies, both I met over 10 years ago.  After years of drinking the finest things, one of them became a Coche Dury fanatic and another, a Leroy lover, each planned to bring one of their love to our table at Fan Tang Restaurant in Hong Kong (a Coche Dury Les Perrieres 1999 and a Leroy Chambolle-Musigny Les Fremieres 2007. We were all excited about it, for the wine of course, and to me, it was also to getting these 2 boys together whom they don’t really get to know each other too well before tonight.

Old good 75 Egon Muller. Cork was kind of being difficult, little crushed and damp but wine turns out to be all good. I
From Left to Right: Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche 1996; Leroy Chambolle-Musigny Les Fremieres 2007; Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese 1975 from Egon Müller; Coche Dury Les Perrieres 1999

The night became even more exciting when I found out they brought 2 more great bottles for the night: Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese 1975 from Egon Müller and Ponsot Clos de la Roche 1996.  We started the night opening the good old Egon.  It was kind of wrong to have this before the Coche but seems like we just want to have a taste of it as soon as we could.  Amazing bouquet rich with brioche, peach, coco and honey very lifting.   Palate was awesome, gentle with riped and spiced apple, almond  backed by great acid with a long finish.  Seriously good stuff (96/100).  After a glass of Egon, we move the Coche Les Perrieres 99, gorgeous nose with lime and crushed stones, I was suggesting there really should have a perfume like this one day, so tempted to put some on my wrist (in fact, I did secretly with my 2nd last drop), rich and fresh with a long long finish.  Amazing wine this is indeed (96/100).   Moving to the red, Ponsot Clos de la Roche 97. Really mixed feelings for this wine amongst us, some think is closed, wet and little too hot.  I do love the nose there compared to its beginning, ripe cherry, earthy tone. little cloudy while palate turns thin and acidic later the night. A wine you probably gotta drink faster than you believe you should. (90/100) Last, we had the beautiful Leroy.  Young yet ready and pretty.  The nose of Leroy is always captivatingly floral, this with sweet cherry mixed with bit of coffee in it. great texture and intensity (despite a shorter finish) which gain total respect if this is a village wine for real! (93/100).  Then I went back to Coche and Egon with the desert! Benefited from having a chinese meals we thought. Am very grateful to get to share these great moment with good friends Derek, Ken, Rachael and CY over their beautiful wine.   A happy ending for a start of a perfect weekend!!

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