Monday, September 21, 2009

muga Reserva 2004 and Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin 1995

A quick notes on the famed Bodegas Muga Reserva 2004 that i had bought recently in KL. Priced at RM174.. Once open, the nose was beautiful, with tobacco, inky purple fruits, and pencil lead...However, you could detect some slight alcohol heat on the nose. I wonder it is accelerated aging form bad storage condition, which are typical of most wines in Malaysia.
On the palate, it was purrrfect..with grainy tannins coating your palate with good body weight... the finish was medium at best but an overall enjoyable wines...
Demona slurped this down real fast!!!

Deep red. Highly fragrant, Bordeaux-like bouquet of red berries, smoky minerals, flowers and camphor. Supple red and dark berry flavors stain the palate and are given spine by juicy minerality. The fruit expands on the finish, which is strikingly sweet, broad and persistent. This smokes pretty much any Bordeaux that I can think of for close to this price

I was browsing the net one day and chanced upon a bin end sales by a local wine distributor..I wasted no time and packed up my laptop and rushed to the distributor office in downtown kl to place my order of 3 bottles of vintage champage at an amazingly 70% off. (around RM150 each after discount)

The first bottle i had opened is the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin 1995 Rich Reserve.
Onced open, the nose was flat, full of soy and cat pee. The bubbles was almost non existent and there is not much fruit on the palate. A generally dissapointing wine that went dead right from the bottom. It must be the result of excessive heat while stored in the warehouse.

this bottle was a huge difference from the 1988 Rich Reserver Ponsardin that i had last year in Crystal Jade Palace, Paragon Singapore. That bottle was singing that night, with salt, biscuit, citrus and honey dominating the nose and with great long honeyed palate...

What a pity that this bottle was killed while in her sleep in the local storage facility.