Tertre Roteboeuf vertical night with François Mitjavile

The idea of a vertical night came almost 2 – 3 months ago during the prime of our circuit breaker. Our friends were meeting on zoom almost every other night and drinking wine alone in our own houses. We talked about how when the lock down is lifted we should meet up and have a good drink. Somehow the idea of a vertical night with Tertre Roteboeuf came about as it is one of our friend Robby’s favourite red wine from the Bordeaux region in France. We all committed to getting each a bottle with a different vintage and the event was one.

As we are only in Phase 2 meaning we can’t meet in large groups, we managed to find a venue that had private rooms which could fit 5 so we booked 2 of the rooms and went ahead. Thanks to the great service staff that could help us serve the food and the wines.

What a night. With a few close friends, this vertical night is really a night to remember. Because it’s so epic I simply had to make a video about it.

Thanks to all that made this possible. Robby Sucipto for working with Corney & Barrow Singapore to get connected with Mr François, Gabriel Teo for organising the venue at Kyoaji Dining and facilitating the session, Desmond Khoh for the technical setup of video conferencing and everyone else for bringing a bottle generously to let everyone else taste. But once again to thank Robby for introducing all of us to this beautiful wine and also availing some from his stash.

Ok, here come my tasting notes as per the sequence we drank as recommended by our beloved winemaker. As you can see, further down the night, I became quite happy and the notes were lest academic.

Tertre Roteboeuf vertical tasting night notes:

  • 2004 – Big perfumed floral noes. Bright red fruits, structured and very balanced. Maybe I’m too excited for the night to begin.
  • 2002 – Mid bodied. Dark fruits, cooler than the 04, structured and long soft finishing.
  • 1999 – Beautiful nose. Dark fruits and liquorice notes with hints of vanilla. Full lengthy and elegant.
  • 1994 – Big nose of honey. Mid bodied, mild and friendly.
  • 1998 – Oh man, very nice sweet floral and honey nose. Dark fruits, blackberries and liquorice. Dry, earthy and super balanced.
  • 2001 – Sweet sweet floral nose. Smooth structured and balanced. Long long finishing.
  • 2007 – Nice soft floral nose and smooth and nicely acidic.
  • 2000 – Wow. Austere, woody fruit, wonderful length. Spiritual and I like how François explains it like its Bach in a glass.
  • 2009 – WOW WOW WOW, complex and beautiful beautiful nose. Its dry, opulent and pure art.

Top for me would be 2009, 2000, 2001. Don’t get me wrong, the rest are also really good, but If you had to put a gun to my head, I would say these 3.

So what did we talk about? You can find the full video from Desmond’s YouTube here.

So who is François Mitjavile and what kind of wine is Château Tertre Roteboeuf, check out these few links:

I brought the 2000 and 2001 empty bottle home to remind me of this wonderful night and I’ve also took back all the corks. So the morning after, I lined them up and vacuumed them to make them an instalment at home.

We are fronting this event as an event by Little Red Drop which is a Facebook group which I’ve set up a few months back. There are quite a few groups for Singapore wine lovers already, but they are filled with deals which are great, but I feel that it is lacking a community element where people got to know one another and talk about wine and also meet up to have wine. This group is strictly non commercial, so let’s hope this group flourishes and we get more people in Singapore getting to know more wine aficionados and making friends.

If you are a merchant or got lobang to wine merchants or venues, hit me up on the Little Red Drop Facebook group, I’m more than happy to explore collaboration opportunities. But keep in mind its about the community and not about sales.

To the next event. Cheers!

Wine books to get for the journey

There is just so much knowledge around wine and it is hard not to keep reading up about them. So here are a few books that I came across that is really useful.

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide

I have to say this is one of the most beautiful wine books out there and dare I say one of the better Infographics ever done for wine. Pages and pages worth of just enough info to get a novice up to speed and also lots of references to varietals and regions. Buy Wine Folly: Magnum Edition from Amazon here.

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide
The beautiful inside pages

The World Atlas of Wine 8th Edition

One of the world’s most celebrated wine Critic Jancis Robinson together with Hugh Johnson created the atlas of wine. Its filled with details down to the specific vineyard, geography, the climate and more. Super technical and fascinating. Buy The World Atlas of Wine 8th Edition from Amazon here.

The World Atlas of Wine 8th Edition

And here is a little video of the book from the authors themselves.

Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France

Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France

I’ve not read this one yet, but I comes highly recommended by a fellow wine aficionado. Apparently It will change your perception and give you a deeper understanding of buying wines from France.

Buy Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France (25th Anniversary Edition) from Amazon now.

The Wine Bible

The Wine Bible Karen MacNeil

I’ve not read this one yet, but highly recommended by someone whom I seriously respect and have even published a few books herself on wine. I’ll strive to read this.

Buy The Wine Bible from Amazon now.

@nickpan.drinks on IG

Of late I’ve got quite serious with wine and looking at my main Instagram account, almost 80% of them were about wine in the past months. So I’m going to stop spamming my friends with all my wine stuff on my main social accounts and I’ve setup a separate Instagram for it at @nickpan.drinks. So follow me there if you are interested in my wine adventures.

During the past months, I’ve also setup a Facebook Group called Little Red Drop which is a strictly non commercial wine group to discuss about wine and make friends in Singapore who love wine . It is NOT about sales, promos or anything commercial.

Also, I’ve setup a Facebook Page called Singapore Wine Mailing List and as it’s name suggests, the content are extracted from Wine Mailing lists in Singapore. And I hope to bring all the wonderful deals and promotions from merchant’s emails to our fellow local wine drinker’s Facebook feed.

More about these 2 new properties on a separate post, for now, follow me on @nickpan.drinks on Instagram. Thanks.

@nickpan.drinks on Instagram