HALF BOTTLES FOR THAI FOOD Siam Thai Restaurant, King's Heath, Birmingham
28th November 2009
A small scale wine evening at the very enjoyable Siam Thai restaurant
in King's Heath.
very homely Thai food. But unfortunately the homeliness means that the
food's not very photogenic, so the food porn this time is
limited to this one reader's wife snap of a chicken custard dish, that
is much more delicious than my description might suggest.
Not all half bottles, but predominantly so.
N.V. Champagne Raymond Boulard Champagne
Blanc de Blancs Brut
Very rich nose with some pear fruit. Very good palate. Worked nicely
with Thai chicken cakes. 91/100
2008 Pieropan Soave Pieropan
a half botle. This has a lovely nose - melony, fragrant, with hints of
cucumber and green pepper. There is a lot more to this than I had
expected. There's nice fruit on the palate, fairly ripe and tropical,
yet still delicate and with good acidity. 91/100
1960 Léon Beyer Riesling Reserve
a half. A very riesling nose with petrol and raisin fruit. Odd palate.
It's obviously very old, and unfortunately it's now so very tired as to
be dead. 81/100
2002 Georg Breuer Rüdesheimer
Berg Rottland Riesling Auslese
8.5% From a half bottle.
A light, delicate riesling nose. Delicious palate. Very, very fresh,
yet also with a delicious balanced sweetness. 92/100
1996 Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling
a half bottle. This is much lighter and fresher than the much younger
Breuer, though the nose is rather indeterminate. There's massive
acidity - much more prominent than in the Breuer. 91/100
2006 Cline Cellars Viognier, California
14%. A half bottle.
is powerful stuff. Peaches and pears on the nose. This was served at
the wrong point in the meal. But unfortunately, on the palate, it's
rather dull, lifeless and flabby. 86/100
2000 Velich Chardonnay Tiglat Apetlon,
a lot of charry, toasty oak going on here, along with almonds and a
curious hint of formaledehyde. On the palate, this is a big, oaky
chardonnary, but it works well, and there's nice fruit concentration.
1990 Trimbach Gewurztraminer
Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre
a bit of buttery, lychee gewurz nose here, but it's very muted and
flat. Good balance on the palate, but it's flat and very ordinary
Returning to this bottle the next day, it was very clear
that this bottle was corked, although it was far from obvious when
2000 Château de Chamboreau
Savennières Roche aux Moines Chevalier Buhard
Cuvée d'Avant Doux
13.5%. 500ml (1300 bottles produced)
feels slightly flabby and musty on the nose. Flabby palate. Really
rather sweet and syrupy with nothing to back it up. 82/100
1983 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter
Mülheimer Helenenkloster Riesling Eiswein
very deep, hazed appearance. Apples and raisins on the nose. This is a
rich, yet delicate old riesling. It feels older than it should. Bit of
a superannuated feel. 87/100
1999 Feiler-Artinger Ruster Ausbruch
Essenz, Burgenland, Austria, 9%
botrytis immediately evident on the nose, alongside a slight grapiness.
The essence of botrytis. The grape is almost incidental. This isn't
quite as interesting as the last bottle (half bottle, that is). But it
is absolutely glorious. Left overnight, it's become more complex. 94/100