It's been three days since I first met Ann Colgin and Joe Wender, and I was seeing them for the third time this week - this time in Taipei. The Specialist had kindly invited me to join her tonight at Justin's Signatures, where Sotheby's was hosting dinner for a select group of clients. The auction house is working with Ann and Joe to showcase the wines from Colgin Cellars, as a parcel of library wines feature prominently in the upcoming Hong Kong auction. While my wine collection seems miniscule compared to those of my fellow diners, I am a big Colgin fan as well as a loyal client… and I was so looking forward to tasting all the wines tonight!
So what was my favorite wine of the evening? While some around me praised the 1997 Herb Lamb - and it is a fantastic wine - I have to say that I was absolutely blown away by the 2007 Herb Lamb. To me, this wine was just showing brilliantly tonight. And as a lover of Rhône wines, I love that Colgin makes a Syrah… and there's a special place in my heart for the 2004 IX Estate Syrah. I'm going to hold on to my bottles and wait for them to age.
I must thank Ann and Joe for their generosity, and Sotheby's for their hospitality. I was happy to have spent some more time in the company of the lovely couple. If I'm starting to sound like a groupie, well… so be it!
Now that we were done with dinner, I thought it would be a good idea for the Specialist to take her boss to Max Bordeaux/Wine Gallery and Cellar, since Sotheby's has a close relationship with Bordeaux Wine Bank. We had tasting samples of three wines:
2008 Calon-Ségur - really sweet nose, vanilla, candy and cedar notes. Still alcoholic. Showing very well.
2008 Cos d'Estournel - forest, dried herbs and mint.
2008 Lynch-Bages - relatively closed compared to the other two. Minty and alcoholic.
This was a great evening. Now I need to figure out how to get myself more Herb Lamb, since I was never allocated any...