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La Dame de Montrose 2000

A great producer and a great vintage – the was no excuse for this wine to be anything but excellent, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The wine is really showing well at the moment, with clear characters of red fruit,

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Château Gillette “Crème de Tête” Sauternes 1976

This is a fascinating wine and a Sauternes like no other.  A very strict regime of only making the wine in the best years is adhered to, meaning that between 1970 and 1979, only 6 vintages were made.  The wine

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Le Bon Pasteur – another Château sold?

The latest from the French press is a rumour that Le Bon Pasteur, the Grand Cru Right Bank property owned by members of the Rolland family, has been sold to a Chinese (Hong Kong-based) investor, although it seems nothing official

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What a fizzer! The non-event that is Bordeaux 2012

I usually like a bit of fizz – but the complete flop that is the 2012 Bordeaux “en primeur” is a fizzer of another kind completely! we all know that it is the nature of wine to have good great

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Malartic-Lagravière white 2005, guinea fowl and morel mushrooms

Malartic 2005 white

I’ve been looking for the right dish as an excuse to open this bottle of white for a while now, and when a chef friend told me the other day that he had found the first morels in the market

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Dinner and some venerable old Bordeaux

Bordeaux Reds 1978 - 1983

  At a recent dinner with Bérénice Lurton of Château Climens, co-hosted by David Wainwright of Zachy’s, we were fortunate enough to enjoy a number of great Bordeaux reds from a both the Left and Right Banks.with poached Maran’s egg,

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China’s love of Bordeaux reds hits the big screen

Fascinating to see reported by the Drinks Business today that they have already made a feature-length film about China’s obsession with Bordeaux. Entitled “Red Obsession” , the film purports to be about china’s obsession with red Bordeaux, but the title,

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No Yquem 2012

At last! Someone has been brave enough to admit that 2012 has not been good as far as vintages go. So many reports over the last couple of months have talked about small but excellent vintages, challenging but rewarding vintages

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Wine finds: 9 December 2012

Yalumba Shiraz Viognier Eden VAlley 2008

Yalumba Shiraz Viognier 2008 Park’n’Shop International Thanks to the slight elevation of the Eden Valley, this wine has a freshness and crispness that you often don’t find in South Australian reds. The idea of combining Viognier and Shiraz first came

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Pichon-Lalande: A great old lady

A few nights ago, at dinner at a friend’s place, my host pulled out a tattered and battered old Bordeaux that had come to light in his cellar. From the label it was clear that it was Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de

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