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A Garden in Bordeaux

Olivier Bernard is flanked by sons Hugo (left) and Adrien (right). The Triumph Spitfire belongs to the elder son. The family loves cars but all three are committed to their vineyard which the father describes as a “garden”. No herbicides or pesticides are used. ‘My first vintage was 2009. After oenology studies in Reims, …

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Philippe Gonet & Beychevelle at Imperial Treasure Paris

From left, Paige Donner of USA TODAY and Paris GOODfood+wine, Chantal Bregeon-Gonet, Alfred Leung, Rebecca Frasquet of AFP, NG Yin Ching, Philippe Blanc, and Kenny Leung. Alfred Leung, Founder & CEO of Imperial Treasure Group, is hosting lunches and dinners for the media as he prepares to open their first restaurant …

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Chateau Mauvesin Barton 2015

Capsicum/blueberry/mulberry fruit with a note of tobacco. The ripeness of the fruit is delivered by smooth tannins and rounded freshness. Expertly balanced red from Moulis, a Bordeaux Left Bank commune not far from Saint-Julien. In fact, Chateau Mauvesin Barton is the property of the same Barton Family who own Chateau …

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Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1990

In 1983, the Dillon family acquired Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion from the heirs of the Woltner family (who had bought the estate in 1919). The new owners are, literally, from across the road as they were already owners of Chateau Haut-Brion, the only wine outside the Médoc out of 61 …

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2016 – THE NEW 1982?

Philippe Blanc’s first vintage at Chateau Beychevelle was 1995. He continues to make some of the finest, most intense, elegant, freshest, and age-worthy wines in the whole of Bordeaux. When I first tasted the 2016 vintage during the futures or en primeurs in the spring of the following year, I was swept …

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Chateau Trotanoy Pomerol 1990

Christian Moueix, proprietor of this great Pomerol, told me many years ago that Trotanoy is the only wine he could mistake in a blind tasting for Petrus. Incidentally, he was also in charge of that estate for his elder brother Jean-Francois Moueix at the time. Both wines were made by …

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Chateau Boutisse

Enjoy the sumptuous Chateau Boutisse 2009 at an exclusive 1-night only dinner in Singapore on Wednesday 24 July 2019. To join the dinner, click HERE. ‘Spicy, fragrant and complex with a peppery character that could almost be Rhone. Plenty of sweet fruit to balance with a long, opulent and juicy style. Very enjoyable, very …

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Chateau Marjosse 2016

This red Bordeaux is the personal property – and home – of famed French winemaker Pierre Lurton, CEO of Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau d’Yquem. Marjosse is situated in Tizac-de-Curton (population about 350), a commune in Entre-deux-Mers. Whether white or red, Marjosse over-delivers in quality. And, 2016 is one of …

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Verdict: White Bordeaux 2018 Vintage

5 STARS Domaine de Chevalier White 2018 Every vintage, three whites are always at the top. Haut-Brion, La Mission and Domaine de Chevalier. You may also mistake them – particularly in hot years – for being great Burgundies when the whites are 25, 30 and more years old. With this …

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VERDICT : BORDEAUX 2018 VINTAGE

VERDICT : THE 2018 BORDEAUX VINTAGE The most frequently mentioned word concerning the 2018 Bordeaux vintage is “mildew”. Great care was required of winegrowers to ensure there was as little damage as possible. Hopes were not high when between December 2017 and May 2018 an entire year of rain – about …

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