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Graham’s 20 Years Old Tawny Port

An outstanding Port deserves an equal story. Next year, Graham’s will be celebrating its 200th Anniversary. The family that will be doing the honours will be the Symingtons, whose ancestor Andrew James Symington first arrived in Portugal in 1882 – at 19 years young – and worked for a while …

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Bellavista Franciacorta La Scala Brut 2013

La Scala, in Milan, is the temple of Italian opera. Inaugurated 241 years ago on 3 August 1778, it remains a magical magnet for music and lyrical lovers the world over. In 2004 – after two painstaking years of restoration – La Scala was reinvigorated with all the aplomb due to …

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Michele Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti 2017

Piedmont is so famous for its Alba white truffle and Barolo and Barbaresco reds from nebbiolo that we often forget the north-western Italian region also dazzles with tingling unoaked whites. The dry arneis from Roero invigorates and also becomes more complex as it ages. As for this moscato from Asti, …

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Domaine de Villaine Bouzeron 2014

Although Aligote had long been cultivated on the slopes in Meursault and Pernard-Vergelesses, it was abandoned and gave way to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. If planted at all, it is relegated to the flatter terrain of the Cote d’Or where the richer soil yields a rather neutral wine. The exception …

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Domaine de Chevalier White 1990

Of the trio of vintages starting from 1988, 1990 is the best for the reds, combining ripeness, richness and freshness. The lightest, leanest vintage is 1988. Then followed the heatwave of 1989 which wines, compared to 1990, just came up a little short. The 1990 dry whites are ripe and …

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Croft Pink

Established since 1588, Croft is the oldest, continuous Port house and the first to come out with a Pink Port in 2012. Macerated for about 6 hours, the cherry pink Port is light and shows red berry fruit. The sweetness is delicate rather than rich. In fact, Croft encourages you …

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Coates & Seely Britagne Brut Reserve NV

Comprised of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a pinch of Pinot Meunier, the fruit is very citrus, particularly grapefruit, and with lots of lift. Good intensity and persistence.  Aged in the bottle on its lees for 3 years, the same minimum period for vintage Champagne. This English Sparkling is from Hampshire …

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Dominic Symington Single Harvest Tawnies 1940, 1963, 1994

Dominic Symington, Director, Symington Family Estates, with three of their Single Harvest tawnies. The wines are also used for blending into their other tawnies, including 40-Year-Old. As for Single Harvest, they are bottled individually by cask, each of which yield around 650 bottles. There were two casks of 1940 Single …

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Triennes Rosé 2017

I tasted this, and then ordered the entire bottle, last Wednesday at dinner in Duddell’s in Central in Hong Kong. It is one of the best Provencal rosés I’ve had. Make that one of the best rosés ever! Elegant fruit, pin-point harmony, and finesse. Over the weekend, I Googled “Triennes” …

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