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Concha y Toro Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2018

2018 is one of the best vintages in Chile. Apart from the grapes being fully ripened and concentrated, the corresponding coolness also preserved, even enhanced, freshness. This Sauvignon is delicious proof of that. The new silk screen bottle – and on screw cap – announces that all that pent-up fruitiness …

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Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2013

One of the regrets I have to live with is not having driven up into Montalcino. I passed the picturesque hilly town rushing to an appointment. This was more than a decade ago and I am blushing in embarrassment and shame. In spite of my gross neglect, I have, fortunately, not …

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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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Bel Star Prosecco Brut

The world being a global village, the Prosecco tidal wave has also splashed into Hong Kong and Singapore. Although the bubbles are not born inside the same bottle – as with champagne – from which the wine is poured but are produced in stainless steel tanks through the charmat method, …

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Domaine Louis Boillot & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2013

Although I specialise in Bordeaux, I enjoy Burgundy very much. So too the Rhone, Piedmont and other regions. There are several Boillots in Burgundy including Henri, Lucien and Louis. Just as with Bordeaux, 2013 is a challenging vintage. Relatively light, most wines lack greater ripeness (a lower yield can enhance …

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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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