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Clos du Temple 2018

A new rosé has been launched. If you were colour blind – the hue being a pinch of pink – you would simply taste the glass for what it is. An outstanding wine! The blend is grenache, cinsault, syrah, viognier, and mourvedre. Seven plots of the 8-hectare Clos du Temple in the …

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Legacy Peak Estate Grown Chardonnay 2015

Legacy Peak Estate Grown Chardonnay 2015 Legacy Peak, in Ningxia, is situated within a national park containing the imperial tombs and royal mausoleums of the Western Xia Dynasty (1038-1227). A UNESCO Heritage Site in north-west China, the kingdom was contemporaneous with the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279). The tombs are …

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Chateau Lafleur de Haute-Serre 2015

Cahors – not far from Bordeaux in the south-west of France – enjoyed the same ripening conditions in 2015. This malbec (which is also grown in Bordeaux although not a lot of it) shows blackcurrant/blackberry fruit with a tobacco aspect. Ripe, soft tannins. Both the fruit – and tannins – …

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Tiansai Marselan Grand Reserve 2016

This is arguably Tiansai Vineyard’s finest, best red they have produced to date. Violets, and raspberry fruit of intensity and stubborn persistence. Sweetness of ripe fruit wrapped in textured suave tannins. And delicious freshness. Full-bodied but very elegant. Decanted for an hour. This is the first vintage of Tiansai Grand …

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Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2009

Time is the only key that can unlock potential. Open an exceptional bottle before its time, and we can only detect, but not taste, potential. Central Otago Pinot Noir tend to be fruitier than their Burgundian counterparts which even when fruity, tend to greater structure, including tannins and acidity. At …

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Francesco Rinaldi e Figli Barolo 1974

Barolo, produced entirely from nebbiolo, is one of the most long-lived reds in the world. Full of structure, acidity, and pent-up fruit that releases itself like a slow-motion incoming tide, this great Italian is never in a hurry to impress. The occasion of this bottle was five school friends born …

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Chateau de Vaucouleurs Les Lizards 2012

Vines are believed to have been planted here by the Romans since 600 BC. Much more recently, the De Wulf Family became proprietors in 2010 and started converting to organic farming. They also own Jas d’Esclans, another nearby winery. Both are close to the famous Chateau d’Esclans owned by Sacha Lichine. All …

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