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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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Soryu Winery Muscat Bailey A 2017

Japan’s most widely-planted red is a hyrbid of vinifera Muscat Hamburg and labrusca Bailey. It was bred specifically for the country and is resistant to disease.It buds late and is able to avoid spring frost and ripens early and easily. One of the off-putting aromasof many a Muscat Bailey A …

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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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Chateau L’Evangile 2005

Owned by DBR or Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) since 1990, the family regard 1995, 1996, 2000 and especially 2005 as the very best vintages in their first 15 years of ownership. This Pomerol is magnificently youthful, the sweetness of fruit still very primary, showing figs and hints of a …

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Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1990

This is the greatest of the trio of vintages that began in 1988, 1989, and rounded up at 1990. The oldest was lean and green in its first decade and – although remaining light –  many 1988s are rounding up very nicely now and deliciously fresh. The middle vintage, 1989, …

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Chateau des Tours Cotes du Rhone 2012

Emmanuel Reynaud – who took over Chateau Rayas after his uncle Jacques Reynaud – died is the owner of this outstanding estate. It is one of the fruitiest and best Cotes du Rhone money can buy. To say that it approaches the quality of a Chateauneuf-du-Pape will not be an overstatement. …

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