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Les Arums de Lagrange 2017

This is the white wine of Chateau Lagrange, the Third Growth of St-Julien. In 2017, because of the spring frost, 90% of production was lost. As such, the 6 hectare vineyard only produced a thousandbottles. Chateau Lagrange decidednot to sell any Arums de Lagrangeand kept the entire 2017 production to …

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Initio Sauvignon 2016

Very light in colour. The nose is a gentle wave of limes. And the palate very elegant. Medium-bodied, fresh, and delicious as an aperitif and with dim sum, tempura, and around the swimming pool. This is an Entre-deux-Mers comprising 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon. Initio is a brand started …

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Quinta da Romaniera 2016 & 2012

 Christian Seely, the Englishman who woke up a sleeping beauty, does the honours at Quinta da Romaneira. Quinta da Romaniera Douro 2016 Violets, rose petals, and blueberries on the nose and palate. The fruit is chaperoned by the loveliest tannins, so very well knitted into the fruit. Medium-plus-ish bodied. A …

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Gerard Bertrand Ballerine Brut Etoile Rosé

This was tasted yesterday, Thursday 8 November 2018, the opening day of the annual Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this sparkling rosé is closer to a light onion skin or copper shine than it is pink. Although Limoux – where sparkling …

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Chateau Pibran 1997

Anyone who thinks that 1997 Bordeaux is not capable of ageing has obviously never tasted this Cru Bourgeois. Acquired by AXA Millesimes in 1987, this Pauillac property – whose neighbours include Mouton, Pontet Canet and Grand Puy Lacoste – produces wine of a cru classé quality. The 17 ha vineyard …

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Chateau La Sauvageonne La Villa 2017

Located to the north-west of Montpellier, Chateau Sauvageonne produces white, rosé, and red wines. Although this is in the Languedoc in the south of France, the micro-climate ensures cool nights that means the ripening is drawn out, which adds layers and complexity to the resultant wine. Handpicked between sunrise and …

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