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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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Albert Mann Riesling Cuvée Albert 2016

“The will of the estate is to produce a wine in harmony with the land. Wine is the memory of the grape, it is able to convey the taste of the earth”. A wonderful mission statement by the owning family which has roots to winegrowing since the 17th century. Certified organic …

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Chateau Trotanoy Pomerol 1990

Christian Moueix, proprietor of this great Pomerol, told me many years ago that Trotanoy is the only wine he could mistake in a blind tasting for Petrus. Incidentally, he was also in charge of that estate for his elder brother Jean-Francois Moueix at the time. Both wines were made by …

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A Barrel of Champagne from €23,400

Champagne Paul Launois, founded in 1872 in Les Mesnil sur Oger, is out to make history this Friday 14 June 2019. The Champagne house is offering for auction 10 barrels of Grand Cru Champagne Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay for a minimum price of €23,400 a barrel. Each owner will work alongside …

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Champagne Tarlant Brut Tradition

The family traces its origins to 1687 when Pierre Tarlant cultivated his first vineyards in Aisne. Some 100 years later, they moved to the village of Oeuilly in the Marne Valley where they have remained since 1780. Today, 12th generation Benoit and Melanie Tarlant are in charge. I have met …

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Entente Cordiale

Wines of the Day Last Saturday, 8 June 2019, I hosted dinner for two friends who were visiting Singapore. I have known Pascal Jolivet for some 30 years and who first visited Singapore around that time. Although he started in wine as a merchant, Pascal created his own brand and …

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Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

BREAKING NEWS! DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2019 The 16th annual competition was judged in London  between 29 April and 3 May 2019.  Close to 17,000 wines were entered from 57 different countries. In the Asia category, these were the number of wines entered: China 265 (45% awarded a medal) Japan 84 (61% …

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Chateau Sainte Roseline

The Story Chateau Sainte Roseline is named for the daughter of the Marquis de Villeneuve, Lord of Les Arcs, in the south of France. Born 756 years ago in January 1263, the young girl disobeyed her father for a virtuous cause. When she was discovered for her transgression, her disobedience triggered a …

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Champagne Apollonis Monodie Extra Brut 2008

The family that owns Champagne Apollonis can trace winegrowing back to the 17th century. Proprietor Michel Loriot’s ancestor, Leopold Loriot (born in 1867), was a saxophonist in the brass band of Festigny, where the family is still based in the Marne Valley. Music courses through their lives and Monodie is …

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