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The Emperor’s Breakfast • Yechun Teahouse • Yangzhou

Yechun Teahouse • Yangzhou 🏠广陵区丰乐上街8号(近西园饭店)    📲86 514 8736 8018 Yangzhou was a favourite of Qianlong (1711 – 1799). The Manchu emperor visited the city six times in his southern expeditions. This was before the age of motor travel and aeroplanes. The distance between Beijing and Yangzhou was some 800 …

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Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée

Tasting non-vintage Champagne is tricky because what I tasted may not be the same where you are. This is because the production of non-vintage being usually very large, they can be of different batches that have been sent out around the world. I am, however, certain the one I tasted …

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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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A Champagne Great

Back to Back 2008 • 24 July 2019 There is now universal consensus among winegrowers and wine writers that 2008 is one of the greatest vintages of Champagne. On Wednesday 24 July 2019, you will have a chance to enjoy two of the most acclaimed champagnes of this already exceptional vintage in …

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Best Rose in The World • Chateau la Sauvageonne

Although Chateau La Sauvageonne lies only about 50 kilometres west of the bustling city of Montpellier (famous, amongst other things, for its university, including for viticulture), getting to the village in Larzac reminds a bit of driving through the countryside of Tuscany with its narrow roads and stone houses. When you arrive …

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Champagne William Deutz 2006

Champagne Deutz is the house champagne of the Peninsula Hong Kong. Dedicated to the founder of the house, Cuvée William Deutz is one of their top wines. It is made up of about two-thirds Pinot Noir, a third of Chardonnay, and a pinch of Pinot Meunier. 2006 is a  very …

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Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

This entry level non-vintage overdelivers big time. Not reductive nor skinny. Yet, not oxidative at all. Instead, there’s roundness of freshness, depth, and developed and layered fruit. Bright light gold. Quince, brioche, dried citrus peel and star anise spice. Medium-plus bodied. Versatile. Enjoyable as an aperitif and with first courses, …

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Facebook Postings

Welcome to EDITION 728 of GRAPEVINE Greetings from back from France two days ago. Next week, there will be no postings on our websites as I am travelling to Shanghai to launch our new magazine 100 there. There is a waiting list to get into that dinner where 110 participants will congregate at …

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Social Media Platforms

Welcome to EDITION 727 of GRAPEVINE Next Monday 18 to 27 February 2019, there will be no postings on our websites. Instead, I will be writing on the following social platforms:  The platforms are managed for me by our Sales & Marketing Manager Ms YU Kayan, who also translates them into Chinese …

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