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Chateau Mauvesin Barton 2015

Capsicum/blueberry/mulberry fruit with a note of tobacco. The ripeness of the fruit is delivered by smooth tannins and rounded freshness. Expertly balanced red from Moulis, a Bordeaux Left Bank commune not far from Saint-Julien. In fact, Chateau Mauvesin Barton is the property of the same Barton Family who own Chateau …

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Catena Paraje Altamira Malbec 2016

Nicolas Catena Zapata is justly credited with being at the forefront of Argentinian wine, ressurrecting the fortunes of malbec. He gave a new lease of life to a south-west France variety now more associated with South America than its original home country. Paraje Altamira is comprised of high altitude vineyards …

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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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Best Spanish & Best Ribera Red

Jorge Bombin has catapulted to Spanish wine fame since 9 July 2019. The winemaker’s Legaris Alcubilla 2015 won Gold and swept Trophies for Best Spanish Red and Best Ribera del Duero Red. Jorge Bombin’s first vintage at Legaris was 2008. The winery is just outside the town of Penafiel in …

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Chateau Kefraya Les Breteches 2004

Founded by Michel de Bustros (1929 – 2016), Chateau Kefraya is – after Chateau Musar – Lebanon’s second most-famous wine. Situated in the Bekaa Valley, the first vines were planted in 1951. From 1979, like a Bordeaux chateau or Burgundy domaine, Kefraya started producing wine from grapes grown on its …

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Domaine Du 1er Juin is in Singapore

On 29 June 2019, a first-ever dinner featuring Domaine du 1er Juin wines outside China took place in Singapore. Singapore has become the first country to import wines from Domaine du 1er Juin. To commemorate the occasion, on 29 June 2019, a dinner was held featuring wines from the Ningxia …

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Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz 2002

Magill Estate is the spiritual home of Penfolds Wines. Just 8 km from downtown Adelaide, it was here that Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold planted the vine cuttings they had carried on their voyage from England to Australia. The fledging vineyard was officially established as the Penfolds wine company in 1844. …

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Clos du Mont-Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011

Many years ago, when I still visited Burgundy (before deciding to focus on Bordeaux), at the end of a tasting at a very famous domaine, the proprietor asked if there was something else I would like to taste from his Grand Crus. I chose a village for one of the weakest …

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Tiansai Selection Marselan 2015

Ripe, lively cherry fruit with balancing tannins and round freshness on the finish. Medium-plus bodied. Decant 30 minutes for the fruit to open up. Tiansai proprietor CHEN Lizhong had graduated from Beijing’s prestigious Renmin University Law School. She then worked as a judge. In 1992, she resigned her post and …

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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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