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Chateau Miraval 2020

The marketing for the new Chateau Miraval 2020 features Proprietor Brad Pitt photographed by Lachlan Bailey next to a swimming pool in Los Angeles. Chateau Miraval is, of course, the wine estate in Provence which shot to international fame when purchased by Brad Pitt for US$60 million (in 2008 with Angelina Jolie). Situated in the village of Correns, the campaign for Chateau Miraval 2020 …

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A Great Second Growth • Chateau Brane-Cantenac

Brane-Cantenac was ranked a Second Growth in the 1855 Classification of the Médoc The vineyard on the Plateau de Brane has some of the best gravels in the entire Margaux appellation. The 12-metre deep gravelly outcrop is also rich in clay. The combined effect of the poor soil encourages, indeed …

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Out & About • Butcher’s Block

I popped into the Raffles last week for dinner and to present Stephane Soret (middle) with a copy of 100 Top Chinese Restaurants of the World 2020 for the library of their Butcher’s Block Restaurant. When I did that, the Frenchman whipped out a copy of the same publication of the 2019 edition. As such, Butcher’s …

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BREAKING NEWS!

Domaine de Long Dai – part of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) – will be taking part in ICCCW 2021. To be held in Singapore, the dates of International Congress of Chinese Cuisine & Wine are 26 to 28 November 2021. Being 10 months away, I am hopeful ICCCW 2021 will be a reality. My optimism will be tested …

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Bravo Air France

CEO & Executive Vice President of Air France Anne Rigail Air France Chief Executive Officer Anne Rigail made an important announcement on Tuesday 12 January 2021. The Executive Vice President of France’s national carrier emailed customers to inform: “ All our tickets are fully-modifiable and refundable, whatever the reason until the day of …

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Thank You For Your Precious Support

We did not expect the response to be so overwhelming. Chateau Petrus 1996 Dinner 28 January 2021 was fully booked even before the menu (and the other wines) were made known. Only 5 seats were available, but 8 of you made reservations. Which meant three were unsuccessful. Then also followed another three …

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Never Colder Than …

Just as you would never drink a red cold – cool is fine but no colder than that – the same goes for rosé. Otherwise, the fruit will be locked up and numbed. And, like a polar bear, goes into hibernation. Temperature per se is not enough. The wine should …

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Out & About • Albert Toh

From left, NAH Li Wee, Albert Toh, Johnny Heng, CH’NG Poh Tiong, and Jimmy Yim SC* & Cynthia Yim (*Senior Counsel is the Singapore equivalent of a Queen’s Counsel in the UK) Albert Toh hosted dinner for friends at la Dame de Pic last Saturday 9 January 2021. Apart from an unforgettable meal, …

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Wine of the Day • 8 January 2021

Chateau Le Crock St Estephe 2018 Chateau Le Crock became a Bourgeois Exceptionnel in 2020 and has been owned since 1903 by the Cuvelier Family (proprietor also of St Julien Chateau Moulin Riche and Second Growth Chateau Leoville Poyferre). A neighbour of Chateau Haut-Marbuzet, it is just over 1 km north …

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Family Matters

Champagne Joseph Perrier was the favourite champagne of Queen Victoria Benjamin Fourmon is the great great-grandson of Paul Pithois, who purchased Champagne Joseph Perrier in 1888. The house had been founded in 1825. Pithois had worked with Louis Pasteur in his research on the fermentation of wine. Pasteur was born in the Jura (famous for its …

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