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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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Wine of the Day • 29 December 2020

Champagne Duval-Leroy Femme de Champagne 2000 The prestige cuvée or top wine of the house, Femme de Champagne was first launched with the 1990 vintage. It is now produced in both a vintage and non-vintage version. Femme de Champagne 2000 is a blend of 95% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Noir. …

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Wine of the Day • 11 Dec 2020

Domaine d’Ardhuy Corton Renardes Grand Cru 2011 We wrote about their delicious Savigny-les-Beaune Aux Clous Premier Cru 2015 two months ago on 28 September. The Corton Renardes is even more astounding which, last night, a friend served blind. Still very youthful at nearly 10 years young, the colour remains a …

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Wine of the Day • 1 December 2020

 Located in the commune of Margaux, Chateau d’Issan has a history going back to the 12th Century Chateau d’Issan 1982 A wine – like a song or person – does not need to be loud or full-bodied to be brilliant. On the contrary, delicate, subtle music and quiet – lean …

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Wine of the Day • 17 November 2020

Chanson Pere et Fils Puligny-Montrachet 2010 I used to visit Burgundy at least once a year. After I decided to specialize in Bordeaux, the visits tapered off. Nevertheless, I continued to enjoy the wines. About 2014, I drove all the way from my house in the south of France to …

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Wine of the Day • 9 November 2020

Domaine du 1er Juin Riesling 2017 The vineyard was planted in 2008 from vines cloned from French clones first planted in the 1970s and 1980s in Helan Mountain Winery (belonging to Pernod Ricard) which had imported the cuttings from France. Because of the poor soil, grapes only appeared in 2015. …

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Wine of the Day • 26 October 2020

The Nosiola vineyards of Cantina LAVIS are 400 metres above sea level with a south and south-west exposure LAVIS Nosiola DOC Trentino 2019* Nosiola is the only native white variety of Trentino, the picturesque region north of Lake Garda, Italy’s largest body of inland water. The magnificent Dolomites are here too, a range …

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Wine of the Day • 19 October 2020

Cellar of the Devil Carmenere sounds like a Spanish variety. After all, Carmen is a popular name for the female gender in Spanish speaking countries. Except Carmenere is identified with Bordeaux. Well, at least in the past, before phylloxera decimated the vineyards of France from the 1860s, reaching Bordeaux in the 1870s. …

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Wine of the Day • 13 October 2020

Laurent Ponsot Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée de l’Aulne 2016 Laurent Ponsot is “a man of focus, commitment, and sheer will” if I may borrow the famous expression from the John Wick movies. Wine lovers owe the Frenchman a great debt. Fraudsters, on the other hand, have a lot to fear of the …

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Wine of the Day • 6 October 2020

Schloss Johannisberg Spatlese 2001 I visited more than 15 years ago. Schloss Johannisberg has a winemaking history going back 1,200 years. Since 1720, only Riesling has been cultivated on the estate. In their 11th Century cellar, the oldest bottle is 1748. Located in the village of Hessen, nearby is the city of Geisenheim, home …

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