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Wine of the Week • 23 June 2021

Haut-Batailley Verso Pauillac 2017 This is the first vintage of Fifth Growth Chateau Haut-Batailley under new owners, the Cazes Family of Chateau Lynch-Bages. Verso is the new name of the Second Wine which previously was Tour d’Aspic. The change of name is christened with this dramatic new label. Lightly smoky, crisp peppery capsicum fruit with a hint …

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Wine of the Week • 15 June 2021

Dom Perignon 2012 The year is being compared to 1990 and 2008, two of the greatest Champagne vintages ever, so impressive is 2012. Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir had wonderful maturity when harvested. And remarkable acidity. Bright green lights in the youthful complexion. Small white flowers and green/yellow citrus. Lifted, …

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Wine of the Week • 31 May 2021

Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2018 The first vintage was 2005. Bin 311 emphasizes cool-climate fruit including some that was originally earmarked for Penfolds’ top white, Yattarna (first vintage 1995). Bin 311 is also a multi-regional blend with fruit from Adelaide Hills, Tumbarumba, and Tasmania. Barrel fermented, the ageing is in …

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Wines of the Week • 24 May 2021

Champagne Duval-Leroy Blanc de Blancs Prestige Grand Cru Bright light gold. Brioche, citrus, apples, minerality, with a dash of honey. Richness and intensity. Long, persistent, lingering finish. The shrunken cork reveals bottle-age which accounts for a delicious evolution that has set in. Chardonnay from six great Grand Crus are responsible …

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Wine of the Week • 18 May 2021

OLDEST IN FUENMAYOR Montecillo is the oldest winery in the town of Fuenmayor. Founded in 1870, the bodega is also the third oldest in La Rioja. Montecillo or “Little Mountain” is just 10 kilometres west of Logrono and specialises in red wine including Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. There is also a white Rioja …

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Wine of the Week • 14 May 2021

Saltram Eighth Winemaker Barossa Shiraz 2000 Signed and made by Nigel Dolan, Saltram – part of Treasury Wine Estates, proprietor also of Penfolds and a snaking list of wineries – does not produce Eighth Winemaker anymore following the departure of the same. Nigel Dolan had gifted this bottle when I visited the winery more than 15 …

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Wine of the Week • 5 May 2021

Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2008 This was a show stealer at dinner on Wednesday 28 April. The bearer of this gift of a wine was good friend Albert Chuang. Remarkably, after 13 years, the bright straw complexion still has a tinge of green. On the nose, floral including geranium, …

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Wine of the Week • 30 April 2021

Lustau Palo Cortado Peninsula Palo Cortado is a quirk of nature. But, natural it is. And special. This uber rare Sherry had been originally aged under a flor of yeast to become a Fino or Amontillado. Except, for reason no one knows, the veil of flor disappears. And exposes the …

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Wine of the Week • 9 April 2021

Champagne Laurent-Perrier 2008 This was the stand-out wine at my inaugural tasting for the committee members of Disciples of Escoffier Singapore on Tuesday 6 April. Admittedly, the following wine – Grand Siecle N° 24 – was very closed, wound up and tight that afternoon. As soon as we nosed 2008, we knew it was going …

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Wine of the Week • 30 March 2021

Alexandre Thienpoint is proprietor of Vieux Chateau Certan Vieux Chateau Certan 1998  Distinguished by its salmon pink capsule, VCC is one of the greatest wines of Pomerol. Its 14-hectare vineyard – 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon – borders St-Emilion and is a neighbour of Cheval Blanc. An outstanding vintage …

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