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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 Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine, Yi Feng Gallery.

Like the last trip to France, I will be posting on Facebook instead of the websites. Actually, the posting is done from Hong Kong as I do not manage the accounts (and, cannot reply to viewers’ comments). 

Some of you, I know, have been following the postings on Facebook.

Many thanks for the interest.

If you missed them, here are some pickings.

Wishing you A Very Good Weekend.

Sunday 17 February 2019 

Yesterday, Saturday 16 February 2019, a deserted Place de la Concorde. The
police had cordoned it off in anticipation of protests by the Yellow Vests or
Gilets Jaunes. Concorde Metro was closed. Paris remains a safe and beautiful
city to visit and enjoy. Just try and check out where the protests are going to be. 

Monday 18 February 2019

Château du Tertre, owned by the Albada Jelgersma’s family, is one of the most beautiful estates in the Medoc.

The Fifth Growth Margaux is also an outstanding wine. The 2011 vintage has blueberry, capsicum fruit, elegant tannins and insatiable freshness. Decant 45 minutes.

Tuesday 19  February 2019

Philippe Blanc, Managing Director of Chateau Beychevelle, joined the St-Julien estate in 1995, a Year of the Pig. The 24-year old red has minty, sandalwood, capsicum, leathery fruit wrapped with the freshness of a crisp Spring morning. Decant 90 minutes to 2 hours.

 Wednesday 20  February 2019

Jean-Guillaume Prats, CEO, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), informs that this September 2019, DBR will launch their Yantai, Shandong, China wine. The 2017 red is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a bit of Marselan, Alicante and Yan. The 2,000 cases are produced from 25 hectares. The launch will be at the winery in Yantai.


Thursday 21  February 2019

Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2016 is pin-point delicious, showing unmistakable grapefruit, a sprinkle of vanilla, salinity, and insatiable freshness.

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is one of the most arresting villages in France.


My last day near my house in the Var.

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