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Entente Cordiale

Wines of the Day Last Saturday, 8 June 2019, I hosted dinner for two friends who were visiting Singapore. I have known Pascal Jolivet for some 30 years and who first visited Singapore around that time. Although he started in wine as a merchant, Pascal created his own brand and …

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Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

BREAKING NEWS! DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2019 The 16th annual competition was judged in London  between 29 April and 3 May 2019.  Close to 17,000 wines were entered from 57 different countries. In the Asia category, these were the number of wines entered: China 265 (45% awarded a medal) Japan 84 (61% …

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Chateau Sainte Roseline

The Story Chateau Sainte Roseline is named for the daughter of the Marquis de Villeneuve, Lord of Les Arcs, in the south of France. Born 756 years ago in January 1263, the young girl disobeyed her father for a virtuous cause. When she was discovered for her transgression, her disobedience triggered a …

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Champagne Apollonis Monodie Extra Brut 2008

The family that owns Champagne Apollonis can trace winegrowing back to the 17th century. Proprietor Michel Loriot’s ancestor, Leopold Loriot (born in 1867), was a saxophonist in the brass band of Festigny, where the family is still based in the Marne Valley. Music courses through their lives and Monodie is …

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Domaine Louis Boillot & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2013

Although I specialise in Bordeaux, I enjoy Burgundy very much. So too the Rhone, Piedmont and other regions. There are several Boillots in Burgundy including Henri, Lucien and Louis. Just as with Bordeaux, 2013 is a challenging vintage. Relatively light, most wines lack greater ripeness (a lower yield can enhance …

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Verdict: White Bordeaux 2018 Vintage

5 STARS Domaine de Chevalier White 2018 Every vintage, three whites are always at the top. Haut-Brion, La Mission and Domaine de Chevalier. You may also mistake them – particularly in hot years – for being great Burgundies when the whites are 25, 30 and more years old. With this …

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The Emperor’s Breakfast • Yechun Teahouse • Yangzhou

Yechun Teahouse • Yangzhou 🏠广陵区丰乐上街8号(近西园饭店)    📲86 514 8736 8018 Yangzhou was a favourite of Qianlong (1711 – 1799). The Manchu emperor visited the city six times in his southern expeditions. This was before the age of motor travel and aeroplanes. The distance between Beijing and Yangzhou was some 800 …

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Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée

Tasting non-vintage Champagne is tricky because what I tasted may not be the same where you are. This is because the production of non-vintage being usually very large, they can be of different batches that have been sent out around the world. I am, however, certain the one I tasted …

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Domaine de Villaine Bouzeron 2014

Although Aligote had long been cultivated on the slopes in Meursault and Pernard-Vergelesses, it was abandoned and gave way to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. If planted at all, it is relegated to the flatter terrain of the Cote d’Or where the richer soil yields a rather neutral wine. The exception …

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A Champagne Great

Back to Back 2008 • 24 July 2019 There is now universal consensus among winegrowers and wine writers that 2008 is one of the greatest vintages of Champagne. On Wednesday 24 July 2019, you will have a chance to enjoy two of the most acclaimed champagnes of this already exceptional vintage in …

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