2004 Chateau Gruaud Larose Defying RP?

Robert Parker is the name no one can disassociate with wines. His famous RP points have been the authoritative benchmarks for wines quality, at many places the direct index for pricing the commodity. While this celebrity wine critic has great influence to the world, there are still many who don’t see eye to eye with him. After all, wine tasting and preferences are highly personal. This brings out a possible gem from Saint Julien, 2004 Chateau Gruaud Larose , scored just 87 on RP! 2004 Chateau Gruaud Larose Why this particular vintage? When I discovered a source that listed the 2004 vintage at quite an attractive price, I grabbed it,… Read More

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Christmas Eve Dinner with Bubbly and Port

Dangling blue and silver ornaments on the Christmas tree. . . Santa Claus is coming to town. . . This year finally saw a real Christmas tree in our house. Paying HK$399 for the real thing justified our daughter’s persistent request since last year. Of course, her request wasn’t just the pine tree, but a whole Christmas eve dinner at home as well. Searching for ideas for the big dinner online kept us busy for weeks. Fortunately, the “wine department” was under my care, and my last encounter to the quest for season bubbly came handy. 1995 Fleury Champagne it would be, for the Christmas eve dinner! We didn’t go for the… Read More

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