1970 Giordano Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, Italy

Two Years of Delay of My Old World Wine

The Two Years Delay It has almost been five years, the last blog clocked in October 2015. Looking back at the blog about “chicken poop” of the Bordelais, it still triggers silly grin. Somehow the once upon a time determination to post a blog every month, faded with distraction of life and work. Luckily the uncorking has not ceased albeit a little inconsistent ever since. I was about to share the post about some of the old world wine tasted two years ago, but more distraction came along the way. So, here you are, the post that was delayed for two years! The Beginning of the Old World Wine Rioja… Read More

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Some say that it’s chicken poop — the classic Bordeaux Cheteau Sénéjac, Haut-Médoc

A good friend of mine, whose knowledge of wine was comparable to a sommelier, once came up with this epic way of describing the typical Bordeaux red wine taste profile. “It’s the chicken poop that the Bordelais blend in their creation, to seduce all the Bordeaux lovers!”  Once the preposterous idea sank in, I did surrender to his deemed less sophisticated, yet down to earth, and rather impeccably precise description of the taste profile! The combination of classic blackberry nose and taste, mixed with earthiness, tobacco, and toasted oak, all seem too fanciful for my friend. He just surmised it to one layman term — chicken poop!  What can I say, we all love… Read More

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From left: 2012 Volpi Moscato, 2010 Mâcon-la Roche Vineuse Les Cras Olivier Merlin, 2013 Albert Bichot Beaujolais Nouveau, 2004 Chateau du Tetre Margaux, BBR Wm Pickering 20yr Tawny Port

November Wine Frenzy

It’s the time of the year again! I have been following the tradition of the new wine in November. Yes “Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé !” My first posting about this interesting topic was two years ago. Since then, the special November wine always appeared at the right time on my dinner table. November Wine Frenzy Ponti had a great deal this year from the usual producer Albert Bichot. It was HK$149 per bottle, buy 2 get 1 free — truly a steal, cheapest in 3 years! After gathering the numbers from my network of wine lovers, we decided to go for 15. However I was too late in placing the order,… Read More

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2008 Chateau d'Armailhac cork

2008 Chateau d’Armailhac – Should I Uncork Now?

Uncorking a Bordeaux Gran Cru Classe of a vintage that is within a decade is a risk, some uncertainty that most wine connoisseurs would advise against. But in the case if one does, let it be the expert, the following usually utters, “Great fruits but,…give it another few years, it will flourish to the greatest enjoyment!” Should I or should I not uncork?” The answer lies beneath our desire and knowledge. Vintage 2008 2008, the last vintage before the price hype in Bordeaux wine. Jancis Robinson always has doubt for the Chinese palate, but it was them who contributed to the market factor of the sudden upward trend. Of course, the… Read More

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2008 En Primeur sitting in office

The Last of My 2008 En Primeur

2008 En Primeur Delivery I received my first 2008 En Primeur, Chateau Du Tertre, almost a year ago. The last order of our 2008 En Primeur has just arrived, after storing the ex-chateau wines at Watson’s Wine Hong Kong Storage for a year. Now what I need is some tools to pry open the OWC’s sitting calmly in the room. It would be nice to be able to keep the OWC and thus the prying work has to be done with great care. The Wines Château d’Armailhac, Pauillac Château d’Issan, Margaux Château Léoville-Barton, Saint-Julien Facebook0TwitterTumblr0LinkedinPinterest0email

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