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Grange Extravaganza, May 2018

NV Dhondt-Grellet Champagne Les Terres Fines, 100% Chardonnay Another boutique producer, this time from Cuis, and this time 100% Chardonnay. 30% of the wine is vin de réserve from a solera system started in 1986, disgorged 29 June 2015, zero dosage. This was also purchased from Dave Chan at Wine Journey, http://www.winejourney.com.sg. at a memorable Restaurant Markus wine dinner […]

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Markus Wine Dinner

To celebrate the second anniversary of their opening, we joined the party for a set food and wine pairing at our favourite Penang restaurant, Markus. Course 1, Texture of Fegato 3 types of Foie Gras from hot to cold; ice cream, mousse, pan fry. I tried them in reverse order, finishing with the foie gras […]

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Chateau Mailly Grand Cru Brut Reserve NV

This chateau has been producing champagne since 1929. We tasted this on NYE 2014. Colour is pale straw with a vibrant bead. Nose has bright citrus, yeast and light bread aromas. alate is explosive as the bead/bubbles explode on the palate like turning on a hose in the mouth. Tastes of grapefruit, bread and yeast as […]

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Château Teyssier Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2011

“The palate is incredibly pure, with bouquets of violets and black fruits.” Bought this in London at Odd Bins Abbey Road at under $30. We don’t see wine like this in Sydney, and certainly not at anything like this price. But the availability of a great range of fine French wine has always been a […]

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Paris cornas granit 60

Vincent Paris Granit 60 and Granit 30 Cornas Syrah

Vincent Paris produces two Cornas reds from the same slope composed of fine granite soils, where his major pruning down to four bunches per vine produces incredible power and concentration. This is what he calls the Granit 60, from his oldest vines, and is available more often in 3 star Michelin restaurants in Europe versus […]

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2009 Xavier Vignon Chateauneuf-Du-Pape

2009 Xavier Vignon Chateâuneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone Valley France 14.5%

Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, 14.5% Notes from the Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – ‘The outstanding, deep ruby/plum-coloured 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape (an unusual blend of 55% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah) possesses sweet cassis, black cherry, incense and camphor characteristics. Full bodied and luscious with low acidity, silky tannin and lots of glycerin, it […]

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