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Ch La Mission Haut Brion and Chateau Haut-Brion and their Second Wines

Joined Estate Manager of Haut Brion, Jean-Philippe Delmas, at Chateau Haut-Brion Started with a barrel tasting of the 2007 vintage. Haut-Brion is one of the very few properties to have already blended their wines and so what we tasted from the barrel was the very young but finished wine of 2007. It was incredibly together and … Continue reading

Jean-Philippe Delmas; the third generation at Chateau Haut Brion

I remember that Haut Brion, Bollinger and Yquem were served at Berry Bros. & Rudd’s 300th Anniversary Dinner in 1998, presented by (in same order) HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Ghislain de Montgolfier and the Comtes Alexandre de Lur Saluces. I think it was at the Ritz Hotel just around the corner from, where I worked at the time at … Continue reading

Jean-Claude Berrouet, Master Winemaker at Chateau Petrus

Jean-Claude Berrouet has recently retired from making wine for Moueix after forty four vintages – having been responsable for Petrus, Madelaine and Trotanoy amongst other Right Bank stars. He spent an afternoon talking to us on how he sees nature’s role in making fine wines – as he confessed ‘ Je suis un amoureux de … Continue reading

Comparing 2001 Chateau Lagrange with its Second wine – Fief de la Grange

2001 Fief de la Grange, St Julien Attractive garnet colour with complex fairly complex aromas of at first cherry stones, kirsch and coffee. After agitation one does notice a touch of vegetal but otherwise the nose is an enticing combination of liquorice and sweet black cherry. Sweet roundness on the palate of ripe but fresh black fruit. This gives … Continue reading

Tasting as a judge for the Guide Hachette

When the label is not enough, reach for a Wine Guide On Tuesday 15th January at Chateau Dillon at Blanquefort near Bordeaux, I was one of the 100 or so wine professionals each there to taste fifteen wines blind for the most famous French wine guide. One of three tasters at my table, I was accompanied by the cellar … Continue reading

The ‘Guru of Gout’ Puisais – what affects the Taste of Wine

External Influences on the Taste of Wine with Jacques Puisais – Jacques Puisais, the specialist in all things to do with understanding how taste works and how it develops, led us through a tasting of several wines to illustrate some of his life’s findings at the Faculty of Oenology, Bordeaux on Friday 11th January. Founder of the Institut Francais du … Continue reading