The 2003 vintage was a controversial one, you may remember. My distaste for Ch Pavie 2003 in particular sparked a rather overblown row between me and my friend Robert Parker. In 2008 we literally...
Now that we are confronted with ever more hot vintages, I am bracing myself for recurring tastings of wines that were the result (or victim, depending on the point of view) of high...
I tried to approach this tasting of 65 Bordeaux 2003s, from crus bourgeois up to first growth and everything in between, with an open mind. The tasting conditions created by London's fine-wine...
This is a longer version of an article also published in the Financial Times. See my full tasting notes on all the wines on Purple pages.
The heatwave vintage 2003 has always...
As trailed in my Great communicators video , Farr Vintners organised a revealing blind tasting of almost 100 of the top left-bank red bordeaux from the controversial 2003 vintage recently. The...
I promised a companion piece to my How are 2000 bordeaux now? on a much more contentious vintage, 2003 bordeaux.This was the heatwave year when many grapes shrivelled long before ripening...
I had the chance to re-taste Ch Montrose 2003 in Hong Kong and it was as it should be: very dense and concentrated yet with unusual freshness for a 2003, quite exceptional for the vintage. The...
Feb 25 - The only surprise below was that the Montrose did not show better. I will be retasting it this Thursday (in Hong Kong) and will report.
A consortium headed by a...
These wines were tasted at the well organised Institute of Masters of Wine annual bordeaux tasting in London last month. I focused mainly on those wines that Jancis had not previously tasted...
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Those of you who read about my Classic claret tasting last week in Davos might like to know that the bargain of the lot was...
So, here are my notes on well over 100 wines made by members of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux tasted in London in late oct 05 from the relatively controversial 2003 vintage...
Desmond Foo, London: I understand that your 2003 Bordeaux en primeur purchases are listed somewhere on your website but I can't seem to find it. It would be great if you could point it out...
On my first visit to Bilbao in northern Spain 30 years ago my lack of Spanish prevented me from even getting a drink in the first three tapas bars I visited. I had assumed that Spanish for beer...
Although our dinner at Vau, Kolya Kleeberg’s stylish restaurant in the centre of Berlin ,
was exceptional I decided not to write about it for a couple of days.
As the afternoon before Vau...
Mark Knott, UK: Firstly I would like to say thank you very much regarding your tasting notes for Bordeaux 2003. I did get an opportunity to try some of these for myself and found that...
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