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Bordeaux Oysters and Sauternes

Besides foie gras, Bordeaux is also well-known for oysters and I always take advantage of fresh and plump oysters whenever I am here. I used to eat a lot of oysters in Sydney as I lived close to the big fish market, but I must admit that Bordeaux oysters are the best in the world. They are so fresh, big and tasty, plus there are nice Bordeaux white and rose wines to accompany them. I used to go down to the Quay on a good Saturday for a brunch and for shopping at the farmer’s market.

Wine Talk (sulfites) and review – Château Mirambeau-Papin 2008 at l’oenolimit

I am quite annoyed and sad because I’ve lost the draft of my review of St-Emilion. I don’t know what’s happened. Yesterday I had finished writing and save it before I went out  to meet an expert in oenology and food science. That is just life…maybe my blog got hacked by a pro-St-Emilion because my blog was full of disappointment and disgust at times toward the St-Emilion’s money business and bad wines. I used to use another program for drafting but I stopped it recently and this thing happened. Anyway…let’s not look back and move on. Recently I’ve been having a lot of discussions with people on various subjects such as sulfites in wine, wine headaches, whole berry fermentation, oak barrels, price vs quality, wine export business, etc. I’d met so many people who talk about sulfites and hangover, which I never believed there was any connections because I’ve never had hangovers from eating dried apricots, which contains more sulfites than wine. So I always ask the same question to the people who blame wine …

Review – Portes Ouvertes en Médoc – Part 2

My journey into the secrets and myths of Bordeaux wine has led me to many things about wine, technical as well as political. I started to feel a bit puzzled, after the visit to St-Emilion last week and the encounters with sommeliers, about the business side of wine industry and the pure love and passion for wine. The more I discover about the politics and dirty deals going on in the wine industry, the less enthusiastic I become about studying. I’ve never been keen on St-Emilion from the beginning simply because it wasn’t complex or savoury for my taste. The wine tasting in St-Emilion last week and an agglomerated cork in  Château Cardinal-Villemaurine Grand Cru Classé, 2009 St.Emilion assured me to steer clear of St-Emilion.

Review – Portes Ouvertes en Médoc – Part 1

I am sorry for the delayed reviews of the “open doors” tasting in Médoc I did last Saturday and Sunday. Being swamped with the photos to edit and notes I took of the wines I tasted, I begin to realise how convenient it would be to have a smart phone to upload instantly. Especially, last night when I talked about châteaux I visited, I had difficulty matching the  chateaux and their wines. So I’m forcing myself to write the reviews on a Easter Sunday when I’m supposed to be off work! My mentor and I visited 16 châteaux in two days. We started from the far end, St-Estephe, Pauillac, St-Julien, Haut-Médoc on the first day and covered Haut-Médoc again and Margaux on the second day. To list the names of the châteaux and the wines from Day 1, Château Lilian Ladouys 2010 Château Pédesclaux 2009 Château Lynch Bages 2006 Château Tour Seiujean 2008-2012 Château Teynac 2001-2010 Château Larose Trintaudon 2002 Château Perganson 2010 Château Anauld 2010 One or two might be missing in the list probably because …

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Wine Tasting – Comtes von Neipperg – La Mondotte

Persuaded by my Bordeaux insider, I attended a Food and Wine event at Bordeaux Magnum yesterday. Having forgotten about the French punctuality, I got there on time and had to pass an awkward half-hour amongst strangers, making small talks with my poor French but mostly reading wine bottles until all attendees arrived. While waiting, I sipped a Sauvignon Blanc based white wine from Bordeaux, which was quite pleasant to drink but wasn’t for my liking, perhaps because of the cooked pear and caramel taste, which is the characteristics of Semillion. Finally, the event kicked off, and the first bottle of the evening was served, following welcome greetings and introduction by the organiser about Garage Wine, which was the theme of the evening. Garage wine reflects a new way of winemaking by independent winemakers using modern and innovative, often organic or biodynamic technique to create wines in new styles to meet the changing trends and demands in the wine market. So these were the 5 bottles we tasted, and one is missing in the picture because …