All posts tagged: Bordeaux wine secret

Cooking Tips: Magret de Canard& Cauliflower Gratin – Château Fontesteau – Cheese

I can’t have enough of canard. I just love it and it’s so good that it’s plenty in all kinds of forms, pate, confit, magret, cutlets, which I’ve been enjoying recently as an alternative to the magret. I think tomorrow I might have the photos of duck cutlets, which I will serve with caramelised carrots and spring onions in orange carrot cumin sauce. Cooking Tips:  Magret de Carnard Magret de Canard is so simple to cook but there is one crucial fact that people miss and fail to achieve the perfect doneness. As the fat on one side is so thick that the heat doesn’t penetrate through it to cook the meat, therefore you should always cut a criss-cross before cooking, and also put the meat in the pan before heating the pan so the temperature of the meat will gradually rise, which helps to cook the meat evenly.

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 …