Bordeaux 2020 En-Primeur a good vintage for gorgeous Bordeaux

Bordeaux 2020

Bordeaux 2020 is a modern vintage. There were short periods of drought, excessive heat, thunderstorms, a bit of hail. Past vintages would be summed up by one of those traits, not having all of them in small patches. The wines from Bordeaux 2020 are good; some are spectacular. It would be fair to say that … Read more

A Taste Of Cabernet Sauvignon

A Taste Of Cabernet

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the noble varieties. It grows in many wine places around the world and people know it, and can for the most part pronounce it. I’ll refer to it as Cabernet for this article. But briefly I’ll acknowledge his father vine; Cabernet Franc, and that Cabernet Sauvignon has surpassed it in … Read more

How To Drink Old Bordeaux. Great wines 15 years +

Chateau Cos d'Estournel St-Estephe 2nd Growth 1975 Great Old Bordeaux

What is an old Bordeaux? When you’re talking about the pointy end of quality, I mean Cru class from Left and Right Bank. I think they start looking old at about 15 years. Maybe 10 for a less good year like 2007 or even 20 years for a great year like 2005. It is when … Read more

For Your Cellar – Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur

Bordeaux En-Primeur 2016

It is my favourite time of the year. Since Bordeaux En-Primeur is a fairly antiquated idea, every year I wonder if its time has come. But for my 15th En-Primeur campaign I do still get a tingle of excitement. Especially because I believe 2016 will offer something special. Why? I’ve been lucky enough to drink great … Read more

Bordeaux 2010 @ Pei Modern 25/11/13

The last Bordeaux 2010 dinner was so good we did it all again three weeks later. Different wines and a new venue to keep it interesting and away we went. Bordeaux 2010 recap. Bordeaux 2010 saw a summer drought without the heat of 2003. There were cool nights and a cooler August which meant thick skins, rich colour and tannin and … Read more

Drink My Cellar For The Heart Foundation @ Scopri 22nd November 2013

For the past two years I have been proud to raise funds for the Heart Foundation. To help achieve my goals I pulled a whole bunch of wine from my personal cellar and organised some customers and friends to attended a dinner at the wonderful restaurant Scopri. The end result was I raised $970 on the night. Plus … Read more

Bordeaux Dinner 2010 Vintage @ Mezzo 04/11/13

Vieux Chateau Certain 2010 Bordeaux Dinner 2010

This is my favourite dinner of the year. This is when 12 of us gather to taste the newly arrived Bordeaux. Most of us had bought our Bordeaux two years previously, untasted, and patiently waited for it to arrive. This was the point where we see if our investments were wise. Our 2010 Bordeaux Dinner was a … Read more

Bordeaux 2009 @ Mezzo 03/09/12

Virginie de Valandraud St-Emilion Grand Cru Bordeaux 2009

Bordeaux 2009 – WOW! Not since the 2005 vintage Bordeaux (of which I did three separate tasting in the space of a week) have I felt the need to write ‘wow’ in capital letters. I was a bit nervous to see if the wines lived up the the massive hype for a couple of reasons. First and foremost … Read more

Bring A Bottle Night @ Matteo’s 06/08/12

Agrapart Terroirs Avize Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne NV Bring a Bottle

Twice a year everyone in our group digs into their own cellar to share something special. Each wine has to be 10 years old and European. They are all served blind and therefore it is up to each of us to guess the wine after being given a series of options. Not surprisingly we call this game “options”. Due to … Read more

Understanding Bordeaux Part 1. The Wines To Love

Chateau Pichon Longueville Bordeaux

Bordeaux is one of my favourite wine regions, through the years I have been able to taste more of these wines than any others (except maybe Burgundy). You can see some of my recent Bordeaux encounters here. The Region of Bordeaux and its appellations.   Cabernet Sauvignon Background of Bordeaux. The region is most famous for its savoury, structured … Read more

Dinner at Mezzo 07/05/2012

Having missed one month due to work pressures, the Mezzo crowd were all pretty keen to catch up and taste some seriously good wine.  And we were far from disappointed despite cork playing a starring role in two of the wines. CURSE YOU VILE THINGS! This month the theme was 2004 Burgundy, a vintage that … Read more

Matteo’s Dinner 06/02/12 – Bring A Bottle Night

One of the highlights of the year is Patrick’s Bring A Bottle Night. Not to take away from his hard and inspired work of assembling wines of a theme and quality suitable for our demanding palates, but on this night everyone pulls out all stops to bring a bottle of incredible quality. We did have … Read more

Wine Notes

Tollot Beaut Beaune Clos du Roi Premier Cru 2013

A selection of wine notes from wines I have tasted in the recent past that I have enjoyed. There is no theme except for great wine. JL WOLF JESUITENGARTEN GRAND CRU RIESLING 2009 Ernst Loosen, owner of the world-class Dr Loosen estate on the Mosel, also has the reigns of this estate in the village … Read more

Bordeaux 2001 – Matteo’s Dinner 05/12/11

One of my most favourite traditions (second only to Burgundy on Boxing Day) is Patrick’s Monday dinners held every second month at Matteo’s in Brunswick. This month we get to look at Bordeaux 2001. An underrated vintage that offers high-quality Bordeaux. We also drink four German Riesling from the excellent vintage of 2007. Plus the usual Champagne on … Read more