Bordeaux 2015 tasting in Napa

This tasting took place in Napa in February 2020 just before the global pandemic took hold. This post though is not about Napa wine but the annual Institute of Masters of Wine tasting of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage in bottle, a tasting which travels to London, Napa and Sydney. The setting was the centrally locatedContinue reading “Bordeaux 2015 tasting in Napa”

Institute of Masters of Wine Bordeaux 2014 in bottle Sydney tasting

Last weekend, the annual Institute of Masters of Wine Bordeaux tasting in bottle of the 2014 vintage took place in Sydney. I expected this to be a much more popular event than the previous year’s tasting of the 2013s (you can read my reviews of that tasting here) which was a poor vintage. But inContinue reading “Institute of Masters of Wine Bordeaux 2014 in bottle Sydney tasting”

IMW Annual Bordeaux tasting – 2013 vintage

Held in Sydney by the Institute of Masters of Wine on the weekend, this was a first close local look at the 2013 vintage of Bordeaux. The 2013 vintage in Bordeaux was, of course, rather dire. It saw a dismal spring, an early summer and catastrophic flowering. The vintage culminated with tropical weather at theContinue reading “IMW Annual Bordeaux tasting – 2013 vintage”

Club des Sommeliers Margaux 2007 par Château Durfort-Vivens

This is a bit of a curio that found its way to here, I think, via a French supermarket.  Labelled under a French label of “Club des Sommeliers” it’s a Margaux seemingly produced by Château Durfort-Vivens.  A combination then: part cleanskin, part branded wine.  It proves quite good drinking a decade later.  Cigar box, blackcurrantsContinue reading “Club des Sommeliers Margaux 2007 par Château Durfort-Vivens”

Château Monbrison Cru Bourgeois Margaux 2004

This wine from Chateau Monbrison has been perfectly stored, and was frankly a joy to drink at thirteen years of age.  2004 is a well regarded left bank Bordeaux vintage, but in the shadow of the great 2005s.  Nonetheless, this wine displays all the charms of well made left bank Bordeaux, with a classically pinpointContinue reading “Château Monbrison Cru Bourgeois Margaux 2004”

Château Rauzan-Ségla 1996

The first of two impressive wines to round things out pre-Christmas.  Rauzan-Ségla is a second growth estate from Margaux in Bordeaux’s left bank and has been since 1994 under the ownership of the family that owns Chanel in France.  Tasted out of magnum, the 1996 vintage is an impressive wine.  There are licorice, blackcurrant, cigarContinue reading “Château Rauzan-Ségla 1996”