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”

A bracket of 1994 cabernets

I was fortunate to taste recently a bracket of 1994 cabs blind, with a representative from each of the Yarra Valley, Coonawarra, Margaret River and Pessac-Léognan in Bordeaux.  The least expensive of this set in fact showed most impressively.  Aged Coonawarra probably deserves more attention than it gets. Wantirna Estate Cabernet Merlot 1994Wantirna Estate wasContinue reading “A bracket of 1994 cabernets”

Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan 1995

Yes, I did attend a particularly good tasting.  Sandwiched between two Granges (reviewed here) was this not so humble 1995 La Mission Haut-Brion from Pessac-Léognan.  I sometimes get confused with some of the wines with Haut-Brion in the name – be it prefixes of Larrivet, La Chapelle de, Les Carmes or Bahans – but La Mission Haut-BrionContinue reading “Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan 1995”

Chateau de Fieuzal 2009

Source: Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine (Hamlyn, 2004). The 2009 vintage of Chateau de Fieuzal from Pessac-Léognan is a stunning wine.  I rather felt that it is only a baby at this point in its life, but the wine is so good that I didn’t feel at all bad drinking it.  Its power and structure isContinue reading “Chateau de Fieuzal 2009”