Date: September 2008

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The Mystery Bottle

September 26th 2008

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A little while ago I acquired a bottle of wine. I had absolutely no idea what it was, as it no longer had its label. The only thing I could tell you was it was from Domaine Ponsot, as this was stamped across the foil. Now the problem was, when to open it. I had absolutely no idea what it was.

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Burgundy Dinner – Tasting Wines

September 23rd 2008

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We now have a finalised list of the wines which are to be shown at the pre-dinner tasting on October 21st. All our producers have really come up trumps – it will be a spectacular evening. Benoit Droin Chablis Grand Cru Le Clos 2002/2003/2005/2006 Jean-Philippe Fichet Meursault Tesson 2002/2003/2004/2005/2006 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2003/2004/2006

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Shaken or stirred?

September 17th 2008

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The first time I felt like James Bond was when I went out with an Albanian girl called Yuvonna Ridealot. The second time was when I was taken down on the miniature train deep into our cavernous cellars at Octavian. It truly is the most extraordinary storage facility I have seen

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Glorious Guiraud

September 16th 2008

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These days of recession, stagflation and credit crunch have ensured that most visits to the City are rather gloomy affairs. Not so last week. I was invited to the Wallbrook to taste eight recent vintages of Ch Guiraud followed by a Gavroche prepared lunch accompanied by Domaine de Chevalier 1978 and Mondotte 1999. They were delicious but it was when the cheese arrived that the real excitements began. Guiraud 1906, 1942 and 1961. Ch Guiraud is under new ownership. Four heroes have bought out the Narby family

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