Category: Wine Reviews

The Begude Dude’s newest wine (featuring a domaine profile by Matthew Jukes)

June 5th 2020

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Goedhuis & Domaine Begude have worked together since 2003, their brilliant value entry level Chardonnay always one of the most quaffable, reliable and best value wines on our list. I am now so pleased to introduce this new beauty to the list: Chardonnay ‘Terroir 11300′ Vin de Pays d’Oc Domaine Begude 2019 at £10.95/bottle inc vat.

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The buying must go on!

April 16th 2020

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In the world of wine buying, spring is a period that I love. Whilst respecting everything that governments around the world are doing to overcome Covid-19, it has been wonderful to see the most magnificent displays of daffodils and blossom on the precious occasions that we can venture outside. It has certainly helped revive my spirits during these difficult times. In normal circumstances I would have been in Bordeaux and Burgundy these past few weeks, enjoying vineyard visits and admiring a new generation of life on the vines, with the initial stages of budding giving birth to a new harvest…

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Bring a Special Bottle Night (BASBN) 2020

March 20th 2020

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On Friday, March 13th, a group of 16 gathered at Crown Wine Cellars in Hong Kong for what was the 13th iteration of this particular fine wine dinner. Bring a Special Bottle Night 2020 experienced a radical shift this year. For the first time since BASBN’s inception, women were invited to join in the fun and games! The three lucky ladies were Debra Meiburg MW, my partner in vinous crimes Sabrina Hosford, General Manager of Summergate HK and myself.

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2010 Bordeaux – Ten Years On

March 6th 2020

Southwold Tasting

When the 2010 Bordeaux vintage was released it arguably received more acclaim than any other release this century. Markets were buoyant, journalistic influence, most notably that of Robert Parker, was at its apogee and talk was of a vintage of the century, with quality surpassing the extraordinary 2005 vintage. In my vintage report at the time I commented that “if 2009 was a vintage of opulence and accessibility, the 2010s are all about power, intensity and structure, which will most definitely reward patience.”

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