Old and Ancient Bordeaux vintages from Medoc Classification 1855

It’s a serious gamble whenever it comes to drinking very old wines, like vintages from the 1960s. You are betting your hard earned cash on an expensive bottle of wine that could very well have turned into vinegar. There aren’t much ways to minimize the risk, even if you’re thorough checking the level of the wine, tracing down its storage condition, and etc. But if you are lucky enough to get hold of a healthy bottle of great old vintage, be prepared to be rewarded with an extraordinary surprise. Continue reading

Scribbling about wine: Vilmart & Cie, The Cœur de Cuvée 2001

The Cœur de Cuvée is the premium champagne from Vilmart. Vilmart produces their finest bubbles from the 11 hectares Premier Cru in Rilly-la-Montagne and some vines in the neighboring Villers-Allerand. Their better collection – the Grand Cellier, Grand Cellier d’Or, Cuvee Creation and Coeur de Cuvee – are chardonnay dominant. So it is not surprising that about 60% of their planted grapes are of the Chardonnay variety. Since the 1980s, the champagne house had been a devotee of biodynamic planting. Continue reading

Scribbling about Wine: Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux 2005

Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux 2005 (357ml). Started with some dark cherries and leather on the nose. Every sip I take, the wine evolves on the tongue, it develops from red fruit to dark fruit. Hints of spices, green pepper and vanilla towards the end. As a rather good vintage in the 2000s, the acidity has a bite to it (medium +), while tannins are smooth as a 7 years old wine. It is a balanced wine. As a half bottle, although you can drink it now, it has potential for aging. Continue reading