Back to School with Robert Parker Jr. – “the Magical 20”

On a cooling yet rainy morning in Hong Kong, 20 thousand glasses were placed in a big banquet hall, with 14 hundred bottles of unreleased top-quality Bordeaux wines uncorked by 45 Hong Kong sommeliers. The banquet hall was fully packed by winery representatives from all over the world, wine critics, wine sellers, buyers, educators and media. And they awaited the arrival of a very experienced wine critic, if not, the most influential wine critic for red Bordeaux in the world, to lead a tasting session where the 2009 Bordeaux vintages were first unveiled to the public. I was lucky enough to be part of it as an amateur to wine, it was a great lecture that I had. Continue reading

Scribbling about Wine: Pichon Lalande 1975

Started off with some dried fruits but the fruitness of the wine has pretty much died out. The first prominent nose was cinnamon, oak and some minerals. The wine was smooth in texture with gentle tannins. The wine is still lively as there are still some young tannins in the wine, yet it does not have enough acidity to balance out the tannins. The wine was ex-chateau and was re-corked in 1993. Continue reading