Vinexpo logo Taste testing the best 2003 Bordeaux at Vinexpo had its pain and its pleasures... Curtis Marsh confesses all. I recently spent three grueling days tasting at the world's largest and most significant wine show, Vinexpo, with leading vintners from all over the globe massed at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Vinexpo has been held bi- annually in Bordeaux ... read more >
Bordeaux Wines, France Choosing the best out of Bordeaux from 2003. Continuing with my 2003 Bordeaux inquisition the following days tasting held by the Union de Grands Crus de Bordeaux here at Vinexpo was a more comprehensive representation of the Bordeaux communes with an impressive turnout from the northern Medoc appellation St- Julien. ... read more >
Hermitage in the Northern Rhone Valley slopes Many wine lovers consider the 1961 Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle Rouge to be one of the great wines; unfortunately it is very scarce. So is there an equivalent in the offing? In conversation at a recent wine dinner, the subject turned to the staggering price that a case of 1961 Paul Jaboulet La Chapelle fetched at Christie’s Fine and ... read more >
Chateau Branaire Ducru, built in 1824 The French region is enjoying an extraordinary period of prosperity for a variety of reasons, writes Curtis Marsh. While I continue to refer to regions such as Bordeaux in France and Coonawarra in Australia as ``old'' and ``new world'', I sometimes wonder which is more abreast of pertinent technology and how to best balance it with tradition and nature. There ... read more >
Ridge Vineyard California, USA A Californian vineyard is a deserving bearer of the torch of old-world winemaking, writes Curtis Marsh. In the world of fine wine, what was old is now new. This is not a past fashion reinventing itself, nor a renaissance of a specific variety, style or region. It is the acceptance of an age-old reality: that truly great wines are made ... read more >
The Chateau La Lagune, France Red Bordeaux en primeur 2007, an underappreciated, early drinking, mid-term cellaring vintage for devotees, not investors. En Primeur or wine futures has its logic, after all we are dealing with the most collectable wine in the world, the consumer pays upfront, supposedly at a discount to the projected market price, taking title of an unfinished wine that they will receive ... read more >