Durfort-Vivens Gonzague Lurton Margaux Grand Cru Classé 2000

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Médoc · France

TYPE – Red

GRAPES-Cabernet Sauvignon,Cabernet FrancMerlot

“WAS A MARGAUX VINTAGE 2000 was an exceptional Bordeaux vintage, and my opinion was that Margaux did exceptionally well, as I hv tasted Ch Margaux, Rauzan Segla, Palmer, Malescot St Expery, all these Margaux labels were superb! Durfort Vivens 2000 was not a bad effort, but a bit inferior compared to the labels I have mentioned earlier. Good fruits, dense but also quite an elegant wine. Only pitfall was the elevated acidity that never toned down (acid don’t go away easily). Hope to see improvements. “

Château Brane-Cantenac Margaux Grand Cru Classé Grand Vin 2008

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Margaux · France

TYPE – Red

GRAPES- Cabernet Sauvignon,Cabernet Franc,MerlotCarmenérè

“MILDLY DISAPPOINTED Brane Cantenac was an old love, it was exceptional in 61, 64, 66, 82, 85, 95 and as recent as 2003. 2008 was not in the same league as the past glory vintages, Parker got 2008 all wrong. Burned wood nose jumped onto me, then slowly woody nose took over after I decanted the wine. The nose reflected the taste of the wine, skinny, dry and woody initially, although the oxidation in decanter helped brought up the fruits but was not enough to impress me. I was a bit disappointed. “

Rive Gauche Chardonnay 2014

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“MY FIRST 2014

A house pour from Clifford Pier Hotel in Singapore, an uber posh hotel next to the Bay. I’d just want to see what they served, thus chanced upon this Chardonnay. Very lemony nose, fresh and young. Palette was encapsulated with rich fruity style, very lemonade driven, very young, very fruity. I doubt such wine can age, really meant to be a house pour. Drink up!”

Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco 2004

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Toscana · Italy

TYPE – Red

GRAPES-Sangiovese · Montepulciano d’Abruzzo


Chianti produces one of the, perhaps most arguable, roller coaster wine in the world. It’s really difficult to find a great and reliable producer in Chianti. Perhaps this Castello Rampolla was one of the most consistent producer that I have encountered. Never too loud, just a pleasant journey. I enjoyed the tranquility of the wine, albeit I realized the wine had some medicinal nose and palette being displayed, but it wasn’t dominating, doesn’t bother me.”

Hubert de Montille Pommard- Rugiens 1er Cru 2009

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Côte de Beaune · France

TYPE – Red

GRAPES-Pinot Noir


Every sip I took, this wine gave me a different dimension. It gets even more complicated when I had different food! Started off with a bit charred, a bit creamy, and then it exploded and sent me to heaven. A while later, I had all the bad notes of a poor burgundy; skinny, dry tobacco leaves. I really cannot grasp the actual true color of this wine, so I’m not going to continue to confuse my audiences. Except that I must admit Hubert Montille was a very talented winemaker.”

Château Grand Corbin-Despagne Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2004

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Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classe · France

TYPE – Red

GRAPES-Cabernet Sauvignon · Cabernet Franc · Malbec · Merlot ·Petit Verdot · Carmenérè


I had a whiff, got a lot of strong burned wood nose, and slowly turned dark fruits. Took a sip to determine the content, was disappointed coz too much green notes or vegetal dominated the palette. At this point I was quite disappointed. Out of frustration I decanted the whole bottle. Same note for an hour, and then suddenly it jumped out of my glass! Morphed into a very fruity style, very ripe and very drinkable! I was devastated by the change, a bit speechless! Please share your experience with me!”

Domaine du Cheval Blanc Cheval Blanc 1964

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Libournais · France


Apart from 1947, many drinkers rated this 64 as a legendary Cheval Blanc. This was my second bottle, and consistent style like the previous bottle. Very clinical nose, almost aged port/sherry like. The body was a huge wine, jammed packed with concentrated fruits, very masculine, big and bold, like an unadulterated American wine, still young and fresh. I’m surprised Bordeaux 51 years ago made such style, very unique. Unfortunately not my type of Bordeaux wine, I prefer classic. Thus 4.5*.”

Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 1991

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Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru · France

TYPE – White



Even on an average vintage, this Chevalier Montrachet did not disappoint, holding up to be a superb wine. Was quite muted on the nose initially, slowly opened up to a field of funnels, lily, artichoke, and olive oil. At mid point we decided to decant the bottle, which was a great decision. The most impressive character of this bottle is the length of the finishing, a stunning 60secs or perhaps longer finish! Extremely long. An extremely elegant wine as well. Thanks to Johan!”

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