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Paul Pontallier, who died aged 59 from cancer this week, was a towering figure in wine. Partly because he was Director (‘regisseur’) of Chateau Margaux, but beyond that, because he embodied a healthy and rational counterpoint to the view that … Continue reading

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Earlier this year something rather shocking went on in wine. Pierre Olivier Clouet, since 2008 the young technical director of St Emilion’s Chateau Cheval Blanc, (see pic) came to London, stood on his feet and waxed passionately about what he and the team at the chateau think makes it tick … Continue reading

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The recent very good vintages of 2005, 2009 and 2010, the feeding frenzy of Asia for top claret and a very average 2011 which is overpriced, have left many claret fans scratching their heads.  Most of those august chateaux that could be had … Continue reading

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Claret’s 2009 opening prices were the most expensive Bordeaux ever launched.  Spine-chilling was the fact they were two to three times the price on average of the 2008s just a year before, the year of the Lehman Brothers crash and the start of the … Continue reading

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