Chateau Ausone Tasting Dinner

29th Oct 2016

Pitt Cue Restaurant

Click below to read about the wines.

 

Ausone Bottles

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  • October 21, 2016
  • Simon Quinn

Fuuly mature Vintage Port is a rare pleasure. Here's one that brought a smile... 

Click below to read my note.

1967 Cockburn

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  • March 16, 2015
  • Simon Quinn

The Bishop of Norwich

 

Traditional etiquette requires diners to pass the Port decanter to the person seated to their left.  If for some reason, the decanter should become waylaid, the person holding it up may have this brought to their attention by asking 'Do you know the Bishop of Norwich'?  If necessary, this may be followed by 'He's a terribly good chap, but he always forgets to pass the port'.

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  • February 26, 2015
  • Simon Quinn

"2010 Brunellos offer gorgeous Sangiovese purity, tons of site specificity and high quality across the board, all signatures of a classic Montalcino vintage". - Antonio Galloni, vinousmedia.com

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  • February 24, 2015
  • Simon Quinn

Bollinger Master Class

Hosted by Bollinger President, Jérôme Philipon & Chef de Cave, Gilles Descôtes

Bollinger's largest market by far is the UK, which is why they chose to launch the latest releases of their La Grande Année Champagnes here today. I was fortunate to attend their 'First Taste' at London's Royal Opera House.

 

Bollinger 2005 Launch

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  • February 12, 2015
  • Simon Quinn

I've been a fan of 2005 Bordeaux since I first tasted the wines, en primeur.  There's quality to be found in every commune and at all price points.  The wines received glowing reviews in Robert Parker's tasting reports but I sometimes felt his early scores didn't adequately reflect the praise of his notes.  Ten years on from the vintage and Parker has re-visted a number of wines and awarded much higher scores.  This has, not surprisingly, resulted in swift price increases. 

With all that in mind, I thought it was an opportune moment to offer you some highly rated '05s we have in stock, which Parker has yet to re-visit.  These are all very competitively priced and are particularly good value, compared to more recent vintages.

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  • February 06, 2015
  • Simon Quinn

Removing corkIf you’ve ever experienced the challenge of pulling a cork on an old bottle of wine, you’ll know it can be potluck as to how easily the cork comes out. Sometimes the cork slips out all too easily, suggesting it has dried out and potentially allowed air in to oxidise your precious wine. More often, though, I find corks which feel like they are super-glued to the neck of the bottle. That’s fine if the cork retains its integrity but chances are, if this is a really old bottle, it’ll be starting to get brittle and crumbly

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  • October 03, 2014
  • Simon

DecanterDo You Decant?
Someone recently told me he thought decanting must be out of fashion, as antiques markets seem to be full of old decanters that no-one wants. So is decanting a thing of the past; a dark art, practised only in stuffy old Gentlemen’s Clubs? Absolutely not!
Read on and find out why you should be decanting.


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  • October 03, 2014
  • Simon

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