Château Bernadotte 2011 Haut Medoc, Bordeaux – France
About– Château Bernadotte in Saint Sauveur, close to Pauillac and just beyond Saint- Estèphe, is a 30-hectare vineyard owned at this time by Château Pichon-Lalande, which is in turn owned by Louis Roederer Champagne who acquired both in 2007. The château was built in 1860 and named after Maréchal Bernadotte, then restored in 1989 by its previous Swedish owners.
Blend/Grape Varietal– 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.
Tasting Notes– The wine reveals a supple and ample attack. The palate offers a lush fruit as well as much silk, followed by an important tannic richness.
Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot Toscana IGT 2013, Tuscany- Italy
About– ‘Desiderio’ refers to a white chianina bull, which appears on the wine bottle’s label, which lived on Avignonesi’s estate in the 19th century. He earned his place in history for being the heaviest bull of his time with a weight of 1,600 kg. The 2013 vintage marks the 25th anniversary of Avignonesi’s Merlot based blend sourced from its best vineyard plots.
Blend/Grape Varietal– 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes– Intense, deep red in colour, Desiderio 2013 reveals inviting notes of sweet cherries and raspberries, rose petals and aromatic herbs, enhanced by subtle hints of menthol, red liquorice and chocolate-dipped coffee beans. The flavour is smooth and fruit-driven, with chewy tannins and a deliciously savoury finish.
Domaine Taupenot-Merme Mazoyères-Chambertin 2002, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy – France
About– There is a long history of viticulture in the Taupenot family and Romain Taupenot, who runs this fantastic estate. Romain describes himself as a ‘terroirist’ and he is not one to adulterate his fruit who keeps the use of new oak to sensible levels.
Blend/Grape Varietal – 100% Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes – There is deceptive depth and structure here as it is not a massive wine but is certainly concentrated and long with lots more to come.
Domaine Virely-Arcelain ‘Les Arvelets’ Pommard 1er Cru 1991, Côte de Baune, Burgundy- France
About– The modest and small sized village of Pommard takes its name from "Pomone" goddess of fruits and gardens. The Domaine has 14 plots, most of which are in Pommard, 100% family owned, ranging from 15 to 112 acres, producing a wide array of richly flavoured wines.
Blend/Grape Varietal– 100% Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes– Very complex with a glimpse of remaining fruit.
Domaine Peyre Rose Clos des Cistes 2003 Coteaux du Languedoc- France
About– One of the Languedoc’s brightest stars is Domaine Peyre Rose. The wines have been rightly lauded all over the world by critics, sommeliers and collectors alike.
Blend/Grape Varietal– 85% Shiraz, 15% Grenache
Tasting Notes– A big mouthful of a wine, the 2003 Languedoc Clos de Cistes shows the warmth of the vintage with its exuberant, fruit loaded personality. Currants, roasted meats, plum, licorice and underbrush all give way to a full-bodied, hedonistic and sexy Languedoc that has a stacked mid-palate, no hard edges and a clean finish.
Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007, Pauillac, Bordeaux – France
About– The Borie family has owned the property since 1978. François-Xavier Borie has restored it to greatness and preserved its spirit. Grand-Puy-Lacoste does not belong to a large corporation; it remains family-owned. Jean- Eugène Borie, who loved the Médoc and its vines, bought the property in 1978. He entrusted it to his eldest son, François-Xavier, who gradually renovated the château and its winemaking facilities. Today, his eldest daughter, Emeline, works at his side.
Blend/Grape Varietal– 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot
Tasting Notes– The 2007 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has a bright ruby red colour. On the nose, this wine presents a wonderful aromatic complexity with a touch of black berries and cherry aromas trimmed with spices, vanilla and liquorice. On the palate, this velvety, well concentrated wine shows a nice fruit extract. It is a very charming wine with silky tannins and beautiful harmony.
BUSHMILLS BLACK, BUSHMILLS, IRELAND
Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey is a blend of triple distilled malt whiskey and a lighter grain whiskey. It has a smooth warming taste almost instantly. It’s an easy drinking, versatile whiskey that can be enjoyed neat, over ice or with your favourite mixer.
OLD PULTENEY 12 YO, HIGHLANDS, SCOTLAND
Deep amber, red golden with a slight pink hue sparkling with a copper glow the aroma has medium to high intensity with a briny hint of sea air.
Dry, medium bodied and smooth, redolent of honey and cream, faintly salty with a slight spicy note and a sweet long-lasting finish.
PAUL JOHN BRILLIANCE, GOA, INDIA
The six-row barley for this whisky comes from the foothills of the Himalayas. Brilliance is matured in bourbon casks, to give you absolute sensory delight.
The demerara sugars give off a whiff of sweet fragrances, with a hint of cinnamon, dash of honey and faint spices. The honey-like smoothness is offset by the crunchy-bar-like crispness. Somewhere, there is also a tinge of cocoa.
MCCARTHY’S 3YO, OREGON, USA
McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt Whiskey is distilled in a Holstein pot still using one pass distillation. This premium, non-chill filtered product is then barrel-aged in air-dried Oregon Oak barrels. The result is remarkably smooth for a 3-year-old whiskey.