Bordeaux, how could any wine lovers not know its name, its place and its fame for its wines. To the world this is terre du vin. But to be what it is today, Bordeaux had seen long period of turmoil, revolutions and rolled many heads. Much has been said about the prices, even more had been drunk, but little about the past has ever been documented.
Over a short spanning weekend, I had the opportunities to taste a series of wine faults (unintentionally). Regardless if one would consider these as curse or blessing, I remained sour about it. Still so today, and perhaps many weeks after. But the most incredulous thing was being told to “just accept it”.
Has it become acceptable for consumers to be presented with unappealing wines and described it as stylistic terroir expression? Or are we just blatantly condoning shoddy wine making these days?
A few years ago, I was just an ordinary wine enthusiast, getting excited with any and every chance to taste wines (any wine!).
Since returning to Singapore 2.5 years ago, I’ve had the chance to meet many people in the trade, who went on to introduce me to more… and one of the more recent introductions landed me the (very nice) opportunity to attend the portfolio tasting by Berry Bros & Rudd Singapore, one of their series of launch events for the Singapore office.
The tasting session was held in one of the suites in Raffles Hotel, with plenty of space to move around and go through all the wines. There was a table lined with clean glasses, which is good for swapping a fresh glass halfway through the night.