Archive for August 8th, 2008

Wine Tasting of Chateau de Villars Fontaine, Bourgogne – Bangkok

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Wine Tasting Held At:
440 Sukhumvit Rd,
(Washington Square, Soi 22)
Bangkok, Thailand
Tel. +66 2204 1841/2

Bernard Hudelot who is both a professional viticulturist and a Professor of Wine at France’s Dijon University has brought samples of his wines again to Bangkok and I have tasted them for the second time.
There were differences, as is normal, on the same wines; some showed better last time than on this tasting but this is all due to transport and so many other factors. Overall, most of the wines were drinking very well, however, can we expect them to even approximate what we tasted tonight or on the last tasting if they are transported commercially rather than hand-carried? The answer is no! Look at the years, all so fragile.
Wines tasted on 7 August at the Dubliner were the following:

1996 Les Genévrières Château de Villars Fontaine

1997 Château de Villars Fontaine Hautes Côtes de Nuits “Le Rouard”

1991 Château de Villars Fontaine Hautes Côtes de Nuits “Le Rouard”

1991 Hautes Cotes de Nuits, Les Genévrières

2003 Château de Villars Fontaine, Le Rouard

2005 Château de Villars Fontaine Grand Tradition, Les Jiromees

Wine Tasting at Pacific City Club, Frankland Estate, Western Australia – Bangkok

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Pacific City Club
28th Floor, Two Pacific Place
142 Sukhumvit Rd.
Bangkok 10110
Tel. 02 653 2450-63

A tasting of organic wines from Frankland Estate, Western Australia was held on the 28th floor of Pacific Place at the elegantly decorated, Pacific Club, a private club overlooking the city, on Wednesday, 6 August 2008. The event was hosted by FIN Wine, a distribution company and Jan Ganser, managing director along with Benjawan Wisootsat. Also present representing the Frankland Estate was Hunter Smith
General Manager Artur Kluczewski, who is well-know in Bangkok, told me that they have a new French chef and I shall return shortly to sample his cuisine.
I was particularly impressed with a wine made in the Bordelais style: Olmo’s Reward, Frankland Estate, Western Australia 2001 a new-world St.Emilion, Robert Parker gave it 91 points. Two Shiraz a 2002 and 2005 were also good although all these wines are high alcohol 14.5%.
Also tasted were several Rieslings from Germany and Austria.