Robert Parker: We started with the barrel-aged Henri Giraud top cuvées, the 2002 and 2004 Brut Argonne. This is a fabulous Champagne. It's sad that it's very limited in availability, but I actually like it as much as the top cuvées from Krug, which is what it resembles. But I think Giraud gets more freshness and less of the caramelized oxidized character that often appears in the top cuvées of Krug. If you like that aged character, you probably prefer Krug to Giraud, but I think Giraud has the full-bodied power, richness and complexity, without the oxidative nuances.
Meeting The King Of Barbaresco In His Italian Castle
A few weeks ago, I found myself sitting in Gaja's lavish castle in Barbaresco awaiting the tasting of its new releases while being half of the world away from home Hong Kong, where was facing a political crisis. From out of nowhere, Angelo Gaja, looking e
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Loire red always gives an impression of partial incompleteness and lightweight, which makes it hard to pair with heavy Chinese dishes (roasted goose, Peking duck and Chiu Chow food) or to drink it straight without the complement of food. But what we don’t