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  • Mouton Cadet vs Mouton Rothschild

    Mouton Cadet, from second wine to largest producer The most drunk Bordeaux in the world is Mouton Cadet. Especially in Asia, many wine lovers think that this is the second wine of Mouton Rothschild, but that’s no longer the case. In the beginning of the 1930’s Mouton Cadet was...

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  • Chateau Ausone building and rebuilding

    Just visiting Chateau Ausone is something very special. Ausone is one of the eight top wines in Bordeaux (Next to the five First Growths, Petrus and Cheval Blanc) and also the smallest of them all. Whit its 7ha (16acres) it is about 10 times as small as a Medoc...

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  • Mythical Petrus 2005

    Petrus 2005, a must have in your cellar?

    2005 is one of the best vintages ever in Bordeaux and already a mythical vintage. Mythical Petrus  was awarded 100 points by Wine Spectator for the2005 vintage . Robert Parker was more severe with “only” 97 points. Drinkable form 2015 to 2080, but who is waiting so long? The...

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  • The score of this weekend's dinner party at our chateau

    Figéac 1990 and Leoville Las Cases 1978 rock!

    The score of this weekend’s dinner party at our chateau. Figeac 1990 was impressive and young. Las Cases 1978 perfectly drinking for 39 years old. Kopke vintage port 1978 to round things off. Lovely night. What would be your preference?

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  • Spending 3 days in Paris

    I fell in love with Paris around the same time I fell in love with Ronald. My first visit to the city of lights was with him 30 years ago. And since we have moved to Bordeaux we try to take a trip to Paris at least once a...

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  • Gougères Cheese puffs

    When I moved from the Netherlands to France I had to adopt a whole new set of traditions, habits and rules. I quickly discovered that in France many of the traditions of society involve food in some way or another. One of the traditions that I found easiest to...

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  • Hachis Parmentier au canard

    My upscale version of Hachis Parmentier with duck confit and sweet potatoes will be a sure hit with your guests. And it will be a sure hit with you because you can prepare this dish up to 2 days in advance. The original Hachis Parmentier is a classic French...

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  • A humble soup with royal origins

    I cannot imagine my kitchen without onions. They are the easiest ingredient to add flavour and depth to so many dishes. Start sautéing an onion and everyone who enters your house will comment how good it smells. Nevertheless onions don’t always get the credit they deserve. For many years...

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  • Amsterdam

    Once you have made your decision to travel to Bordeaux you have to decide on your flights. The obvious option is to plan your route via Paris. But you could also consider making Amsterdam part of your itinerary. With several direct flights per day from Amsterdam to Bordeaux it...

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