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Chateau Lousteauneuf 2004

Chateau Lousteauneuf, Cru Bourgeois, Medoc (HKD 155)
Producer's Name: Chateau Lousteauneuf

Origin: Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Appellation: Medoc
Classification: Cru Bourgeois
Typical Grape Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon

The first Cru Bourgeois list was drawn up by the dual authority of the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Gironde Chamber of Agriculture in 1932.

However, these classifications had been annulled permanently in 2007.

As of 2003, there were 3 tiers of classifications. They were Crus Bourgeois Exceptionnels (Total:9), Crus Bourgeois Supérieurs (Total:87), and Crus Bourgeois (Total 151).

Nowadays, the term "Cru Bourgeois" is a mark of quality rather than a classification. The internal ranking of "Exceptionnel" and "Supérieur" are also no longer exist.

The new designation will be awarded with the following basis:

- Cru Bourgeois is a designation of quality only
- The right to use the term is based on production methods, as judged by a visit to the property, and results, determined by tasting of the wine

- It is an annual qualification, and awarded by an independent organisation
- The qualification may be obtained by any property in the Médoc

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Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2008, South Africa
HKD 98 for 2 Bottles @ Park n' Shop

To my surprise, it is a strong and power Shriaz coming from South Africa.
Creamy tastes of vanilla, and chocolate.
Very value for money.
One of the best I have encountered.

Vignobles David Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Vignobles David Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Voici Wine, Pacifica Mall, Cheung Sha Wan; HKD 129

Hint of apple on the nose.
Simple, crisp, and fresh.
Easy to drink.

Casa Silva Colchagua Valley Viognier 2006

Viognier is the only grape used for the Northern Rhône appellations Condrieu and Château-Grillet (one of France's smallest appellation contrôlée, with less than ten acres and only one owner).It is also sometimes used to add fragrance and to soften and lighten the syrah in Côte Rotie.

Casa Silva Colchagua Valley Viognier 2006
This Viognier seems like to be the last in stock at the cellar I visited.
A bit aged, and heavy when it was just opened.

Sitting on the table for 30 minutes, better tastes were started to develope.

So far, the bitter taste had gone.
Though the nose is weak, a bit of grapefruit was found on the palate.

In general, I believe Viognier would be a safe choice.
Sadly, not much information about it is available on net.

Plantings of viognier in France have expanded in recent years from the Rhône (1,830 acres), to the Languedoc (3,440 ac.) to smaller plantings in Roussillon (212 ac.) and Provence (272 ac.).

Viognier seemed literally an endangered variety only a few years ago, but seems to be recovering worldwide in both popularity and acreage.

Cederberg Cederberger 2006

Cederberg Gederberger 2006 @ HKD 139

Enjoy a nice glass of Cederberg Cederberger. Pleasant berry fruits aromas. Juicy tanins. Very Approachable. Much better than Wyndham Estates BIN 555.

Chateau Clerc Milon

The little village of Milon is situated near Chateau Lafite, but vineyards of Clerc-Milon themselves are situated in the northernmost of the Pauillac appellation, closer to Mousset.

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With a mixture of sand, gravel and more clay nearer the river, vineyards of Clerc Milon are planting varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon (46%), Merlot (39%), Cabernet Franc (12%), Petit Verdot (2%) and the impressive Carmenere (1%). Nowadays, Carmenere is a rare sight in the vineyards of Bordeaux.

Chateau Clerc Milon 2006, Pauillac AOC
HKD 550 x 0.8 @ Hong Kong Wine Outlet, 3/F, MK1 Digital Mall, Yaumatei
HKD 350 @ Altaya Wines Limited, 2804 Bank of America Tower, Centra (tel.2523-1945)

Originated from Jean-Baptiste Clerc who owned land close to the river (whilst Milon refers to the lieu-dit and nearby village), the wine produced here was classified as one of the eighteen Cinquièmes Crus (Fifth Growths) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

Clerc Milon was acquired by Baron Philippe de Rothschild in 1970.

Jean-Marie Haag vs W.Gisselbrecht

No other grape variety in Alsace reaches such a dangerous combination of high must weight and low acididy as Gewurztraminer. The ratio sugar/acid is often close to 3, which is the double in comparison with Riesling.

Jean-Marie Haag, Alsace; HKD 229 @ Voici Wine, Pacifica Mall, Cheung Sha Wan
W.Gisselbrecht, Alsace; HKD 198 x 0.9 @ Impression Gallery,Cheung Sha Wan Plaza

Basically, these 2 bottles are very close on the taste and the nose. However, Haag is more impressive. It is relatively lighter (slightly) in the must weight, and no bitter taste on the finish.

Panerai Goes Skeletonized

Movement: Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.2005/S calibre,
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, second time zone, 24h indicator,
power reserve indicator on the back, and tourbillon

Case: Diameter 48 mm, black ceramic
Back: See-through sapphire crystal
Dial: Skeleton dial with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers

Crystal: Sapphire, made from corundum, 2 mm thick. Double anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 10 bar (100 metres).
Strap: PANERAI personalised leather strap, and
adjustable steel buckle with special hard black coating

Reference: PAM00348

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Religions in India

India is well known as the land of spirituality and philosophy. It was the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

(A Sikh Temple, North Delhi)

The most dominant religion of today in Inda is Hinduism. The second largest religion is Islam. The third largest religion is Christianity at 2.3%, and the fourth largest religion is Sikhism at about 1.9% of India's population.

HINDUISM - about 82%
ISLAM - about 12%
CHRISTIANITY - about 2.5%
SIKHISM - about 2%
BUDDHISM - about 0.7%
JAINISM - about 0.5%
ZOROASTRIANISM - about 0.01%
JUDAISM - about 0.0005%

(A Sikh Temple, North Delhi)

In ancient times Jainism and specially Buddhism were very popular in India. Indians who accepted Buddhist philosophy spread it not only within the Indian sub-continent but also to kingdoms east and south of India.

(A Sikh Temple, North Delhi)

The comparatively new religion in India is Sikhism. It was established in the 15th century.

(A Sikh Temple, North Delhi)

Generally, Indians are tolerant of other religions and retain a secular outlook.

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