I put up my latest Wine of the Week onto the site today, and thought I would reproduce it here, as it really was a particularly gorgeous wine, that is ready to drink up and enjoy right now.

Chateau Figeac, Saint Emilion Cru Classe 2000
This 40 hectare vineyard is owned by Thierry Manoncourt and is a premier classifed wine of Saint Emilion. Aged in 100% new oak barrels which by now, nearly 10 years down the line, have completely melted into the wine. Still very intense, fleshy red fruits with cedar with hints of truffles, this blew away the other wines around the table (all also Saint Emilions, but admittedly not classified ones).

(Tasted at Le Logis de Roy restaurant in Saint Emilion. This wine should cost around £80)

I update this section of the website pretty much every week (not quite as often the heading would suggest!), but rarely put them also on the blog.

I also sent off this morning my latest wine column, and also include here my favourite wine of the tasting. A Bordeaux blend, but from Australia...

Blue Poles Reserve Merlot, A$35 (approx Ä20)
Named after the Jackson Pollock painting, Blue Poles is located in the cool climate Margaret River, where a long ripening season gives delicacy to the wines. This is a truly great example of a Merlot, with softness but no hint of flabbiness, great length and a real structure to it. A key indicator of quality is that winemaker Mark Gifford only make this wine when the grapes are of sufficient quality to merit it Ė they donít buy in grapes from elsewhere as is often the Australian model. So in 2009 there wonít be any Merlot or Cabernet Franc as the grapes were not of sufficient quality due to the vintage conditions. Shame, but all the more reason to get hold of this bottle...