June 2017   


New features to JCL.com

I am delighted to announce two new features to JeannieChoLee.com. Our Korean site is finally launched and a new Visual section has been added to the main menu bar. Switch to the Korean version with one click or select Visuals to enjoy short videos and photos of interviews with chefs, winemakers and my commentary on wine and food, all compiled in one place.

We have added numerous articles, which include my analyses and recommendation to Buy or Wait for the top 2016 Bordeaux En Primeur wines. This campaign has now come to a close, but many wines are still available for purchase. Click here to see what my recommendations are for châteaux such as Lafleur, Cheval Blanc, Mouton Rothschild, Haut-Brion, Lafite Rothschild and Montrose. Vinexpo Bordeaux last week was a whirlwind of tastings, dinners and unforgettable parties. Watch our videos and photos of Vinexpo 2017 here.

During the Seoul Food Festival where I paired wines for Michelin-starred chefs, I spoke to many talented chefs on pairing wine and food. To watch the chef video series, click here. Also earlier this month, I was delighted to be the chief judge at the 3rd biannual Chinese Fine Wine Challenge held in Ningxia. After tasting hundreds of Chinese wines blind, I was really impressed with how much the quality is improving every year.

I hope to catch up with many of you this month in Bordeaux, Paris or in San Sebastian, Spain. Next month I will be in Bangkok, Seoul then finally back to Hong Kong. I love to hear from you so please send me your comments and questions via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, WeChat or Weibo.

My Views

Lafite Prices Over the Past 10 Years

Lafite’s prices have come down significantly since 2010 En Primeur. But sentiment seems to be turning back in their favor as the château works hard to fight counterfeiters and most importantly, produce some of their best vintages ever.  Read more...

Montrose 2016: One of Their Top Vintages since 1990

Montrose is on a roll. The 2016 vintage places the château squarely on the forefront among the second growths. While prices for En Primeur Montrose is steadily on the rise, see why I believe this is a must-buy vintage for Montrose lovers and collectors. Read more...

The 3rd Fine Wine Challenge in Ningxia in Pictures

I was delighted to be the chief judge at the 3rd biannual Chinese Fine Wine Challenge held in Ningxia. Click here to watch video footage and photos of my time in Ningxia.

Bordeaux Châteaux in Pictures

Bordeaux has some of the most beautiful châteaux and architecture. View our recently photographed collection of Bordeaux châteaux and of the city taken during the spring of 2017 here.

Smart Buys

The Magnificent 2015 Wines by Domaine Leroy

The 2015 wines from Domaine Leroy are nothing short of magnificent. Some of the wines nearly brought tears to my eyes, especially the fine, distinguished Musigny, the effervescent Romanée-Saint-Vivant and the majestic Chambertin. Read more...

Beautifully Balanced, Elegant Wines of Tenuta San Leonardo

The red wines from San Leonardo based in Trentino Alto-Adige are elegant and offer great value compared with the more expensive and highly touted Bordeaux blends from Tuscany. I discovered some wonderful recent vintages of their San Leonardo Vigneti delle Dolomiti and loved their Carmenere. Read more...


A Week at Gaggan Lab

Date: 8-16 July, 2017
Place: Bangkok, Thailand

Press Conference in Shanghai

Date: 25 September 2017
Place: Shanghai, China

Tasting Napa

Date: 28 August-1 September, 2017
Place: Napa Valley, USA

HKTDC Wine & Spirits Fair

Date: 9-11 November, 2017
Place: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, HKSAR


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