About me

 

THE PERSON BEHIND THIS WEBSITE

 

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My name is Izak Litwar and I'm living in Copenhagen, Denmark. I'm a total wine-freak and freelance wine writer and I've been tasting and writing about wines since 1984. I concentrate 100% on Bordeaux wines as I've fallen in love with these wines because of its many styles, kind and friendly wine people and beauty of Bordeaux area and the town itself.

My tasting experience of Bordeaux wines is based on 33 years long period (1984-2019) of visits to Bordeaux and many, many vertical/horisontal tastings with often 20+ vintages of a given château - f.i. 22 vintages of CANON back to 1948 (1988), 18 vintages of CHEVAL BLANC back to 1928 (1988), 25 wines from the highly-heralded 1959 vintage (1989), BEYCHEVELLE, CERTAN DE MAY, LATOUR, MONTROSE, PALMER (18 vintages back to 1952),  LE PIN (12 vintages), PONTET CANET and VIEUX CHATEAU CERTAN verticals in 10+ vintages,  (tastings taking place between 1990 and 1999), 65 vintages of  D`YQUEM back to 1847 (2005), 30 vintages of LATOUR back to 1904 (2006), 19 vintages of HAUT BRION/39 vintages of LA MISSION HAUT BRION back to 1920 (2006), 10+ vintages of PALMER (2007), 10+ vintages of BEYCHEVELLE (2008), 14 vintages of LAFLEUR (2012), 10 vintages of PALMER (2014), and 8 vintages of PALMER (2015) and 10+ vintages of MONTROSE (2016), all tastings taking place in Copenhagen.

Since 1987, I've been participating in many vertical tastings while coming to Bordeaux twice a year.

In November 2018 I participated in an extraordinary tasting of 21 wines from 1918 vintage, where majority of wines showed verve and vitality due to incredible life span.

I've tasted many old wines from Bordeaux - among the highlights - the oldest red Bordeaux I've ever tasted is PALMER 1865, the oldest sweet white Bordeaux I've tasted is YQUEM 1847 and the oldest dry white Bordeaux I've tasted is DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER 1941.

I'm member of several wine commanderies - Jurade de Saint-Émilion, Hospitaliers de Pomerol and Commanderie de Bontemps á Medoc, Graves et Sauternes.

In May 1998, my only book I've written up to now, about Pomerol, only in Danish language, was published in Denmark. I'm considering making an e-book version of it updated to recent things in this district.

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Beside enjoying drinking wines, I also like to drink beer (especially Scottish, Belgian and Polish ones), Scottish malt whisky (single cask ones from especially Springbank and Highland Park) and vintage Armagnac (especially from Fontaine de Coincy).

Occasionally I review restaurants in Denmark and abroad - check out my reviews at www.tripadvisor.dk, among others Geranium in Copenhagen and Le Pressoir d'Argent (Gordon Ramsay) in Bordeaux, two highligts of my culinary experiences up to now (February 2017). In April 2019, I had excellent dinner at famous Basque restaurant Martin Beratasequi in Lasarte, several kilometres outside San Sebastian. 

 

Latest news

2019 HARVEST IN BORDEAUX IS FULLY OVER AND WE'VE TO WAIT UNTIL PRIMEURS IN MARCH 2020 TO GET CONFIRMED THE GREATNESS OF 2019. FOR UPDATES - CHECK HARVEST 2019 IN HARVEST CHAPTER!

FULL 2018 BORDEAUX REPORT WITH TNS AND RATINGS ON 395 BARREL SAMPLES TASTED DURING PRIMEUR IN MARCH/APRIL 2019 AND 50+ WINES FROM OTHER VINTAGES TASTED/RATED. ALL CHATEAUX PROFILES HAVE BEEN UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL TNS/RATINGS OBTAINED DURING VINEXPO IN MAY 2019, BEYERMAN TASTING IN SEPTEMBER 2019 (COPENHAGEN) AND FROM SHORT VISIT IN BORDEAUX IN OCTOBER 2019

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NEW ADDITION TO MY WEBSITE IS BURGUNDY BLOG IN NEWS CHAPTER. MOST RECENT ADDITION IN PROFILES IS CHATEAU AUSONE AND LEOVILLE BARTON/LANGOA BARTON. PROFILE OF PHELAN SEGUR HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED. 

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REPORT ON AN OUTRAGEOUS TASTING OF 21 BORDEAUX WINES FROM VINTAGE 1918 - READ IT HERE (BOTTOM OF THE PAGE).

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I'M CONTINOUSLY ADDING MY TNS AT TASTINGBOOK.COM, WHERE I'VE APP. 4.200+ FOLLOWERS AND HAVE PUBLISHED APP. 1800+ TASTING NOTES MID-NOVEMBER 2019.

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HERE ARE MY TOP TEN WINES TASTED IN 2018

1. Lafite Rothschild 1908             99p

2. Tertre Roteboeuf 2016             99p

3. Leoville Las Cases 2015           98-99p

4. Pichon Comtesse 2016            98-99p

5. Trotanoy 2016                            98-99p

6. Haut Bailly 2016                       98p

7. Belair Monange 2016               98p

8. Les Carmes Haut Brion 2016  97p

9. Pontet Canet 2016                       97p

10. Calon Segur 1918                    96p