What do Ukraine and Bordeaux have in common?
Quite a bit, actually, when you have former rugby player Olivier Dauga as consultant winemaker.
Parabola in The Design Museum, Olivier presented a vertical tasting of wines from Rolland de By alongside wines from Kolonist with owners Ivan and Alla Plachkov.
With a fizz, reds and whites there is a range of wines and all are light, elegant and well-made. And after tasting Olivier's Bordeaux wines, the family resemblance was quite apparent.
On an exploratory trip to Bordeaux, he met Olivier and the rest is history.
And these wines precisely reflected their vintages - quelle surprise! - the 2010 showed best, followed by '14 and the '12; the '99 was fully mature with the fruit starting to dry out and nowhere further to go.
For the purist-traditionalist, the Rolland de By wines represent faultless Bordeaux - well-made, even in a weaker year, they are exactly what a Bordeaux should be, and demonstrate why vintage is such an important factor in this part of the world.
The Kolonist wines are not as strong technically, but provide a fascinating off-piste detour for the curious.