Monthly Archives: May 2012

Loire Valley: A fresh perspective

  During an all-too-short holiday near to Saumur last year, I was lucky enough to be able to squeeze in a few winery visits with wine-brokers Charles and Philippa Sydney. Having lived near Chinon for the best part of twenty years, few know the vineyards and winemakers of this region better than this husband and […]

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Bordeaux 2011- Latest Releases

With a bank holiday in France last week, yesterday saw a deluge of releases from some of the top names in Bordeaux. The wines came out so thick and fast that it was hard to keep track, so here is brief a summary of releases: Léoville-Barton was one of our most anticipated releases, having produced […]

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2008 Gaja – Icon & Iconoclast

Initially iconoclastic and now, himself, iconic, Angelo Gaja is famed world-wide for making some of the finest wines to come out of the Barbaresco region. Of course, three of them – Costa Russi, Sori San Lorenzo and Sori Tildin – cannot be labelled as Barbaresco, due to them containing 5% Barbera in the blend.  I […]

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2011 Bordeaux – this morning’s releases

The words “flurry” and “activity” haven’t exactly been used much so far in the 2011 Bordeaux en-primeur campaign; however it would appear that today is the turning point, as we have had a number of important releases first thing this morning. The biggest names to have released are – at about half the price of […]

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Bordeaux 2011 – New Release: Malescot-St-Exupéry

After the excellent value of yesterday’s release of Pontet-Canet, it seems other properties are following suit, with reductions on their prices that make the wines a far more appealing prospect. Malescot-St-Exupéry was described as “opulently” styled by Robert Parker, giving it 91-93 points. 2011 Château Malescot St-Exupéry, Cru Classé Margaux £369 per case of 12 bottles […]

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Bordeaux 2011: New Release – Château Guiraud

There is little dispute that 2011 is a great vintage for Sauternes and this is evident in the great quality to be found in Château Guiraud. Organic since 1996, the property is currently making itself into a centre for research into organic methodology and different clones of Semillon and Sauvignon-Blanc. In 2011 they lost 40% […]

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Bordeaux 2011: New Release – Pontet Canet

One of the undisputed stars of Pauillac over the last few vintages, Pontet Canet in this vintage has been described by Robert Parker as “of first-growth potential”. Releasing from the Château at a very reasonable price level, we are very pleased to recommend this property in this vintage. 2011 Château Pontet-Canet, Cru Classé Pauillac £366 […]

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Bordeaux 2011 New Releases: Hosanna,La Fleur Petrus & Batailley

It’s certainly not a campaign that’s in a hurry to get underway, but yesterday (not a bank holiday in France) saw the release of the top wines from the Moueix portfolio and also Château Batailley, always a good value purchase for those seeking reliable, classically proportioned claret. The wines of JP Moueix are always of […]

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Bordeaux 2008-2011: Union des Grands Crus Tasting

Yesterday, three of our team were lucky enough to taste at the UGC tasting, hosted at the Somerset House in London. Sixteen of the leading Châteaux in Bordeaux showed their wines from the 2011 vintage, as well as the 2010-2008 vintages. This was a great opportunity to see how the 2011s are coming on a […]

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Bordeaux 2011 New releases: Beychevelle, Tourelles, Mauvesin

Three new releases this morning, including the second wine of Pichon-Longueville, one of the properties that we feel performed very well in this vintage. 2011 Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac £240 per case of 12 bottles in bond A blend of 60% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot from the […]

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