Author Archives: Kat Wiggins

Robert Parker releases 2010 Rhône scores in bottle

Robert Parker has just released his in bottle 2010 Southern Rhone scores. He has pronounced what we already knew, that it really is a special vintage, producing wines of great concentration, but what makes them really special is the freshness, energy and precision they possess. “2010 is a great vintage that is extremely close in […]

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Burgundy 2011 Day Two: foray into the Côte de Nuits

After the warm weather of yesterday and our team barbecue at our gite in the evening, the mist and cloud was not a welcome site today, making the slopes of the Côte impossible to see at times. As the full group was now in the region, we split into two groups this morning and headed […]

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Burgundy 2011 Day One: Côte de Beaune Whites

At the end of the first day in Burgundy, we have collapsed in our gite and are enjoying a cold (ish) beer before lighting the barbecue. It has been a glorious day on the Côte de Beaune, amazingly warm and sunny, the vines changing into their autumn hues. One could not ask for Burgundy to […]

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Burgundy 2011: we are on our way…

Sunday marks the start of our annual pilgrimage to Burgundy to taste and assess the previous year’s vintage from barrel. The excitement in the office is palpable as the two teams receive their itineraries for the week: Who’s got Rousseau? Who’s off to Cathiard?! Such is the strength and depth of our Burgundy list, that […]

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Christian Seely at the Zetter Townhouse: Great wines & great company

Success in turning around the fate of Quinta do Noval during his stint as Managing Director there meant that Christian Seely was offered the driving seat for the whole AXA Millèsimes company when Jean-Michel Cazes moved on to pastures new. Since 2000, Christian has managed the portfolio with great success and we were thrilled to […]

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Lunch is not for wimps…

I find it difficult to reconcile the musings of 1980s über-yuppie Gordon Gekko, indeed the demise of the lunch break in British working culture is not something that we at Lay & Wheeler are prepared to take lying down. The wine trade offers many wonderful opportunities to enjoy fine food and wine… all in the […]

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Burgundy, Beaune and the occasional beer

Nick’s latest blog post does not tell the full story I’m afraid. I accompanied Nick on his latest foray into Burgundy – a treat under any circumstances, but a special visit for me as it was only my third to the region and my first in temperatures above zero degrees. On arrival in Beaune, the […]

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Burgundy 2011 preview, Burgundy 2010 re-view

I have just returned from a trip to Burgundy for an early look at the 2011 vintage. I recall being in Burgundy at roughly the same time last year when many vignerons were predicting the earliest ever harvest (mid August) and worrying about their summer holidays being spoilt! As it transpired, things were delayed as […]

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Not the usual suspects

Working in the wine trade endows an individual with a certain level of geekiness, whether it’s the capacity to retain arcane facts and figures or the desire to collect the esoteric and unusual, it’s particularly hard to resist the appeal of a big bottle. It was during our stay at Château Caronne St-Gemme during Bordeaux […]

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A short visit to Taittinger: Champagne, Cathedrals and Comtes

At the end of last month, Hayley Wright from our team was fortunate to be part of a group from Majestic Wine chosen to visit Champagne Taittinger. Here is her report: After 13 hours travelling on Tuesday 26th June and a quick 20 minute turnaround at the hotel in Reims before heading back out for […]

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