Author Archives: LudovicSurina

Growing up in France, I have always had an interest in food and wine and joining Majestic as a trainee manager was a very natural step, allowing me to be involved in something about which I was passionate. As a manager in four London stores I developed not only my knowledge of wine, but also a thorough understanding of the importance of customer service. While I enjoyed the six years I spent in retail tremendously, I found myself craving a new challenge just as the opportunity to join Lay & Wheeler arose. Needless to say I am very excited about taking on this new role!

On those rare occasions when I’m not talking about wine, I am most likely to be playing tennis, cycling around various parts of England or playing the guitar.

The Krug Institute of Happiness

Even if, like me, you have been wise/lucky enough to make your hobby your job and therefore spend most of your time talking about something you feel passionate about for a living, there is no doubt that some days are simply better than others. A couple of weeks ago, we had a perfect example of […]

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Château Mouton-Rothschild Dinner

Roux at the Landau,  Monday 12th November 2012 Fourteen guests assembled in the private dining Postillion Room at the Roux at the Landau restaurant. A glass of 1996 Dom Pérignon Œnothèque established a thrillingly high standard for the evening whilst a frisson of excitement rippled around the room as Michel Roux Jnr. introduced himself and […]

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Burgundy 2011 Day Five: Pulignys in Pommard, masterclass in Volnay and mature bottles

Our last day in Burgundy was much more about getting home to our respective families before the weekend than it was about wine tasting, but we did manage to squeeze in a couple of tastings in the morning, and very nice they were too. First stop was Jean-Marc Boillot’s house in Pommard to taste his […]

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Burgundy 2011 Day Four: Marathon tastings, New shoes and Pear Ciders…

Our penultimate day in Burgundy started with a visit to the thoughtful Etienne at Domaine Jean Grivot. His caveat that he prepares the samples in the morning and they taste better as the day goes on is an interesting one, as most wines already showed vey well indeed. His focus on maintaining freshness in his […]

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Burgundy 2011 Day Three: Whites and more Côtes de Nuits

Day three of our 2011 Burgundy tasting week and the brief was simple though very different for each team: whilst Adrian, Edwina, Lucy & Will would get under the skin of the 2011 Chardonnays up and down the Côte de Beaune, Al, Kat, Nick and I would have to tough it out and taste (mostly) reds at […]

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Focus on South Africa

In the World of Wine as a whole, South Africa holds a very particular place. Its climate is not quite as hot as other “New World” countries but it is definitely warmer than France or Italy, for instance. The resulting wines have a very unique quality and the best examples could be said to combine […]

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Sherry: bodegas and barrels; terroir on a small scale

There are times when study is tough; long hours spent bent over a book, scribbling notes, cross-checking everything online, bending one’s mind around difficult concepts and information. There are other times when study is, maybe, not quite so difficult. The first weekend of July was one such time: a study trip to Jerez with a […]

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Bordeaux – September 2012

Freshly back from a tour of Bordeaux last week, The Lay & Wheeler Management team share their thoughts and experiences Dave’s View Last week, I travelled to Bordeaux with Nick Dagley, our Fine Wine Buyer. I decided to take the scenic route of the Eurostar and TGV, whilst Nick travelled from Luton Airport – I […]

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The 2012 St-Emilion Classification: The perfect compromise?

Bordeaux classifications… what a can of worms they can be. On the one hand you have the 1855 classification of left bank Châteaux, set in stone (apart from one “minor” amend in 1973) and controversial on the basis of its immovability even though times and wines have evidently changed. On the other hand you have […]

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Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe

A recent Southern Rhône tasting we organised for a famous bank’s staff Wine Society included a mini vertical of 3 mature vintages from Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. All three of them showed great family resemblance beyond vintage differences, which we took as a great testament to the respect of the fruit and the terroir at […]

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