Author Archives: matthewlgrant

A half century celebrated at Lord’s

Business and pleasure rarely mix… unless of course you are lucky enough to work in the wine trade. You really can’t beat a good tasting… unless of course that tasting is accompanied by lunch or dinner in an establishment of quality. Having just returned from Burgundy, you could say that I’ve had more than my […]

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Fast and (quite) furious…

The much-awaited fine wine Karting Championships came and went last night in a cloud of unleaded fuel and no evening tipples, (for a change) at Anglia Karting in Suffolk. Fine-tune race tactics and a little bravado were exchanged pre-race and tensions were high. Karting is a great ice-breaker for staff social settings, more especially as […]

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Pomerol Dinner with Moueix at The Zetter Townhouse

We were thrilled to welcome our customers and Edouard Moueix to dinner at London’s Zetter Townhouse last week. A glass of Vilmart’s 2001 Coeur de Cuvée Champagne sharpened our palates and whetted our appetite for the evening ahead. Edouard’s introductory comments on how JP Moueix is a young company (he’s ‘only’ third generation) and how […]

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Rare Rioja – Great vintages, fine bodegas, a perfect opportunity

As a buyer, sometimes one comes across interesting parcels like this that make one’s life a little more exciting than normal; a large quantity of mature Rioja exclusively from great vintages and top bodegas. This stock has been acquired by a man known only as ‘Fernando’, who ran a very successful catering company supplying high […]

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Olivier Leflaive Burgundy – perfect for lazy (sunny) afternoons

A day without tasting wine leaves many in the sales team feeling unsettled and on edge. Thankfully we have two Olivier Leflaive white Burgundy to inspire us today, and what a perfect style to enjoy as the clouds clear to blue skies and the promise of a few whole days of summer to enjoy. The […]

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Leeds & Manchester Left Bank Claret Tastings @ Hotel Malmaison

Two of the Lay & Wheeler team are currently heading home following our superb tastings in Manchester and Leeds. The two evenings of Left Bank Fine Wines held at Hotel Malmaison’s two venues, Mal One  & Mal Two – were huge successes and we’ll add a more detailed post later on the proceedings. A big […]

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Piemonte wines in bond from 2007 & 2008 – La Dolce Vita

Following a couple of years of mentioning how much I would love to visit Piemonte, my requests came to fruition this January so I brushed up my holiday Italian, packed numerous jumpers and set off with great anticipation. This fêted region in the foothills of the Alps was everything I expected and more. Despite almost […]

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Additional parcel of 2010 Burgundy from Jean-Marc Millot

Following our extensive tastings of the 2010 vintage in Burgundy last November, Nick Dagley and I returned to the region in February and visited this small domaine tucked away off the beaten track in Vosne-Romanée.  The delightfully unassuming and diligent Jean-Marc Millot has been making the wines at this estate since 1992, and acquired most […]

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A Majestic Tasting

Given the opportunity to attend Majestic Wine’s annual management conference yesterday I jumped at the chance, not least for the insights to be gained on many of the exciting developments planned over the next twelve months across all areas of the Majestic group. Having previously attended for many years as a Majestic store manager I […]

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Bordeaux 2009 – 100 Point Parker Scores

Last night Robert Parker released his 2009 Bordeaux in bottle scores, confirming that 2009 is unquestionably the greatest vintage he has ever tasted. He awarded an unprecedented 19 perfect scores stating that “In short, 2009 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982, of which it is a modern-day version, but greatly […]

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