Category Archives: Lay & Wheeler News

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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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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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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2007 Burgundy tasting – Coutts Wine Society

As the 2011 Bordeaux en-primeur campaign starts rumbling, we jumped at the opportunity to get our last fix of fine Burgundy for the next couple of months by presenting a 2007 Burgundy tasting in Coutts’swish office on the Strand.  The 2007 vintage in Burgundy saw summer conditions in the spring (over 30 degrees in April) […]

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Bordeaux 2011-Day 4

  We are quite certain that today should rank amongst the best days at work any of us has ever had. The UGC tastings both in St Emilion and Pomerol were very interesting but visits at Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Vieux Château Certan, L’Eglise Clinet and Le Pin were amazing treats even to the most seasoned […]

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Bordeaux 2011 – Day Three

Today was another day spent driving up and down the D2 from château to château, tasting such gems as Latour, Pichon Lalande, Ducru-Beaucaillou, Calon-Ségur and Palmer, before the Union des Grands Crus tastings in the afternoon. Palmer has our vote for the wine of the vintage plaudits so far, however Calon-Ségur, Pichon-Baron, Brane-Cantenac and Batailley […]

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Bordeaux 2011 – Day Two

Sat on the terrace of our kind hosts at Caronne Ste Gemme and reflecting on our second day of tasting 2011 Bordeaux, we are definitely starting to get a better idea of this vintage for the (top) Médoc properties. A lot of the wines we tasted today were very much faithful to the Châteaux’ styles […]

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The Great Léoville taste-off at Glaziers Hall

The river Thames and London Bridge formed the backdrop for our comparative Léovilles tasting at Glaziers Hall last night. Six vintages of Barton and Poyferré spanning twenty-three years, two legendary châteaux making wine from a great terroir. The 2008s set the scene for the evening with an early look at the youngest vintage physically in […]

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Bordeaux 2011: Stay in touch

While in previous vintages the buzz from Bordeaux has been more or less inescapable, you may have noticed that everything has been somewhat quieter this year. Having recently travelled out to Bordeaux as part of a trip organised by the Institute of Masters of Wine, I can confirm that this is not because 2011 is […]

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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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