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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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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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Tuscany trip: Day one – Chianti, Cars and Cantucci

On Sunday 18th June, we flew from London to Pisa for the beginning of our grand tour of Tuscany. To be fair, the schedule was more whistle-stop than grand, but nonetheless, it was an exciting looking itinerary. Flying on the Sunday was designed to avoid Monday-morning stress and for us to be able to hit […]

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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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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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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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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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