Category Archives: Wine Knowledge

The Romance and Science of ageing wine

I must admit that for a Frenchman, my entry into the world of wine happened a) late and b) rather randomly. Whilst I very much more than made up for it in both volume and quality, I didn’t start drinking wine until the age of 23, which I realise may well shake many people’s belief […]

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Bordeaux 2008-2011: Union des Grands Crus Tasting

Yesterday, three of our team were lucky enough to taste at the UGC tasting, hosted at the Somerset House in London. Sixteen of the leading Châteaux in Bordeaux showed their wines from the 2011 vintage, as well as the 2010-2008 vintages. This was a great opportunity to see how the 2011s are coming on a […]

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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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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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Champagne Philipponnat

I am told it is purely coincidental that two very fine producers, Philliponnat and Gaja, should have happened to be booked to come to our office and present their wines last Thursday, on (our buyer) Nick’s birthday. Be that as it may, neither my colleagues or myself felt the need to give him much grief […]

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Rhône 2010 – Decanter Update

While we whole-heartedly believe in the quality of the Rhône 2010 vintage, it is always good to have one’s pronouncements seconded by others. So, we were pleased to read in Decanter this week that John Livingstone-Learmonth  has given the vintage in the Northern Rhône rave reviews: “Here is a rare vintage – one so good […]

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Vega Sicilia: Ribera and Rhubarb

There are occasional days when I take a little look at my life from the outside and think “yes, you know what, you’re a little bit lucky”. Today was one of those days. I really am incredibly spoilt. A colleague and I were invited to the launch tasting of the latest vintage releases from iconic Ribera […]

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Alsace 2009 – Albert Boxler

As we release the 2009 wines from Albert Boxler, our Buying Assistant and envoy to the region back in July, Edwina,  shares her thoughts on this sometimes under-valued corner of the wine world and on this brilliant producer, an old favourite of Lay and Wheeler’s. For specific details on the range of wines offered, click here.  […]

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2009 Bordeaux UGC tasting

  The stunning décor of the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden was the setting for one of our most exciting days in recent weeks, an opportunity for the UK Wine Trade to check up on the superlative 2009 Bordeaux, courtesy of the Union des Grands Crus Classés. Nearly a year […]

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Sancerre Les Mont Damnés, Chavignol 2010

Sancerre is one of the classic French wine regions which produces vibrant, aromatic, dry white wines from sauvignon blanc vinified in a manner which emphasises the purity and clarity of fruit flavours. A common feature to the overwhelming majority of French wine labels is an absence of the grape varieties, in contrast to new world […]

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