Category Archives: Wine News

Robert Parker releases 2010 Rhône scores in bottle

Robert Parker has just released his in bottle 2010 Southern Rhone scores. He has pronounced what we already knew, that it really is a special vintage, producing wines of great concentration, but what makes them really special is the freshness, energy and precision they possess. “2010 is a great vintage that is extremely close in […]

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Medal Winners Tasting at New Zealand House 31/07/12

As the eagerly awaited Medal Winners tasting day finally arrived, much excitement was felt as we went up to London, not only to taste the wines but also with the prospect of maybe catching some of the GB/Olympic Buzz. On arrival at New Zealand House we were greeted and signed in then off we went […]

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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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Bordeaux 2011: Châteaux Lafite and La Tour de By

Today has been the proverbial “game of two halves”, with releases of both Cru Bourgeois, La Tour de By and First Growth, Lafite-Rothschild. Lafite’s release price this year seems to offer a reasonable reduction on last year’s, but there is also less availability than last year. We are currently waiting to consolidate our allocation from […]

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Château Latour news

It has been announced today by Château Latour that the 2011 vintage will be the last that they will be offering en primeur. This was reported on wine critic James Suckling’s blog this afternoon and has apparently since been confirmed by negociants in the region, who received a letter from the Château today. While not […]

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Bordeaux 2011: Nick Dagley’s Vintage Report

The weather and its effects I witnessed first hand the topsy-turvy weather conditions, which made 2011 such a challenge for the vignerons; I was sunburnt and hot during the en-primeur tastings of the first week in April, rained on and distinctly chilly in August and then overheated again during my annual harvest visit in September. […]

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Bordeaux 2011 – Day One

5am check in a Luton wasn’t much fun but arriving to a sunny Bordeaux and the usual excellent Ulysse Cazabonne tasting was. This incredibly well connected negociant always gets a comprehensive range of samples; all freshly drawn, so we tried to cover ground we won’t have time to elsewhere. It would be fair to say […]

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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 sneak preview of 2011 Bordeaux

; ; ; It has been a frantic and tiring couple of weeks for the winemakers of the Cercle Rive Droite, the 10 year old association of a number of Châteaux from the right bank of the region. They have been travelling around the world, showing their 2011’s (in many cases alongside their 2009’s or […]

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