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Château Mouton-Rothschild Dinner

Roux at the Landau,  Monday 12th November 2012 Fourteen guests assembled in the private dining Postillion Room at the Roux at the Landau restaurant. A glass of 1996 Dom Pérignon Œnothèque established a thrillingly high standard for the evening whilst a frisson of excitement rippled around the room as Michel Roux Jnr. introduced himself and […]

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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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Bordeaux – September 2012

Freshly back from a tour of Bordeaux last week, The Lay & Wheeler Management team share their thoughts and experiences Dave’s View Last week, I travelled to Bordeaux with Nick Dagley, our Fine Wine Buyer. I decided to take the scenic route of the Eurostar and TGV, whilst Nick travelled from Luton Airport – I […]

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The 2012 St-Emilion Classification: The perfect compromise?

Bordeaux classifications… what a can of worms they can be. On the one hand you have the 1855 classification of left bank Châteaux, set in stone (apart from one “minor” amend in 1973) and controversial on the basis of its immovability even though times and wines have evidently changed. On the other hand you have […]

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Bordeaux 2011 – Château Capbern-Gasqueton and Marquis de Calon

Calon-Ségur has been going from strength to strength over the past few years, and young winemaker Vincent Millet’s expertise and talent have a lot to do with this. This knowledge is put to excellent use in the property’s second wine, Marquis de Calon (never offered en-primeur before) and the other St Estèphe property he manages, […]

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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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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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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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Wine of the Day and Bordeaux 2010 release: Château Haut-Batailley

       Our busiest day with Bordeaux releases so far almost eclipsed our wine of the day, which would have been a pity, as it is a really interesting example of just how far Southern France has come in the past 15 years. Lauded by many critics as one of the most interesting young wine regions […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Releases – Gruaud-Larose & Haut-Bages-Libéral

Things are definitely gathering pace now and we are finally seeing some the more well-known names making an appearance. Château Gruaud-Larose has produced a delightful, stylish wine this year, not withstanding a quite powerful tannic structure. Robert Parker gave it 92-94 points in this vintage, describing it as “the finest Gruaud Larose since the 2000 […]

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