May 6, 2016

Top 5 Airbnbs For Wine Lovers

Ask most wine lovers how they fell in love with wine and it normally comes down to two things: a great bottle or a great trip. If you ever get the chance to travel to a winery, it's an experience you won't forget. Wine and travel go hand in hand, Airbnb...
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April 27, 2016

How To Choose The Right En Primeur Wine

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Bordeaux pricing can be a complex beast. The question we ask ourselves is “Which wines should we recommend and why?” This is an insight into how we pick which wines to offer, and fairly useful for picking any en primeur wine. In weaker vintages, it is straightforward: the new release should...
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April 20, 2016

Corney & Barrow in Bordeaux

With our extensive list of contacts in Bordeaux we managed to get some time with the area's key producers. Every En Primeur campaign is a bit of a whirlwind. Samples tasted hurriedly, the inevitable discussion about it's worth. Whatever your point of view, En Primeur is as much a part of...
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April 14, 2016

Diary Of A Vintage Champagne

2004 Chardonnay grapes at Salon

The growing season got off to a slow start in Champagne, even in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. For Champagne Salon, 2004 could have started better. Despite this, the crop looked so abundant, that the decision was taken in July to perform a ‘green harvest’ (thin the crop) to ensure optimal fruit concentration....
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April 9, 2016

The Soundtrack To Champagne Salon

Champagne Salon was founded by Eugène Aimé Salon in the roaring 20s. He was a bright young thing who made a small fortune in furs and had a taste for elegance. One thing he loved more than anything was jazz. So pour yourself a glass of champagne and listen to this jazz...
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April 8, 2016

The First Impressions Of Bordeaux 2015

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Whilst tweets and pictures can easily be done on the hoof from Bordeaux during the En Primeur tastings there is never time to really reflect while in the middle of it. The pace is frenetic. Tasting starts before sunrise and finishes after dark and dinners follow. We don't expect sympathy but...
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April 5, 2016

A Timeline of Salon’s 2004 Champagne Grapes

salon delamotte vintage graphic

There isn't much vintage champagne around. It accounts for only 1.6% of all champagne exports according to the CIVC (the regional body for Champagne). And it's easy to forget that picking the grapes is only half the challenge. The wines then have to mature. Salon has such exacting standards that they...
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March 31, 2016

5 Easy Ways You Can Improve Any Wine

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Wine is constantly evolving. That’s one of the beautiful things about it. It’s why some people choose to keep their wines in cellars for years just to see how they change. But what if you don’t want to wait? How do you make your wine taste better? Here are some...
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March 23, 2016

The Saviour of Saint-Emilion

Tertre Roteboeuf

Saint-Emilion has always been the noisy neighbour to the Bordeaux establishment. Forgotten in the 1855 classification and left to its own devices, the region’s winemakers have had to play catch up to their illustrious neighbours further west ever since. Francois Mitjavile couldn’t give a damn about all that. He came in...
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March 11, 2016

A Dinner With Edouard Mouiex

Moueix wines

Head of Fine Wine, Will Hargrove had a stellar night at the St Pancras Renaissance hotel recently. Here are the wines he tasted with a select group of lucky enthusiasts. Sound like your kind of thing? Sign up to our newsletter to be first in the know. This blog first...
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