May 26, 2016

The Unstoppable Rise Of English Sparkling Wine

Dermot Sugrue

It all started with lemon trees in the 1970s. Pip Goring, newly married to Harry the current owner of Wiston Estate, wanted to plant vineyards to remind her of her youth in Cape Town. The deemed vines too difficult to grow at that point, lemon trees were planted instead. Though...
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May 26, 2016

Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur – The State Of Play


[caption id="attachment_4973" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Château Pape Clement © Bordeaux Tourism[/caption] With the Bordeaux trade decamped to Hong Kong this week for Vinexpo, the annual trade fair, we thought this would be a good time for a stock take. What has gone already? Since the first wines appeared at the end of April, we...
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May 18, 2016

An Interview With Peter Sisseck

When we visited Chateau Rocheyron we managed to get a few minutes with Peter Sisseck. You may know him from Pingus or PSI but his Bordeaux property is a completely different proposition. ...
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May 11, 2016

An Interview With Francois Mitjavile

During the en primeur tastings, we managed to get some time with Francois Mitjavile. He's owner of Tertre Roteboeuf and Roc de Cambes, some of the most fascinating and incredible areas in Bordeaux. ...
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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

en primeur barrel

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


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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