Burgundy Archive

Jumbo of death? Not anymore!

Now that may seem a little dramatic as titles go but there is good reason. The “Jumbo of death” used to – still does sometimes – pop up in the office as a regular topic. You know the old “what/who would you select to be on a jumbo that you...
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Burgundy 2015: Vintage Report

The 2015 growing season was a meeting of extremes. The summer heat left its stamp on the fruit, with succulent, ripe flavours pervading the wines. There are substantial tannins in the reds thanks to thick grape skins, although they are supple, almost without exception. There is freshness and poise too, due...
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Domaine de la Romanee Conti 2012s – a biased opinion…

On 15th January 2015 we met other Domaine de la Romanee-Conti agents from around the world in Vosne-Romanee to taste the 2012 vintage from bottle. With 1 hour in the glass beforehand on the second morning, the wines were ready to taste... DRC 2012s I have not commented on the colours here for...
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All aboard the Cutty Sark – Domaine de la Romanée Conti tasting

This was a very special evening, however biased I might be – Domaine de la Romanée Conti’s Aubert de Villaine was in town for a dinner at the Cutty Sark. It began with a Champagne Delamotte reception on the Cutty Sark deck. Access to the middle deck was available for those...
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Famille Labruyere – a new and exciting relationship

New contacts and relationships in the wine world come about in different ways and take different lengths of time to come to fruition (when they do!). "Gestation" can be anything from weeks to years, decades even... every one is different. They often result from a chance comment being well followed up....
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Domaine Comte Georges De Vogüé

Those who know me well, know my total obsession to learn more about wine, and my soft-spot for Chambolle. So I was thrilled when my boss-to-be, Will Hargrove, invited me to attend a Domaine Comte Georges De Vogüé dinner hosted by Jean-Luc Pépin at the Ritz. It is rare, even...
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Dining on Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

  It was a very balmy evening when I was on the way to the restaurant L‘Etranger on Gloucester Road in South Kensington a few weeks ago. A fantastic restaurant creating great dishes of French and Japanese influence, I highly recommend you to go. Excited about the dinner ahead yet nervous about...
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Domaine Trapet at 1776, 1 Lombard Street

1776, the new restaurant at the back of well-known city spot, 1 Lombard Street, played host to a launch of C&B’s newest exclusivity in Burgundy, Domaine Trapet. I say new, but we have worked with the domaine for decades, it is just that previously we shared the representation. The evening...
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Domaine Bonneau du Martray at The Square

As dinners go this was an absolute gem; a Burgundian estate with only three owners in over twelve centuries and a great London restaurant, The Square. Domaine Bonneau du Martray is one of only two estates in Burgundy to make only Grand Cru wines, (Domaine de la Romanée Conti being...
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Team Hong Kong in France – Burgundy

We had stayed the night (Sunday) at the quite delightful and extremely luxurious “La Masion d‘Olivier Leflaive”, which is owned by Olivier Leflaive. This was an absolute treat and a far cry from the Northern Rhône, so we were all in very good spirits indeed! So our first day in...
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