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How To Choose The Right En Primeur Wine

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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Diary Of A Vintage Champagne

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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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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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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A Timeline of Salon’s 2004 Champagne Grapes

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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5 Easy Ways You Can Improve Any Wine

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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A Dinner With Edouard Mouiex

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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Organic Wine: Your Questions Answered

Organic food is healthier, tastes better and better for the environment. That’s pretty much where we’re at for your run of the mill supermarket run. [caption id="attachment_4865" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Vines at Domaine Olivier Leflaive[/caption] But considering wine is also a natural product, farmed just like your vegetables, there has been remarkably less noise...
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Bordeaux – A Brief History of Wine

[caption id="attachment_4859" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Chateau Margaux[/caption] Bordeaux is the daddy. The wine region that started it all. As much as the wine landscape has changed in England since the 1980s, it would be unrecognisable without the influence of Bordeaux. Ask anyone who considers themselves a wine lover and more often than...
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The Man Who Knows The Secrets of Burgundy

Some winemakers spend their lives trying to figure out how to get the best out of their vines, others have the benefit of previous generations working to unlock the secrets of their land. You might not be familiar with Francois Carillon yet but the people of Puligny-Montrachet have known the...
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