March 23, 2016

The Saviour of Saint-Emilion

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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

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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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March 9, 2016

The Rarest Champagne In The World

Vines in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger

Champagne in 1920 was a very different prospect to what it is now. The region had lurched from one crisis to another. Grage growers had rioted in 1911 over the perceived racketeering of the large houses. They accused their customers of keeping the prices of grapes artificially low. There were even rumours...
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March 3, 2016

Organic Wine: Your Questions Answered

Vines at Domaine Olivier Leflaive

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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February 24, 2016

Bordeaux – A Brief History of Wine

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[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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February 17, 2016

The Man Who Knows The Secrets of Burgundy

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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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February 10, 2016

Francois Labet: Burgundy Personified

Francois Labet

Francois Labet is a man who gets around. If there’s anyone who clocks up more miles on the A31, I don’t know about it. His vines round Beaune and Clos de Vougeot are closer than some “flying winemakers” but Francois spends virtually all his time darting between his sites. Not...
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February 1, 2016

Domaine Jacques Prieur 2014 Vintage

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Very recently we were privileged to be able to welcome Domaine Jacques Prieur through our doors. Edouard Labruyere was in London to take us through his magnificent wines and we hosted a special dinner in his honour. Below Will Hargrove recounts the events of the week. This blog post was...
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January 28, 2016

One Man And 10 Vintages of DRC

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This blog originally appeared on Duvault-Blochet. Our Head of Fine Wine, Will Hargrove, gets to go to some pretty special tasting, this was definitely up there.   This tasting is very probably the most special and unique tasting I will ever do. I thought long and hard about whether to post this...
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January 20, 2016

Taste In The Tower: The Unexpected Stars

The Tower of London was a magnificent setting for our Burgundy tasting

[caption id="attachment_4810" align="aligncenter" width="500"] The Tower of London was a magnificent setting for our Burgundy tasting[/caption] The new Burgundy vintage is always a time for excitement, 2014 is no different. No other region in the world can evoke the same sense of wonder and anticipation. As with any region, it can...
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