December 31, 2014

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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December 8, 2014

Andrea Franchetti – Freedom breaking barriers


When Will Hargrove sent me an invite to join him and the team for a masterclass with Andrea Franchetti from Tenuta di Trinoro, I jumped at the opportunity. The master of Italian Cabernet Franc, Andrea makes world-famous Bordeaux blends, which are difficult to get hold of due to its tiny...
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November 24, 2014

Gazin with Nicolas de Bailliencourt… 1989 to 2011


Wednesday just gone was Gazin at the Café Royal with owner Nicolas de Bailliencourt and Laurent Navarre of Ets JP Moueix. We'd long been wanting to do a dinner to celebrate and highlight this sometimes under the radar Chateau. Gazin is brilliantly sited on the Plateau of Pomerol. The wines have...
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November 3, 2014

Clos des Ducs 1920-2002 @ La Trompette…

Ducs line up

This was an a unique opportunity, set up by the hard work of Jordi Orriols-Gil to taste so many different vintages of the Clos des Ducs a 1er Cru monopole belonging to Marquis d’Angerville. It was wonderful to have Guillaume d’Angerville there. Guillaume is the 6th generation of the family to head the estate that by common consent is...
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October 7, 2014

One very fine “Cousine”…


So, this Skype-tasting with Stephane Vivier, Hyde Villaine's Winemaker, from back in July has taken me far too long to write up. The estate itself has a cracking website with lots of information so I won't go on too much about that. This was a tasting of one particular wine...
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July 18, 2014

Picque Caillou… a great find


On Tuesday evening, at Otto's, Paul Marus and I hosted a Chateau Picque Caillou dinner with the Proprietor Paulin Calvet. Picque Caillou itself is in Pessac-Leognan and is an estate we have worked with consistently since the 1960's. Paulin spoke very well on the evening, he has an almost unique position...
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May 22, 2014

Dominio de Pingus trip 2014


Peter Sisseck is experimental and innovative; a man who just never considers resting on his laurels. These sort of sentiments are often thrown around like confetti in the wine industry but in the case of Peter they are wholly accurate. A recent trip to Dominio de Pingus showed me first...
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May 14, 2014

And on the third day… several Cantina Giacomo Conterno wines…

Conterno tasting

Following on from the Monfortino Magnum Monday 1970-2006 and then the Dinner at Zucca the morning of day three we had a very special tasting in the office. We showed the wines below, all double decanted that morning: Barbera Cerretta 2008 Roberto only took over the vineyard in June 2008 so there this wasn’t fully under...
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May 13, 2014

Roberto Conterno Dinner at Zucca

Zucca - line up

This dinner was a long time coming but, possibly slightly arrogantly, was well worth the wait. My favourite producer and my favourite restaurant. When we are planning these dinners there will always be an advanced party 2-3 weeks before and to taste the menu and go over any potential tweaks  that...
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May 12, 2014

Monfortino Magnum Monday! 1970-2006 (A Vinous event)

Monfortino line up

This was a very memorable dinner and tasting. It was several months of work to get it organised. The drive to do it came from Anthonio Galloni and his team at Vinous with special mention to James Forsyth. The magnums all came from one cellar. Roberto (Conterno) had never himself...
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