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“Mr Parker, I think you are wrong”

July 2nd 2015

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Let me start by saying I am one of Robert Parker’s biggest fans. My own view is that he has been the single most influential person in the wine trade over the last 30 years. Whilst I don’t necessarily always agree with his reviews and scores, there is no doubting his passion for wine and professionalism. He undoubtedly does like a specific style of wine and whilst the “Parkerisation” of a modern era of wines is often a criticism cited against him, I think this it is more a fault of producers rather than himself. The greatest winemakers in my…

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Castello del Terriccio | The Tuscan Dream

June 30th 2015

Pucci

    Castello del Terriccio is located 30 miles to the south of Pisa on the Tuscan coast, and just to the north of the famed Super Tuscan area of Bolgheri; it is intrinsically beautiful in every way. The estate is owned by the extraordinarily charming Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana Serafini Ferri, known affectionately as ‘Pucci’, who was once a talented horseman and breeder. However fate dealt a cruel hand when a serious riding accident left him without use of his legs, confining him to a wheelchair. Unable to pursue his equine passion, Pucci turned his focus to the…

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Donnhoff – The master of Riesling

June 26th 2015

Donnhoff-Panorama-Winter

We recently put together an offer of the esteemed German estate’s 2014 Riesling releases. Neal Martin has described this estate as “to Nahe, what Domaine de la Romanée Conti is to the Côte D’Or“. High praise indeed. And having tasted through the range we are in full agreement.

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Moulin Touchais tasting with Richard Kelley MW

June 25th 2015

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Yesterday Richard Kelley came to present quite an astonishing line up of Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon back vintages. The estate is now under the stewardship of the 8th generation of the Touchais family, with cellars dug into the ancient soils of the Coteaux du Layon appellation in the Loire. Richard explained how the cellars beneath the modest bourgeois-fronted house contain a staggering labyrinth of two million bottles which together make up the rarest of collections, with vintages stretching back not just decades, but many generations; the oldest dating back to the mid-19th century.

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