Date: February 2017

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Contino Rioja – Outstanding wines from the father of modern day Rioja

February 23rd 2017

Contino-Blog

Last week we had an exceptional tasting with winemaker Jesús Madrazo of Contino. His family’s 153-acre estate dates from the 16th century and is located on the banks of the River Ebro. The particular microclimate here provides perfect grape-growing conditions for the production of these top Rioja wines. In 1973 Contino created the first single-vineyard estate Rioja; all the wines are produced with their own grapes, with certain individual cuvees coming from specific plots. The Reservas, produced from vines ranging in age from 25 to 60 years, embody class and complexity.

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En Primeur: Jean-Marc & Thomas Bouley 2015s

February 17th 2017

Bouley

In the 100 years that the Bouley family have been cultivating vines and making wine in Volnay and Pommard, they have earned a reputation as one of the finest red winemakers in the Côte de Beaune. Today the domaine carries the name of father Jean-Marc and son Thomas, undoubtedly one of the region’s most dynamic young winemakers. The introduction of an impressive new cuverie overlooking the premier cru vineyards of Volnay allows Thomas to make the very finest wines that the village can offer. This is an estate respecting the traditional values of a previous generation through careful and attentive…

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Ch Lafon Rochet 4ème Cru St Estèphe 2005, 2009 & 2014: A hat trick of cracking Claret

February 16th 2017

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Lafon-Rochet was recently described by Decanter Magazine as “one of the most exciting estates of the Médoc” and possibly “Bordeaux’s most improved 1855 château”. Now in his tenth year as managing director of the Château, Basile Tesseron’s approach is hugely hands-on in both vineyard and cellar. Under his watchful eye Lafon-Rochet is going from strength to strength, realising the massive potential of the terroir, a stone’s throw from Cos d’Estournel and St Estephe’s border with Pauillac.

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