Author: Catherine Petrie MW

RHÔNE 2016 EN PRIMEUR: An exceptional vintage

October 20th 2017


An exceptional vintage: opulent fruit, melting tannins, and energetic freshness 2016 is a roaring success in the Rhône. It follows the excellent 2015 whose release saw an upsurge in interest in this classic French region of diverse expression. Where 2015 produced Northern Rhône Syrahs of remarkable depth and complexity, 2016 has produced what many growers in the South are describing as the vintage of a generation.

Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2006

September 28th 2017


Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is one of the sparkling treasures of Champagne. The blend, as ever, remains a secret, as does the volume produced. But what we do know is that Pol Roger make this tribute cuvée only when the wine is exactly as they know Sir Winston Churchill would have enjoyed. He once declared: “My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied with the best.”

Comte Armand 2017 part 2

September 25th 2017


I write this second instalment from London, having returned after two incredibly fun, exhausting, hilarious, and exciting weeks in Pommard. My birthday fell in the second week and the team lunch that day was one of my favourites – raclette. This was just one small contribution to my colossal cheese intake over the past fortnight. But you can indulge guilt free when you’re working in the cellar, as the graft is physical and demanding.

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