Author: David Roberts MW

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‘Cadillacs and chandeliers in a car park like no other’

June 22nd 2017


Tiffany and I are the most unlikely couple to hit the sports pages of The Daily Telegraph. But here we are in their article, ‘Cadillacs and chandeliers in a car park like no other’ enjoying a glorious day at Royal Ascot. In fact, what the camera missed was the extraordinary selection of wines on our picnic table that were totally befitting for the headline.

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Ch Mouton Rothschild 2016 | £2,592 per 6 IB | “magnificent” 98-100 points, Neal Martin

June 1st 2017


Ch Mouton Rothschild was released this morning at £2,592 per 6 In Bond. Managing Director Philippe Dhalluin was very pleased with the quality of the vintage across the Mouton Rothschild estates. He has described the wines as “very juicy, with a lot of flesh; they are rich without being over-alcoholic,” and that 2016 represents the best Petit Mouton ever made. He also said that 2016 “had more density than 2015, even if 2015 is exceptional too, so maybe people will prefer the 2016: it will be like 2009 and 2010.” The 2016 was matured in 100% new oak barrels, and…

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2016 Bordeaux En Primeur | First thoughts from David Roberts MW

April 13th 2017


Thibault Pontallier’s words, “An open vintage, not a shy one”, beautifully sum up the style of the wonderful wines from the hugely exciting 2016 vintage. This is a year where the wines are full of life and vibrancy. The fruit content is as pristinely pure as I can ever remember tasting at such an early stage. The tannins, in the words of the oenologists, are the equal to the great 2010 under analysis, but are totally wrapped up in the richness of their fruit. 

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