Author: Toby Herbertson

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Dom Ruinart for Breakfast

March 6th 2017


One always looks forward to the latest release from a venerable Champagne house and in Dom Ruinart, one finds a house that has been perfecting its art for nearly three hundred years. Since 1729 when Nicolas Ruinart’s ledger recorded the first sale of ‘vin de bulles’ to the most recent vintages, the house has pursued an unwavering dedication to producing the very best champagne.

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Léoville Las Cases 2006 & 2009 | The original Super-Second

March 2nd 2017


Léoville Las Cases occupies one of the greatest vineyard locations in the northern Médoc, a stone’s throw from Château Latour. Indeed, whilst its vineyards sit in the commune of St Julien, it often has a closer resemblance to the bold and robust fruit characteristics of Pauillac. It is no surprise that Léoville Las Cases was the original “Super Second”, a second growth property with first growth aspirations and quality ideals. Master of Wine David Roberts comments “If Las Cases lay within the commune of Pauillac it would surely be a classified as a 1st growth. It really is one of…

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Fine Wine Market Report February 2017

February 9th 2017


Happy Returns The final quarter of 2016 was a tale of two halves: a flying start with a slower finish. Whilst the trading impetus from sterling’s woes following the Brexit vote was still keenly felt in October and November, by December there was a perceptible slowdown in activity, above what might usually be expected. However, this is not to understate the remarkable performance of the market over the course of the year.

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