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

February 23rd 2017

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

February 16th 2017

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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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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