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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.

An Introduction to Brunello di Montalcino 2012 | “A rock star vintage”

March 3rd 2017


Over the next few weeks we will be offering the wonderfully expressive new set of 2012 Brunello di Montalcino releases. As one of the pivotal areas for quality Tuscan winemaking we visit Montalcino extensively each year. At the end of our visit last September we were left genuinely enthused by the high quality of the 2012 harvest. Essentially this is a year that bears the hallmarks of a classic vintage and should vie with the magnificent 2010s and 2006s.

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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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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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