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Lutum’s exceptional 2015s | Gap’s Crown Chardonnay and Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir

November 7th 2017

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A new wave of exceptional Californian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines are entering our shores. There are many reasons to take these wines very seriously; the very best are delicate, nuanced and extraordinarily beautiful and many show the grace, aromatics and complexity of their European counterparts. With decreased allocations coming from Burgundy, there could never be a better time to start exploring whats on offer.

Burgundy Tasting Trip: Days 4 & 5

November 6th 2017

I arrived late on Wednesday night to join David, Johnny, Tom and Jamie for an intense two days of tasting. With seven visits to work through on Thursday our palates had their work cut out. We began at Domaine Alain Michelot in Nuits St Georges. This relatively new addition to our portfolio offers a wide range of Nuits Premiers Crus as well as a clutch of other appellations across the southern Côte de Nuits.

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The Friday Fix | Sancerre Reverdy 2016 & Vacqueyras Cuvée St Roch Clos des Cazaux 2012

November 3rd 2017

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We have just tasted this exceptional 2016 Sancerre and wonderful 2012 Vacqueyras from the Southern Rhône, which both show just how good wines can be at this price level. Order a 12 bottle case of each wine to save £26 and qualify for free delivery. The offer will run until Thursday 9th November 2017. Sancerre Domaine Bernard Reverdy 2016 £156.00 per 12 bottles inc VAT / £13.00 per bottle inc VAT (List price £168.00 per 12 bottles inc VAT) Romain Reverdy has made a brilliant Sancerre in 2016. His vines around the village of Verdigny enjoyed an excellent growing season, which ensured…

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Chile Trip 2017 with Errazuriz wines

November 2nd 2017

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Sunday October 1st: We all arrived in Santiago early in the morning and drove to Vina del Mar which is a fashionable and very beautiful coastal resort. We were staying at one of the most picturesque hotels, the Sheraton Miramar Hotel. Hugging the coast line, it is situated right in the heart of town and had the most beautiful sea views. We were met by the charismatic Eduardo Chadwick, one of the leading figures in Chilean wines and owner of the stable of Vina Errazuriz wines and a man passionate about Chilean wines and putting them firmly on the map….

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Burgundy Tasting Trip: Day 3

November 2nd 2017

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After visiting Napa and Sonoma last month and now being back in Burgundy tasting the 2016s, the life of an ageing wine merchant couldn’t be much better. The weather has been glorious, but of more importance is that throughout the Côte d’Or we are greeted by happy winemakers. 2016 might be a tiny vintage but the quality is good to very good. However, what is so pleasing is that the 2017 vintage, which is now safely in the cellar, is an abundant and good vintage, the largest since 2009. It would not be an exaggeration that without the 2017 vintage many…

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