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An Introduction to Storing Wine at Home

November 20th 2019

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In 2018, a Sotheby’s auction made history when it saw a bottle of 1945 Romanée-Conti from the eponymous Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) fetch $558,000, a dizzying new record for the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. At $91,600 a glass, the purchaser may not plan to pull the cork. However, should he want to, he can rest assured that the 74-year-old wine has been spent its entire life in the pristine cellars of Robert Drouhin. How you store a wine makes all the difference between a bottle of nectar and a bottle of very expensive vinegar and the…

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Tasting Burgundy 2018 | Coffinet-Duvernay, JM Boillot, Comte Armand, Courcel, Bize & Bouley

November 15th 2019

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Day three of our Burgundy tasting trip had much to compete with coming after the previous blow-out day of tasting exceptional wines in the Côtes de Nuits. Luckily, it did not disappoint. Although the weather was not on our side and rained the entire day it didn’t stop the wines from expressing themselves and allowing us to get an even better idea of this great vintage.

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Tasting Burgundy 2018 | Fourrier, Cathiard, Mortet, Rousseau & Ponsot

November 13th 2019

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On Tuesday night we had dinner at Bistro des Cocottes with the wine trade legend Roy Richards, who brought a couple of extremely generous bottles to share with us. Before getting into them we drank a couple of lovely whites including 2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly from Bernard Moreau and a really impressive 2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Le Charmois by Marc Colin. We eased into a bottle of Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2013 from Denis Mortet. The 2013s are the Burgundians’ favourite drinking vintage right now, as they offer supple fruit and soft tannins.

Tasting Burgundy 2018 | Pillot, Sauzet, Drouhin-Laroze, Eugenie, Lambrays

November 12th 2019

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A freezing and rather murky start in Chassagne Montrachet this morning has been transformed by the brightness, freshness and clarity in the wines of Domaine Paul Pillot. Thierry is quick to highlight this warm vintage’s ‘unexpected purity and energy’ and tasting his wines, they are all that and much more. His broad range of Chassagne Montrachets across all of the main ‘climats’ are simply sensational. For me, the 1er Crus Les Caillerets and La Romanee stand out as being wines of indisputable class displaying mineral drive and plenty of freshness and energy that will enable them to develop perfectly over…

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Tasting Burgundy 2018 | Bonneau du Martray, Jadot, Chandon de Briailles, Leflaive, Jobard & Clerget

November 8th 2019

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Another early morning and finally a glimpse of some brighter weather, to start us on our day. First up the most famous address in Corton Charlemagne: Bonneau du Martray. This estate has been under new leadership for the last three years and is the largest single owner of vines within Corton Charlemagne.

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