Date: July 2015

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A trip into the cellars of Maison Louis Jadot

July 29th 2015


During a recent trip to the Côte d’Or I was lucky enough to be guided around the cellars of Maison Louis Jadot. Based in a residential area on the outskirts of Beaune you would be forgiven for driving straight past what appears to be a rather industrial-looking building set back from the Route de Savigny. However, when you arrive at the stylish arched entrance you start to get a feel for why the Jadot brand has such a strong identity around the world. On arrival in to the modest yet elegant entrance hall we received a warm welcome from Export…

New Manincor Releases – Gems from the Alto Adige

July 23rd 2015


We’ve just sampled the new set of releases from Manincor, our Italian producer in the Alto Adige. These cool climate vineyards located in the foothills of the Dolomites, approximately 2hrs drive north east of Verona, are perfectly suited to the cultivation of the indigenous Pinot Bianco grape and two more widely planted varieties, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir. As expected, a very classy set of wines that lovers of classic old world styles will find hugely rewarding. 2014 ‘Reserve della Contessa ‘ (Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, Sauvignon) Excellent balance of floral aromatics, light citrus flavours and a soft finish. Entry level, very…

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2012 Sesti Monteleccio in The Times

July 21st 2015


We have stocked the delicious wines of Sesti for over 20 years and we are delighted that their 2012 Monteleccio has made it on to Jane Macquitty’s ’50 best red wines for summer’ in The Times: “Starry Sesti has popped up before in the Top 100 and remains one of my all-time favourite Tuscan wine producers. I adored this svelte, ripe, gamey, floral (lots of violets), bitter-cherry and dried cranberry-styled red and so will you.” Jane Maquitty, The Times, Saturday 18th July. Located in the hills of Montalcino, the vineyards are in the enviable position of being on the southern…

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Bordeaux Trip – Day 3, Pessac Léognan

July 19th 2015


A 30 minute drive south from the city of Bordeaux, we arrived at Domaine de Chevalier, one of Goedhuis & Co’s favourite Chateaux to visit, as the team, led by Olivier Bernard, are always extremely welcoming and generous. Olivier sadly couldn’t be with us that day but the rest of the team ensured we had a fantastic time. The wines on show included 2008 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, 2006 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge and 2013 Clos des Lunes – all delicious! Finally we visited the wonderful Veronique Sanders and Yann Monties at Château Haut Bailly. Two highlights from the tasting…

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Bordeaux Trip – Day 2, Médoc

July 18th 2015


Yet another glorious morning, we had a knock-out day ahead of us. First up was the stunning Château Rauzan Segla, which has to be one of the most beautifully kept Chateaux in Bordeaux. The gardeners were out at force with their hoses, the lawns were immaculate – well I guess they need to irrigate somewhere! This Chanel-owned property is a star performer in the appellation of Margaux and Alice Biscarrat looked after us so well. With the sweet taste of 2009 Rauzan Segla lingering nicely in our palates we headed north to the Pauillac estate of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste…

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