Date: October 2016

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Plenitude versus Plentitude

October 27th 2016


Rebranding anything is difficult. People are conservative by nature and even when something has a terrible name to start with, like “Oil of Ulay”’s change to simply “Olay” or “Opal Fruits” to “Starburst”, there’s the feeling that something’s been lost. Dom Pérignon’s chief Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy certainly had that fear when he took the audacious step in renaming Dom Pérignon’s late cellar release, the Oenothèque, to the more ornate, Plénitude. However, at a recent tasting of the Dom Pérignon Plenitude (P2) Rosé 1996 he was happy with his decision.

Rhône 2015 |A preview

October 21st 2016


For a few months there have been whispers in the wine trade about the Rhône 2015s. Just this morning Jancis Robinson MW commented “I have by no means finished my tastings yet but I can tell you that the northern Rhône reds are really exceptional” and that in the south they are “justifiably proud” of their 2015s.” John Livingstone-Learmonth (one of the foremost Rhône experts)  has also stated “2015 in the Northern Rhône is exceptional, while 2015 in the South is very good at least”.

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European class with South American spice

October 20th 2016


Bodegas Caro – The uniting of two great wine dynasties The wonderfully exotic wines of Bodegas Caro represent the uniting of two great wine dynasties,the Rothschild family in France, and the Catena family in Argentina. Historically the Malbec grape owed its fame to Bordeaux; in recent times it has made the vineyards of Mendoza its natural home. The Catenas have three generations of producing Malbec in Mendoza, while the Rothschilds boast centuries of experience in perfecting some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons the wine world has ever seen.

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