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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.


October 25th 2016


James Low and I enjoyed the most incredible visit to this estate two weeks ago. Two hours was not nearly enough time to taste, nor discuss, the detailed, layered, intoxicating wine made chez Avril. And so we happily continued the conversation and tasting at Vincent’s ‘canteen’ (a great local restaurant with a daily changing set menu, La Table de Sorgues). So great is the demand this year that both of Vincent’s wines are strictly allocated, but we still wanted to share with you the tasting notes and details about the domaine. It really is an extraordinary place.

New Release: Château de Beaucastel 2015

October 24th 2016


We are delighted to launch our 2015 Rhone En Primeur campaign with an outstanding pair of wines from Château de Beaucastel. Beaucastel is the flagship estate of the Perrin family and these masters of the Southern Rhône make benchmark Châteauneuf. The best vintages here can age into legendary wines, and an increasing tendency to elegance in the wine-making style of recent years has not gone unnoticed.

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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