Date: September 2017

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2015 Ch Haut Batailley – The end of an era

September 28th 2017


The Batailley’s have long been confusing to many a Bordeaux lover. Historically all one estate, the vineyard were split into two when the Borie brothers divided it in 1942. Francois Borie kept the estate that runs up to the vineyards of Ch Lynch-Bages and so Ch Haut-Batailley was born. A fine location, a fifth growth in classification it offers one of the most complete examples of Pauillac, before hitting the heights and prices of its illustrious neighbours of 1st and 2nd growth quality.

Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2006

September 28th 2017


Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is one of the sparkling treasures of Champagne. The blend, as ever, remains a secret, as does the volume produced. But what we do know is that Pol Roger make this tribute cuvée only when the wine is exactly as they know Sir Winston Churchill would have enjoyed. He once declared: “My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied with the best.”

Comte Armand 2017 part 2

September 25th 2017


I write this second instalment from London, having returned after two incredibly fun, exhausting, hilarious, and exciting weeks in Pommard. My birthday fell in the second week and the team lunch that day was one of my favourites – raclette. This was just one small contribution to my colossal cheese intake over the past fortnight. But you can indulge guilt free when you’re working in the cellar, as the graft is physical and demanding.

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