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Review of the Year

May 29th 2020

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March 31st saw the end of another financial year at Goedhuis but under very different circumstances to 12 months earlier. Our offices in Bermondsey Street lay empty and our IT upgrade over the last year seemed even better value for money as we seamlessly moved to working from home. How we take IT for granted until it either goes wrong or something like Covid-19 strikes…

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An introduction to organic and biodynamic wines

May 27th 2020

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As our attention towards the impact of climate change has grown in recent times, many more people have started to use reusable coffee cups, water bottles and recycling as much as possible, to decrease their carbon footprint and help the environment. Sustainability is also in the minds of growers and winemakers around the world, and in the last twenty years we have seen an increase in conversions to organic and biodynamic farming, but what do these terms actually mean?

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2019 Bordeaux En Primeur | To release or not to release 

May 22nd 2020

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The third week in May, a high-class vintage on our hands… this should be one of our busiest weeks of the year. Full on en primeur season! The early-releasing classed growths would have come and gone, and this week we would be getting ready for some of the greatest châteaux, with maybe even a First Growth coming out.  

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A View from the Vineyards: Instalment 2

April 21st 2020

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Spring and budding in the vineyards are always an exciting time for vignerons, but it can be accompanied by an equal amount of stress, namely the fear of frost. Two days after I posted my blog on the 25th March, temperatures dropped and there was a sharp frost the morning of Friday 27th. Nathalie Tollot from Domaine Tollot-Beaut commented that for them it was too early to impact their Pinot Noir vines in Savigny Lès Beaune: “the vines are still in the very early stages of budding and not sufficiently advanced for the frost to have any impact”.

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A view from the vineyards – The impact of social distancing

March 25th 2020

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It is times like this that we truly value the very special relationship we have with our vignerons and winemaking friends. In the same way that it is so important to keep our spirits up at home amongst family, friends and work colleagues, it is vital we do the same with our friends and wine suppliers abroad. Italy went into lockdown 14 days ago, France 7 days ago and it can be a demoralising experience. As one Bordeaux négociant said to me who is now working in isolation at home, “I actually miss those irritating habits of some of my…

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