2014 Poggio di Sotto | A gorgeous new Rosso di Montalcino release

December 15th 2017


Founded in 1989 by Piero Palmucci, Poggio di Sotto has risen one of Montalcino’s benchmark estates and amongst the finest exponents of Brunello. Sold in 2012 to Maria Iris and Claudio Tipa, owners of the famous Grattamacco winery in Bolgheri, progressive investment has ensured that Poggio di Sotto remains the yardstick for traditional Brunello. With only 16 hectares under vine, production is incredibly small in comparison to many of its peers. As a result the wines produced are amongst the most sought after anywhere in Tuscany. When we visited the winery in September we captivated by the quality of the…

2016 Burgundy En Primeur Chablis

December 14th 2017


Small but beautiful. The Burgundy en primeur season is almost upon us. It can be easy to overlook the delights of Chablis when news of the Côte d’Or dominates the headlines. But for great white wines with drive, energy and longevity, there are few places to equal this unique region. 2016 was complicated in Chablis for many reasons. These are the some of the emptiest cellars in Burgundy after the region was tormented by frost and hail. Nevertheless, the most dedicated growers have produced wines of breath-taking beauty and charm. The infamous frost of 27th April was particularly costly in…

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Vega Sicilia ‘Spain’s most consistently great winery’

December 8th 2017


The iconic Spanish wine estate Vega Sicilia unquestionably produces wines to rival the world’s finest. For the past 150 years its wines have celebrated the brilliance of the Ribera del Duero and been at the forefront of great Spanish winemaking. Vega Sicilia was the first to combine the indigenous Tempranillo grape with France’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, producing sublime results.

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