August 2017

  1. A Sparkling Comparison: Champagne VS English Sparkling Wine

    With some uncertainty around sterling following Brexit, recent duty rises and increased temperatures creating a better climate for growing wine in the UK, the production and demand for English wines are having a flourishing moment. Wonderful producers such as Nyetimber, Exton Park or Herbert Hall are making delicious, award-wining sparkling wines which have been a huge success among our customers at events like London Wine Week, the Honest Grapes Wine Festival and most recently, at the Great British Beer Festival. Dry, crisp, refreshing and with a unique character representative of each terroir, English sparkling wines are the summer’s blockbusters. All this hype did raise the question: how similar are Champagne and English sparkling wine? Continue reading

  2. Club Pontet-Labrie Update for members on 2015, 2016 and 2017 Vintages

    With the 2017 harvest nearly upon us, I was keen to see how all three initial vintages of Pontet-Labrie were coming along. So, on a hot and rather sultry 2nd & 3rd August I visited the vineyard and winery in Saint-Emilion. No flimflam here, I wanted to understand the winemaking and see the wines perform. In summary, the 2015 and 2016 Pontet-Labrie are remarkable, top-notch wines, showing Saint-Emilion plushness and power, but with very different vintage characteristics reminiscent of 2009 and 2010 respectively. I’m confident that the winemakers are striving to produce Pontet-Labrie as ‘the Merlot equivalent of Le Dôme’. The 2017 is still in the vineyard of course, but the auspices are favourable and the spring frost has had little effect on our crop. Continue reading

  3. Hickinbotham - Craft and Heritage in a Glass

    Our series of blogs from Nathan's wine adventures in Australia continues. This week, we bring you one of the country's most admired wineries, Hickinbotham, in the Clarendon area of Mclaren Vale. During his visit, Nathan was fascinated to learn about the rich history of the estate, and meet the winemakers that revived the winery, making it the highly acclaimed success that it is today. Continue reading

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