Fine Wine

  1. Club Pontet Labrie Update February 2019

    With the wonderful 2018 vintage now in barrel, here’s an update for you on the latest news and reviews. Continue reading

  2. In Bond: Everything you need to know about buying In Bond

    What does "In Bond" mean? When the vintage is bottled and delivered in the UK, the cases are held initially in a bonded warehouse. Wines in bond (IB) have not yet had the Duty and VAT paid on them. They must be stored in a bonded warehouse approved by HM Customs & Excise. Most of our Fine Wines are available for purchase under bond as they often need to be laid down to allow them to mature. Many clients choose therefore to store them in our bonded warehouse under a personal account and pay the tax as and when they wish to get the wines delivered. Continue reading

  3. Burgundy 2017: The Vivacity Vintage

    2017 is a vintage of elegant, perfumed wines with fresh, vivacious, pretty fruit. This is a perfect vintage for new collectors and value-hunters (or what passes for value in Burgundy), with wines overperforming at village and lieu dit level. We’ll be adding 2017 to our collections for its quality and approachability whilst we wait for the blockbuster 2015 and 2016 vintages to evolve. Continue reading

  4. En Primeur: Everything you need to know about buying En Primeur

    En Primeur is a system that both merchants and vineyards rely on as a sort of futures market for wines that need time in the cellar. It refers to the process of buying wines before they are bottled and released onto the market. Continue reading

  5. The Investment has paid off - Pontet-Labrie Update 2018

    Pontet Labrie has been a fascinating journey. From our initial discussions with Jonathan around bringing to market exclusively his last single vineyard site on the plateau of Saint Emilion; to forming a club around the wine in order to enhance the traditional allocation model around such a boutique Bordeaux (remember only 300 cases max per annum!); to the wonderful reception of its maiden vintage and the continuing momentum and growth of the club.  Continue reading

  6. Honest Grapes 4th Birthday Tasting Event

    This September Honest Grapes turns four. To celebrate we are hosting our biggest wine tasting event to date on Thursday September 13th at the China Exchange in Soho and Tom and Nathan would love you to join us. Continue reading

  7. Bordeaux En Primeur Week 5 in Review

    This week has been the busiest week of Bordeaux En Primeur releases seen so far this vintage. After a brief hiatus last week, without a peep from Bordeaux, this week we saw handfuls of wines released every day. We've passed on at least half of them as they have been insufficient value. Continue reading

  8. Pontet-Labrie Club Update

    Pontet Labrie has been a fascinating journey. From our initial discussions with Jonathan around bringing to market exclusively his last single vineyard site on the plateau of Saint Emilion; to forming a club around the wine in order to enhance the traditional allocation model around such a boutique Bordeaux (remember only 300 cases max per annum!); to the wonderful reception of its maiden vintage and the continuing momentum and growth of the club. Continue reading

  9. Tom and Nathan’s take on Bordeaux 2017: part 1

    Take home – it’s time to send us your pre-allocation list, as this year’s releases will be unpredictable. We offer Tom’s selected shortlist of around 40 wines – please let us know if you’d like us to secure cases of anything else that takes your fancy. Continue reading

  10. Tasting notes on Bordeaux 2017 – a “7 with a difference”

    The muted enthusiasm for this vintage is unmerited, says our Wine Director Tom "WineChap"  Harrow for FT How To Spend It. Frosts. Terrible frosts. Worst since 1991. This will be the most that many with a passing interest in wine have heard about Bordeaux’s 2017 vintage so far, and are thus approaching with muted enthusiasm. There has also been an uncharacteristic lack of bombast from the Bordelais preceding last week’s en primeur tastings, surely a further sign that the vintage is not one to get excited about? In reality, tasting the wines supports a different and much more positive conclusion. Continue reading

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