Fine Wine

  1. Bordeaux 2015

    James Suckling says it all: ‘The 2015 vintage is an extremely exciting year for Bordeaux producing wines with exuberant fruit character and plenty of tannin backbone to give the wines form and tension. They have a unique ripe fruit character yet remain cool and fresh. Merlot-based wines are amazing quality’. Continue reading →

  2. Our Burgundy 2014 En Primeur Parcels

    "Burgundy never sings in unison like a choir. It is a mass of soloists giving their own interpretation of the same piece of music" Neal Martin, Wine Advocate "Chardonnay is like Mozart… too difficult for children, but too simple for adults." Bernard Hervet, Director of Domaine Faiveley (being typically wry whilst tasting his Bâtard-Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne) After having been furiously tasting, re-tasting, poring over tasting notes, fighting for allocations, pricing, parcelling etc we are now delighted (and relieved) to present to you our Burgundy 2014 offer.   Continue reading →

  3. Introducing Pontet Labrie

    A new wine, a new opportunity "the debut… ticked all the right boxes" "2015 was the perfect way to introduce Le Pontet - this is splendid." The Wine Advocate Jonathan Maltus, one of Bordeaux’ most pioneering and successful 100-point wine producers, started in St Emilion in 1994 with a small vineyard - Château Teyssier, which he has added to over the years, so that he now has 50 hectares under vines. Continue reading →

  4. The Wine’s Bond, In Bond…

    The next James Bond movie has been delayed until 2018, so in the meantime we turn our thoughts to another, no less exciting Bond opportunity… Continue reading →

  5. Villa Gresti - Inspirational Story behind a Beautiful Wine

    Historic Wine Made by a Truly Remarkable Family: Not only does Villa Gresti come from one of the most important wineries in Italy (San Leonardo consistently produces the most highly-rated Bordeaux blends in Northern Italy), but the story behind the name is simply astonishing. Tom Harrow has been to visit on a number of occasions and as you can see astonishing really is the word to describe this beautiful place. Continue reading →

  6. Bordeaux "Non-Primeur" - 2014 too good to buy now?

    From our Wine Director Tom Harrow: I got back from a holiday in Bordeaux on Monday – (coals to Newcastle in the middle of en primeur season for a wine consultant perhaps) and the weather, company and wines were splendid.  I’m not sure it’s enough however to convince me that the pending 2014 campaign is going to amount to much… Continue reading →

  7. Maturing Penfolds 95-point magnums – RWT: The Connoisseur’s Grange?

    From our wine director, Tom Harrow: I hosted an illuminating tasting of Penfolds top BINs earlier this month in the magnificent Penfolds Room at David Linley in Belgravia, which you enter through a cupboard in a Narnia-like fashion, including a selection of rare older vintages. I have always felt that it’s wines like BIN 389 (Poor Man’s Grange), St Henri Shiraz and especially the RWT (the non-nonsense Aussie abbreviation of Red Winemaking Trial) that represent great value for fine wines but are not well known in Europe and are rarely enjoyed with sufficient age to define and differentiate their complexities. Continue reading →

  8. Tom's Top 10: Burgundy 2013

    We've talked Burgundy 2013 before, but, following on from some client questions, our wine director Tom has put together his top 10 - specifically the best mid-term drinking and longer-term cellaring wines from the vintage. Continue reading →

  9. #WineShrink on the couch with Marchese Anselmo, San Leonardo

    “…one of the great wines of Italy… Sassicaia and San Leonardo seem like brothers separated in childhood.” Wine Advocate, December 2014 “Surely the most successful Bordeaux blend of Northern Italy” Jancis Robinson, August 2012 Continue reading →

  10. All About Rioja

    @vinologue @gilescooke totally agree. Too much cheap Rioja in hairnets on the market. — Tim Atkin (@Timatkin) February 24, 2015 Part two of this week’s Spanish offer takes us to Rioja (see Part 1, our Priorat offer here), a region which in many respects is a victim of its own success.  Considered as reliably top end of basic – “the running-late-to-dinner, grab-from-corner-shop-for-£7 sort of wine” – Rioja often struggles to rise higher in the consciousness of the drinking public.  This is of course a shame as there is unrivalled value at the Reserva level and above from the region as well as some smaller, more artisan producers who make fabulously characterful Crianza, increasingly and unusually solely from their own vineyards. Continue reading →

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