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  • 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

  • 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.

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  • A New Wave from Australia

    A new generation of Australian wines has arrived to our list and we couldn't be more excited about it. On his recent travels to the Antipodes, our Co-founder Nathan Hill visited tens of wineries and was blown away with the trailblazing winemaking techniques and the complex taste notes and characterful wines they produce.

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  • An adventure in Lebanese wine: Part One - Tom Harrow for FT How to Spend It

    Our Wine Director Tom Harrow aka WineChap had a few unforgettable days exploring Lebanon's food and wine scene (and considerable volumes of Arak), including visits to Massaya, one of the world's highest wineries, and Chateau Musar. Continue reading

  • Roll Like Charles – From Dusk to Dawn

    Last month, we were back in Porto Cervo at the Rolls Royce Studio, hosting events to showcase the launch of two new RR models: the Wraith Dusk - silver with fetching purple ostrich skin interior and the Emerald Dawn – homage to Costa Smeralda of course. Continue reading

  • Epernay to Beaune Winehunt

    Our wine guru Tom Harrow a.k.a. WineChap in Urban Junkies about the perfect vinous car ride. 

    This year, we’re feeling the road trip –nothing says freedom like the wind in your hair- and for Easter, we’re thinking of something close to home. Tom Harrow from Honest Grapes has given us his stopover list for the classic wine route from Epernay to Beaune. Rolls (what he rolled in), optional. Continue reading

  • London’s Champagne Popups (and a good thing too)

    From our chairman, Nathan:

    For all lovers of Champagne, London is a great place to be this Spring. My erstwhile friend Tom Harrow (@winechapUK) is hosting sessions at the amazing Dom Perignon popup in May and, as if to herald the onslaught of bubbles from the world’s most renowned sparkling wine region, this fortnight sees the Moët & Chandon Champagne Academy at the Oxo Tower. Continue reading

  • Chinese New Year Greatest Of All Time Wine Pairings: Buddha's Delight

    This is the third and last of our Chinese New Year pairings primarily because the number four is seen to be extremely unlucky in China. That aside, we have saved the best until last.

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  • Always wanted to visit the Andes?

    As much as we would like to during this grey and dreary British Winter, we can't offer you a quick dose of sun and warmth via a last-minute flight to South America. We can, however, offer you almost the same thing - six brilliant Argentinean and Chilean wines packed neatly into our Amazing Andes Pick of the Bunch case.
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  • Bicycles, Burgundy and bons viveurs - Part 1

    Our Wine Director Tom Harrow has cycled around Burgundy. Here's his report for FT How To Spend It.

    “…Good company, good wine, good welcome, can make good people…” Such sentiments from Shakespeare’s Henry VIII sum up my last trip to Burgundy – if the final “good” can translate as happy, inspired, grateful, replete, slightly saddle-sore and mildly hungover. The latter quality I blame entirely on unnecessary quantities of 1960s Calvados from the bar at Le Pic in Beaune, and not on the array of fine wines enjoyed throughout.

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