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Category Archive: Fine Wine

Drinking Windows Explained

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What is a ‘drinking window’? A fine wine will have an optimum period of time when it is judged to be at the peak of maturity and therefore ideal for drinking.  This is known as the wine’s drinking window. What is wrong with drinking a wine outside of this window? Fine wines, particularly the red […]

Francois Mitjavile – Tertre Rôteboeuf 2016

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It was my 22nd year visiting Francois, resident owner and magician at Tertre Roteboeuf. As always one of the highlights of our Bordeaux trip each year, with 2016 no exception. His 2016s are simply stunning – sensuous and sensational quality. They possess great depth, roundness and the marvellous ability to drink young but stay the […]

Bordeaux for beginners!

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Earlier this month I had the incredible opportunity to visit Bordeaux for the first time. This region has become the powerhouse of the wine-producing world, and I was hugely excited to experience it for myself. The entire wine-world descends on Bordeaux at this time every year to taste the barrel samples of the previous autumn’s […]

Bordeaux 2016 Vintage Report

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The following is our selection of the best of Bordeaux 2016 wines from our tasting last week. Many of the wines were tasted three times, and almost certainly twice on different days. Outstanding Le Pin Calon Segur Petrus Vieux Chateau Certan Lafite Pontet-Canet Mouton Rothschild Margaux Pichon Longueville Tertre Roteboeuf Pavie Macquin La Fleur Petrus […]

A Fine, Future Cellar of Wine

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Bordeaux 2015: a fine, future cellar of wine for under £800 Take your first steps into the world of fine wine without breaking the bank! I have selected 4 cases from across the length and breadth of Bordeaux which will offer great drinking from when they arrive here in 2018 right through to 2035. For […]

Bordeaux 2015 – First Releases

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As the first price releases of the 2015 Vintage start to emerge from the turrets of Bordeaux, we have made our initial purchases on your behalf! Chateau Puygueraud, Bordeaux Cotes de Francs 12 bottle case £112 / €139 Nicolas Thienpont’s Chateau Puygueraud consistently offers some of the best quality/prix in Bordeaux and this vintage is […]

Château Capbern Gasqueton

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A very special offer. Château Capbern Gasqueton, St Estephe ’08 We travel extensively in Bordeaux and have access to some of the finest châteaux and cellars. We unearthed this beauty recently from a property in the same area and ownership as Calon Ségur. Jean Moueix, the owner of Château Petrus has recently become a shareholder […]

Ridge Monte Bello

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The annual offer of Ridge Monte Bello is always eagerly awaited by its many fans. Even if you are just venturing into the world of fine wine for the first time, this is the offer for you. Over my 35 years in the wine business I have been lucky enough to taste Ridge Monte Bello […]

Exciting Rustenberg Pre-Release Offer

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During a tasting with visiting vigneron Simon Barlow last year, we got the first hints that great things were on the horizon.  Neal Martin, star reviewer from Robert Parker’s cohort had met with his son Murray for a tasting and they were just waiting to see the scores. The scores are in and they are […]

Red Letter Wines (Not Necessarily Red!)

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Have you already got a special date pencilled into the new diary? Maybe an engagement or is that big birthday is looming ever closer? Whether it’s an anniversary, reunion, next Christmas or just a long awaited get-together with friends, we will all be making plans for the future as we open our new diaries and […]