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Category Archive: Old World Wine

Domaine Cauhapé

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Situated in southwest France between Biarritz and Lourdes is a wine region called the Jurançon. Here we find Domaine Cauhapé, a small, family-run estate owned by Henri Ramonteu whose vineyards sit facing the Pyrenees. It’s a hands-on operation concentrating on the signature grapes of the region which are Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng. These flavoursome […]

Preface – A Great Debut!

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Rugby, skiing, wine: an interesting combo and I think it is fair to assume that many of you have an interest in at least 2 of the 3! Preface is a story of 3 guys: Serge, Julien and Thomas linked by these 3  interests. Serge owns a ski chalet in Morzine and we know some […]

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 […]

Finding Ninot

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Good Burgundy is like nothing else but following a few small harvests, we have seen prices rise to levels that puts it out of most people’s reach. This prompted us to look beyond the big names of the Cote d’Or and we set out on a quest to find a few dynamic young growers from […]

Bodega Jesus Romero

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A very limited offer. Very occasionally I come across stunning winemaking efforts from virtually unknown wine regions.  A couple of months ago I tasted two wonderful wines from the Teruel region of Spain.  The vineyards are high in altitude (the highest in Spain) with the coldest winters and coolest summers and lie in the middle […]

Autumn Gold – Sauternes Revisited

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After the earliest harvest for years, Berenice Lurton is enjoying the rarity that is a quiet Autumn. The work is done, the grapes are in and she is absolutely delighted with both the quality and the quantity. So it seemed like a great opportunity to return to some of those great vintages of the past. […]

The Old Way, The New Way, The Rioja way

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“The times they are a-changing” sang Bob Dylan in 1964.  Indeed, a sentiment that could be applied to many factors in life and of course, wine.  However, for the purposes of this piece lets imagine Bob was talking about the great Spanish wine of Rioja. Now, I don’t know if Bob Dylan was, or still […]

A Month of Rioja

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As the leaves change colour, the evenings get shorter and we are reaching for the woollies at the back of the cupboard, it’s time to get cosy in front of the fire – and to top it all off – a rich, warming bottle of Rioja! We are welcoming the onset of autumn with arms […]

New Wines From An Old Favourite

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Domaine Gayda With a free falling, skydiving figure on the label, these wines represent a total freedom from the constraints of convention and a fresh perspective, and entirely free and unhampered approach to winemaking.  They’re not making wine from bananas and ageing them in coconut shells to make something mad and out of the box. […]

A Tuscan Treasure

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Morisfarms Situated in the southwest corner of Tuscany, this family-run organic farm produces super wines from the Sangiovese grape.  Tuscany’s most famous wines such as Chianti, Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montepulciano are all also made from various different strains of the Sangiovese grape which is ideally suited to their individual terroirs. […]

Our Hero in Alsace

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Olivier Humbrecht is a scientist and a Master of Wine so when a man with these credentials gets involved with biodynamics people tend to sit up and take notice.  Biodynamic farming could be considered a bit ‘out there’ to put it mildly.  Planting and farming according to lunar cycles doesn’t sit easily with some people […]

Introducing Jean Fournier

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Earlier this year James spent a few days in Burgundy foraging for new talent and this is one of the new growers we are really excited to start working with. “These are super wines from Marsannay; authentic Pinot Noir and top whites including a very good Aligoté unlike any other I have tasted.” James Nicholson Domaine […]