• Really? The Rhône? Why?


    Rhône wine week. Will you ‘get your Rhône on’?!

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  • Burgundy, by our Swedish Sommelier selling wines in the West: Fanny Wennerstrom


    A blog by Fanny Wennerstrom. Our saleswoman in the West. For me, wine is my life but I have had little opportunity to actually do a proper professional wine trip to different regions with other knowledgeable wine lovers. When we were asked to go down to Burgundy, Chablis and Champagne to visit our suppliers, my heart did a flip! We all started off very early to be able to use the days to their maximum I guess and it was a great idea. We landed Wednesday morning in Paris and met up with a driver that was going to drive

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  • Shortages in Chablis

    The amphitheatre of Grand Crus in Chablis

    Sancerre and Chablis have long been favourites for the whites; perhaps perceived as being indicative of a more assured wine drinker, someone with a little more ‘je ne sais quoi’. But with the 2016 vintage we’re moving into the realms of a shortage of Chablis….

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  • Haut-Médoc, Moulis, Listrac, Pessac-Léognan, Sauternes & Barsac. Bordeaux 2015

    So old, yet so young

    Tastings for Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Moulis and Listrac were held at Ch. Citran in the Haut-Médoc. A rural Château festooned with proud peacocks offered a refreshingly understated venue for the tasting. Looking at the communes case by case: Haut-Médoc showed good concentration for most with less expression on the nose than expected for some. The commune was very hard to define for 2015 overall and has proved to be more of a case of judging wine property by property. Listrac-Médoc generally had good structure in the form of integrated supporting tannins and sweet ripe fruit. Moulis-en-Médoc offered perfumed, expressive tones with the sort of open appeal

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  • Margaux and St.Julien. Bordeaux 2015

    Gruaud-Larose cellars

    Our notes on the Margaux and St.Julien communes from the Bordeaux 2015 en primeur tastings.

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  • Saint Estèphe & Pauillac 2015 – our thoughts


    Saint Estèphe & Pauillac; with their more northerly position just below the Médoc above Bordeaux, saw the worst of the late rains of 2015. This fact does not however seem to have affected the quality of many of the Châteaux.

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  • Bordeaux 2015 – our opinion

    Is the 2015 Bordeaux vintage living up to the hype? We visited in Primeurs weeks and found approachable wines with some standouts, but perhaps not the uniformity we expected.

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  • Building up to Bordeaux 2015

    We’re in the gates, the flag is raised and the tension is mounting. What will happen when the gates open? Will we all bunch up on the first bend and then fall back when high prices are set or smoothly settle into position, finding our stride, finally emerging from the pack triumphant with new fire to ignite the 2015 en primeur campaign. Bordeaux 2015 is here. ‘The rule of five’* is a phrase that has been bandied around Bordeaux a lot of late. At first mainly due to the desperation of those in the trade hoping for a top vintage following four

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  • Champagne Henriot winemaker wines the IWC ‘Sparkling winemaker of the year’.

    Henriot WINEMAKER award

    We have always been proud of the fact that we represent the wines of Champagne Henriot. Their talented winemaker Laurent Fresnet has now been recognised as Sparkling Winemaker of the Year by the IWC.

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  • Climate change, global warming and Vintage 2014

    A look at this years progress in vineyards around Europe with thoughts on the erratic weather conditions and pests inflicted on the classic areas by Climate Change.

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  • A day (or 3) in the life of an ‘accredited’ Burgundy Tutor!

    The amazing days spent refreshing my knowledge of Burgundy.

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  • For those who missed our two Burgundy evenings with Domaines and Maisons Henriot…


    “Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilised.” Andre Simon. Following two evenings of delicious food and fantastic wines from the collection of estates owned by Joseph Henriot: Champagne Henriot, Bouchard Pere et Fils and William Fevre Chablis, it stands to reason that some reflection of the enjoyment and enrichment the consumption of fine food and wine gives to us all is due. Catherine Léonard from Maisons and Domaines Henriot led each evening, one at the renowned Artisan restaurant in Galway and the second at Locks Brasserie in Dublin. At the start of each

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