• Bordeaux 2017 – Emerging en primeurs


    If you’re anyway interested in fine wine Bordeaux will be a heading bandied around many mails coming into your inbox this month. The 2017 en primeur campaign has started and the first Châteaux are gently releasing their prices. This will be an interesting campaign, not least because support for this vintage is (quite rightly) cautious thanks to late frosts decimating vineyards around the region. Members of the trade are looking for a reduction in prices of at least 20% to encourage take up of these wines, still sleeping in their oak barrels. One of the first to the post; Château Palmer

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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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  • Experimentation in Chile


    When thinking about wines made from wild vines, amphora experimentalists and almost ‘natural’ fermentations, Anthony Tindal isn’t immediately seen as the flag waving follower of these more radical styles. Yet, new to our list are a number of small production parcels of wine from the outreaches of Chile, made by adventurous, educated winemakers looking to inject a bit of life into the Chilean wine trade and show the world that, while house wines remain the mainstay of Chilean production on export markets; there are many more strings to their bow. We had a selection of these wines open to taste at

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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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  • 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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  • Why not let Fernando de Castilla introduce you to the world of Sherry?

    Our tasting!

    An insight into the production of the various sherry styles.

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  • Craggy Range. Have you tried their wines yet?

    We’re thrilled to have acquired the agency for the renowned Martinborough wines from Craggy Range. Wines we now stock can now be found on our website. But to give you a taste of the passion and ambition surrounding the creation of these wines, here is an interview with Steve Smith MW: joint founder of the company.  

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  • Tyrrell’s, one of the oldest, most highly regarded family wineries in Australia.

    Tyrrell’s wines are iconic in the industry, we’re very proud to represent them, here’s a little extract of a recent interview with Bruce.

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  • ‘Sale, good value, special offer, half price’. Do these words get your attention?

    A short comparison of supermarket Chateauneuf against one of our own!

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  • Tindal’s October Wine Club. Biodynamics at Bijou!

    Biodynamics with Andrej from Alpamanta formed the theme of our wine club this month. Here’s a little insight into what we get up to!

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