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Burgundy 2018 EP Round-Up - F+R's Top 2018 White Wines
With all the wines now released and practically every major critic's review published, we reflect on some of the real gems in the vintage from the Cote de Beaune. Perhaps the biggest surprise about tasting the wines now in bottle was just how well the whites performed. Whilst there was plenty of hype and expectation for the reds long ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 21, 2020
FINE+RARE Visits Leroy
Last week F+R was back in Burgundy for our annual visit to Domaine Leroy, making our selection from the new Maison Leroy 2020 Collection, due out in the next few weeks. This year we were also able to taste some of the latest Domaine d’Auvenay releases as well as a rather special bottle of 1926 Auxey Duresses from Maison Leroy. ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON February 14, 2020
F+R Hosts La Mission Haut-Brion at Davies and Brook Restaurant
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BY FINE+RARE,
ON February 14, 2020
Behind the Bottle - Monfortino
Giacomo Conterno’s Monfortino is the most celebrated and famous Barolo in the world. It is also said to be the first ever producer-named Barolo made in the Riserva style, the first vintage being made in the 1920s. At this time Barolo was typically sold either by cask and blended by Alba merchants or in demi-john glass containers. On ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 12, 2020
Beyond Burgundy: Europe's Other Fine Wine Region for Pinot Noir
F+R have sourced a parcel of some of the finest Pinot Noirs coming out of Germany, a diverse region that is today arguably producing the most exciting Pinot Noirs in Europe, outside of Burgundy. Top examples are world class and offer both similarities and important differences to the Cote d’Or. We arranged a tasting of some of the ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 5, 2020
Rosso Della Centa - The First Great Friuli Red
We have unearthed an absolute gem in the guise of Rosso della Centa. A 100% Merlot wine grown on just one hectare of a distinct marl clay hillside in Friuli, Italy. The wine is the creation of one of Italy’s top winemakers Nicola Manferrari who first produced the wine in 1985 and has gone on to release it only in ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 30, 2020
Wines Not to Miss in February 2020
Dal Forno's flagship Amarone and Valpolicella from the much celebrated 2013 vintage are due for release in the first part of the month, as is the annual Maison Leroy release. Domaine Leroy and Domaine d’Auvenay are due out nearer the end of the month or early March. We will also be focusing on regions outside of Italy and France that ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 30, 2020
Produttori del Barbaresco - The Single Vineyard Riservas
It is a rare chance to taste all the single vineyards side by side and the best opportunity to really try and understand the nuances and terroirs of each of the separate sites. What is immediately clear is however variable in their tannin profiles, aromatics and fruit flavours, they are all incredibly consistent in quality. There isn’t a bad wine in the line-up, more than ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 21, 2020
Domaine Tortochot Producer Portrait
The Burgundy buzz has reached fever pitch this weekend with all of the leading critics publishing their thoughts and scores on the vintage, followed by the majority of Burgundy’s top producers showcasing the vintage in both London and Hong Kong. Amongst all the chatter we spoke to winemaker and proprietor Chantal Tortochot whose wines in 2018 offer fantastic value for the quality. ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 16, 2020
Behind the Bottle - Vire Clesse by Domaine de la Bongran
This is no ordinary Chardonnay from the Maconnias, the Domaine de la Bongran Vire Clesse has its own particular style thanks to some rather unique terroir and an uncompromising approach to its winemaking. The vines are organically-farmed on a 15 hectare estate planted on white marl in the hamlet of Quintaine, just north of Clessé. Jean Thevenet and his son Gautier ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 8, 2020
What winemakers are drinking this Christmas
It is that time of year again when it is time to plan which wines you are drinking over the festive period. We thought we would ask some of our favourite winemakers and estates what they are planning to drink, to help give you some inspiration. Special thanks to Charles Philipponnat for his detailed response, he will certainly be enjoying an ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON December 12, 2019
Maya Returns Home to Dalla Valle Vineyards
The Birth of the Cult Wine in Napa Valley The story of Maya is a fascinating one. Widely seen as Napa’s first cult wine, it was catapulted to stardom following the 1992 vintage becoming the second ever wine from the US to be awarded 100 points from Robert Parker. This was a big deal since Parker at that time was ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 29, 2019
Solaia Vertical with Antonio Galloni, Piero Antinori and Renzo Cotarell
The evening started with Piero Antinori explaining how Solaia first came about, how it was effectively the result of a very lucky accident, much in the same way as Champagne. In 1978, the vines used to make Antinori’s Tignanello produced an unusually high yield of Cabernet Sauvignon. Rather than waste this, or blend it into the other wines, they decided ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 29, 2019
Olivier Bernstein's Bespoke Burgundy
Undoubtedly one of our most memorable stops during our Autumn visit to Burgundy this year was the magnificent cellar of Olivier Bernstein in the heart of the old district of Beaune. Olivier Bernstein’s property is breathtaking, even before trying the wines in the cellar below. Olivier had the property completely renovated between 2005 and 2010, with the help of ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 26, 2019
Chateau Margaux - Talking Terroir with Aurelien Valance
Chateau Margaux is one of the world’s most iconic and historic wineries, producing some of the finest wine in the region for over 600 years. Despite its historical roots it has never rested on its laurels, remaining at the forefront of top Bordeaux wine production. More than ever, the owners and team are committed to retaining its reputation, investing huge ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 22, 2019
2018 Red Burgundy Review
The 2018 vintage is undoubtedly a hedonistic vintage  – with a rich, opulent, ripe fruit profile and a wonderful concentration that will provide huge amounts of drinking pleasure. But it is also a heterogeneous vintage. This was already apparent during the harvest, with some pickers starting as early as mid-August and others waiting until mid-September. Given how warm it was ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 22, 2019
Venissa: the unique terroir of Venice's flooded vineyards
The precariousness of Venice's future in the face of rising water levels has never felt more immediate than this week, with record water levels and resulting damage leading to a state of emergency being declared. Whilst flooding is a fact of nature for Venissa's vineyards, this week's events underscore how fragile this winemaking endeavour really is. With the newest ...
BY Katie Reading,
ON November 15, 2019
Early Insight on Bordeaux 2019
Last month saw Bordeaux descend on London for the latest Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux tasting and it was a great opportunity to get an update on how the latest vintage is shaping up. Marielle Cazaux from Chateau Conseillante showed me her blackened hands after coming straight to the tasting in London from the pressing of her 2019s. She ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 15, 2019
An Interview with Andrew Jefford
This week we were fortunate enough to delve into the mind of Andrew Jefford, a man who has been writing professionally about wine for over thirty years. A wine writer as opposed to a critic, his thought-provoking approach has been providing insight into a world of wine that has completely transformed over this time... The Language of Wine F+R: On your own ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 15, 2019
Chateau Angelus - Premier Grand Cru Classe A
Chateau Angelus is today one of the four “First Growths” of Saint Emilion that are classified as Premier Grand Cru Classé ‘A’. It sits alongside Chateau Ausone, Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau Pavie as the highest rated estates in the appellation. Chateau Angelus and Chateau Pavie are the newest additions to this top rank, having both been promoted in latest ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 8, 2019
Artadi - The Rioja Revolutionary's Latest Releases
Whilst Juan Carlos López de Lacalle produces some of the finest wines in the Rioja region, in 2015 he quit the appellation opting to declassify his Artadi wines and actively disassociate with the Rioja DOC. Speaking with Juan Carlos it is easy to understand his frustrations: he doesn’t want his wines to be classified by the length of time the ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON October 18, 2019
Timo Mayer - bring back the funk!
Despite Timo’s multi-generational family history of winemaking in the Wuttemburg (Baden) region of Germany, his ascendancy into the wine world was not the familiar path of simply taking over the family farm. Timo left Germany to explore the world and ended up in Australia in 1991, fell in love with a girl from Melbourne and spent the next few years ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON October 10, 2019
L'Apparita - Behind the Bottle
“L'Apparita is simply epic” Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (2016 Vintage) “Impeccable, refined and elegant, the 1992 Apparita might very well be the single most finessed Tuscan Merlot I have ever tasted.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com “It offers a profound sense of beauty, harmony and Merlot purity” Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (2016 Vintage) From the Estate’s inception in 1979, Castello di Ama was ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON October 3, 2019
Henri Boillot on Burgundy 2018
The Vintage Henri Boillot is widely seen as the top micro-negociant for the production of the Cote d’Or’s finest white wines, including Le Montrachet. He abhors heavy whites therefore expect the style of his white wines to be lean, precise and razor-sharp. His red wine profile however is notably different. Whilst he believes acidity and tension are vital for ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON October 3, 2019
Kapcsandy's Roberta Reserve - Behind the Bottle
“...could easily eclipse a great vintage of Petrus in a blind tasting.” Robert Parker (on the 2013 Roberta Reserve) Kapcsandy Estate was set up by the extraordinary Lou Kapcsandy, a man who has lived an eventful life prior to becoming one of Napa’s modern-day superstars. At just 17 years of age he fled Hungary during the Communist Revolution of 1956. ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON September 26, 2019
Louis Jadot 2018 - Exclusive Casks
Louis Jadot is arguably the most consistent negociant house in Burgundy. A company that has managed to straddle both the entry level and fine wine market, whilst retaining respect in both. At the entry level, they offer tremendous consistency at a price point rarely found in Burgundy. At the top end, with their Premier Cru and Grand Cru sites, their ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON September 26, 2019
Maison Albert Bichot 2018s
Improvements both in the winery and most importantly the vineyards are really now coming to fruition for large negociant Maison Albert Bichot. Following the reduction of yields, careful extraction, prudent whole bunch fermentation, cold maceration and sensible use of new oak, the wines produced can now compete against those from some of the very best producers in Burgundy. The Albert ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON September 26, 2019
Gosset 1995 "Les Celebrissimes" - Behind the Bottle
This is an extraordinary Champagne in which just a thousand bottles have been commercially produced and sits alone at the very top of the tree of prestige cuvees from the Gosset Champagne house. This 1995 “Les Celebrissimes” cuvee will be the first ever “double aged” release from Gosset - a Champagne of exceptional quality. From the "Celebris" comes "Les Celebrissimes" ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON September 19, 2019
Italian Icons to be released via La Place de Bordeaux
In 2004, the historic wine trading and distribution network 'La Place de Bordeaux' broke with tradition by listing Opus One, selling for the first time a wine from outside of Bordeaux. With the international sales success of Opus One, a number of fine wine icons from around the world have since followed suit creating a September campaign of releases coming ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON September 4, 2019
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: September 2019
With the August hiatus now firmly behind us, September will have us forget faraway beaches and instead think of beautiful vineyards in all corners of the earth as it is the month of international icon wines releases from Bordeaux’s La Place.  More and more global wineries are opting to release their top wines in this way. New additions this year include, ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON August 30, 2019
Six iconic Burgundy wines
1. 2012 Romanee Conti Domaine De La Romanee Conti Average Score: 99pts Neal Martin (99 pts) - Usually, choosing between La Tache and Romanee-Conti is like choosing between your two favourite children. Not this year. The 2012 Romanee-Conti is one of the most spellbinding that I have tasted since I began 17 years ago. The bouquet is quite astonishing with ...
ON August 30, 2019
The Burgundy Icons
With so many producers operating in Burgundy, it is very difficult to provide a definitive account of all the iconic growers in the region. We have identified domaines that are icons of their communes based on the consistency and quality of the wines they produce, along with being benchmark examples within the region they come from. We also look at ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON August 30, 2019
Bordeaux Right Bank Icons
The Right Bank icons of Bordeaux are situated on two very distinct terroir regions, the limestone plateau of Saint Emilion and the dark clay, rich in iron soils of Pomerol. Whilst Saint Emilion is one of the most historic winemaking sites in the world; neighbouring Pomerol's rise to prominence has been a much more recent phenomena. Pomerol only really ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON August 23, 2019
Six iconic Bordeaux Right Bank wines
1. 2015 Le Pin Average score: 99 points "Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Le Pin hits the dance floor with a completely gregarious nose of plum preserves, blackberry tart and wild blueberries, boldly accented by suggestions of Chinese five spice, cigar boxes, menthol and violets plus an earthy waft of underbrush. Full-bodied, concentrated, muscular and earthy with a firm ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON August 22, 2019
Iconic USA Wines
1. 2015 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon WA Score: 100pts "Composed of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the very deep purple-black colored 2015 Screaming Eagle leaps from the glass with notes of freshly crushed black currants, black cherries and blackberries with suggestions of cigar box, black raspberries, red currants, chocolates, pencil lead and cast-iron pan plus a ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON August 16, 2019
Six of the best Bordeaux Left Bank Wines
1. Chateau Haut Brion 1989 Average Score: 100pts. "Consistently prodigious and almost a sure bet to top the scoring card of any blind tasting of this vintage as well as other years, the 1989 Haut-Brion is a seamless, majestic classic, and a tribute to this phenomenal terroir and its singular characteristics." Robert Parker (100pts) Amongst some of the ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON August 9, 2019
The Most Iconic Rhône Wines
1. Domaine Guigal Cote Rotie “La Mouline” 89% Syrah, 11% Viognier. The vine age ranges from 50 to 100 years grown on 1 hectare of vines planted in the Côte Blonde district of Côte Rôtie. Jeff Leve describes La Mouline as “one of the most exotic and erotic wines on the planet!... The texture is unlike any other wine in ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON August 1, 2019
Isabel Ferrando on finding the 'Saint Prefert identity'
"Proprietress Isabel Ferrando has taken her Saint Prefert estate to France’s highest level, and she’s unquestionably making some of the most profound wines on earth today, including both reds and whites." So said Rhone expert Jeb Dunnuck on release of the 2016 vintage. The names Isabel Ferrando and Saint Prefert have indeed become synonymous with Southern Rhone of the highest ...
ON July 25, 2019
Everything you need to know about....
Jonata and The Hilt We have been working with these fantastic sister wineries in Santa Barbara for several years now, loving their take on making wines that celebrate Californian fruit with a European sensibility. The terroirs: Jonata is based in Santa Ynez's Ballard Canyon. Built on million year old sand dunes, the land was at first considered a ...
ON July 25, 2019
A visit from Domaines Barons de Rothschild
This week we were honoured to host our long standing partner Domaines Barons de Rothschild's commercial director Jean-Sebastien Philippe for a very special tasting.... It is not every day that one has the opportunity to taste a line up of wines from all of DBR's Bordeaux properties; in fact even individual tastings rarely take place outside of Bordeaux, so we ...
ON July 25, 2019
F+R Leroy Dinner
On Friday 12th July, FINE+RARE hosted an intimate dinner with Domaine Leroy at Ten Trinity Square’s private club. We were expecting something special – the reality was perhaps the finest event we have ever held. The day began with a masterclass for our UK Sales Team and consisted of three Domaine wines and three Maison wines, hosted by Gilles Deprez, a ...
ON July 25, 2019
Behind the Bottle: Chateau des Jacques 2018 Moulin-à-Vent Clos de Rochegrès
“Beaujolais is on a roll, not to mention the just-coming-out superb 2018s” The 2018s “may be even better than 2015….Great vintages like these can age.” - James Suckling An ageworthy Moulin-à-Vent from a fantastic Beaujolais vintage We are hearing great things about the 2018 vintage in Burgundy: the hot weather, for those who picked at ...
ON July 19, 2019
The Other Wines of Gaja
It was a big decision for this Piedmont producer to invest in another region of Italy but Montalcino seemed to be the logical choice. Angelo Gaja explained to us there are obvious parallels between Barolo/Barbaresco and Montalcino, both regions of prestige for fine wine, both made from indigenous varieties and from single varietals that undergo extensive elevage. For Angelo that ...
ON July 19, 2019
Gaja Exclusive Interview: Greatness through a culture of doubt
Gaia and Giovanni Gaja share their plans for continuing their father's legacy of questioning everything This week we were very lucky to spend four days in Italy with one of the world’s great wine producers - the Gaja family of Barbaresco. Angelo Gaja has become one of the fine wine world’s legends, and spending time with the whole family, ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON July 12, 2019
F+R Visit Castello Di Ama
With the releases of the new Chianti Classico 2016s upon us, there is no greater time than to travel around the region, tasting what this magical vintage has to offer. Where better to start than the beautiful hamlet of Ama in the southern tip and highest point of the Chianti Classico designation. Here you will find the exceptional Castello Di ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON July 5, 2019
Unmissable Wines This July
For many in the wine trade, July and August are a hiatus between the Bordeaux EP campaign and the flurry of releases we will see in September.  Not here! Call us impatient but there are too many wines in the line-up to our clients that we are absolutely bursting to offer. Summer is definitely an exciting period. The F+R buying ...
BY Katie Reading,
ON July 5, 2019
Stonestreet Estate - The High Elevation micro-terroirs of Jackson Family Wines
Earlier this month F+R were fortunate enough to be invited to a very special lunch with Christopher Jackson, the son of the late Jess Jackson, who heads up and manages their home estate of Stonestreet Vineyards in Sonoma County. Whilst the wines might not be as well known as the Jackson Family’s flagship Sonoma wines of Verité. The Stonestreet vineyards ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON July 5, 2019
Tuscany 2016 - A Stellar Vintage
Two magnificent vintages back to back: after the powerful 2015 comes the stellar 2016 - a standout for its purity and elegance. After tasting the first major 2015 releases last year it was clear this vintage in Tuscany was something very special. When wines like Solaia 2015 scored their first 100 points from the Wine Advocate and other iconic ...
ON June 28, 2019
Poggio di Sotto - Montalcino's Cult Wine
There are few names in Brunello Di Montalcino that rank higher than Poggio Di Sotto. The estate's incredibly elegant style, its obsession with quality and its signature style of gentle extraction, light colour and long ageing in specially designed oval Slavonian barrels, has garnered a loyal fan base producing consistently awe inspiring wines every year. One of our most memorable ...
ON June 28, 2019
F+R On The Road: A Tour of Italy's Places, People + Wines
This week F+R took a tour of some of Italy's finest vineyards, visiting a small selection of our favourite producers, tasting the latest vintages and talking to these iconic winemakers to better understand their philosophies, techniques and what makes their wines so special. The stories of fine wine tend to be ones of sacrifice and struggle. Great wine always comes ...
ON June 21, 2019

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