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Bollinger, Bond and Wine on the Silver Screen
Bollinger, Bond and Wine on the Silver Screen
The name on everybody’s lips is Bond, James Bond.  It’s official: Bond fever is gripping London. Spectre premieres on 26th October and with it brings a wave of collaborations and brands that work alongside the secret agent. None of these, however, is as enduring or significant as that of Bond and Bollinger, who have just released a special edition champagne ...
ON October 16, 2015
Phylloxera: A Vine Pandemic
Phylloxera: A Vine Pandemic
While medical researchers work furiously in search of a vaccine for COVID-19 in 2020, the response to the phylloxera pandemic in the mid 19th century was remarkably lackadaisical. Following the release of Bollinger’s latest vintage of Vieilles Vignes Françaises, a wine grown from vines planted on its own roots and thus vulnerable to attack by phylloxera, FINE+RARE talks to Denis Bunner, ...
BY Rebecca Gibb MW,
ON May 6, 2020
Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy alumnus: Day One
Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy alumnus: Day One
This spectacular opportunity, offered to just 16 candidates nominated by the member champagne houses each year since 1956, would see us visit 16 grandes marques, taste more than 100 wines and eat more food than you would in a month. It also involved five lectures, five written exams, two blind tasting exams and 15 new friends. This… is Champagne Academy. ...
ON August 6, 2012
A Year in Photos: 2015 at FINE + RARE
A Year in Photos: 2015 at FINE + RARE
While the most important thing about wine is undoubtedly the taste, any true oenophile will understand the visual allure of a beautiful label, mountain of corks or cavernous cellar. A photojourney through wine: shots from the F+R Archives... In our line of work we're treated to more of these sights than most, and it was with this in mind ...
ON January 7, 2016
Tarlant Champagne - Champagnes with a unique heritage
Tarlant Champagne - Champagnes with a unique heritage
A CONVERSATION WITH BENOIT TARLANT, WINEMAKER AT TARLANT CHAMPAGNE Last week, I met up with Benoit Tarlant, the vigneron behind the Curvee Louis and La Vigne d'Antan Champagnes - two of the most unique expressions of the region. Benoit's aim in his top cuvees  is to re-engage with the historical cultural heritage of winemaking in the region. He wants his ...
ON November 2, 2018
2002 Champagne – The Vintage of the Decade?
2002 Champagne – The Vintage of the Decade?
*"2002 was an outstanding vintage, most likely the best of the decade. The finest 2002s are powerful, firmly structured and truly mineral but neither lack freshness nor finesse." – *The Wine Advocate** Widely renowned as one of the greatest champagne vintages of recent years, 2002 more than stands up to past greats such as the 1996 & 1990. Praised by ...
ON July 28, 2015
Wines Not to Miss in February 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
Champagne at Fine+Rare
Champagne at Fine+Rare
In honour of National Champagne Week, Chris Kelly shines the spotlight on everybody's favourite form of liquid celebration.  Drinking Champagne is one of life’s great pleasures – making any occasion feel that little but more special. At FINE + RARE we have access to an unparalleled range of Champagnes across the price points and spanning some glorious vintages.  Read on to find ...
ON October 3, 2015
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: March 2019
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: March 2019
March is another busy month at F+R HQ with a treasure trove of releases from around the world of fine wine. One of the biggest highlights this month comes from Champagne, in the form of the long-awaited Bollinger Grande Année from the exceptional 2008 vintage. Dom Pérignon also release their 2006 Rosé which we were fortunate enough to taste earlier ...
ON February 28, 2019
2010 Burgundy: A few early thoughts
2010 Burgundy: A few early thoughts
Simon Davies, Head of Marketing at FINE+RARE, shares his musings on 2010 Burgundy post his trip to Domaine Chanson. I was in Beaune yesterday tasting a range of 2010s at Domaine Chanson (the estate owned by Bollinger). While it’s all still fresh in my mind I thought I would share some thoughts. The 2010 Burgundy vintage is very high quality ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON September 23, 2011
What to look out for this March
What to look out for this March
A new month brings another flurry of fine wine and spirits releases. While Bordeaux en primeur is on the horizon, March sees new vintages from Latour and the Grandes Marques, as well as releases from Tuscany, Burgundy and Ireland’s most exciting distillery: here’s our pick of the bunch The latest from Latour In the wake of last week’s launch of ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON March 5, 2021
Finding the Equilibrium - What determines the world’s finest Champagne?
Finding the Equilibrium - What determines the world’s finest Champagne?
This week the F+R team got a real insight into the many variables that go into Champagne production. From the maturation process of the still wine and, following second fermentation, the effects of lees ageing, disgorgement, blending and dosage techniques - all in search of the elusive but all important equilibrium which defines the finest quality champagnes. A key defining ...
ON July 19, 2018
Champagne Prices Set To Rise in 2017
Champagne Prices Set To Rise in 2017
With prices looking likely to go up in 2017, it is more than just the fast-approaching festive period causing Champagne collectors and connoisseurs to stock up... Champagne prices set to rise in UK Decanter Magazine recently reported that “Champagne is expected to go up in price in the New Year”, a view that has been echoed by others in the ...
ON November 11, 2016
FINE+RARE Quarterly Report: 2014 Q1
FINE+RARE Quarterly Report: 2014 Q1
After a very successful 2013, we came out of the traps in 2014 with our sights set even higher. Herewith the key events and releases so far: 2010 Barolo We’ve been making a bit of noise about this, and rightly so. A brilliant vintage, record sales, an unprecedented tasting of more than ninety wines in our Bermondsey Street offices, and ...
ON April 25, 2014
Krug 2002: One of the most exciting releases of the decade
Krug 2002: One of the most exciting releases of the decade
For those of you who have been champing at the bit for the release of Krug 2002, one of the greatest vintages from the King of Champagne, the long wait is almost over. We've now tasted it and can confirm that it is unequivocally worth all of the hype. But, as supply will be extremely limited and demand unimaginably high, ...
ON January 15, 2016
The Alchemy of Affinage With Cheese Guru Bernard Antony
The Alchemy of Affinage With Cheese Guru Bernard Antony
Eating cheese and drinking fine wine is really one of life’s little pleasures. The skills in matching the right cheese with the right wines is no easy task and something taken very seriously amongst the world's finest wine and cheese makers. One name that kept cropping up when speaking to winemakers about wine and cheese pairing was Bernard Antony, a ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 5, 2020
21 Weird and Wonderful Wine Facts
21 Weird and Wonderful Wine Facts
In 1994 FINE + RARE began trading, and 21 years on we’re proud to have become a key feature of the fine wine marketplace. After starting with just two friends with a bright idea and a passion for wine, we’ve grown to a diverse, vibrant company with over 80 employees. In that time, we’ve learnt a thing or two about ...
ON September 25, 2015
What Winemakers are Drinking this Christmas 2018
What Winemakers are Drinking this Christmas 2018
Last week we shared our Christmas wine recommendations, but who knows best what to serve at the Christmas table, than those working on-the-ground in the vineyards, wineries and Chateaux? We spoke to some of our winemaking friends from around the world about what they will be drinking this festive season... Victor Charcan - **Bodegas Roda (Rioja, Spain)** I am the wine supplier ...
ON December 20, 2018
Terroir Immersion Therapy with Sébastien Le Golvet
Terroir Immersion Therapy with Sébastien Le Golvet
We learn a lot from winemakers around the world but often it extends well beyond their vocation. No more so than with Sébastien Le Golvet, whose philosophy as a vigneron extends far beyond the vineyard. Under the mentorship of his father-in-law Claude Giraud, Sébastien believes a total immersion in one’s surroundings is essential to better understand it. Working with something that is ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON April 8, 2020

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