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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
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
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
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
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
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

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