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Champagne Philipponnat - Clos des Goisses
Champagne Philipponnat - Clos des Goisses
Last week Charles Philipponnat, owner of the iconic Clos des Goisses vineyard, stopped by the F+R offices to showcase the latest vintage from his top Champagne site. As direct importers of Clos des Goisses from Philipponnat, we wanted to gain a real understanding of what makes this vineyard so special. From its location and aspect, to the particular élevage techniques ...
ON September 27, 2018
Behind the Bottle: Sassicaia
Behind the Bottle: Sassicaia
Sassicaia is without doubt Italy’s most iconic wine and its story is at the centre of the revolution that spurred on the modern-era of Italian fine wine. The influence of Sassicaia in Italy cannot be overstated. As Sassicaia celebrates its 50th anniversary, and we excitedly anticipate the latest Sassicaia 2016 release this week, we look back at the history of ...
ON January 31, 2019
Revolutionary Wine: The Massandra Collection
Revolutionary Wine: The Massandra Collection
Click here to view the full selection of wines from the Massandra Collection available at FINE+RARE. In March FINE+RARE held a very special public tasting of fortified wines from the enigmatic Massandra winery, on the south coast of the Crimean peninsula. The wines spanned the entire history of the winery - from 1983 all the way back to their first ever vintage in 1894. The ...
ON March 23, 2018
Discovering Cognac, Blues + Passions with Delamain Cognac
Discovering Cognac, Blues + Passions with Delamain Cognac
This week the F+R Spirits team visited Jarnac in southwestern France, as guests of Delamain Cognac house. During the trip they became better acquainted with their range of Cognacs and attended the annual ‘Cognac Blues Passions’ festival. Read what the trip entailed… Why did we go? It is always exciting getting to travel to see producers we work with ...
ON July 6, 2018
Assessing the blend: 2011 Chateau Margaux
Assessing the blend: 2011 Chateau Margaux
Me: “Paul, are you sure that sample is Merlot, it tastes a lot like Cabernet?” Paul Pontallier: “Yes absolutely it’s a Merlot, amazing eh?” Me: “Paul, are you really sure this isn’t a Cabernet?” Paul Pontallier: “Hmmm, no, not any more. Let me check…” It had started as a simple question in late Nov 2011 when I was at Ch ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON February 28, 2012
Jean-Marie Fourrier: from Burgundy to Oz
Jean-Marie Fourrier: from Burgundy to Oz
Jean-Marie Fourrier is already one of Burgundy’s leading names, but the winemaker is restless. We caught up with him to hear about his new venture in Australia – and why he’s always got one eye on the horizon  When Jean-Marie Fourrier bought legendary Australian estate Bass Phillip in early 2020, he envisaged being there a lot – even being there for the 2020 harvest. “But ‘a small virus’ can make ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON October 7, 2021
How to make wine for the ages
How to make wine for the ages
What allows a wine to last 10, 20 or 50 years? And why is there sometimes a perception that the New World’s wines can’t do this? Gavin Smith talks to Tor Kenward, Christian Moueix, Colgin’s Paul Roberts MS and more about the keys to making fine wine for the cellar – and if it’s relevant today What defines a fine ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 25, 2022
5 of the Most Collectible Corkscrews
5 of the Most Collectible Corkscrews
Wine connoisseurs and design lovers alike will be captivated by our edit of the most beautiful bottle openers… Gucci Exotic Wood & Gold-Plated Brass Corkscrew, £663, 1stdibs An ingeniously designed and highly sought-after bottle opener executed in exotic wood and gold-plated brass by Gucci in the 1960s. The Italian fashion house’s iconic G logo unscrews and slides precisely over one ...
ON July 19, 2018
Bordeaux Revival: A Reinvention of the City
Bordeaux Revival: A Reinvention of the City
A prince’s kiss rouses the cursed princess from a century-long slumber in Sleeping Beauty but the man responsible for Bordeaux’s long-overdue reawakening was not a prince (this being the French Republic after all) but Alain Juppé, France’s former Prime Minister. Bordeaux had been comatosed earning it the nickname la belle endormie but the indefatigable politician has given the city the kiss ...
BY Rebecca Gibb MW,
ON May 12, 2020
Behind the Bottle: Hundred Acre
Behind the Bottle: Hundred Acre
We were very lucky to have the Hundred Acre team visit us in our London office last week and to open up some very special bottles from one of Napa’s most celebrated modern wineries. The property was set up just 20 years ago and has very quickly became one of Napa’s most iconic premium estates. The story behind the bottle ...
ON May 30, 2019
Bordeaux 2018: Additional Early Vintage Insight from the Producers
Bordeaux 2018: Additional Early Vintage Insight from the Producers
Following on from our Bordeaux 2018: Early Vintage Insight from the Producers report published last week, we have since received further reports from both Pomerol and Margaux which we wanted to share you with. Château Margaux Château Margaux sent us a quick note this week stating: “2018 is an incredible vintage. We have produced the most concentrated wines ever and they ...
ON March 15, 2019
A Whistle-Stop Tour of WhistlePig
A Whistle-Stop Tour of WhistlePig
There has never been a more exciting time in the world of whisky. With the explosion in global demand over the last 5-10 years, the craft distillery scene is booming and with it comes experimentation and innovation. This experimentation has led to what is billed as the "Rye revival". Sales are booming in the US where many believe Rye is regaining ...
ON January 10, 2019
Paul Pernot 2018
Paul Pernot 2018
Domaine Paul Pernot in Burgundy terms is a fairly large Estate with a total of 20 hectares under vine and is the largest owner of Puligny Montrachet vines second only to Domaine Leflaive with 15 hectares in total. When it comes to Puligny-Montrachet, Jasper Morris MW reports in “Inside Burgundy”- Domaine Paul Pernot “could be the outstanding domaine of that ...
ON September 17, 2019
Rags to riches: fine wine's biggest success stories
Rags to riches: fine wine's biggest success stories
From shipwrecks to blighted vines, Claire Huxley examines five wineries whose path to success involved a fair few bumps in the road We know that each and every bottle has a story to tell. For some, these stories stretch back centuries, for others, they are just beginning. Uncovering these tales – with all their twists and turns – is one of ...
ON December 11, 2015
Monica Soldera Interview
Monica Soldera Interview
Soldera is one of Italy’s most iconic and best-loved wines amongst aficionados and collectors across the globe. In top vintages it remains the absolute benchmark for Sangiovese par excellence. There are few wines in the world that can achieve the same level of ethereal beauty found in Soldera. Soldera has always been a family affair and, following the passing of founder ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON March 19, 2020
Five Revolutionary Wines
Five Revolutionary Wines
Rebellion is in the air and FINE+RARE love an innovator, so we take a look at five revolutionary wines… With a history stretching back several millennia, it goes without saying that winemaking is rooted in tradition. Some of the most-loved wines are the result of generations of expertise. However, every now and then a winemaker comes along who rips up ...
ON August 2, 2018
In Conversation with: Bloomsbury Distillery
In Conversation with: Bloomsbury Distillery
Bloomsbury was historically the home of many of London’s distilleries dating back to the 18th century. This included the original Gin establishments of Gordons and Tanqueray, before they moved out of the City in modern times. Hogarth’s famous “Gin Lane” painting, awash with drunken mothers and anaemic alcoholics, was an image supposedly inspired by Bloomsbury life in the 1700s. Whilst ...
ON August 22, 2018
Visiting Gianfranco Soldera
Visiting Gianfranco Soldera
In her Tuscany wine Journal FINE+RARE buyer Jess Bryans described meeting the great Gianfranco Soldera at Case Basse. Now, in this full-length article she recounts her visit with this winemaking icon in full detail - from touring the vines to a delicious Italian supper.     By normal standards, every day should be good when you work in wine - you’ll ...
ON November 6, 2015
The Wine Advocate's William Kelley Shares his Burgundy 2017 Early Insights
The Wine Advocate's William Kelley Shares his Burgundy 2017 Early Insights
In anticipation of the imminent Burgundy 2017s hitting the market, the F+R team have been eager to get first impressions of the vintage from some of the world's leading experts on the region. In a series of interviews with producers and critics alike, we caught up with the Wine Advocate's Burgundy reviewer William Kelley, after his recent visit to the ...
ON September 20, 2018
Krug Grande Cuvée Mixed Case
Krug Grande Cuvée Mixed Case
FINE+RARE have unearthed a rare opportunity to own a Krug Grande Cuvée mixed case... We have secured thirty limited edition collections containing six bottles of Krug Grande Cuvée recreated in three different years - 2006 base x 2 bottles, 2005 base x 2 bottles and 2004 base x 2 bottles - in original wooden cases. Read on to find out ...
ON July 22, 2016
Burgundy 2019: under-the-radar gems
Burgundy 2019: under-the-radar gems
Each of these wines stood out in our tastings this year – coming with an unusual back story, or from an appellation you wouldn’t expect for the producer. All of them have somehow managed to stay out of the limelight, but are, in our view, more than worthy of your attention 2019 VOUGEOT, PREMIER CRU, LES PETITS VOUGEOTS, ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON November 24, 2020
Hidden Chilean Treasures: Discovering Aconcagua Valley
Hidden Chilean Treasures: Discovering Aconcagua Valley
The FINE+RARE team jet out to join Errazuriz’s Eduardo Chadwick to experience the best of what Chilean wine can offer... A smattering of huge scores from James Suckling this year has catapulted Chilean wine back into the limelight. So when two of FINE+RARE’s Account Managers, Simon Brass and John Cummock, were invited out to Chile, they jumped at the opportunity. ...
ON November 10, 2017
24 Hours in... Burgundy
24 Hours in... Burgundy
With the Burgundy 2018 En Primeur sales in full swing we thought it topical to offer our top tips for visiting the region. With two native Burgundians in our buying team, who better than them to outline the local delicacies not to miss, the top wine lists and the best restaurants in the region. Top Special Occasion Restaurant – Lameloise (3* ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON December 12, 2019
Rare Collectibles from the FINE+RARE HOME Hong Kong
Rare Collectibles from the FINE+RARE HOME Hong Kong
The new F+R HOME Hong Kong will be furnished with rare collectibles curated by London-based design duo withCeremony. From Ejvind A. Johansson's exceptional Eye Chairs and Massimo Papiri's iconic Cocktail Table, to a selection of unique barware by Carl Auböck - see a small selection of the highlights below... All available to purchase - prices upon request.   Set of Ten Eye ...
ON August 10, 2018
Domaine Paul Pernot - Producer Portrait
Domaine Paul Pernot - Producer Portrait
Domaine Paul Pernot in Burgundy terms is a fairly large Estate with a total of 20 hectares under vine and is the largest owner of Puligny Montrachet vines second only to Domaine Leflaive with 15 hectares in total. When it comes to Puligny-Montrachet, Jasper Morris MW reports in “Inside Burgundy”- Domaine Paul Pernot “could be the outstanding domaine of that ...
ON August 30, 2018
A Trip to Armagnac Part 2: Baron de Lustrac & Domaine Notre Dame de Bouit
A Trip to Armagnac Part 2: Baron de Lustrac & Domaine Notre Dame de Bouit
Armagnac Baron de Lustrac Despite Mother Nature providing virtually everything necessary for producing a singular and remarkable spirit, market forces seem intent on keeping Armagnac off the centre stage: a spot it rightly deserves! A sheltered existence geographically coupled with a lack of business savvy has, for many centuries, meant it never quite achieved the same global acclaim that ...
ON March 25, 2015
Fifty Shades of Sherry
Fifty Shades of Sherry
Sherry can be the colour of coffee stains on a cream carpet, the colour of lemon-curd sandwiches or the colour of lacquered mahogany. It is the diversity of sherry which makes it so appealing, a surfeit of styles with a gradient of colour. You can taste a light and breezy Manzanilla from the Sanlucar coast which has a sea salt ...
ON September 10, 2012
There's more to the US than Napa...
There's more to the US than Napa...
There is a growing excitement around American wine at the moment. At FINE+RARE we have seen a significant increase in customer demand driving sales from 2012 to the present day. A fortnight ago our Fine Wine Buyer and MW student, Camilla Bowler and Sales Team Manager, Craig Norton held a workshop at F+R to discuss the region and taste a ...
ON June 11, 2014
The history of vermouth in cocktails: shaken not stirred
The history of vermouth in cocktails: shaken not stirred
No drinks trolley is complete without a bottle of vermouth. It’s required in countless classic cocktails and is a remarkable drink in its own right. Holly Motion charts vermouth’s rise to prominence and explores the history of four of the most famous vermouth-based cocktails Think of a cocktail. Is vermouth in it? If you’re thinking of a classic cocktail, there’s ...
BY Holly Motion,
ON November 29, 2021
Dining Out in Chablis: 3 Restaurant Recommendations for Wine-Lovers
Dining Out in Chablis: 3 Restaurant Recommendations for Wine-Lovers
Despite the impressive amphitheatre of Grand Cru sites that surround this beautiful and peaceful village, Chablis is all-too-often missed off the itinerary on food and wine tours of Burgundy. However notwithstanding its petite size, Chablis is bursting at the seams with culinary surprises. There is a vast array of truly unmissable restaurants, all well-versed in curating menus to complement the ...
ON August 2, 2018
Five Wines To Blow The Budget
Five Wines To Blow The Budget
*From special gifts to the drink of a life time, there are some wines worth blowing the budget for. We round up five of the best wines that money can buy... * A birthday, an anniversary, the crowning jewel of a life-time’s collection; sometimes an occasion calls for extravagance. Whether you’re celebrating a special date or simply looking for a sip ...
ON July 27, 2017
Mark Bedini Interviewed by 12x75.com
Mark Bedini Interviewed by 12x75.com
FINE+RARE laid bare: Leading fine wine blog 12x75 invited Mark Bedini, co-founder and Executive Chairman, to discuss many aspects about the past, present and future of FINE+RARE. Including what it was like to meet HM the Queen. 12x75: You’ve been in the wine industry for over 30 years and have seen it from many angles; you’ve worked as a shop ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON February 21, 2012
What to look out for this December
What to look out for this December
From the latest Brunello and Burgundy releases to a Canadian rye whiskey, there’s no shortage of exciting wines and spirits coming out this month – but here’s our pick of the best BRILLIANT BRUNELLO With all the excitement surrounding the releases of the straight Brunellos from 2016, December will see the 2015 Riservas share some of the limelight. Riservas are ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON December 4, 2020
The Other Wines of Gaja
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
New Zealand's Wine Identity
New Zealand's Wine Identity
Most wine regions have a very clear varietal identity. For example, in France, Bordeaux is best known for its red blends dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and white blends using Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc; Burgundy has Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; Alsace is defined by its Rieslings, Gewurztraminers, Pinot Gris and Muscats and so on. However one country which is ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON May 1, 2012
Isabel Ferrando on finding the 'Saint Prefert identity'
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
DOMAINE ANNE GROS
DOMAINE ANNE GROS
Click here to view the current selection of Domaine Anne Gros at FINE+RARE. The 'Fille de François Gros' 30 years on... Now one of the most respected vignerons in the Côte de Nuits, the 2017 vintage marked Anne Gros' thirtieth year at the helm of the family estate. When Gros succeeded her father in 1988 the domaine covered three hectares. Since then it ...
ON June 1, 2018
Musigny Grand Cru Vertical Tasting 1943 – 2007 with Veronique Drouhin
Musigny Grand Cru Vertical Tasting 1943 – 2007 with Veronique Drouhin
The Musigny Grand Cru is an historically important site in Burgundy with vineyards on the site dating back to Gallo-Roman times. It was singled out as a separate vineyard since the Middle Ages by the monks of Citeaux, yet unlike Clos Vougeot it remained un-walled due to the fact that the site remained in multiple ownership during the ancien regime ...
ON June 22, 2018
Bordeaux Radicals: Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Bordeaux Radicals: Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Stephanie Libreau from Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion at our London HQ, for a vertical tasting dating from 2016 back to 2012. These wines are brilliantly made, unique in so many ways and represent the cutting-edge of vinification techniques in Bordeaux. The rise in quality at the Chateau, along with the estate's reputation ...
ON June 13, 2019
Generation Y: Joséphine Duffau-Lagarrosse
Generation Y: Joséphine Duffau-Lagarrosse
The 2021 vintage was a challenging year in Bordeaux – but at Saint-Emilion estate Ch. Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse, it was also the first with Joséphine Duffau-Lagarrosse at the helm. We visited the young vigneronne to find out what it means to take on such a legacy Ch. Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse clearly has some fantastic terroir. One of only a handful of top-rated ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON May 28, 2022
Tuscany Wine Journal, Day Two: Gianfranco Soldera
Tuscany Wine Journal, Day Two: Gianfranco Soldera
Introducing the latest installment of FINE+RARE buyer Jessica Bryans' Tuscany Wine Journal, documenting her whistle-stop tour of all the region has to offe To read Day One, click here.** ** Day Two:** *Gianfranco Soldera, a wine-making legend. *** I woke up at 4:30am this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. Why? Because, today I was about to meet the legendary Gianfranco Soldera! As any lover of ...
ON October 22, 2015
Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy Alumnus Day Two
Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy Alumnus Day Two
Day Two Moet Chandon proved a difficult start, since we could not at first work our way into the building! When eventually we were sat down in the boardroom, we launched into the short daily test before moving onto the lecture, this time on vineyards and harvest. And the reward at the end of our hard work? A trip round ...
ON August 7, 2012
In the Studio with Bill Amberg
In the Studio with Bill Amberg
For our new HOME in Hong Kong, FINE+RARE has collaborated with one of the most respected names in British leather craft, Bill Amberg. An industry leader in bespoke leather products, interiors and furniture, his work can be found gracing British institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, Selfridges, Claridge’s Hotel and The Savoy, to name ...
ON August 29, 2018
Jessica Servet Portrait - Winemaker at Hegarty Chamans
Jessica Servet Portrait - Winemaker at Hegarty Chamans
Hegarty Chaman is a winery co-owned by Sir John Hegarty and his partner Phillipa Crane. Since purchasing the property in 2002 they have invested heavily into the vineyard and winery in order to produce some of the finest examples of red and white wines from the Minervois Appellation in the heart of Southern France. Once known for its gutsy rustic ...
ON November 8, 2018
Summer Sale 2016
Summer Sale 2016
Welcome to the annual FINE+RARE Summer Sale. Find out what to expect, as well the planned schedule below... The Summer Sale last year included Grand Cru Burgundies from top vintages such as 2002, 2005 and 2010, as well as a number of 100 point-scoring Bordeaux First Growths. Read on to find out what is in store this year... Summer Sale ...
ON August 16, 2016
The Japanese Whisky Shortage Grows: Taketsuru Range Discontinued
The Japanese Whisky Shortage Grows: Taketsuru Range Discontinued
Japanese whisky shortages have made the headlines once again and these days, it no longer comes as a shock to see another iconic Japanese whisky discontinued. Over the past twenty years a fanatic, ever-growing fan base has risen around Japanese whisky. While the category deserves nothing less, this increased popularity continues to deplete the remaining stock from Japan's largest and most popular producers. ...
BY George Koutsakis,
ON January 16, 2020
F+R Sponsor's Venice Hospitality Challenge
F+R Sponsor's Venice Hospitality Challenge
Last weekend F+R were one of the proud sponsors of the Venice Hospitality Challenge, a yacht race that takes place around the island of Venice. It is an incredible spectacle in which racing yachts, with a minimum length of 60 feet, take part in an around the city boat race. It has been dubbed the Grand Prix of Venice and ...
ON November 1, 2019
Art and soul: Castello di Ama
Art and soul: Castello di Ama
In amongst the 18th century buildings and vineyards at Castello di Ama, you’ll discover striking modern sculpture. Disruptive and disarming, the art and wine of this Chianti Classico estate is at the cutting edge. Sophie Thorpe spoke to CEO Lorenza Sebasti and winemaker Marco Pallanti to find out more  The constant tension in wine is between art and science; the ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON February 26, 2021
Soldera: The Wine Icon of Brunello di Montalcino
Soldera: The Wine Icon of Brunello di Montalcino
Origins… Gianfranco Soldera first and foremost was a wine lover. A man who in his youth would travel around Italy visiting his favourite wineries, most notably in Barolo. He was fascinated with Nebbiolo. In his mid-thirties he decided he would make his own wine and bought the neglected Case Basse property in 1972. This Tuscan winemaking enterprise was a bit of a compromise for ...
ON November 30, 2018
'Natural', Biodynamic, Organic - is tradition always best?
'Natural', Biodynamic, Organic - is tradition always best?
The first evidence of wine production was in Georgia around 7000BC and domestication of vines occurred around 3000BC. Wine was a natural, simple product: grapes that were pressed and fermented – a true expression of the terroir and the creator’s expertise. But does tradition make better wine? Or is this a romantic notion of turning back the clock to a ...
ON October 17, 2012

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