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FINE+RARE Visits Domaine Leroy + D'Auvenay
FINE+RARE Visits Domaine Leroy + D'Auvenay
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. We ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON February 14, 2020
A visit from Domaines Barons de Rothschild
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
Domaines Barons de Rothschild: a year of innovation
Domaines Barons de Rothschild: a year of innovation
Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)’s Jean-Sébastien Philippe speaks to Gavin Smith about the benefits of collaboration amongst its châteaux – Lafite, L’Evangile, Rieussec and Duhart-Milon For many, the past 12 months meant working in isolation and big plans were shelved. At Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), it was an extremely proactive year of change. These changes have resulted in the strongest line ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON June 9, 2021
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
F+R Visits Domaine Leroy
F+R Visits Domaine Leroy
Visiting Domaine Leroy is a highlight on any fine wine calendar and this year seemed ever more fortunate, finding the 2017s as composed as they will ever be, finishing up their last week of élevage in barrel before bottling planned for next week. On top of that Gilles points out that the 2017s have been the most consistently expressive vintage ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 22, 2019
Domaine Tortochot Producer Portrait
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
Domaine de Montille: The Genealogy of the Estate
Domaine de Montille: The Genealogy of the Estate
The De Montille estate of Volnay is one of the most historic in the Cote d’Or, founded in 1730 and family run and owned ever since. Today Etienne de Montille is the ninth generation at the helm. The De Montille story through the ages is a familiar one in Burgundy in which for a long period there was a dwindling ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON July 22, 2020
Domaine Georges Roumier Vertical Tasting
Domaine Georges Roumier Vertical Tasting
A very special thank you to Jordi Orriols-Gil for sourcing the incredible collection below and making this evening possible. It is not often one sits down to a 30-wine vertical tasting over dinner. And when 27 out of those 30 wines are Domaine Georges Roumier Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru, dating from 2007 all the way back to 1945, it's hard not to ...
ON March 9, 2018
A New Era for Domaine Billaud-Simon
A New Era for Domaine Billaud-Simon
In 2014 Domaine Faiveley acquired one of the best-known names in Chablis, Domaine Billaud-Simon, amassing around 20 hectares of vineyards in some of the best terroirs in the region. During the takeover, Olivier Bailly stepped in as winemaker taking charge of winemaking from the 2014 vintage and gaining full viticultural control from 2015. Olivier has had some great experience both ...
ON August 2, 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
Domaine Henri Boillot - Producer Portrait
Domaine Henri Boillot - Producer Portrait
As Stephen Tanzer outlines in his recent report, Henri Boillot is the first out picking on the Montrachet slopes. The combination of small production and picking early comes from a desire to retain vibrancy and energy in the wines over and above riper styles of Chardonnay found elsewhere in the Cotes de Beaune. This mineral driven “understated” yet “explosive” style ...
ON September 13, 2018
Domaine Gérard Raphet - Producer Portrait
Domaine Gérard Raphet - Producer Portrait
Gérard Raphet - the quiet man of Morey-Saint-Denis - lets his wines do the talking. With some exceptional terroir to play with and some very old vines, his wines exude "terroir". His impressive holdings (totally 12 hectares) include five cuvees coming from four of the best Cote de Nuits Grands Crus – Chambertin Clos de Beze, Charmes Chambertin, Clos de la ...
ON September 24, 2018
Domaine du Clos Frantin - Producer Portrait
Domaine du Clos Frantin - Producer Portrait
Domaine du Clos Frantin is the top estate within the wider Maison Albert Bichot Group. The domaine has an exceptional range of Grand Cru and Premier Cru sites in the Cote de Nuits and in recent years has been producing top drawer Burgundy, deserved of the terroir. This domaine has a total of 7.3 hectares of vines, of which 3.9 ...
ON October 8, 2018
Domaine Romanée-Conti: Rare & Exceptional
Domaine Romanée-Conti: Rare & Exceptional
Domaine Romanée-Conti (DRC) is the exemplary Burgundian wine producer. Its 25 ha of Grand Cru vineyards cluster around the village of Vosne Romanée with part of the proprietorship including two of Burgundy’s greatest monopoles, La Tache and Romanée Conti. The six red and one white Grand Cru wines are often transcendental, each single vineyard distinctive (a Batard Montrachet is also ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON September 27, 2011
A Trip to Armagnac Part I: Domaine Boingneres
A Trip to Armagnac Part I: Domaine Boingneres
Domaine Boingneres enjoys more commercial success than many other properties in Armagnac and indeed, Madame Lafitte’s expressions of Folle Blanch and the elusive Baco may be found in many a Michelin star restaurant and fancy hotel. With an established following of world class sommeliers such as Gerrard Basset (World best Sommelier 2010) and Enrico Bernardo (World best Sommelier 2004), this ...
ON August 30, 2014
Producer Portrait: Domaine Potinet-Ampeau
Producer Portrait: Domaine Potinet-Ampeau
One of our most memorable visits and tastings this year was in Monthelie at the historic cellars of Domaine Potinet Ampeau. Ever since trying a collection of their aged whites a couple of years ago I’ve been captivated by the pristine quality and structure of their very mature white wines. This autumn we were finally able to discover the cellars ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 2, 2020
Changing of the guard at Domaine des Lambrays
Changing of the guard at Domaine des Lambrays
The 2019 vintage is significant at Domaine des Lambrays not just for its exceptional quality, but as the first full year under new winemaker Jacques Devauges. Late last year we visited the property to find out more  Humble yet with undeniable ambition, Jacques Devauges arrived at Domaine des Lambrays in March 2019 and has wasted no time in making small but significant adjustments at the estate. His appointment was the most recent in a flurry ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON March 12, 2021
Domaine Georges Lignier's Benoit Stehly's visits F+R
Domaine Georges Lignier's Benoit Stehly's visits F+R
Benoit has had complete control at Domaine Georges Lignier since 2007 after taking over from his uncle. He had been working on the family estate since he was a kid, helping out at harvest and during bottling in the summer holidays. Only after his studies in 1999 did he join the domaine full time . It took a few years ...
ON January 25, 2019
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2012s with Olivier Humbrecht MW
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2012s with Olivier Humbrecht MW
Olivier Humbrecht joined us in the FINE+RARE office to talk to us about the domaine and taste through his newly released 2012s, which mark his 25th vintage as winemaker. Here, we share some of our team’s favourites. Domaine Zind-Humbrecht is one of, if not the, legendary wineries of Alsace. Based in Turckheim, the family domaine has been producing wine since ...
ON August 1, 2014
Domaine Hudelot Noellat - Top picks of 2018
Domaine Hudelot Noellat - Top picks of 2018
Our visit to Domaine Hudelot Noellat during our autumn stint in Burgundy was easily one of the highlights of the trip. Expectations were already high since Charles Van Canneyt (winemaker at the domaine) has been on a roll, producing fantastic wines at this property since taking over from his uncle in 2008. Whilst Charles prefers the cooler vintages in Burgundy, ...
ON December 6, 2019
Domaine Georges Lignier - 2018 Vintage Update
Domaine Georges Lignier - 2018 Vintage Update
Domaine Georges Lignier has some of the most enviable Grand Cru sites in Burgundy with significant holdings in Clos de la Roche, Clos St Denis and Bonnes Mares. Based in the village of Morey St Denis, the domaine is today run by the ever-thoughtful Benoit Stehly, the great grandson of Georges Lignier, who has been in charge of the property since 2007. It ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 8, 2020
Behind the Bottle - Vire Clesse by Domaine de la Bongran
Behind the Bottle - Vire Clesse by Domaine de la Bongran
This is no ordinary Chardonnay from the Maconnais, 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
Domaine Michel Gaunoux: Burgundy's best-kept secret
Domaine Michel Gaunoux: Burgundy's best-kept secret
It has taken FINE+RARE many years to build a relationship with Domaine Michel Gaunoux but it has been well worth the effort, as the wines are spectacular. Deep and rich in style, they are textbook examples of red Burgundy – in terms of balance, concentration and finesse they are rivalled by very few in the Côte. They capture the seductive, ...
ON July 25, 2018
Joseph Colin - The new Domaine on the Cote de Beaune Block
Joseph Colin - The new Domaine on the Cote de Beaune Block
The family name Colin is a hard one to escape in the Cote de Beaune, with a handful of prolific producers dotted around Saint Aubin, Puligny and Chassagne Montrachet all sharing the name. Consumers could be forgiven for getting a little confused over which one is which! We caught up with Joseph Colin, the newest Colin to go solo, following ...
ON October 28, 2019
Domaine Zind Humbrecht - Discover the top terroir sites of Alsace
Domaine Zind Humbrecht - Discover the top terroir sites of Alsace
Last week we were fortunate to have the man himself, Olivier Humbrecht, from legendary Domaine Zind Humbrecht in our London office presenting a fascinating tasting through the different top vineyard sites of Alsace. Through the tasting we sampled the different varietals grown on the same vineyards, as opposed to tasting in varietal order. It was an intriguing insight into terroir ...
ON June 7, 2019
A showcase of Faiveley wines at the Annual Domaine Faiveley Grand Cru lunch
A showcase of Faiveley wines at the Annual Domaine Faiveley Grand Cru lunch
On a sunny afternoon last week, my fellow Private Client Account Managers, Martin and Peter and I attended an insightful tasting of the wines of Domaine Faiveley. Hosted by winemaker Erwan Faiveley, this was more than a regular tasting with lunch. Held at the two Michelin starred ‘The Square’, chef Phillip Howard devised a menu that beautifully and sympathetically allowed ...
ON May 27, 2014
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
The Burgundy Icons
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 ...
ON August 30, 2019
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: February 2019
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: February 2019
Undoubtedly this month’s biggest release will be Sassicaia 2016, the first vintage to score the perfect 100 points by the Wine Advocate since the legendary 1985, the vintage that made Sassicaia a global icon for fine wine.  Reviewer Monica Larner states that "the 2016 vintage shows pinpoint sharpness and precision” and “stands tall next to the epic 1985” offering “an ...
ON January 31, 2019
Leroy: Visiting a Living Legend
Leroy: Visiting a Living Legend
Last week the FINE+RARE team visited Lalou Bize-Leroy for our annual tasting of her latest releases. Buyer Jessica Bryans describes the quality, the history and the surreal - practically religious - experience... What can you say about such a legendary producer? Leroy: "Absolute Perfection" The critical acclaim for Lalou Bize-Leroy's domain speaks for itself: "Lalou Bize-Leroy stands virtually alone at ...
ON February 11, 2016
Six iconic Burgundy wines
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
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
The year’s best bottles
The year’s best bottles
In our quest to source the finest wines and spirits from around the world, we sample some astonishing bottles. We asked a handful of our team to highlight the best thing they tasted this year – from 1926 Leroy to a special 60-year-old Glenfarclas 2012 Barolo, Vigna Rocchette, Cavalier Lorenzo Accomasso  “Lorenzo Accomasso is a true ’cavalier’, capable of carrying ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON December 31, 2020
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
Leroy: 2017 Release, Visit & Tasting
Leroy: 2017 Release, Visit & Tasting
Last week FINE+RARE embarked on its annual visit to Auxey-Duresses to try this year’s releases from Domaine Leroy and the Maison Leroy Collection… Leroy's wines are always astounding and these new releases are no exception. They will be fiercely fought over in the marketplace during the coming weeks… Leroy: 2017 Release The extraordinary demand for the latest releases from Maison Leroy ...
ON February 23, 2017
Tortochot: Burgundy "on the upswing"
Tortochot: Burgundy "on the upswing"
With 2014 Burgundy En Primeur in full swing, we take a look at Domaine Tortochot – a Burgundian gem that offers stunning wines and excellent value for money. Quality & Value Tortochot’s wines have been a firm favourite with FINE+RARE customers for some time now. The domain crafts wines in a rich and serious style that offer some of the ...
ON February 2, 2016
Potinet-Ampeau: Spellbinding Aged Burgundy
Potinet-Ampeau: Spellbinding Aged Burgundy
A tip from a top industry insider led us to the late-released wines of Domaine Potinet-Ampeau... A special Burgundy tasting: Domaine Potinet-Ampeau. Last week the team at FINE+RARE had the pleasure of sampling a flight of Burgundies from Domaine Potinet-Ampeau. It was a great tasting, not the usual range of young wines from the latest vintage as is the norm, these ...
ON May 9, 2016
Wines To Watch in January 2020
Wines To Watch in January 2020
January is the month in which our Burgundy 2018 En Primeur campaign really hits top gear with the majority of domaines releasing their wines to market for the first time. Stay tuned for releases from Groffier, Lamarche, Gros Frère et Sœur and many more, including our top picks from Domaine Hudelot Noellat and Domaine Tortochot. Outside of the En Primeur ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 2, 2020
The Annual Clos Vougeot Tasting : Presenting 2009
The Annual Clos Vougeot Tasting : Presenting 2009
On Thursday 27th October wine journalists and the FINE+RARE team gathered for a very special event: 57 domains, one vineyard, one vintage, tasted blind. This is the second year (we hope of many) that we have organised this Clos Vougeot tasting, and quite some organisation is required. We started contacting producers back in February to try and secure a bottle ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON October 28, 2011
Maison Albert Bichot 2018s
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 ...
ON September 26, 2019
2010 Burgundy Vintage Report
2010 Burgundy Vintage Report
Simon Davies, Head of Marketing at FINE+RARE, shares his thoughts on the 2010 Burgundy vintage following his trip to the region last week. The Vintage A week of tasting close to 300 wines across 19 different domains from Gevrey in the north of the Côte de Nuits to Givry in the Côte Chalonnaise has given me a very clear picture ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON November 8, 2011
F+R Leroy Dinner
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
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
Top Wines + Spirits of 2019: FINE+RARE Staff Picks
Top Wines + Spirits of 2019: FINE+RARE Staff Picks
This year the team at FINE+RARE encountered some astonishing bottles on our quest to source the finest wines and spirits from around the world. We asked our colleagues to highlight some of their favourites from 2019... Corentin Margier – Head of Buying Unicorn Wine/Spirit of the Year (something you are unlikely to taste/ experience again): Clos Vougeot 1937, Maison Leroy The ...
ON December 18, 2019
Charles van Canneyt - Producer Portrait
Charles van Canneyt - Producer Portrait
Charles Van Canneyt is the young vigneron at the helm of Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat. When Alain Hudelot-Noëllat stepped down from running the domaine in 2008 – a post he had been in for around three decades – he handed stewardship straight to his grandson Charles. Based in Vougeot, this domaine has seen vast improvements in quality in recent years, under the guidance of ...
ON October 25, 2018
Clos Vougeot 2013
Clos Vougeot 2013
Thursday 28th October saw our annual  Clos Vougeot tastings. Wine journalists gathered at Lower Thames Street to take part in one of the highlights of our calendar: 33 wines from 32 domains, one vineyard and one vintage, all tasted blind. We are rather proud of our Clos Vougeot tasting at FINE+RARE. While blind tastings are hardly uncommon, the chance to ...
ON November 6, 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
What Fine Wine Producers are Drinking in 2018
What Fine Wine Producers are Drinking in 2018
Fine wine producers tend to be very inquisitive people - often leaning towards the obsessive in search of that perfection. Their constant desire to capture every possible subtlety or nuance in their wine can often be stoked by tasting something sublime in anothers. Whilst there may still be some winemakers who work on their own projects without a care for ...
ON October 24, 2018
Why good value Burgundy still exists
Why good value Burgundy still exists
With Burgundy 2014 En Primeur proving extremely popular, Camilla Bowler explains that bargains are still to be had - if you're willing to search.  As long as you have a fair amount of money, plenty of time on your hands and sufficient patience, it is easy to buy good Burgundy. Follow the famous producers, build up your allocations, buy en primeur, ...
ON January 15, 2016
Burgundy 2018 EP Round-Up - F+R's Top 2018 White Wines
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

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