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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
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
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
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 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
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
In Conversation With Daniel Humm & Cedric Nicaise (Eleven Madison Park )
In Conversation With Daniel Humm & Cedric Nicaise (Eleven Madison Park )
Following on from an amazing evening with Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion at London’s most exciting new restaurant, Davies and Brook, we caught up with Head Chef Daniel Humm. The iconic chef behind Claridge's new fine-dining establishment is most famous for setting up Manhattan’s Eleven Madison Park - rated No.1 in the World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2017. The wine list at ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON March 5, 2020
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
Dinner at One of the Most Exclusive Wine Clubs in the World - 1243 Bourgogne Society
Dinner at One of the Most Exclusive Wine Clubs in the World - 1243 Bourgogne Society
As I arrived in sunny Beaune, it was safe to say it was tourist season. Families, historians, wine-lovers, food-lovers, art-lovers, plus many more from all over the world, flock to this ancient and exceptionally beautiful town in Burgundy to visit and spend time. I’m lucky to be able to visit Beaune regularly, but regardless, its charm and civility will never ...
ON July 6, 2018
A Telling Trip to Burgundy - The 2012 Vintage
A Telling Trip to Burgundy - The 2012 Vintage
The 2012 Burgundy vintage has been on the lips of the trade since it was harvested. High quality, low quantity is what we have all been hearing. A flying trip to the region earlier this week gave us an opportunity to find out. Whilst judging wines from barrel is rarely an exact science, it is crystal clear that the quality ...
ON September 10, 2013
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
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
Chapoutier 2015: The Verdict
Chapoutier 2015: The Verdict
With 2015 set to be one of the Rhône Valley’s greatest ever vintages, the anticipation surrounding the release from star producer Maison Chapoutier has been steadily mounting. Having now tasted them ourselves, we can confirm that they more than live up to expectations... Chapoutier 2015 Tasting The buzz around Rhône 2015 has been growing for some time, with critics and ...
ON April 22, 2016
The True Stars of Burgundy - according to William Kelley | The Wine Advocate
The True Stars of Burgundy - according to William Kelley | The Wine Advocate
*FINE + RARE Interview: The Wine Advocate's new Burgundy reviewer William Kelley talks to FINE + RARE about how to navigate Burgundy, identifying underappreciated producers, being honest when even the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti produces disappointing wines, and how a journey that began in Bordeaux led him to Burgundy.* Whilst we await William's first reviews for The Wine Advocate, you can read his predecessor's take ...
ON January 5, 2018
The Top Picks from the Great Bordeaux 2010 Tasting, Singapore
The Top Picks from the Great Bordeaux 2010 Tasting, Singapore
With demand continuing to escalate for 2010 Bordeaux in recent weeks, it was entirely appropriate that this weekend saw the Conrad Centennial Hotel in Singapore host the Great Bordeaux 2010 Tasting. Held as part of their annual wine weekend, over 25 wines were showcased from across the communes of Bordeaux. This proved a valid exercise; whilst there is a notion ...
ON July 29, 2013
A Feast with Olivier Humbrecht at Hunan
A Feast with Olivier Humbrecht at Hunan
After our wonderful masterclass with Olivier Humbrecht of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, we whisked him away, along with a few of our customers, to Hunan – one of London’s leading Chinese restaurants. Olivier planned another brilliant tasting for us – a Heimbourg vertical – designed to showcase the particularities of this single vineyard. With a particular focus on the Heimbourg Gewurztraminer, the ...
ON August 6, 2014
F+R Staff Wine Picks of the Year 2018
F+R Staff Wine Picks of the Year 2018
This year the team at FINE+RARE have encountered some astonishing bottles on our quest to source the finest wines and spirits from around the world. We asked members of the team to highlight some of their favourites of 2018. Our categories include Unicorn Wine of the Year - that once in a lifetime opportunity to taste something you are unlikely ...
ON December 20, 2018
Jean-Marie Fourrier: Embracing The Future, Preserving The Past
Jean-Marie Fourrier: Embracing The Future, Preserving The Past
A real highlight on our trip to Burgundy this Autumn was a visit to a producer whom I have admired and collected for many years - Jean-Marie Fourrier. The first time I remember being bewitched by his wines was during the 2011 En Primeur tastings. In such an inconsistent vintage where many wines tasted green and astringent, his range of ...
ON January 3, 2019
Mischief and Mayhem Wine Tasting in Hong Kong
Mischief and Mayhem Wine Tasting in Hong Kong
When it comes to Burgundy: find a producer you like, and stick to them. An old adage, but a true one. Regardless of the vintage or the cuvee they produce, it’s a pretty good rule of thumb. The problem is, when there are so many great producers in Burgundy, each with a myriad of wine locations, where on earth ...
ON September 7, 2015
Per·Us: The new Napa Project from Russell Bevan
Per·Us: The new Napa Project from Russell Bevan
Russell Bevan is the man behind Bevan Cellars, one of the highest performing and most critically acclaimed wineries in Napa Valley (receiving no less than 7 perfect 100 point scores for his wines from Robert Parker in the last 8 years). Russell was initially a wine journalist before deciding to jump into the production side and start making his own ...
ON December 6, 2018
Bottled History – A Visit from Frapin Cognac
Bottled History – A Visit from Frapin Cognac
The report from our recent FINE+RARE tasting of Frapin's exquisite and superbly aged cognacs.  At FINE+RARE, we know that many of the products we sell are special not only because of their quality, but because of the unique stories behind them. This was demonstrated perfectly in September when we were visited by Frapin Cognac and treated to a special in-house ...
ON October 5, 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
THE ART OF ELEVAGE – PART ONE: FREDERIC MAGNIEN
THE ART OF ELEVAGE – PART ONE: FREDERIC MAGNIEN
Frederic Magnien, a well-known winemaker on the Cote d’Or, sources grapes throughout the region in order to make single-vineyard wines, which currently total 44 separate cuvees. More recently after taking over his father’s vineyards (Domaine Michel Magnien) in 2008, Frederic has been making waves on the Cote d’Or with his radical steps in the vineyard and winery in a genuine ...
ON April 27, 2018
Nicolas Potel: A Liquid History Lesson
Nicolas Potel: A Liquid History Lesson
Last week we were blessed with a visit to our offices in London from Burgundian legend Nicolas Potel. Listening to Nicolas recant tales of drinking vintages back to 1865, you realise the wealth of experience he has - from growing up in the footsteps of his father at one of Burgundy’s great wine estates, Pousse d’Or, before branching out into ...
ON April 4, 2019
Pomerol: A Tale of Two Vintages
Pomerol: A Tale of Two Vintages
We report from a visit by Pomerol Séduction, an organisation promoting eight top wines from the iconic Right Bank appellation in Bordeaux. On the tasting table were Bordeaux 2012s and 2015s - two very different vintages that both have stories to tell. As the scramble for this year’s En Primeur offerings from Bordeaux reached its climax last week, the FINE+RARE Team saw ...
ON June 28, 2016
Château Cheval Blanc Masterclass at FINE+RARE
Château Cheval Blanc Masterclass at FINE+RARE
The Right Bank First Growth Château Cheval Blanc is an icon of Bordeaux, considered to have created some of the region’s greatest ever wines. Robert Parker has called it “one of the most elegant and noble wines in all of Bordeaux”, and many consider it to enjoy the honorary status of the Right Bank First Growth. However in many ways, there ...
BY Judith Abbott,
ON February 1, 2017

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