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Our old friends Vergelegen drop into FINE+RARE for a tasting
Our old friends Vergelegen drop into FINE+RARE for a tasting
“The crp about collecting wine is just that, crp. Wine is there to make the journey through life more enjoyable”. Put in a way that only South Africans' seem to be capable of expressing, we raised our glasses to this sentiment from Andre Van Rensberg, but I made sure to write some surreptitious notes along the way too. 2011 Reserve ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON June 15, 2012
Haunting the present: ghost distilleries
Haunting the present: ghost distilleries
Some of the most collectable and coveted whiskies in the world are those from distilleries that no longer exist. These ghost or lost distilleries hold a unique allure – but as attempts to revive Scotland’s so-called “Holy Trinity” get underway, Holly Motion explores whether it’s really possible to turn back the clock The Scotch whisky world is a fickle beast. ...
BY Holly Motion,
ON March 17, 2022
Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Vertical Tasting with Véronique Drouhin
Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Vertical Tasting with Véronique Drouhin
The Drouhin-Laguiche relationship has borne beautiful fruit since the fortuitous meeting of Maurice Drouhin and the Marquis de Laguiche during the Second World War; when they met, became friends and decided to combine the Marquis’ ownership of a prime piece of the already celebrated Montrachet Grand Cru and Maurice’s skills as a négociant. Maurice bought two barrels in 1943 and ...
ON April 12, 2019
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
Kavalan: Taiwan's First Whisky Distillery
Kavalan: Taiwan's First Whisky Distillery
Last month our globe-trotting Head of Spirits, David Walters, travelled to Taiwan to visit Kavalan Whisky Distillery. A seemingly unlikely location for one of the world's most-awarded whisky producers, Kavalan now receives over one million visitors to its distillery every year - a figure that exceeds the total visitors to all Scotch whisky distilleries combined. We delve into the details of what makes Taiwanese ...
ON October 4, 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
Experience The Dalmore: F+R Visits the Historic Highland Distillery
Experience The Dalmore: F+R Visits the Historic Highland Distillery
F+R’s George Koutsakis was one of just eight guests invited to visit Dalmore’s refurbished distillery to witness the launch of a one-of-a-kind 60 Year Old bottling to commemorate the distillery’s 180th anniversary. Alongside Macallan, Dalmore is leading the luxury end of the Scotch whisky revival, with its top designated aged whiskies now reaching astronomical prices. We explore this historic distillery following its refurbishment ...
BY George Koutsakis,
ON February 19, 2020
The last man standing: 2014 Ch. Montrose
The last man standing: 2014 Ch. Montrose
Today sees the release of 2014 Ch. Montrose, the last of the left bank big guns.  This was one of our favourite wines in 2014 and one of the wines on everyone's lips throughout "EP week". Priced at GBP 830 per dozen in bond, there is already some debate as to its value when compared against other vintages of Montrose, ...
ON June 2, 2015
2014 BORDEAUX: THE F+R PICKS.  LEOVILLE-LASCASES
2014 BORDEAUX: THE F+R PICKS. LEOVILLE-LASCASES
At Robert Parker’s Grand World Tour tasting a couple of months back we tasted a selection of wines that represented the very best of their respective regions.  There were, obviously, points galore on the table.  However, in my opinion, there was just one wine with the character that I think essential to “grand vin”, breeding.  Which is to say class, ...
ON May 3, 2015
One of The Most Exciting Tastings of the Year: 2005 First Growths Masterclass
One of The Most Exciting Tastings of the Year: 2005 First Growths Masterclass
Last week saw our Sales Director Jamie Graham and Private Client Sales Manager Craig Norton host one of the most exciting tastings of the year so far: our 2005 First Growths Masterclass. For us these wines are the pinnacle of what blended wine can offer: the height of quality, heritage and pedigree. These are the best wines of Bordeaux and have been recognised as ...
ON November 24, 2014
The Balvenie: the making of a master
The Balvenie: the making of a master
David Stewart MBE is the longest-serving Malt Master. Kelsey McKechnie is the youngest female Malt Master Apprentice. Holly Motion speaks to the two Balvenie record-breakers about passing the baton, the weight of a legacy, and what it really means to lay down stocks for the next generation It is hard to imagine The Balvenie without David Stewart MBE and vice ...
BY Holly Motion,
ON June 24, 2021
F+R Visit Castello Di Ama
F+R Visit Castello Di Ama
With the releases of the new Chianti Classico 2016s upon us, there is no greater time than to travel around the region, tasting what this magical vintage has to offer. Where better to start than the beautiful hamlet of Ama in the southern tip and highest point of the Chianti Classico designation. Here you will find the exceptional Castello Di ...
ON July 5, 2019
St Julien vs. Pauillac - Tasting in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour
St Julien vs. Pauillac - Tasting in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour
Head of F+R Asia Ross Eva shares his notes from an evening spent sampling some of the very best Bordeaux, against the bright lights of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour...  Working in the wine trade is not without perks. One of the best is that when a client asks you to help out with an event they’re hosting it usually means ...
ON October 9, 2015
A Week in the Far East
A Week in the Far East
Speak to anyone on the wine trade about the fine wine market and the words “The Far East” will inevitably come out within five minutes. Since the mid 1990s and perhaps more noticeably, the mid-2000s, more and more wine has been sold in what can no longer really be referred to as a new market. Without visiting the region to ...
ON November 14, 2012
A Taste of The Northern Rhone
A Taste of The Northern Rhone
The northern and southern Rhone, from a vinous point of view, are essentially two quite different regions with a shared name. Some weeks back we covered the southern Rhone in a previous workshop, via its King: Chateauneuf du Pape.  We ended last week with a workshop on the north. This 40-mile stretch of steep, sloped granite hillsides is one of ...
ON October 6, 2014
A tasting with Alfio Cavallotto
A tasting with Alfio Cavallotto
We are fiercely proud of our direct relationships in Piedmont, a region on which we have been focusing our efforts for some years now.  A favourite estate is Cavallotto, and we were delighted to welcome Alfio Cavallotto to the FINE+RARE offices last week for a comprehensive and intriguing tasting of his wines: no less than thirteen of them.  A treat. Alfio’s ...
ON May 6, 2015
Tasting 2014 Ch. Margaux
Tasting 2014 Ch. Margaux
After a remarkable visit to Ch. Margaux, Joss Fowler shares his thoughts on the 2014 vintage and how it stacks up against previous years In terms of bragging rights, our annual tasting at Margaux is very, very, hard to beat. This is the third February that I have visited Bordeaux and, in particular, visited Ch. Margaux for what is an ...
ON February 20, 2015
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
Latour 2000 & Les Forts De Latour 2009
Latour 2000 & Les Forts De Latour 2009
Château Latour 2000 and Les Forts de Latour 2009 are now available. Our buyer Jessica Bryans takes you through Latour's 2016 release... We are pleased to confirm that Château Latour have released the remaining stocks of one of the estate’s great wines - Le Grand Vin 2000 - as well as the 2009 vintage of their second wine, Les Forts ...
ON March 17, 2016
TECHNOLOGY + TERROIR: BEHIND CASTLE WALLS YOU FIND FUTURISM + INNOVATION
TECHNOLOGY + TERROIR: BEHIND CASTLE WALLS YOU FIND FUTURISM + INNOVATION
After two fantastic vintages under its belt the Bordelais certainly have plenty to be smiling about but perhaps most pleasing for the consumer is to see that at least some of that money made through the recent campaigns has been re-invested into the wineries. There is no doubt key players in the region are committed and proactively improving the quality ...
ON March 16, 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
Ch. Latour: the power of silence
Ch. Latour: the power of silence
Few wine producers are as lauded as Ch. Latour. Ahead of the release of their 2005, Sophie Thorpe attempts to look behind the curtain at the legendary First Growth estate Ch. Latour doesn’t need PR. The Pauillac estate, one of Bordeaux’s five hallowed First Growths, is rightfully revered. But browse Google and there’s an almost eerie absence of stories about ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON September 2, 2021
UGC 2010 En Primeurs Tasting
UGC 2010 En Primeurs Tasting
On this rather gloomy, wet, winter's day, The Royal Opera House opened its doors to an army of wine professionals to sample the 2010 Bordeaux vintage. The smell of wine filled the magnificent Paul Hamlyn Hall with its large iron and glass windows and gleaming modern glass and gold interior. This juxtaposition effortlessly absorbed the wine tasting into its characterful ...
ON November 16, 2012
The Great Wines of The World Tasting
The Great Wines of The World Tasting
Jacky Cheng with James Suckling at the Great Wines of the World Tasting Last Friday James Suckling, in association with Hong Kong Tatler, hosted the fifth ‘Great Wines of the World' tasting at the Four Season’s Hotel, Hong Kong. The event featured wines from 11 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and US from ...
ON November 6, 2014
The Great Wines of Italy Tasting
The Great Wines of Italy Tasting
Last Friday, James Suckling, in association with Hong Kong Tatler, hosted the Great Wines of Italy event in the Four Seasons Hotel. This is the third year that this successful event has been held. Over two hundred wines from seventy-seven producers, including Bibi Graetz, Castello Banfi, Ceretto, Fontodi, La Spinetta, Luce della Vita, Masi, Ornellaia, Poderi, Aldo Conterno, Roberto Voerzio, Siro Pacenti, ...
ON December 12, 2014
The lost wines of Haut-Brion
The lost wines of Haut-Brion
Since the Clarence Dillon family bought Ch. Haut-Brion in 1935 and neighbouring Ch. la Mission Haut-Brion and La Tour Haut-Brion 48 years later, the properties have become some of Bordeaux’s most collectable. We explore the genealogy of these illustrious estates – and the wines that have been lost in their making Ch. Haut-Brion is one of the oldest and best-known ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 11, 2022
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
2010 Brunello di Montalcino tasting
2010 Brunello di Montalcino tasting
Many have dubbed 2010 a "taster's vintage", so we secured as many bottles of Brunello di Montalcino as we could to see if we could taste what all the hype was about In late February, just after the Benvenuti Brunello tastings in Montalcino, we held what was probably the most comprehensive tasting of 2010 Brunello di Montalcino in the UK. These wines ...
BY Joss Fowler,
ON March 18, 2015
The Definitive Vertical tasting of Hermitage with Jean-Louis Chave
The Definitive Vertical tasting of Hermitage with Jean-Louis Chave
Spending an evening with Jean Louis Chave to taste through 31 vintages of his Hermitage has to be one of the most memorable wine experiences of my life. Not only was it a fascinating journey through the ages, but the consistency and condition of the wines spanning 70 years was extraordinary. There were two off bottles in the entire line ...
ON November 23, 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
Blending Masterclass at Chateau Pichon Lalande
Blending Masterclass at Chateau Pichon Lalande
Blending is an art form and remains rarely understood amongst us normal wine enthusiasts. The more one thinks about the process and the many variables the more difficult it seems to contemplate. The choices seem endless and the more one tastes the more confusing it seems to get! How can you tell that a certain combination is better than another? ...
ON May 11, 2018
A Masterclass from Château Cheval Blanc
A Masterclass from Château Cheval Blanc
Cheval Blanc is one of the finest Châteaux in Bordeaux, famed for producing what is arguably the greatest wine of all time: 1947 Château Cheval Blanc. Opportunities to taste back vintages from this famous estate alongside the winemaking team are few and far between, so when the possibility arose, we leapt at the chance. The result was a unique tasting at ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON February 7, 2019
A rather special tasting and a 2012 heads up
A rather special tasting and a 2012 heads up
Last week Bud Cuchet and I spent a couple of days in what was a rather wet and cold Bordeaux. The reason for our trip was a very special invite from a very special man – Paul Pontallier of Château Margaux had asked us if we would like to taste the component parts of the 2012 vintage. This was quite ...
ON February 15, 2013
Paul Bara Champagne - A Comprehensive Tasting
Paul Bara Champagne - A Comprehensive Tasting
After recently completing a busy Monday and Tuesday, how lovely to spend a mid-week afternoon tasting Champagne from Paul Bara, one of my favourite grower producers. These wines never fail to captivate me with their characteristic fruitiness and perfect balance of richness and grace. We were joined by Paul-Antoine Dauvergne to taste through a flight of truly exceptional wines. Here ...
ON July 13, 2015
Krug Clos d’Ambonnay – A Remarkable Tasting
Krug Clos d’Ambonnay – A Remarkable Tasting
Every now and then, an invitation arrives that can’t be ignored and last week, I was fortunate enough to be invited by Krug to join them at their launch of the 2000 Krug Clos d’Ambonnay at Andrew Fairlie’s new Secret Garden in the Perthshire Countryside. Andrew Fairlie is Scotland’s most celebrated chef and his restaurant at Gleneagles is the only ...
ON August 5, 2015
Roberto Cipresso: The Master of Marginal Winemaking
Roberto Cipresso: The Master of Marginal Winemaking
Roberto Cipresso is a winemaker with a reputation for extreme marginal winemaking; he is determined to push the boundaries of how and where it is possible to produce wine. We made his acquaintance after being introduced to him by the team at Venissa, the unique vineyard located in the Venetian lagoon. Venissa is just one of Roberto’s many winemaking consultancies, with ...
ON March 15, 2019
The joys of Jadot: tasting the 2019 vintage
The joys of Jadot: tasting the 2019 vintage
Burgundy’s 2019s are unlike any other vintage – as Louis Jadot Head Winemaker Frédéric Barnier explained at a recent tasting Frédéric Barnier – or a rather pixelated version of him – patiently looks down the camera at us, a group gathered to taste a selection of the 2019s from Louis Jadot. Of course, there are technical issues (when does a ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON October 12, 2020
Brunello 2011 Tasting at FINE+RARE
Brunello 2011 Tasting at FINE+RARE
After a thrilling day of tasting through 60 samples of the Brunello 2011 vintage, we name our favourites and compare them to previous stars from the region Brunello di Montalcino 2011 is the follow-up to what some producers are calling the “best Brunello vintage of all time”.  Caught somewhere between the outstanding quality of the 2010 vintage and the soon-to-be-hyped ...
ON March 22, 2016
Whisky Galore: Ireland, Scotland & Japan
Whisky Galore: Ireland, Scotland & Japan
Despite the quite holiday period and intermittently hot weather, demand for whisky is through the roof at FINE+RARE, in part due to some truly innovative releases… Around this time last year Bloomberg announced that “A surge in demand for rare whiskies has led to triple-digit returns in recent years.” And with whiskies like these of offer, this demand shows no ...
ON August 26, 2016
Dujac 2014 En Primeur: Tasting Notes & Scores
Dujac 2014 En Primeur: Tasting Notes & Scores
Domaine Dujac's highly scored and highly sought after 2014 En Primeur releases have started to arrive (browse them here). FINE+RARE's buyer Jessica Bryans shares tasting notes and insight from her visit to this Burgundian legend... It was a chilly day back in November 2015 when I visited Domaine Dujac in Morey St Denis. But even on this - the dreariest ...
ON January 26, 2016
Australian Fine Wine: Langton's Classification Tasting
Australian Fine Wine: Langton's Classification Tasting
Find out more about our recent tasting of over fifty of Australia's finest and rarest wines... The Tasting On Monday 21 March FINE+RARE held an exclusive tasting of wines from the Langton’s Classification in association with Wine Australia. The event offered a unique opportunity for attendees, as there had not been a tasting of Australian fine wine of this quality ...
ON March 24, 2016
Germany 2015: S.A. Prüm Riesling Tasting
Germany 2015: S.A. Prüm Riesling Tasting
We recently played host to top Riesling producer S.A. Prüm, who visited our London office to take us through a brilliant tasting of their wines. From a selection of excellent back-vintages to some of the hotly anticipated 2015s, these are a Riesling lover’s dream... Last week FINE+RARE were delighted to host Raimund Prüm, the man at the helm of well-respected Mosel ...
ON June 30, 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
The First Vertical Tasting of Cirsion Rioja by Roda
The First Vertical Tasting of Cirsion Rioja by Roda
Bodegas Roda, a winery based in the heart of traditional Rioja territory Haro, has been pushing boundaries for the region and its signature grape variety Tempranillo. Roda’s philosophy has always been focussed on mastering the essence of Tempranillo and its potential as a world class varietal. On a fascinating tasting through the Roda range with winemaker Agustin Santolaya and commercial ...
ON September 13, 2018
Castello di Ama - Leading the Renaissance of Chianti Classico
Castello di Ama - Leading the Renaissance of Chianti Classico
This week we were fortunate enough to source a selection of rare, aged parcels of single-vineyard Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, direct from the cellars of Castello di Ama. This winery has been a leading light in the renaissance of the Chianti Classico region and should be firmly on everyone’s fine wine radar. Castello di Ama is a must-have for anyone seeking ...
ON October 11, 2018
Bon Fond: Exploring French Gastronomic Culture
Bon Fond: Exploring French Gastronomic Culture
BON FOND Adjective To be good at heart: colloquial expression meaning that someone is a good soul. Noun Good stock: delicious bouillon made with farm-fresh ingredients. Solid base: you need a strong foundation to build a sturdy house; or, in our language, a good stock to cook a great sauce. Meet Eric and Lise. Two chefs on a journey to discover the abundance ...
ON December 6, 2018
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
The Great Claret Tasting at Southwold - The 2010 Vintage
The Great Claret Tasting at Southwold - The 2010 Vintage
Last week I had the honour and privilege to take part in the Southwold tasting of 2010 Bordeaux with twenty of the most experienced and knowledgeable tasters in the UK. Amongst us were Jancis Robinson (one of no less than six Masters of Wine present), representatives of all the major UK merchants, Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate and Steven ...
ON January 31, 2014
The Great Claret Tasting at Southwold - The 2011 Vintage
The Great Claret Tasting at Southwold - The 2011 Vintage
The Great Claret Tasting at Southwold is a wine geek’s dream.  An entire vintage of Bordeaux, straight from the chateau in nearly all cases, evaluated blind by the elite of the UK wine trade: representatives of all the major merchants, with the wine press represented by Steven Spurrier, the Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin and Julia Harding of jancisrobinson.com.   I have ...
ON January 27, 2015
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

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