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Nicolas Potel on Roche de Bellene 2018
Nicolas Potel on Roche de Bellene 2018
“2018 is the best vintage I have ever made… What I love about the 2018s is the shock every time I taste it… It is a vintage I have been dreaming about for many years”. Nicolas Potel Nicolas grew up in Burgundy, learning his skills as a vigneron under the guidance of his father, the highly respected Gerard Potel at ...
ON October 11, 2019
Behind the Bottle: Chateau des Jacques 2018 Moulin-à-Vent Clos de Rochegrès
Behind the Bottle: Chateau des Jacques 2018 Moulin-à-Vent Clos de Rochegrès
“Beaujolais is on a roll, not to mention the just-coming-out superb 2018s” The 2018s “may be even better than 2015….Great vintages like these can age.” - James Suckling An ageworthy Moulin-à-Vent from a fantastic Beaujolais vintage We are hearing great things about the 2018 vintage in Burgundy: the hot weather, for those who picked at ...
ON July 19, 2019
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
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
A refined, svelte, elegant neighbour to Richebourg
A refined, svelte, elegant neighbour to Richebourg
http://vosne-romanee.fr/[/caption] The grand cru vineyards of Vosne-Romanee are arguably the finest vineyards in the world.  Chambertin and Musigny might make a fight of it, though the clump that is La Romanee, Romanee-Conti, La Tache, La Grande Rue, Richebourg and Romanee St Vivant is some very, very serious soil.  Echezeaux and Grands Echezeaux should, strictly, be included here but they ...
ON November 21, 2014
2011 Burgundy Vintage Report
2011 Burgundy Vintage Report
Bud Cuchet, Camilla Bowler and I spent a hectic week in Burgundy at the beginning of December. The mission was twofold: firstly, to establish the quality of the 2011 vintage, much of which will be offered in January and secondly to sniff out some quality producers. We returned rather pleased on both counts. The vintage The 2011 growing season in ...
ON December 19, 2012
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
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
What winemakers are drinking this Christmas
What winemakers are drinking this Christmas
There’s no better time than Christmas to open a treasured bottle or two. Ahead of the big day, we asked a handful of our favourite winemakers – from Saskia de Rothschild to Klaus-Peter Keller – to tell us what they’ll be uncorking For the aperitif For Domaine Long-Depaquit’s Matthieu Mangenot it is the energy and power of Champagne Brut Nature ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON December 11, 2020
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
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
The History of the Hospices
The History of the Hospices
The Hospices de Beaune was first established in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin (the Chancellor to the Duke of Burgundy) and his wife Guigone de Salins. At the time France and the rest of Europe was mired in the Hundred Years' War, battling famine, epidemics and plague. The hospice was originally set up as an alms house to look after the ...
ON November 30, 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
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
Burgundy 2019: our favourites
Burgundy 2019: our favourites
There was no shortage of brilliant wine in 2019 – and narrowing down a list of favourites from the many superb wines we tasted wasn’t easy. These 10, however, stood out in the year's enviable line-up 2019 Meursault, Premier Cru, Gouttes d’Or, Louis Jadot Gouttes d’Or is one of the cooler Premier Cru sites in Meursault and therefore excels in ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON November 6, 2020
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
Chapoutier 2015: "Grandiose and Exceptional!"
Chapoutier 2015: "Grandiose and Exceptional!"
Critics and winemakers suggest Rhone 2015 will be incredible. Next week FINE+RARE will be tasting samples of Chapoutier 2015. Offers to follow, but here's a preview of the potential must-haves from Maison M. Chapoutier... Michel Chapoutier advises that "Considering the rare and exceptional quality of this 2015 vintage..." he believes that the wines we will be tasting and selling next ...
ON April 14, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Sub-Regions of Barolo and their very different flavour profiles
The Sub-Regions of Barolo and their very different flavour profiles
Why is it important? Understanding the sub regions of Barolo is really worth some investigation because generally speaking each of the communes have a distinct flavour profile clearly differentiating its terroir from its neighbours. Many consumers are unaware of the different profiles and can be quite surprised by the Barolo in their glass tasting very different to the one they ...
ON May 4, 2018
Decanter’s Great Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter
Decanter’s Great Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter
Two weeks ago I attended Decanter’s Great Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter at The Landmark Hotel in London. The tasting featured over 80 of the region’s most prestigious producers, from the most renowned chateaux (such as Angelus, Montrose, Giscours and Beychevelle) to the best petits chateaux. It was here that fine wine enthusiasts were given a rare opportunity to discuss the ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON July 5, 2012
Pic & Chapoutier: A Perfect Pairing
Pic & Chapoutier: A Perfect Pairing
FINE+RARE are proud to introduce a pair of fantastic wines from Anne-Sophie Pic and Michel Chapoutier... Food and wine have always been a match made in heaven. So imagine what happens when probably the Rhône Valley's most famous cook and oenologist collaborate on a wine range... Anne-Sophie Pic is one of the highest profile female cooks in the world and ...
ON May 23, 2016
Roberto Voerzio hosts Fine+Rare Event at Luca Restaurant
Roberto Voerzio hosts Fine+Rare Event at Luca Restaurant
Roberto is such a calm and measured man, but even he could not hide his excitement over his latest 2019 vintage as he arrived in London buoyed by the latest harvest. Fortunately we managed to tear him away from his latest batch of fermenting wines for a flying 24 hour visit to host a special event presenting some of the ...
ON October 25, 2019
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
Your definitive guide to Barolo
Your definitive guide to Barolo
Age-worthy yet terroir transparent, Barolo is a fascinating region. Its complex, varied terroir often draws comparisons with Burgundy. Here we delve into “the king of wines and wine of kings” – from its aristocratic beginnings to the villages, vineyards and producers to look out for Barolo remains the most important region in the world for Nebbiolo. This variety is one ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON March 12, 2021
The FINE+RARE 'Four Decades of Barolo' Dinner
The FINE+RARE 'Four Decades of Barolo' Dinner
Last week fourteen of FINE+RARE’s customers joined us for a very special dinner at Alyn Williams. The theme: Four Decades of Barolo. We’ve been making as much noise as possible about this region of late, and much of this noise has been focussed on the recently released, and quite brilliant, 2010 vintage.  We thought we’d open a few bottles with some ...
ON April 24, 2014
Le Grappin: wines of site + soul
Le Grappin: wines of site + soul
There is so much more to Burgundy than the Premier and Grand Cru sites cultivated by region’s established names. Le Grappin is one of a new wave of vignerons showing a different side of the Côte d’Or Some bottles are special – they mark a eureka moment, a paradigm shift where nothing has ever tasted quite so extraordinary. Such vinous ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 22, 2019
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
2008 Champagne: A Few Early Thoughts...
2008 Champagne: A Few Early Thoughts...
A number of 2008 Champagnes have been dripping on to the market of late and we have been tasting as many of them as we can.  Talk of a potentially excellent vintage started as the grapes came in almost six years ago now: a tricky vintage with the ace card of an almost perfect ending (mid-September to the harvest gave ...
ON June 18, 2014
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
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
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: January 2019
New Releases Not To Be Missed This Month: January 2019
January is the month in which our Burgundy 2017 En Primeur campaign really gets into gear with the majority of domaines releasing their wines to market for the first time. Stay tuned for releases from Liger-Belair, Hudelot-Noëllat, Jean-Marie Fourrier, Groffier, Lamarche, Tortochot, Gros Frère et Sœur and many more coming up this month. But January is about much more than just Burgundy. It is full ...
ON January 2, 2019
The birth of Barolo’s Crus
The birth of Barolo’s Crus
Prunotto was one of the first Barolo estates to produce a single-vineyard “Cru” wine – kickstarting a trend that has transformed the region. We spoke to Emanuele Baldi to find out what inspired the estate Prunotto’s Emanuele Baldi has an encyclopedic knowledge of Barolo. Listening to his stories about the last century in the region is fascinating, providing context to how and why Barolo and the surrounding Piedmontese regions have developed as they have. Perhaps one of ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 5, 2021
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
Bordeaux 2020: top-value buys
Bordeaux 2020: top-value buys
You don’t need us to tell you that the First Growths made good wine in 2020 – but there’s plenty of brilliant value to be found beyond the grandest names. Here we’ve picked 10 of the more modest wines from our tastings so far that are firmly on our wish-list  2020 Ch. Tour Saint-Christophe, Saint-Emilion  There is lovely restraint to Tour Saint-Christophe this year, ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON May 26, 2021
BURGUNDY 2014 VINTAGE PREVIEW
BURGUNDY 2014 VINTAGE PREVIEW
Last week Jessica Bryans and a few of the private client sales team went to Burgundy to take a first look at the 2014 vintage, and were also treated to a very early glimpse of 2015. Our arrival was met with rain, ominous dark clouds and a lightning storm. Not the most auspicious of welcomes, but despite the skies, Burgundian producers ...
ON October 2, 2015
FINE+RARE 2019 Quintessential Bordeaux Collection Case
FINE+RARE 2019 Quintessential Bordeaux Collection Case
Our 2019 Quintessential Bordeaux Collection Case features the creme de la creme of the vintage; wines that have captured both the energy and freshness, as well as the fruit purity, synonymous with 2019 Bordeaux. This case includes a handful of wines that sold out immediately on release, including Chateau Pontet-Canet (Pauillac), Chateau Leoville Poyferre (Saint-Julien) and Chateau Moulin Saint-Georges (Saint-Emilion), the fantastic single vineyard site from Chateau Ausone. We have compiled ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON July 1, 2020
Burgundy 2016: According to Winehog’s Steen Öhman
Burgundy 2016: According to Winehog’s Steen Öhman
FINE+RARE interviewed Winehog’s Steen Öhman - one of the world’s leading and most respected Burgundy experts - to bring you his take on Burgundy 2016… Winehog, with its tasting notes, detailed maps and incredible insight into Burgundy’s intricate terroir, is invaluable to any serious Burgundy collector. So we've asked Steen Öhman, the man behind the website, for his take on ...
ON November 20, 2017
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
Top Sommeliers' New Favourites
Top Sommeliers' New Favourites
Sommeliers live, breathe and drink wine. FINE+RARE buyer Jessica Bryans has asked sommeliers from world renowned restaurants for their newest discoveries… Sommeliers are our trusted guides when it comes to discovering new wines, avoiding bad ones and pairing our food perfectly. The best sommeliers are always on the hunt for outstanding bottles, emerging producers and the best value examples of ...
ON February 1, 2016
Rhone 2015: Ferraton Pere & Fils
Rhone 2015: Ferraton Pere & Fils
This week we were treated to a tasting of the En Primeur Ferraton Père & Fils 2015s. Hailing from a "top quality" vintage and made under the watchful eye of Rhône legend Michel Chapoutier, these wines demand serious consideration... Ferraton Pere & Fils Ferraton Père & Fils started in 1946 with just 0.3 hectares owned by Jean Orëns Ferraton and ...
ON August 4, 2016
Barolo 2015: Vintage Report
Barolo 2015: Vintage Report
“This is a vintage of absolute excellence right away, with great prospects over time for aging” - Roberto Voerzio “2015 is a thrilling vintage of rich yet vibrant wines” - Giuseppe Vajra “In terms of vinosity and richness it is similar to 2009, while for the complexity and intensity of the aromas it is more similar to 2010” - Roberto ...
ON January 31, 2019
The 2007 Red Burgundies
The 2007 Red Burgundies
A couple of times a year, a group of a dozen or so of very knowledgeable and very experienced tasters get together to open, taste and share some Burgundy.  Serious Burgundy.  It’s an opportunity to discuss a vintage or two with like-minded connoisseurs and, of course, to enjoy food, wine and generally wine-related discourse.  It is a group that I ...
ON May 20, 2015

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