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Nicolas Champagneux: a rising star of Côte-Rôtie
Nicolas Champagneux: a rising star of Côte-Rôtie
Nicolas Champagneux has lived and breathed Côte-Rôtie since he was a boy. Since inheriting some of its most prized terroir, we find out more about one of the region’s newest names Nicolas worked alongside his uncle in the vineyards and winery, and in the summers with his father at Guigal. Following his uncle's passing, Nicolas inherited one of the most prime ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 6, 2019
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
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
Nicolas Audebert returns to his roots
Nicolas Audebert returns to his roots
We speak to winemaker Nicolas Audebert about Domaine de l'Ile, CHANEL's latest wine venture on the island of Porquerolles, just off the Côte d'Azur Just over 25 years ago, French fashion house CHANEL entered into the world of fine wine, purchasing the largely underperforming Margaux Second Growth estate Château Rauzan-Ségla. Two years later they acquired the Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON April 30, 2020
Interview with Nicolas Audebert – Chief Winemaker at Chateau Rauzan Segla, Chateau Canon and Chateau Berliquet
Interview with Nicolas Audebert – Chief Winemaker at Chateau Rauzan Segla, Chateau Canon and Chateau Berliquet
The Rauzan Segla 2018 has been met with rave reviews. At what point did you feel you had made a special wine? It is a long process in a technician's mind as the picture of the vintage is getting clearer and clearer from the picking to the “dégustations d’assemblage” (blending tastings).  Each vintage gives me a particular emotion, the ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON May 24, 2019
Rhône 2020: the stars align
Rhône 2020: the stars align
Speaking with some of the region’s top vignerons in both the Northern and Southern Rhône about 2020, it is smiles all round. Not since the outstanding 2016s has there been such universal praise for a vintage. Gavin Smith caught up with Michel Chapoutier, Marc Perrin, Stéphane Usseglio and Nicolas Champagneux to find out why The Rhône Valley has enjoyed a ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 21, 2022
2014: THE F+R PICKS. PICHON-LALANDE
2014: THE F+R PICKS. PICHON-LALANDE
Mark my words here: Pichon-Lalande is an estate to watch. The terroir here and its potential has never been in question.  The 1996 is praised by many as being of first growth quality, and anyone lucky enough to own or have drunk the 1982 will tell you that it is about as good a bottle of claret as one could ...
ON April 21, 2015
2014 Bordeaux: An Early Glimpse
2014 Bordeaux: An Early Glimpse
The trouble with writing about the previous year’s Bordeaux vintage is that one is almost invariably going to take some stick from somebody. Praise the wines and the accusations of hype will fly in. Criticise them and all sorts of tricky emails and telephone calls come in from Bordeaux. Tread carefully, report honestly and stay on the fence-ish? Here goes: ...
ON February 13, 2015
Rosso Della Centa - The First Great Friuli Red
Rosso Della Centa - The First Great Friuli Red
We have unearthed an absolute gem in the guise of Rosso della Centa. A 100% Merlot wine grown on just one hectare of a distinct marl clay hillside in Friuli, Italy. The wine is the creation of one of Italy’s top winemakers Nicola Manferrari who first produced the wine in 1985 and has gone on to release it only in ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 30, 2020
2014 Bordeaux: a wine of the vintage?
2014 Bordeaux: a wine of the vintage?
This morning sees the release of 2014 Pichon-Lalande, a wine that we rated as one of the vintage's best.  Nicolas Glumineau, a man with both 2009 and 2010 Montrose on his CV, is getting his feet under the table at Pichon-Lalande and the 2014 is everything that Comtesse should be: elegant, feminine and regal. Moreover, it is pure, pure Pauillac. ...
ON May 22, 2015
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
2014: a quick round up and three favourites
2014: a quick round up and three favourites
The 2014 “campaign”, as we call it, is more or less over.  After what was a very slow campaign for the 2013s, 2014 has shown signs of life, with a number of properties pricing their wines to sell.  Sadly not all played the game, but 2014 is a vintage with some clear quality, and some clear buys. Our best sellers ...
ON June 8, 2015
Market Outlook December 2012
Market Outlook December 2012
The Market in November Strong interest in 2010 Bordeaux Trade in 2010 vintage has been strong, as buyers look towards the Wine Advocate’s in-bottle review of the vintage due out in the first issue of 2013. The wines showed well at the UGC tastings, held in early November both in London and elsewhere, further reinforcing the quality of the vintage. 2008 ...
ON November 29, 2012
Is climate change threatening the Bordeaux blend?
Is climate change threatening the Bordeaux blend?
Climate change poses a serious threat to wine-growers around the world. Bordeaux has just allowed the use of new grape varieties to help its producers cope with the increasingly hot, dry conditions – but what does this mean for the region’s identity? We talk to the region’s top winemakers about the future of the Bordeaux blend From January 2021, the ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON July 15, 2021
Burgundy 2020: an exceptional year
Burgundy 2020: an exceptional year
Our team spent a week tasting their way around Burgundy, getting a handle on the 2020 vintage. Here we dig into a unique year and the stunning wines it produced Reports coming in last summer of the long drought that hit Burgundy had many writing off the vintage before it had even been picked. What then turned out to be ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON November 9, 2021
HOME Hong Kong
HOME Hong Kong
Located in the prime Central district, HOME Hong Kong is a truly one-of-a-kind space for fine wine expertise and knowledge, a place for collectors to discover, drink and purchase exceptional wines. HOME will bring together the living stories of the rarest, curated collectibles and celebrate the craftsmanship and beauty behind them. The Cellar The climatically controlled, state-of-the-art cellar will store ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON September 1, 2018
The Rhone Report
The Rhone Report
The Northern and Southern Rhone are joined by the synonymous river, a spot of Syrah in Chateauneuf du Pape blends and, to be honest, little else. In the north, the Rhone is one of the most impressive stretches of water one will see: a truly grand river.  By the time it gets to Chateauneuf it is more dual-carriageway than multi-lane ...
ON October 28, 2014
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
Bordeaux vintages to drink now
Bordeaux vintages to drink now
There’s no shortage of brilliant Bordeaux – but there’s a skill to drinking the right bottle at the right moment, chasing that sweetspot in a wine’s maturity. We spoke to some of the region’s leading names – from the likes of Chx Canon , Ducru-Beaucaillou , Lafite-Rothschild , Lafleur and Margaux – to find out which vintages they think are at their best right now It’s never easy to pick ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 1, 2021
2018 Bordeaux En Primeur: The Week in Review #7
2018 Bordeaux En Primeur: The Week in Review #7
A big week in Bordeaux EP started with a bang. Leoville Lascases was released to high anticipation having received sky high scores. With potential 100 points across the board, this St Julien is the highest scoring wine of the vintage. James Suckling simply declared: “OMG”, whilst Jeb Dunnuck hailed it as “a candidate for the wine of the vintage... it’s ...
ON June 7, 2019
The September Series: the 2021 edition unpacked
The September Series: the 2021 edition unpacked
September sees the latest vintages from some of the world’s top estates released via La Place de Bordeaux. Ahead of the 2021 releases, we run through the vintages and properties that you’ll want on your radar South America’s finest Argentina and Chile have rapidly become hotspots for fine wine. Offering high-altitude sites with glorious sunshine, and varied soils, it’s no ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON August 25, 2021
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
EARLY 2019 VINTAGE INSIGHT FROM BORDEAUX
EARLY 2019 VINTAGE INSIGHT FROM BORDEAUX
As we move into September and the final few weeks prior to harvest, winemakers from around Europe are starting to get a good understanding of how the vintage is looking. We spoke to a number of top producers in Bordeaux to get an early insight into what we might expect from the 2019 vintage. We are pleased to report there ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON September 4, 2019
Five Wines With Architectural Grand Designs
Five Wines With Architectural Grand Designs
Beautiful wines deserve to be made in beautiful surroundings. Here are five of the wine world's greatest architectural gems... Museums, stadiums, opera houses: cutting-edge architecture is often associated with the entertainment sector. With its traditional chateaux and functional barrel rooms, the wine world may have long seemed pedestrian in comparison. This is no longer the case. We take a look ...
ON July 13, 2017
Bordeaux 2019 - En Primeur Update
Bordeaux 2019 - En Primeur Update
The wine world should have descended on Bordeaux this week to taste the 2019 vintage from barrel and make their assessments, with the chateaux initially due to release the wines from mid-April onwards. However, it comes as no surprise, the biggest event of the fine wine year is currently on ice. While the Bordelais speculate on the en primeur ice thawing somewhere ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON April 2, 2020
The FINE+RARE First Growths Tour 2014
The FINE+RARE First Growths Tour 2014
The FINE+RARE annual Bordeaux First Growths Tour is always an exciting addition to the calendar. This year saw Sales Director, Jamie Graham and Private Client Sales Manager, Craig Norton, leave a cold, grey London behind to enjoy a whirlwind tour in sunny Bordeaux: the perfect backdrop for what is always a truly memorable, highly decadent trip visiting Bordeaux's finest properties. ...
ON April 16, 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
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
Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur: Critic Value Picks
Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur: Critic Value Picks
Both Neal Martin and Jancis Robinson have published lists of their possible bargains for Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur. Buy wines that have been released and set alerts for those coming soon... With all the top critic scores published for En Primeur 2015, we now await the releases from Bordeaux's big guns. In the meantime, as many of the critics predicted, ...
ON May 6, 2016
Bordeaux Safari March 2018 Travelogue
Bordeaux Safari March 2018 Travelogue
Bordeaux Safari - Day 1 A small group of eager wine lovers are picked up from the airport and driven direct to the magnificent Chateau Le Pape in Pessac (a recently renovated Chateau owned by Chateau Haut Bailly) surrounded by vineyards. The interior has the classic grandeur of Bordeaux heritage chic mixed with all the modern comforts and a permanent ...
ON March 23, 2018
Critics Round-Up - Top Wines of 2019
Critics Round-Up - Top Wines of 2019
At this time of the year the leading wine critics reflect on their wine highlights of the year. We look at some of the top picks from Antonio Galloni, James Suckling, James Halliday and Jeb Dunnuck whose range and variety only highlight the current health of the world of fine wine today. We identify some of their top picks for ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 8, 2020
The Cheval Blanc team invests their savoir-faire into Cheval des Andes
The Cheval Blanc team invests their savoir-faire into Cheval des Andes
Cheval des Andes has always been a project closely associated with Chateau Cheval Blanc. The Argentine project started as a collaboration between Pierre Lurton (CEO of Cheval Blanc) and Roberto De La Motta (Argentine vigneron initially behind the wines of Terrazas de los Andes). From its inaugural vintage in 2001 up until 2006 Roberto was the winemaker before winemaking duties ...
ON September 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
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
Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur: Vintage Report
Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur: Vintage Report
Early critic scores and the buzz in the marketplace suggest that the Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur campaign could be one of the biggest yet. Read on to find out about the vintage, critic opinions, scores and all the major appellations… While at En Primeur week Jancis Robinson has suggested that her readers “start saving” as she is “much enjoying tasting ...
ON April 7, 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
Burgundy 2020: our favourites
Burgundy 2020: our favourites
The 2020 vintage produced some exceptional wines in Burgundy. Of the wines our team has tasted so far, these are the 10 that pulled at our heartstrings most  2020 Puligny-Montrachet, Premier Cru, Clos de la Mouchère, Domaine Henri Boillot  Boillot’s four-hectare monopole Clos de la Mouchère is always a favourite, and it’s no different in 2020. This sub-section of Perrières produces a particularly honeyed expression of the site. After Pucelles, it is instantly ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON November 7, 2021
2018 Harvest Report
2018 Harvest Report
Another early harvest gets under way this week in much of Europe, marking the end of the fourth consecutive warm (or “solar”) year in a row. Thankfully yields are up considerably on last year, due to the devastating frosts that defined 2017 being largely avoided this spring. However, the season has been far from plain sailing for some. In particular, Bordeaux suffered from ...
ON August 23, 2018
Bordeaux Safari: The Story Behind The Vines
Bordeaux Safari: The Story Behind The Vines
Working the vines is a truly magical thing. We are delighted to launch Bordeaux Safari, an exclusive, first-of-its-kind trip where customers can experience the behind-the-scenes management of a top vineyard, overseen by the very best in the business. As any grower will tell you, great wine starts with great vines. While state of the art equipment and care in the ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON September 19, 2017
A Mixed Vintage
A Mixed Vintage
When Bud Cuchet and I visited Bordeaux in early October all looked set fair for a very good vintage. There are few better barometers of a vintage’s quality than the faces of the men tasked with making and selling the wine, and there were smiles all round as we inspected the vineyards in the beautiful October sunshine. Sadly, whilst we ...
ON April 18, 2013
FINE+RARE 2019 Bordeaux Discovery Case
FINE+RARE 2019 Bordeaux Discovery Case
Our 2019 Bordeaux Discovery Collection Case, features top value picks from across the region. While the top Chateaux and their Grand Vins often steal the limelight, there are a plethora of wines that offer staggering value in this mecca for Cabernet and Merlot based wines. Many of these wines are in fact the lesser-known projects from some of the finest viticultural ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON July 1, 2020
Finding the balance: the art of the cooper
Finding the balance: the art of the cooper
Oak has played a vital role in the changing history of fine wine. Gavin Smith spoke to Max Gigandet – Managing Director of leading Burgundy cooper François Frères – to explore the power of a good barrel and why oak isn’t going anywhere Oak barrels have been used in winemaking for thousands of years. While initially their purpose was simply ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON April 9, 2021
Is Bordeaux over oak?
Is Bordeaux over oak?
A region where producers were once known for using 200% new oak, Bordeaux has long championed the barrique. But at a time when winemakers around the world are looking to alternatives for ageing wine, we talk to a handful of Bordeaux’s leading names, asking whether their love affair with the barrique is over  In some parts of the wine industry, oak ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON June 3, 2021
Bordeaux 2014 report
Bordeaux 2014 report
Following a challenging few vintages, the wine world held a collective breath for Bordeaux 2014. We report the positive news for winemakers and collectors alike After three very difficult vintages on the spin, Bordeaux has come up with what is indisputably a good vintage and, in some cases, a very good vintage. 2014 is easily the best vintage since ...
ON April 8, 2015
FINE+RARE at Quintarelli
FINE+RARE at Quintarelli
There is distinct anticipation in the air as the car slips quietly past the colourful patchwork of houses in the village of Negrar. It is 30 degrees outside and still there are goosebumps on my arm as we pull into a long gravel driveway at the top of the hill. Visions of Amarone dance through my head as my final ...
ON August 4, 2015
2015 Burgundy: According to Winehog's Steen Öhman
2015 Burgundy: According to Winehog's Steen Öhman
Winehog's Steen Öhman is fast becoming one of the world's leading and most respected Burgundy experts. FINE+RARE have interviewed him to bring you his views on 2015 Burgundy... As the man behind Winehog, Steen Öhman's opinions, tasting notes, detailed maps and in depth knowledge of Burgundy's intricate terroir are invaluable tools to the serious Burgundy collector. That's why FINE+RARE asked ...
ON November 23, 2016
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
Bordeaux 2021: a commune-by-commune guide
Bordeaux 2021: a commune-by-commune guide
In 2021, it is incredibly hard to make any generalisations – this really is a vintage to be assessed by individual estate. Below we do our best to break down the year by commune; read all our coverage of the year – including our run-down of the growing conditions and vintage overview – here THE LEFT BANK Overall looking at ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON May 12, 2022
Class act: Saint-Emilion
Class act: Saint-Emilion
Saint-Emilion’s classification is in crisis – embroiled in court cases and controversy. But why? And does it matter? Sophie Thorpe investigates Saint-Emilion has been hitting the headlines. And not in the way it would like to. In July, just after the region’s châteaux submitted applications for the 2022 classification, two of the region’s four Premier Cru Classé A estates – ...
BY Sophie Thorpe,
ON September 23, 2021
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

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