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Poggio di Sotto - Montalcino's Cult Wine
Poggio di Sotto - Montalcino's Cult Wine
There are few names in Brunello Di Montalcino that rank higher than Poggio Di Sotto. The estate's incredibly elegant style, its obsession with quality and its signature style of gentle extraction, light colour and long ageing in specially designed oval Slavonian barrels, has garnered a loyal fan base producing consistently awe inspiring wines every year. One of our most memorable ...
ON June 28, 2019
Tuscany Wine Journal, Day Two: Gianfranco Soldera
Tuscany Wine Journal, Day Two: Gianfranco Soldera
Introducing the latest installment of FINE+RARE buyer Jessica Bryans' Tuscany Wine Journal, documenting her whistle-stop tour of all the region has to offe To read Day One, click here.** ** Day Two:** *Gianfranco Soldera, a wine-making legend. *** I woke up at 4:30am this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. Why? Because, today I was about to meet the legendary Gianfranco Soldera! As any lover of ...
ON October 22, 2015
Brunello di Montalcino 2015 - On a par with 2010, arguably better!
Brunello di Montalcino 2015 - On a par with 2010, arguably better!
Critics and winemakers alike have put the 2015 vintage on a par with the great 2010, sharing similar levels of opulence and voluptuousness on the palate. The 2015 vintage has produced some incredibly juicy yet vibrant wines. Wines with amazing voluptuousness backed with great acidity, fatness and freshness. This style, like 2010 is a real crowd-pleaser, but with trends ...
ON October 10, 2019
Brunello di Montalcino: 2010 Riserva and 2011 Preview
Brunello di Montalcino: 2010 Riserva and 2011 Preview
FINE+RARE buyer Jessica Bryans shares her guide to buying and tasting upcoming releases from Brunello di Montalcino: the 2011s and 2010 Riservas... Carlo Ferrini’s Sangiovese vineyards I’ve got Brunello on the brain. Among the many fantastic insights from my recent Tuscany Wine tour – from touring the vines with Gianfranco Soldera to tasting Chianti Classico at Felsina – one of the ...
ON November 11, 2015
Your guide to Montalcino
Your guide to Montalcino
As the Brunello 2016s are released, Gavin Smith examines the varied terroir of Montalcino, as one way to decipher the different styles of this beautifully varied landscape. Brunello di Montalcino is so well established in today’s world of fine wine; it is hard to believe how relatively young its international reputation is. While it all began with Clemente Santi in ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 27, 2020
Brunello 2016: a magical year in Montalcino
Brunello 2016: a magical year in Montalcino
This week we caught up with some of Brunello di Montalcino’s top producers for their insight into this exceptional vintage  Coming off the back of an extremely successful 2015 vintage, 2016 is a fascinating comparison. Both are exceptional but with distinctly different personalities. 2015 is exuberant, rich and decadent; 2016 is arguably more precise, detailed and elegant. No doubt these vintages will ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON November 20, 2020
Brunello di Montalcino – The Young Minds of Montalcino
Brunello di Montalcino – The Young Minds of Montalcino
Trying to reach Sangiovese’s true potential in Montalcino Sangiovese, like Pinot Noir, is very much susceptible to over-cropping and in recent years has been used and abused by many winemakers to the detriment of its true varietal profile. Sangiovese has the potential to produce wines with the same textural brilliance as some of the world’s best Pinot Noir; it can ...
ON June 22, 2018
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Tasting
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Tasting
62 samples of 2010 Brunello di Montalcino 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 have proved immensely popular since their release and we had a golden chance to see what the fuss is all about. In ...
ON March 18, 2015
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
What to look out for this January
What to look out for this January
Burgundy continues to dominate as we kick off the New Year, but this month will also see a host of new releases from the Rhône, Tuscany, Spain and a special cask offering: here’s our pick of the bunch Burgundy  January tends to be dominated by the major new releases from Burgundy. With rave reviews from the critics, combined with the reduction in volumes, demand for the 2019s is set to be high. This month will see major releases from the likes ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 7, 2021
F+R Tuscany Report: Montalcino
F+R Tuscany Report: Montalcino
Brunello is without doubt one of Italy’s most important wines; indeed some have argued that it is Italy’s greatest (although we would probably give that crown to Barolo). Super Tuscan's aside, Brunello is the Italian wine that will most likely appeal to Bordeaux lovers, those that find Barolo’s acidity a little too much, and the very best Brunellos – and ...
ON September 4, 2014
Brunello 2016: what the critics are saying
Brunello 2016: what the critics are saying
The 2016 vintage in Montalcino is one of the best we’ve tasted – and the critics have now had their say. Here’s an overview of what the Wine Advocate, Vinous and James Suckling are saying, as well as the wines they rate most highly This week saw the release of the Wine Advocate’s first report on 2016 Brunello di Montalcino, ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON December 4, 2020
Brunello 2011 Tasting at FINE+RARE
Brunello 2011 Tasting at FINE+RARE
Some of the samples on show at our FINE+RARE Brunello 2011 tasting 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 2012s, the 2011s had the tough task of standing out. Last week, ...
ON March 22, 2016
Brunello di Montalcino: F+R report
Brunello di Montalcino: F+R report
Part of what we do at FINE+RARE is try, wherever possible, to get as close to source as we can. Ideally we deal direct with the winemakers themselves.  Following the success of the brilliant 2010 vintage, our buying team have just returned from Montalcino.  Jessica Bryans recounts the trip: It is hard to believe that Brunello is such a new ...
ON June 11, 2015
Just Landed: F+R Home Hong Kong Collection Highlights
Just Landed: F+R Home Hong Kong Collection Highlights
F+R HOME is our contemporary retail and private members’ space in the prime Central district of Hong Kong. It's a destination where you can discover, drink and purchase some of the finest wines ever made. This week saw the arrival of our first collection of wines into the venue; a selection of some of the rarest wines in existence, many ...
ON August 17, 2018
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
F+R On The Road: A Tour of Italy's Places, People + Wines
F+R On The Road: A Tour of Italy's Places, People + Wines
This week F+R took a tour of some of Italy's finest vineyards, visiting a small selection of our favourite producers, tasting the latest vintages and talking to these iconic winemakers to better understand their philosophies, techniques and what makes their wines so special. The stories of fine wine tend to be ones of sacrifice and struggle. Great wine always comes ...
ON June 21, 2019
Barolo 2010: Brilliant Wines from the Most Exciting Wine Region in the World Today
Barolo 2010: Brilliant Wines from the Most Exciting Wine Region in the World Today
Barolo is similar to Burgundy in more ways than one, and it’s no coincidence that if you ask a Burgundian what his or her favourite region outside Burgundy is then many will say Barolo. The first obvious parallel is the use of a single grape variety: Pinot for Burgundy, Nebbiolo for Barolo, and this parallel is amplified somewhat by the ...
ON March 3, 2014
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
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
What to look out for this December
What to look out for this December
From the latest Brunello and Burgundy releases to a Canadian rye whiskey, there’s no shortage of exciting wines and spirits coming out this month – but here’s our pick of the best BRILLIANT BRUNELLO With all the excitement surrounding the releases of the straight Brunellos from 2016, December will see the 2015 Riservas share some of the limelight. Riservas are ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON December 4, 2020
12 of the Best Places to Drink Wine in London
12 of the Best Places to Drink Wine in London
For the Wine Lover, which are the best places to drink in London? An epic wine list, rebellious “by the glass” pours, fair prices and delicious bar snacks; these are the things wine-lovers dream of when selecting a wine bar or restaurant to drink wine on any given night in London. To drink great wine in London, get off of ...
ON September 14, 2015
Paul Hobbs: First Man
Paul Hobbs: First Man
First Man One Giant Leap for Winemaking I had just seen First Man (the Neil Armstrong biopic) when I met Paul Hobbs, and I couldn’t help but draw some parallels. Despite similarities in terms of personality (focused, meticulous to the point of obsession, possibly some type of genius – he has also been called and doesn’t mind referring to himself ...
ON January 9, 2019
2011 Barolo: "Intrigante"
2011 Barolo: "Intrigante"
Barolo Vineyard Following a vintage like 2010 is not easy.  2010 Barolos are not only of great quality, they were released to a market primed to buy something new, a market disillusioned with Bordeaux, a market looking for quality, value and character.  What the wines of Piedmont offered, and continue to offer is simple: the opportunity to buy, own ...
ON March 19, 2015
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
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
The Historic Rise of Nebbiolo - Italy's "King of Wines"
The Historic Rise of Nebbiolo - Italy's "King of Wines"
The history of Piedmont as a fine wine region and the establishment of Nebbiolo as a single varietal wine predates the unification of Italy. Yet the region’s rise to international fame as Italy’s finest wine was intrinsically linked to the political role that the Piedmont Kingdom played in the unification of Italy. We look back at the rise of Barolo as the “King of ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON January 21, 2020
Bordeaux Right Bank Icons
Bordeaux Right Bank Icons
The Right Bank icons of Bordeaux are situated on two very distinct terroir regions, the limestone plateau of Saint Emilion and the dark clay, rich in iron soils of Pomerol. Whilst Saint Emilion is one of the most historic winemaking sites in the world; neighbouring Pomerol's rise to prominence has been a much more recent phenomena. Pomerol only really ...
ON August 23, 2019
Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur: Vintage Update
Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur: Vintage Update
Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur has begun. Find out more about the vintage, critic opinions and the major appellations… Bordeaux 2015 Vintage Bordeaux 2015 appears to be a strong vintage. It is neither a left or right bank vintage, a Merlot or Cabernet vintage, a red or white vintage. There is outstanding quality in all areas, but it is not across ...
ON April 22, 2016

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