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 ...
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 ...
Know Your Wine Faults
Picture a perfect Saturday in London Fields – a rare day when the sky is so blue it appears the colour button has been turned up a few notches - and you’re among friends, food and wine. The whole scene was near perfect except for one nagging detail – our bottle of wine was corked. Corked (or any faulted wine) ...
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 ...
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 ...
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