Champagne Vilmart et Cie Grand Cellier d'Or Premier Cru 2010

I recently reviewed Vilmat’s Grand Cellier NV Cuvee, and really liked it. Now it’s the turn of its elder sibling, the Grand Cellier D’Or 2010. This is a remarkable wine that’s still very much in its first flush of youth. I’d age this for a bit. It’s remarkable.

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Champagne Agrapart Avizoise Extra Brut Grand Cru 2008

Enjoyed this last night at The Glue Pot in Reims, which has a lovely list of grower Champagnes and craft beers. This was 94 Euros on the list. It’s really tight and youthful, and could probably do with quite a bit of time to show its best. But it’s superb.

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Champagne Gimonnet Blanc de Blancs Cuvee Cuis 1er Cru NV

I love this Champagne. It’s one I’ve enjoyed before, and so it was nice that it was the first one to be shown on this trip, in a small tasting at the CIVC‘s head offices in Epernay. It’s also stunning value for money. Interestingly, it has ‘Chardonnay’ on the front label. I wasn’t aware that […]

Press trip dynamics, and Tuckman's model

I’m on another press trip. This time, it’s to Champagne.

One of the most interesting things about press trips is the group dynamics, especially when you are travelling with people you don’t know. On my last trip (the group picture is above), I mentioned this to our Wine & Partners host, Andrea, and she told me […]

A new high end Pinot Noir from Torres, Chile: Escaleras de Empedrado

This is quite exciting. It’s a new high-end Pinot Noir from Chile, made by Torres. And it has been a long time coming. 20 years ago, Torres went prospecting for a special Chilean terroir with slate, to replicate the soils of Priorat. They found a site called Empedrado, which was a forested slope with slate […]

Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut 2012 England

2012 was an absolute shocker of a vintage across southern England. It was just too cool, and then the season ran out of heat. The result? Many wineries just didn’t pick any grapes at all. Remarkably, Camel Valley have produced something very appealing from this rather difficult year. It even won a Gold medal at […]

The wines of Emiliana, an organic pioneer in Chile, with Alvaro Espinoza

Lunch at the fab Camino with Alvaro Espinoza of Chilean organic pioneer Emiliana is a good way to spend Friday afternoon, especially after a busy and somewhat complex week.

‘We are a mid-sized wine company,’ says Alvaro. He’s talking about Chile, though, and mid-sized here means 860 hectares of vineyards in four different valleys, and spread over five […]

In the Douro (5) Quinta do Crasto

Quinta do Crasto is one of the important properties in the story of table wine in the Douro. The first table wines were made here in the mid-1990s under the direction of David Baverstock. Remarkably, we got to try a magnum of the first vintage, the 1994 Reserva. It was quite beautiful: it still had […]

Champagne Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus NV

Taittinger make some very nice wines. I’ve particularly enjoyed their NV of late, which always shows well in blind tastings. They have a sizeable vineyard holding of 288 hectares, which helps with quality. This is a non-vintage blend from Grand Cru vineyards and it spends five years on its lees.

Champagne Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus NV France
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Tissot Arbois Trousseau Singulier 2013

This is a beautiful wine, from Stephane Tissot – one of the finest of all Jura winegrowers. It’s a wine that flirts with greenness and gets away with it – even more than gets away with it, actually. The greenness is a beautifully integrated element of the flavour. It’s really complex and beguiling.

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