Gamay focus 19, du Grappin Fleurie 2014

I love this. It’s a Fleurie made by the talented Andrew Nielsen, Aussie ex-pat and micronegoce based in Beaune. In 2015 he made more Beaujolais than Burgundy, and he’s enthused about the potential of Gamay. This is a 2014, but he’s particularly excited about 2015, which is a cracking vintage in the region. ‘Beaujolais as [...]

L.A.S. Vino: alternative wines from Margaret River

Caught up with this pair yesterday at the Liberty tasting. Strikingly labelled, they are interesting wines from Margaret River.  LAS Vino (LAS standing for luck, art and science) is the label of Nic Peterkin, who has quite a few good wine genes. His father is Mike Peterkin of Pierro fame and his mother is Shelley [...]

Who would be the ideal wine critic? A specialist or a generalist?

The wine world is big. Properly big. I’ve been travelling it now for quite a few years, and since 2008 as a full-time wine writer. There are still so many places I’ve yet to get to grips with, and a few famous regions that I haven’t visited at all. For example, I’ve only spent one [...]

Two nice Chardonnays: Seresin and Lafon Mâcon

Two Chardonnays tonight. Both quite lovely. My vote goes to the beautiful biodynamic Chardonnay from Seresin, but the Lafon is nice too.

Seresin Chardonnay Reserve 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand
13.5% alcohol. Wild yeast, 20% new oak. There’s a richness here, with a bit of mealiness and some spice, as well as lovely complex citrus fruits. Lovely tension [...]

Two lovely wines at St Swithins Wine Shippers: Breton Chinon and Nicholas Perrin Crozes

Had a couple of lovely bottles on Thursday night at St Swithins Wine Shippers. It’s a wine bar and retail shop in the City of London, and it has a nice list. It’s not a natural, totally geeky place, but it has a really well chosen list with some good things on it. You can [...]

Patrick Piuze Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2010

Patrick Piuze is a Canadian – a Québécois. And a rising star in Chablis, where he’s now regarded to be one of the top producers. He started working in Burgundy in 2000, and then was hired as winemaker at Brocard. He started making wines under his own name in 2008. I had this at lunch [...]

Champagne Krug 2002 and friends

Krug 2002 has finally been launched. On Tuesday evening a group of us gathered in a studio in Shoreditch which had, for a week, been turned into the home of Krug. It was quite pretty. Eric Lebel (above left), who’s been chef de cave here for 18 years was presenting, along with Olivier Krug and [...]

Internal change, living in the now, and our approach to wine

How we approach life is so important. If we change our viewpoint, it changes everything. But this sort of change is incredibly hard for most.

In our pursuit of happiness, we seek external change. Likewise, in our avoidance of pain, we seek this external change. We look to change the environment. Move to a better neighbourhood. [...]

Some white Burgundy 2014 highlights from yesterday

Some white Burgundy highlights from yesterday’s Berry Bros & Rudd tasting. Usual caveat: these are cask samples, not bottled. So treat the score as a very approximate guide. These wines are available here. 2014 is looking like a pretty amazing vintage for white Burgundy.

Bret Bros Domaine de la Soufrandière Pouilly Vinzelles Les Longeays 2014 Burgundy, [...]

Pollen Cider, wine-like, natural, and delicious

I was really impressed by this. It’s a new cider made by Ben Slater, who comes from a wine background (he works for The Sampler). He’s made a pretty natural cider that would really appeal to wine folk, with its almost vinous quality.

‘The vision for this was really to make a quality, balanced cider that [...]