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To Harvest or Not To Harvest: that is the question!

REPRODUCED & ADAPTED FROM MY FACEBOOK PAGE (8 June 2020) Just a thought, not a suggestion (because it needs to be considered within the strict context of each individual producer’s position), but in some instances there could be a good case made for not harvesting Prosecco or Lambrusco this year … Unlike traditional method sparkling wines, which benefit from time on yeast, most Prosecco and Lambrusco are best bottled within months and best enjoyed with [...]

By | 2020-06-24T14:51:44+00:00 June 24th, 2020|Articles|Comments Off on To Harvest or Not To Harvest: that is the question!

Loïc’s last legacy

The 2007 vintage is the last Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs to be launched under the auspices of Loïc Dupont, the motorcycle-mad, quiet man of Champagne, as he hands over the keys for Taittinger's magnificent cellars to Alexandre Ponnavoy. Dupont will be a hard act to follow. Not least because he has established a formidable reputation for consistency. It is fair to say that it was his predecessor, Maurice Morlot, who established the style [...]

By | 2018-05-16T12:56:53+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on Loïc’s last legacy

A Tale of Two Bottles

It was a cosy little tasting in the private cinema of The Soho Hotel with Régis Camus last night. The raison d’être was, of course, the UK launch of Rare Rosé 2007, which proved to be truly something special, but that was not all we were treated to. We tasted five different cuvées, each paired with food … […]

By | 2017-05-03T12:27:39+00:00 November 16th, 2016|Articles|0 Comments

Lanson on-trade in magnum

When Lanson released their stylishly presented ‘Pere et Fils’ (effectively the previous release of Black Label, benefitting from an extra year on yeast) exclusively for the on-trade, its invigoratingly fresh, crisp fruit and long, complex finish made it a natural gastronomic Champagne, but there was no magnum … […]

By | 2017-05-03T12:29:27+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Articles|0 Comments

Champagne 2016: The Great Escape!

Two months ago it looked as if 2016 could be one of most disastrous vintages in Champagne’s history, but in this northerly, Atlantic-influenced region, vintages are made or broken at harvest time more often than not. Here is the latest vintage news received from one of today’s most talented chefs de caves, Frédéric Panaïotis of Champagne Ruinart … […]

By | 2017-05-03T12:26:06+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Articles|0 Comments

How good is the new Joseph Perrier cuvée?

Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Blanc de Noirs Vintage Brut Nature is the most exciting, most innovative Champagne this house has released in my lifetime. There are faults, but thankfully they are confined to its presentation and packaging, not the contents, the sheer quality of which had me spellbound from the start … […]

By | 2017-05-03T12:24:10+00:00 November 28th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Albet i Noya Nosodos: an exception to the rule!

Over the years I have tasted hundreds of wines that claim to have been produced without the addition of sulphur and as a rule they were vile. A few have been just about drinkable, but I have yet to find one that I would be happy to drink. Until now that is … and guess what? It’s a Cava … […]

By | 2015-11-30T17:08:53+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Hedonistic Range of Rare Dom Pérignon Vintages

I don’t normally reproduce a press-release, but for collectors out there with deep enough pockets, this treasure trove of DP is an absolute bargain … all 11 rare and very special bottles direct from the cellars for less than the cost of one bottle of Romanee Conti DRC 2005! Not that the DRC isn’t mind-boggling in its own right, but I will probably have to wait until I am dead before the 2005 reaches its [...]

By | 2015-08-27T12:07:37+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Why Lambrusco bottled it!

There are a number of different Lambrusco appellations in Italy and most are located in the lush valley vineyards of Emilia-Romagna, where we find the DOCs (or DOPs as they tend to label them these days) of Grasparossa di Castelvetro, Modena, Reggiano, Salamino di Santa Croce and Sorbara, with just one in neighbouring Lombardia (Mantovano). Until this tasting I thought the best Lambrusco come from Sorbara and the best of those was Chiarli Fondatore, but [...]

By | 2018-12-21T12:38:20+00:00 April 14th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments


Unlike Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, Trentodoc slips off the tongue of an Anglo-Saxon speaker very easily. Unfortunately, however, this made-up word is rather harsh-sounding to the Italian ear and although there is a cleverness in its construction (Trento + DOC), it does rather scupper any hopes the producers may have of promotion to DOCG!… […]

By | 2015-04-11T20:24:29+00:00 April 11th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments
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