Vines

Indulge your passion: discover the regions and vineyards via our vineyard profiles and find out where we go and who we visit in our regional profiles and trip reports.

A couple of days in Bordeaux

Bud Cuchet and I spent a couple of days in Bordeaux last week – the first time that either of us have visited Bordeaux...
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Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy alumnus Day Six

After a spectacular week, the final day brought a test on the previous day’s lecture, a blind tasting of Vins Clairs to identify the...
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Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy alumnus Day Five

And so under heavy clouds again we trekked into the Lanson headquarters for the last lecture “From the Cellar to the Consumer” which was...
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Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy alumnus Day Four

Piper Heidsieck proved a very different affair to the old fashioned glamour of Charles the previous evening, as we pulled up outside a modern...
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Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy alumnus Day Three

Day Three Our day 3 lecture was on the picking of grapes to bottling stages and led by the ever composed cellar master Frédéric...
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Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy Alumnus Day Two

Day Two Moet Chandon proved a difficult start, since we could not at first work our way into the building! When eventually we were...
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Diary of a 2012 Champagne Academy alumnus: Day One

This spectacular opportunity, offered to just 16 candidates nominated by the member champagne houses each year since 1956, would see us visit 16 grandes...
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A sneak peak at 2011 Burgundy (and a bit about 2012 too)

July ought not to be a great time to taste a new vintage from Burgundy. Nine months after harvest the wines are still very...
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Decanter’s Great Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter

Two weeks ago I attended Decanter’s Great Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter at The Landmark Hotel in London. The tasting featured over 80 of the...
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New Zealand’s Wine Identity

Most wine regions have a very clear varietal identity. For example, in France, Bordeaux is best known for its red blends dominated by Cabernet...
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2011 Bordeaux – Vintage Report

Our wines of the vintage with scores out of 20 points in brackets: Haut Brion Blanc Pessac(19) Mouton Rothschild Pauillac (18+) Pontet Canet Pauillac...
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Bordeaux Wine Tour Report March 2012 (Day 1)

In early March 2012, FINE+RARE’s Sales Director Jamie Graham, Events Manager Amanda Baxter and a small group of our customers embarked on our annual...
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