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Harvesting at Chateau Rauzan Segla 2013

2013 has been a challenging vintage for most of France. Much of Bordeaux has been affected by storms earlier in the year, resulting in...
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An Invitation to Dom Pérignon

On the morning of May 23rd, FINE+RARE staff were to be found sat at their desks with a glass each of the newly released...
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The Top Picks from the Great Bordeaux 2010 Tasting, Singapor...

With demand continuing to escalate for 2010 Bordeaux in recent weeks, it was entirely appropriate that this weekend saw the Conrad Centennial Hotel in...
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Fine+Rare 2013 Six-Month Report

Key Releases and Events 2011 Burgundy: Demand for the 2011s wasn’t quite on a par with that for 2009 & 2010, despite many tasters rating...
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Burgundy 2012: A Progress Report

When we visited Burgundy in July last year, we met a lot of rather stressed vignerons. Spring and early summer in 2012 were extremely...
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A rather special tasting and a 2012 heads up

Last week Bud Cuchet and I spent a couple of days in what was a rather wet and cold Bordeaux. The reason for our...
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2011 Burgundy Vintage Report

Bud Cuchet, Camilla Bowler and I spent a hectic week in Burgundy at the beginning of December. The mission was twofold: firstly, to establish...
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UGC 2010 En Primeurs Tasting

On this rather gloomy, wet, winter’s day, The Royal Opera House opened its doors to an army of wine professionals to sample the 2010...
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Two Champagne Verticals

Blind tasting is not always the best way to taste. The effort it involves focuses the mind and tends to imprint the experience much...
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An Eye-Opening Tasting of Opus One

We were honoured to welcome David Pearson, CEO of Opus One, to our offices earlier this month and our boardroom was packed with staff...
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Chateau Coutet – When is it right to drink Sauternes?

When to drink a wine is always a difficult question. With sweet wines it is even more difficult than usual. The preservative effect of...
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It’s high time to befriend Madeira

That’s Madeira the fortified wine favoured by none other than Thomas Jefferson, who used it to toast the Declaration of Independence; George Washington, Benjamin...
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