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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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Fifty Shades of Sherry

Sherry can be the colour of coffee stains on a cream carpet, the colour of lemon-curd sandwiches or the colour of lacquered mahogany. It...
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299 Points Wines

    It’s not often that you get the opportunity to taste 299 points of wines in one sitting, but last Thursday we got...
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“Let the big guns roar”

This wine is as elusive as seeing a badger crossing your local high street. Actually it is almost impossible to find any bottles of...
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2011 Bordeaux: What a difference a fortnight makes

Returning to Bordeaux two weeks after our initial tastings has been an eye opening experience. The plan this week wasn’t to taste any wine at all...
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2011 Bordeaux: Great News for Lafite Lovers

When we last tasted at Lafite, we were disappointed with the 2011 vintage as the wine was awkward and surly: blackly fruited and ferociously...
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2011 Bordeaux: An Uncertain Start

Bordeaux 2011 has gone off ahead of Robert Parker’s usual starting gun with Lafite unexpectedly leading the way (we are still confirming our allocations)....
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Chambolle Musigny Combe d’Orveaux: Taupenot-Merme: A R...

Moving from right to left you have the three Grand Cru parts of Musigny: Le Musigny; the smaller Les Petits Musigny and then to...
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Assessing the blend: 2011 Chateau Margaux

Me: “Paul, are you sure that sample is Merlot, it tastes a lot like Cabernet?” Paul Pontallier: “Yes absolutely it’s a Merlot, amazing eh?”...
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