19 Jul

Posted by Simon Felton

  Marlborough’s Auntsfield Estate is one of the founding members of a new organisation called Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW), which has created a certification process for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that they hope consumers will see as a stamp of quality with consumers around the world.   The move has come from producers such as Auntsfield, Greywacke and Mahi who have become increasingly concerned about the reputation of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc which is being shipped in bulk to international bottling facilities, and want to distinguish their premium products from the bulk-wine brands as the wine style surges in popularity.   Luc Cowley, winemaker and director of the family-owned Auntsfield Estate (Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery), commente...

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10 Jul

Posted by Simon Felton

      Penfolds will be selecting the ‘best of the best’ Napa Valley grapes from the 2018 vintage to produce wine under its own legendary brand name (according to Chris Mercer, Decanter Magazine, July 3rd). This exciting move comes on the back of Kalimna Shiraz cuttings having proven successful in the Camatta Hills Vineyards in California’s Paso Robles area in the 1990s.   Penfolds’ chief winemaker, Peter Gago, commented: ‘We are striving to add outstanding Californian-sourced wines to our offering by fiscal 2022.’ Penfolds also has other expansion plans to improve their global reach via a new range of ‘Penfolds Special bottlings’, including: A baijiu-infused, fortified Shiraz known as Lot 518 (baiju is a traditional Chinese ...

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04 Jul

Posted by Simon Felton

  This month we are featuring a pair of summer drinking classics - a special purchase Spanish Sauvignon, the Bodega Miquel Jané, Sauvignon Blanc 2015, alongside a mouth-watering Provence Rose from Château La Martinette.The Bodega Miquel Jané, Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (saving £2 per bottle) is a UK exclusive, gold medal winner at the Concours Mondial, produced from high-altitude vines in Penedès that impart a wonderfully juicy, grapefruit concentration to the fruit as well as a refreshing balance and acidity. Meanwhile the Chateau La Martinette Rollier Rosé 2016 (saving £2 per bottle) is produced by one of the oldest wineries in Provence and named after the brightly-plumed, migratory Rollier bird that visits the estate - similar to the bird, this Rosé is a real beauty, full ...

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20 Apr

Posted by Simon Felton

  Award winning wine writer Tom Cannavan has just given a glowing report on our Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2015 by Domaine Lagneau.   You can watch Tom's video on YouTube. Tom also commented: "The 2015 vintage is being hailed as one of the best ever in the resurgent Beaujolais region, where recognition for the quality of wines from the 'Crus' of Beaujolais has soared. This comes from one of the very best, most Burgundian Crus, Morgon, where ninth generation winemaker Gérard Lagneau works with 60-year-old vines. In the mouth this is truly gorgeous: there's a precise minerality to this that belies its 14% alcohol, the flood of sweet, so obviously ripe and plump, cherry and red berry fruit etched by fine acidity and smooth, fine-grained tannins. An exquisite Morgon ...

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20 Mar

Posted by Simon Felton

Finally released from the clutches of winter? We hesitate to suggest we’ve seen the back of it all and that spring is just around the corner. We certainly hope that it will be warmer in Bordeaux for En Primeurs week in the second week of April.   Why are we going?, you may well ask, as many of us are aware of this allegedly disastrous vintage due to the late frosts. However, aside from the important PR duties, there is an outside chance we may find that exception to the rule. That is, a wine from a highly rated chateau at a rock bottom price, and we always live in hope of finding such a rare beast! It is also a great opportunity to meet with our favoured small, independent producers who focus on good, honest Bordeaux drinking, and there are always those elite chateaux that see...

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09 Mar

Posted by Simon Felton

  This month we have a brilliant Australian new release for you - a rich, spicy, heady, complex Bordeaux-inspired blend from the much lauded Amelia Park estate in the Margaret River – a stunning wine crafted from select parcels, rated ‘Silver’ by Decanter Magazine and 94 points by James Halliday.   Our white wine is Italy’s finest and most consistently brilliant white, La Monacesca's premium Verdicchio, the Mirum. This multiple award-winning mountain white is full-bodied, rich and intense, boasting steely minerality to balance. Grown by the father-and-son team of Casimiro and Aldo Cifola in the stunning Apennines of the central Marche region. Please hurry, however – limited stocks available.   Choose by the bottle and Save £2, or order our Mi...

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04 Dec

Posted by Simon Felton

  It was great to welcome a number of you to our wine tasting in Castle Ashby last night, and I hope that you enjoyed the wines and the evening as much as we did: we love meeting our customers and it was a pleasure hosting you and sharing some of the wines from our Seasonal Selection offer. Don't forget to check out the full range from our exciting Seasonal Selection of classic and celebration wines, as well as our Christmas Cases; 6 for 5 deals on Fizz; Vintage Port; Gift Packaging and Vouchers, and our Bespoke Gift Service. Please contact us to discuss your festive fine wine requirements - we look forward to being of service.

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20 Oct

Posted by Simon Felton

Great news! You can now pre-order your wines from the much-awaited Penfolds 2017 Collection.   We have a great selection of new vintages available for you across the Penfolds Bin range all the way up to Grange - one of Australia's finest and most famous wines.   Please order now from the Collection below to ensure your allocation for delivery in the first two weeks of November. Delivery is Free to UK mainland for orders over £100.  

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29 Sep

Posted by Kate Goodwin

As we enter the Autumn period and the onset of cooler and sometimes inclement weather, we in the trade start to look at the subtle changes in demand from our customers. Some of this is governed by our eating habits as the nights draw in and the temperature drops; fewer salads and more of those warming hearty dishes we all know and love mean sophisticated spicy reds, luxuriously sweet wines for dessert and (cliché alert!) a fine vintage port with the king of British cheese that is Stilton. These changes do indeed have a knock-on effect when it comes to the fine wine market and will shape our offers for the next few months including Christmas which looms on the horizon.   Other things to look out for in the near future include a report on the latest releases from the Penfold...

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20 Sep

Posted by Simon Felton

Owner/ winemaker Sebastien Vincenti continues to impress wine lovers and the world’s critics with his spicy, fruit-driven Rhône reds from the spectacular Ventoux region. These wines exude southern sun-drenched French style. “One of the best run if not the finest estate in the Cotes du Ventoux is Fondreche. Shrewd consumers should have been stocking up on these wines for a number of years as they represent terrific values. They all exhibit beautifully pure fruit infused with plenty of Provencal character.” Robert Parker We have some great value wines from Domaine de Fondrèche, and some of their very limited premium cuvées. These include the Divergente - an old vine Syrah which offers Hermitage-like style and quality (but not price) - and Il Était Une Fois - a magnific...

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