RIP Jean Mathias

RIP Jean Mathias With the sad death of Jean Mathias, we have lost one of our great friends and suppliers. Jean died, at the age of 88, on 7th January, in the Mâconnais village of Chaintré, following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. We discovered the wonderful wines of the Mathias family in the first…

Clos de Gat, Har’el Vineyards, Israel

The Israeli wine scene involves over 350 wineries, situated in five different viticultural regions. It is in the Judean Hills (known as the “Bordeaux of ancient Israel”) that Israel’s leading boutique wineries are to be found. In a landscape reminiscent of Tuscany, Clos de Gat is situated in the former HQ of ex-Israeli prime minister…

Goodbye Georges Duboeuf

Between 1979 and 1991, Christopher Piper Wines distributed the wines of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf in the West Country. This was probably the period when Duboeuf’s domaine-bottles crus were at their apogee and it was partly due to our involvement with Georges Duboeuf that Christopher Piper Wines managed to gain recognition amongst the West Country’s…

Young Talent in the Côte de Beaune. Meet Lauriane André.

We first met Lauriane André at what is called an ‘off’ tasting in Beaujolais in 2017. Her Burgundian reds and whites wines, quite simply, stood out as they are of quite exceptional definition and reflection of their terroir. Michel and Francoise André who own the 7,5 ha domaine have three sons who were already working…

One Way Lake Windermere

Walking down the slipway at Fell Foot Park in the pouring rain, into Lake Windermere was probably one of the most surreal experiences I have had. Six months of training, the agonisingly boring effort of counting lengths while ploughing up and down a pool which at times nearly made me run for the hills, never…

Gremillet Champagne Blanc de Noirs

OffLicence News April 2017 “The most exquisite expression of our terroir combined with the winemaking expertise of the Maison” Jean-Christophe Gremillet, Cellar Master Although less well-known among wine enthusiasts than its cousin, the Blanc de Blancs, this wine will surprise you and , most importantly, it wonderfully embodies the Cote des Bars terroir from where…

” Outstanding” Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2015

Decanter April 2017 Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2015 received an ‘Outstanding’ score and was the chosen favourite for two out of the three judges. Listed on our website at LESS than the value shown this is a winner for everyone ! Find it here 

Crumbs Magazine, October 2016

Crumbs Magazine, October 2013 ‘Ask the Expert’ Section; advice on those who might be starting out in the wine business plus top tips on food and wine matching (and opinions on Brexit) straight from Chris Piper and John Earle.