Star of the Show, Télégramme 2016

Having just recovered from our annual Christmas party, which is always in January due to December being just too busy, I now feel up to commenting on the star of the show. We are always, very kindly, presented with delicious wines at the party however the Télégramme 2016, Chateauneuf du Pape from Domaine Brunier was…

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…

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…

Château de Vaux Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2018

I first met Yannick de Vermont in 2009, when he joined the team at Château de     Grandmont as estate manager. We soon became close friends, working together on wine-making projects at the property, with the intention of pushing the boundaries as far as we could when it came to quality. We both learnt a great…

Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2017

2017 –an exceptional vintage for the Beaujolais region  This very high quality vintage must go down as being amongst one of the very best in the last fifty years. Having said that, it is likely to result in some atypical wines, similar to the fabulous 2009’s. In the Beaujolais region overall, the harvest began during the last…

The Beaujolais Vintage 2017

This very high quality vintage must go down as being amongst one of the very best in the last fifty years. Having said that, it is likely to result in some atypical wines, similar to the fabulous 2009’s. In the Beaujolais region overall, the harvest began during the last week in August and at Château…

Summer Wines

Yes a cliché but hey, there are wines we all prefer to drink in the sunshine (or warmer rain) than in the depths of winter huddling by the fire. If I’m al fresco anywhere, anytime there’s nothing better than a white, pink or glass of bubbles that has condensation droplets on the glass. I want…

Este Vinho Verde, Portugal

I’ve just tried the new 2016 vintage Este Vinho Verde from Ponta da Barca and OMG, how lovely does this taste in the sunshine, legs propped up on a chair and sunhat on. It’s got that super sparkle that makes it feel rather decadent for a thursday lunchtime but hey, at under £8 what’s not…

BEAUJOLAIS

Chris Piper is considered to be one of the leading experts on the Beaujolais region and its wines, having been wine-making there for over 40 years. As a vinificateur-oenologue, he worked as Chef de Cuvage and head wine-maker at Château des Tours (Brouilly) from 1976 until 2000, then as development wine-maker at Château du Pavé…

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…

Alfrocheiro – ‘The Pinot of Portugal’

Alfrocheiro, Terra d’Alter 100% Alfrocheiro, Boavista Vineyard Afrocheiro is a unique variety with quite small bunches and berries reminiscent of Pinot Noir and Trousseau (Bastardo), to which we think it is genetically related, so we like to think of it as the « Pinot » of Portugal. Low yielding vineyard, handpicked fruit. Crushing followed by…