Alexandre Bal

  1. A Day in the Larzac
    Posted On: February 19th, 2019

    A Day in the Larzac

    As a wine lover, you've probably heard of La Grange des Pères, Mas Jullien, Domaine de Montcalmès or Mas de Daumas Gassac. They're all located in the north of the Languedoc in a micro-climate region known as the Terrasses du Larzac. Pioneering in Southern French fine wines for the past 20 years, they've rejuvenated a […]
  2. A journey to Corsica
    Posted On: December 20th, 2017

    A journey to Corsica

    The London restaurant scene has noticed an increasing popularity for wines from Tenerife and Sicily in the past couple of years. Corsica on the other hand, is still very unknown for many. When I was offered to go there on a buying trip, I first saw the opportunity of visiting a new 'French' wine region […]
  3. Clarette Wine Bar & Restaurant
    Posted On: September 8th, 2017

    Clarette Wine Bar & Restaurant

    A Yapp Brothers catch up in London after our Summer holidays usually involves visiting a new restaurant, tasting a few wines and sharing a few anecdotes about recent vinous discoveries. We decided to meet for lunch at Clarette, the latest opening on the booming restaurant scene in Marylebone. The owners Alexandra Petit and Natsuko Perromat […]
  4. The Best of Northern Rhône White Wines
    Posted On: May 17th, 2017

    The Best of Northern Rhône White Wines

    "Northern Rhône white wines", a combination of words that would excite any wine amateur or professional I know. At Yapp Brothers, we've been importing these rare wines for over 47 years and felt it would arouse a particular interest to offer our wine lovers to study them in-depth. What better place in London to host […]
  5. Mature Chinons at Portland
    Posted On: April 10th, 2017

    Mature Chinons at Portland

    As one of the most underrated regions in France, the Loire valley still attracts many wine lovers. At Yapp Brothers, we never had a doubt of its full potential as we have been importing a large diversity of styles from the region since the 1960's. The Touraine sub-region is the cradle of Cabernet Franc, a […]
  6. Clipstone Restaurant
    Posted On: March 15th, 2017

    Clipstone Restaurant

    Following a memorable lunch at Portland in Marylebone last summer catching up with an old friend from Germany, I could not resist for long when I heard that Will Lander and his team had opened a sister restaurant around the corner, eponymously named Clipstone. After four attempts I finally managed to secure a table a […]
  7. Rhône 2015 Research - Day 1
    Posted On: October 19th, 2016

    Rhône 2015 Research - Day 1

    I understand the concept of modern air travel, but still find it slightly unsettling that one can turn off a spur of the M4 at 5.00am and be tasting Côte Rôtie in a cellar in Ampuis before coffee.     Arriving at Domaine Champet, Joël, Max & Romain were hard at it pressing the last […]
  8. Blandford Comptoir
    Posted On: October 10th, 2016

    Blandford Comptoir

    Like many French people living in London all I dream about when it comes to good food is simplicity, authenticity and charcuterie! After a few years working with French wines in London, I've come to appreciate the diversity of restaurants and styles of cuisine the European capital can offer.     When we heard that […]

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