Wine Knowledge

  1. Skill Sets
    Posted On: May 29th, 2020

    Skill Sets

    Although international ‘lockdown' put paid to our travel plans and confined us to our homes it hasn't all been negative. We have had to innovate and acquire new skills in order to get on with getting on. Here are some of the innovations and pastimes that have got my family through the last few weeks. 1. Hair Cutting It didn't...
  2. High Points of the Hérault
    Posted On: September 13th, 2019

    High Points of the Hérault

    As a keen oenophile and Francophile I have an enduring interest in the celebrated ‘Grands Vins’ of Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhône as well as less well-known wines from the Loire, Alsace and Provence but the region that is increasingly commanding my attention is the Languedoc. Specifically, the limestone outcrops of the Hérault, which lie between the Cevennes and the...
  3. Fine Wine facts, figures and futures
    Posted On: April 15th, 2019

    Fine Wine facts, figures and futures

    Sotheby’s 3-day auction in Hong Kong at the end of March smashed the record for a private owner collection, achieving sales of $30m. It got close to reaching the heights of last June’s auction in Geneva of the legendary Burgundian winemaker Henri Jayer’s cellar ($35m). The leading lot in Hong Kong was a 12-bottle case of 1990 (DRC) Romanée-Conti which...
  4. 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 region more known to produce...
  5. A Birthday Bottle
    Posted On: November 9th, 2018

    A Birthday Bottle

    My eldest son Alfred turned 20 this week and we marked the occasion and a visit home with a bottle of Gigondas 1998 from Domaine Saint Gayan. Fortunately, Alfred was born in great Rhône vintage and I was able to cellar quite a few wines for our mutual future enjoyment. The Gigondas cost £10.95 a bottle when we released it...
  6. Rhône wine news: 2017 and 2018 vintages
    Posted On: October 22nd, 2018

    Rhône wine news: 2017 and 2018 vintages

    We embarked on our annual Autumn trip to the Rhône in good cheer, swapping English wind and rain for the promise of glorious clear blue skies and an ambitious itinerary. It was a great opportunity to catch up with many friends in our wonderful stable of domaines across the region, as well as learning about two recent, intriguing vintages. 2017...
  7. Bulletin on the 2017 and 2018 vintages - and what's drinking well now.
    Posted On: August 17th, 2018

    Bulletin on the 2017 and 2018 vintages - and what's drinking well now.

    "Savvy Rhône fans whose tendency is to drink reds on the young side will find plenty to like in 2014, a vintage that bears comparison, stylistically, to 2012 and 2006 in the opinion of many of the producers that I visited." Josh Raynolds - 2017 was the smallest harvest in France since 1945. Hail, coulure (lack of fruit set...
  8. Elegant, food-friendly Rieslings
    Posted On: July 18th, 2018

    Elegant, food-friendly Rieslings

    I recently joined Yapp after a number of years servicing the good and great of London's restaurants for rival merchants. What first attracted me to this company was the vibrant list, a reputation for great service and of course the unparalleled selection of wines from the South of France, the Loire and the Rhône Valley, many of which are indisputably...
  9. Yapp Brothers Staff Tasting of Forest Hill Vineyard wines
    Posted On: November 8th, 2017

    Yapp Brothers Staff Tasting of Forest Hill Vineyard wines

    Just had a wonderful tasting Chez Yapp from our new Australian winemaker Guy Lyons at Forest Hill Vineyards, who came over especially as he happened to be passing nearby. Well, he's spent last month learning about the Riesling harvest and vinification in Germany, which, in Australian terms of scale, is pretty 'nearby'!   Forest Hill Vineyards - Guy Lyons  ...
  10. Rhône 2016-17: Field Work
    Posted On: October 25th, 2017

    Rhône 2016-17: Field Work

    Field work is invaluable. A two-day visit to the Rhône valley last week reminded me of this fact. Sure, we knew that the 2016 vintage had been excellent in the Southern Rhône, potentially surpassing the ubiquitously good 2015, but what about in the North and the 2017 vintage for that matter?     Our first stop was in Côte Rôtie...

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