1. Rhône Reconnaissance – Day 3
    Posted On: October 21st, 2011

    Rhône Reconnaissance – Day 3

    Our last day in the Rhône valley and feeling a little road weary, but we’ve saved the best till last. Appointments at Clape, Graillot and Chave proved to be as exciting as we had anticipated. A multiple cask sampling chez Clape is always an enjoyable experience, but not for the faint-hearted. The 2010 vintage in […]
  2. Rhône Reconnaissance – Day 2
    Posted On: October 20th, 2011

    Rhône Reconnaissance – Day 2

    Another pre-dawn awakening as we shuttled up a fog-bound Autoroute de Soleil to make our first appointment in Côte Rôtie at 10.00am. We found gregarious patron Joel Champet talking up the merits of the 2010 vintage as well as the prospects of ‘Les Bleues’ in this weekend’s Rugby World Cup Final: "they have nothing to […]
  3. Rhône Reconnaissance – Day 1
    Posted On: October 19th, 2011

    Rhône Reconnaissance – Day 1

    A 3.00am start in London to catch the ‘commuter’ flight to Marseille is never a joy but the blue skies and Provençal sunshine off-set any fatigue. We hit the ground running and were tasting at Domaine de Trévallon by 11.00. Antoine and Ostiane Durrbach gave us a warm welcome and we were treated to a […]
  4. En Primeur – is it (still) worth it?
    Posted On: September 28th, 2011

    En Primeur – is it (still) worth it?

    There are only two reasons to buy wine futures (or 'en primeur' as it is known in the trade). One, because it secures rare wine where demand outstrips supply and two, because the en primeur price should be at a discount to the wine once bottled and physically available. Sure, there are secondary reasons – […]

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