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MoneyWeek – 2020 Château Bellefont-Belcier, Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    It is somewhat haphazard writing about ‘fine wine’ in this column because this class of wine is more transient than traditional retail listings. Please search online if my noted merchants are out of stock – these wines are out there. I tasted thirty-two different 2020 Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilions the other day. This exercise…
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MoneyWeek – 2022 Barbera d’Alba, Massolino, Piemonte, Italy

For a mighty wine region famous for its long-lived red wines, Piemonte has another style of wine that cannot wait to leap into your glass to be downed with gusto. No, not the Barolos or Barbarescos, made from the regal Nebbiolo grape variety, but the ‘non-Neb’ reds of which grapes like Freisa, Pelaverga, Grignolino, Dolcetto and Barbera. While…
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MoneyWeek – 2022 Flowers, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, California

 (This post has been updated with an additional stockist after my original copy when to print) I spent much of January tasting upmarket Chardonnays and Pinots Noirs, ranging from £25 - £500 per bottle, from the 2022 Burgundy vintage and have picked out the best bottles from this bountiful but relatively anodyne vintage in various posts on my…
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MoneyWeek – NV Porte Noire, Petite Porte Rosé, Champagne, France

Actor Idris Elba might not be the first chap you think of when it comes to great taste in fine wine, but he is a rare celebrity who has turned his hand to the Champagne world with tremendous accuracy and flair. I reviewed his NV Petite Porte Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs (£46.80, www.portenoire.co.uk) extremely favourably last year on my website,…
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MoneyWeek – 2022 Zeno, Alcohol-Liberated Spanish White

I point blank refused to write about non-alcoholic wines for 21 years when I wrote a weekly column for the Daily Mail, and 17 years into my MoneyWeek tenure, and I have not typed a word about this style of drink. Before I move on, I must declare an interest in the alcohol-free sector with my eponymous brand, and when I created my drinks, I chose…
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MoneyWeek – 2022 Emil Bauer, Roter Veltliner, Wagram, Austria

Last week’s wine was a one-off, bargain-priced cheapie, and so it is back to business this week with an utterly spectacular find that will realign your senses and set the scene for another year of fascinating wine discoveries.  This is my first time writing up wine made from the rare Roter Veltliner grape.  This variety is mainly found in Austria,…
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MoneyWeek – 2023 Oxford Landing Estates, Chardonnay, South Australia

It is extremely unlikely that over the next twelve months of this brand-new year, I will not find another MoneyWeek-worthy wine that dips below the price tag of today’s incredible beauty.  It helps that Waitrose has shaved a pound off the new vintage of Oxford Landing Chardonnay in its January sale, so this is one of the least expensive, epic-tasting…
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MoneyWeek – 2020 Roebuck Estate, Reserve, England

In a funny sort of way, this is the most ‘pressured’ column of the year.  It is published in the glorious double issue, it hits the shelves just before Christmas and it takes us into the New Year.  It is, by definition, the most important spot for my chosen celebratory sparkler – the wine that has most impressed me this year, but which also…
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MoneyWeek – 2018 Passel Estate, Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia

On a recent trip Down Under, I was delighted to meet Wendy Stimpson, owner of Passel Estate in Margaret River. She explained that a passel is a collective noun for possums, and given that Wendy and her husband run a conservation program for Western ringtail possums on their property, it made sense to use this quaint word as their wine brand. This thrilling…
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MoneyWeek – Christmas Special – Six Very Special Wines

2016 Gusbourne, Fifty One Degrees North (£195.00, www.gusbourne.com, www.bbr.com). If you are searching for the ultimate gift for a sparkling wine obsessive this Christmas, look no further than this sensational wine, named after the latitude of its prized vineyards.  While the 2014 vintage of Fifty One Degrees North was a cracker, the new 2016…
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MoneyWeek – 2022 Capellana Blanco, Bodegas Nodus, Utiel-Requena, Valencia, Spain

For the last thirty or so years, I have played a wine-hunting game at this time of year.  The challenge I set myself is to find the two best party wines for the forthcoming festive season.  The rules are simple: the wines must be under a tenner, drinking perfectly, competent crowd-pleasers, but also complex enough to satiate the taste buds of genuinely…
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MoneyWeek – 2022 Tarima, Monastrell, Bodegas Volver, Alicante, Spain

In Spain, the sun-loving Mourvèdre grape is called Monastrell, and it is surprisingly widely planted.  In France, this mighty red grape is responsible for the broad-shouldered Provençal classic Bandol and for making up the numbers in Southern Rhône red blends like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, alongside Grenache and Syrah.  The Aussies coined the term…