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2021 Pouilly-Fumé, Petit F…, Domaine Michel Redde et Fils, Loire, France

I adore Michel Redde’s portfolio of stunning Sauvignon Blancs.  They typify the elegance and restraint of this oft-tutti-frutti variety.  In addition, they sing of the limestone, marl and flint soils uniquely responsible for the poise and precision of these wines.  On this page, back in July 2019, I alerted you to a ‘perfect-score’ Sauvignon…
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2022 Crystallum, Clay Shales Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and instead of selecting a pink fizz or a Provençal rosé, I have found the most incredible pair of elite Chardonnays, and you can pick the style that most suits you and your loved one! As I write this article, only a couple of merchants have ordered stock of these two spectacular wines, but this number is sure…
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2021 Pinot Blanc, Reserve, Domaine Weinbach, Alsace, France

I have previously recommended three Weinbach wines on this page over the past 17 years, featuring a Gewurztraminer, a Riesling and a Pinot Gris.  But this is the first time I have drawn your attention to their glorious interpretation of the Pinot Blanc grape.  Weinbach is my favourite estate in the whole of Alsace, and the wines taste like they are…
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2017 Roda I Reserva, Rioja, Spain

You have to go back to the dawn of time, when Oddbins was in its heyday in the ‘90s, to remember when this now-legendary Rioja brand was introduced to the UK. Granted, back then, the futuristic stance, unique fruit quality, and sheer point of difference caught everyone’s interest. I loved the Rioja revolution when the new wave rebels eliminated…
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NV Poirot, Cuvée Roland, Extra Brut, Premier Cru, Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France

It’s probably too early to announce that I have found the best value Champagne of the year, but I feel very confident about this week’s featured wine. Its story is one you will not forget, and while you can order it over the phone, I insist you visit Shoreditch Wine House for an incredible ‘shopping experience’. Top Sommeliers Ben Van de Meutter…
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2018 Maranges Rouge, 1er Cru La Fussière, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot, Burgundy, France

This week has been ‘2021 Burgundy En Primeur’ week in London.  Wine writers, buyers, and private clients have visited and tasted with UK-based Burgundy specialists to assess the vintage and put their names down for their preferred wines. However, this year’s campaign has not been the usual vinous bunfight because allocations are tiny.  The 2021…
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2021 Oro de Castilla, Verdejo de Rueda, Spain

I have always been intrigued by the concept of interpretive dance.  Watching my daughters (now both at University), at primary school age, being asked to ‘move to the music’ was an eye-opening experience.  While they summoned up their finest, rhythmic, swaying moves, others were pogo-ing and beserking while a couple of keen lads managed an impressive…
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2018 Black Chalk, Classic, England

A couple of weeks ago, I featured my Champagne pick of the season, and it is only fitting that English sparkling wine takes centre stage this week, so I set myself a challenge. I reviewed every sparkler I have tasted this year and shortlisted over 20 seriously delicious candidates for my ultimate pick for your end-of-year parties. I then carved off…
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2019 The Society’s Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia

(£7.95, The Wine Society tel. 01438 741177 & www.thewinesociety.com).  This week, one fizz, two whites and two reds from The Wine Society: Christmas sorted in one fell swoop!  First, the fizz, one of England’s finest creations and a bargain-priced vintage magnum with twelve years under its belt - 2010 Nyetimber Classic Cuvée Brut (£78.00,…
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NV Louis Brochet, Heritage Brut, Champagne, France

I have been on my annual quest for my Christmas Champagne of choice, and I found this gorgeous wine at James Handford’s recent Christmas wine event.  Serendipity is an unexpectedly wonderful phenomenon, and two stories collided recently, giving rise to this wine recommendation.  First, my son Rollo has a poster of a rocket on his bedroom wall taken…
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MoneyWeek Christmas Special – Six of the Best

2021 Kratos, Fiano, Luigi Maffini, Campania, Italy (22.95, reduced to £20.50 each by the case, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk). Christmas is the perfect time to reward your palate while pushing the boat out just a little. My favourite ‘grand aperitif/starters’ white of the year is this scintillating Fiano from the masterful Maffini. While this wine…
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2020 Teusner, Avatar, Barossa Valley, South Australia

At the recent launch of my 100 Best Australian Wines Report, a wine trade rascal asked me why there were 250 wines mentioned in this initiative.  Granted, nineteen years ago, when I started compiling these annual reports, I stuck religiously to a century of greats.  But as the years passed, I found I could not leave out mentions of worthy wines from…