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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…
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2018 Indaco, Tenuta Sette Cieli, Tuscany, Italy

On this page, six years ago, I wrote the inaugural review of Tenuta Sette Cieli’s 2014 Yantra, the fabulous ‘Bordeaux blend’ founded in idyllic, 400m altitude vineyards overlooking Bolgheri, home to Sassicaia, Ornellaia and a number other similarly fêted Super-Tuscans. The 2019 vintage is yet another beauty worth you hunting down without delay…
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NV Diatomists, Amontillado Singular Bota, Aged 12 Years, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

It is International Sherry Week and I have a tremendous suite of wines for you to enjoy.  A diatomist is the name given to one who masters the art of diatom arrangement, and diatoms are single-cell algae that create complex glass shells around themselves.  Jerez was underwater five million years ago, which explains the unique soils rich in diatom…
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2009 Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé, Champagne, France 

I have written up two vintages of Elisabeth Salmon, 2000 and 2007, on this page.  This epic Champagne has always been a firm favourite with MW readers, so I am thrilled to announce that the new 2009 vintage of Elisabeth Rosé was released this week.  With a heroic eleven years spent on its lees in the Billecart cellars in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, this wine…
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2020 Yalumba, Galway Vintage Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Next Wednesday, at the Australian High Commission in London, I will launch my 100 Best Australian Wines Report for 2022/23.  As with all public events, Covid cruelly interrupted play for a couple of years, so it is exhilarating to be able to resume this important initiative.  It will be the 17th edition of 100 Best since I announced the inaugural…
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2021 Lirac Blanc, La Fermade, Domaine Maby, Southern Rhône, France and 7 others!

The annual Yapp Autumn Tasting is a veritable cornucopia of oft-unexpected delights among old favourites, and I have both for you this week.  Like last year, the standout wine was this epic, and I mean epic, white Lirac.  It obliterated a flight of well-meaning Yapp Burgundies and countless other try-hard whites I have tasted this season with its…