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MoneyWeek, 21 May 2010 – 2009 La Grille, Cool Fermented Chenin Blanc, Anjou

2009 La Grille, Cool Fermented Chenin Blanc, Anjou, Loire, France (£6.99, reduced to £5.99 if you buy two or more bottles, Majestic).  Winemaker Gwénaël Guihard has selected Chenin Blanc grapes from schist and granite soils for this mesmerising (and desperately cheap!) white wine.  I am a massive fan of posh Chenin - the wines of Savennières…
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MoneyWeek, 14 May 2010 – 2005 Jim Barry, The McRae Wood Shiraz, Clare Valley

2005 Jim Barry, The McRae Wood Shiraz, Clare Valley, South Australia (£22.50, selected branches of Waitrose & www.waitrosewine.com).  I will launch my annual 100 Best Australian Wines list next week online and this phenomenal red is one of my century of greats.  The reason why I am flagging it up a few days before the official release is because…
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MoneyWeek, 7 May 2010 – 2007 Kumeu River Chardonnay, New Zealand

2007 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay, Kumeu, North Island, New Zealand (£16.40-£17.99, Tanners, tel. 01743 234500, The Wine Society tel. 01438 741177, Bennetts tel. 01608 661409, Ten Acre tel. 01992 618017, Farr Vintners tel. 020 7821 2000).  I tasted a brilliant horizontal/vertical selection of Kumeu River's incredible Chardonnays the other day.  The…
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MoneyWeek, 30 April 2010 – 2009 Zohar Torrontés, Argentina

2009 Zohar Torrontés, Dominio de Plata, Cafayate, Salta, Argentina (£9.99, The Troubadour tel. 020 7370 1434, Blue Cove Wines tel. 01923 261197, Barrica Wines tel. 01772 877933, City Beverage Company tel. 020 7729 2111, The Vineking tel. 01737 248833).  I am not much of a fan of South American wines, as you may have spotted over the last two hundred…
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MoneyWeek, 23 April 2010 – 2000 Dumangin Brut Millésime, Champagne

2000 Dumangin, Brut Millésime Champagne, France (£30.75, Yapp Brothers Ltd, tel. 01747 860423 & www.yapp.co.uk). Tasting through all of Gilles Dumangin's ‘vins clairs' (still, dry wines before blending and secondary fermentation) last week was one of the most informative and enjoyable moments I can remember in Champagne. This assessment and…
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MoneyWeek, 16 April 2010 – 2009 Château de Sours Rosé

2009 Château de Sours Rosé, Bordeaux, France (£9.99, reduced to £7.99 if you buy two bottles from 26 April – 30 August, Majestic; £6.99, by the case, from Goedhuis & Co. tel.  020 7793 7900 and they also have magnums at £14.00). This year, instead of waiting for the new vintage of de Sours rosé to plop through my letterbox, I decided to…
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MoneyWeek, 9 April 2010 – Bordeaux 2009

BORDEAUX 2009 Last week I tasted three hundred or so 2009 wines from barrel samples in Bordeaux.  This is the most hyped vintage since the last most hyped one – the Bordelais are masters at talking themselves up every year.  So you would have forgiven my cynicism levels as I boarded an easyjet flight down to the most important wine region in the…
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MoneyWeek, 2 April 2010 – 2007 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia

2007 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia (£8.67, Tesco).  I first tasted the 2007 vintage of this wine last November at the ‘National Wine Show’ in Australia.  I was the international judge at this ‘show of shows’, in Canberra, and the most unlikely Trophy winner was this inexpensive, unassuming red wine.  It claimed…
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MoneyWeek, 24 March 2010 – 2008 Montagny, 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Stéphane Aladame, Burgundy, France

2008 Montagny, 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Stéphane Aladame, Burgundy, France (£170.40, Goedhuis & Co. tel. 020 7793 7900 & sales@goedhuis.com).  I attended a brilliant Goedhuis & Co. Burgundy tasting the other day and was mightily impressed with the wines on show.  Verticals of Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Laurent…
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MoneyWeek, 17 March 2010 – 2007 Aglianico, Mastroberardino, Campania, Italy

2007 Aglianico, Mastroberardino, Campania, Italy (£14.49, Wine Direct of Hailsham tel. 0845 6033717; Quaff of East Sussex tel. 01273 820320; Wind Up Here of Norbiton tel. 02085496622).  Golly, I am not familiar with any of the three stockists of this wine and I only tasted a half sip of this red during a frenzied Gambero Rosso event last Tuesday,…
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MoneyWeek, 12 March 2010 – 2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine la Roquète, Southern Rhône, France

2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine la Roquète, Southern Rhône, France (£192.00 in bond per case, Berry Bros and Rudd tel. 0800 2822440 & www.bbr.com).  The 2008 Rhône en primeur season in upon us and Berrys hosted a fantastic tasting covering every wine from Condrieu to Vacqueyras, showing sixteen different, world famous estates. It appears…
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MoneyWeek, 5 March 2010 – 2005 Vega Sicilia Tinta Valbuena 5°, Ribera del Duero, Spain

2005 Vega Sicilia Tinta Valbuena 5°, Ribera del Duero, Spain (£117.15, Berry Bros and Rudd tel. 0800 2822440 & www.bbr.com).  It is always very exciting to taste the new releases from Spain's most revered estate Vega Sicilia.  Huddled in the cellars of Berry Bros., on St. James's Street, last week, a few lucky invitees had a first sniff of the…