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MoneyWeek, 17 December 2008 – 2000 Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Rosé Champagne

2000 Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon, Champagne, France (£120.00, Harvey Nichols tel. 020 7201 8537; £115.00, Uncorked tel. 020 7638 5998). Created in 1988 as a tribute to co-founder Elisabeth Salmon this rare Billecart cuvée is the most exciting this ever to happen to rosé Champagne.  A 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir blend, with a …

MoneyWeek, 12 December 2008 – Six Christmas Wines

6 Christmas Wines White 2006 Bourgogne Blanc, Domaine Roulot, Burgundy, France (£16.50, reduced to £12.50 for MoneyWeek readers only, SWIG, London tel. 08000 272 272 and www.swig.co.uk). Having just returned from a brilliant trip to Burgundy to taste the 2007 vintage wines, one of the greatest estates that I visited was Domaine Roulot, in Meursault,…

MoneyWeek, 5 December 2008 – 2000 Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley

2000 Tyrrell's Vat 1 Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia (£19.99, selected Tesco).  Apparently 103 Tesco stores stock this heavenly wine which is pretty remarkable because it is one of the rarest and most sought after whites in Australia.  Bear in mind also, that it is eight years old and just approaching its apogee and you might…

MoneyWeek, 28 November 2008 – 2006 Rully, 1er Cru Montpalais, Ponsot

2006 Rully, 1er cru Montpalais, Jean-Baptiste Ponsot, Burgundy, France (£14.69, Domaine Direct, tel. 020 7837 1142).  Red alert, this bottle knocked me and my wine-writing girlfriend sideways when we tasted it the other day.  The competition is now on now, between us, to see who can get it into one of our respective wine columns first!  There is…

MoneyWeek, 21 November 2008 – 2005 Château Grand-Maison, Côtes de Bourg

2005 Château Grand-Maison, Cuvée Spéciale, Côtes de Bourg, Bordeaux, France (£20.95 per magnum, Haynes, Hanson and Clark, London tel. 020 7584 7927 and Stow-on-the-Wold tel. 01451 870808).  Over the next few weeks I will be homing in on particularly serious wines for entertaining your pals this Christmas.  I will wait a while for wines for the…

MoneyWeek, 14 November 2008 – 2006 Yabby Lake Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Australia

2006 Yabby Lake Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia (£24.00, reduced to a MoneyWeek offer price of £19.50, SWIG, London tel. 08000 272 272 and www.swig.co.uk).   The three musketeers of the UK wine scene, Robin, Damon and James at SWIG managed to secure the UK agency for SWIG earlier this year and I have been holding my breath…

MoneyWeek, 7 November 2008 – 2007 Feudi di San Gregorio, Falanghina, Campania, Italy

  2007 Feudi di San Gregorio, Falanghina, Campania, Italy (£9.99, Tesco, Majestic).   I cannot believe that I have not written up a funky Italian white wine in this column for over two years.  I whole-heartedly apologise to my readers for this heinous crime.  So, this is a long overdue trumpet call all of you to gather ‘round and gaze in wonder…

Bordeaux Vintage Report 2007 – MoneyWeek April 2008

This time last week I was rolling off a plane at Heathrow having tasted the vast majority of the 2007 vintage ‘en primeur’ offerings in Bordeaux. This particular week is one of the highest pressure wine-tasting periods of the year. The UK wine trade was there in force. And, for the first time, there was a noticeable absence of Americans – they…