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MoneyWeek, 4 September 2009 – 2006 Vacqueyras, Montirius, Southern Rhône

2006 Vacqueyras, Garrigues, Domaine Montirius, Southern Rhône, France (£11.95, Berry Bros & Rudd, tel. 0800 2802440 and www.bbr.com).  The biodynamic movement is gathering pace in the wine world.  Achieving a natural and holistic balance between the soil, the vine and air surrounding it, in theory, creates a happy and hardy plant.  The lack…
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MoneyWeek, 28 August 2009 – 2007 Renato Ratti Nebbiolo, Piemonte

2007 Renato Ratti Nebbiolo, Piemonte, Italy (£10.99, Marks & Spencer). I know nothing about this fabulously named producer, but I can tell you that this is one hell of a wine.  Nebbiolo is an aristocratic red grape and the great wines of Barolo and Barbaresco are some of the most elucidating taste experiences imaginable.  But these wines cost…
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MoneyWeek, 21 August 2009 – 2005 Penfolds Bin 28

2005 Penfolds, Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia (£68.34 per case of six bottles - £11.39 per bottle, www.tesco.com/wine). Hold onto your hats gentlemen (ladies grasp your bonnets)! Bin 28 is nothing short of a legend in Australia and I am so obsessed with these Kalimna vineyards, in this wild outback of the Barossa Valley, that…
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MoneyWeek, 14 August 2009 – 2008 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Saint-Cosme

2008 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Saint-Cosme, Southern Rhône, France (£13.99, Richard Royds at The Haslemere Cellar tel. 01428 645081). The craftsmanship and build quality of this wine is of the very highest order imaginable. The usual white grapes have been employed - Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne, but cheeky little Picpoul pops up and it is he…
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MoneyWeek, 7 August 2009 – Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

2008 Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand (£12.99, Handford Wines tel. 020 7589 6113 & www.handford.net). The Marlborough region had a huge Sauvignon Blanc harvest in 2008 and a large number of wines were made from dilute fruit. This is why you may have come across a few weedy ‘08s in the last six months or so.…
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MoneyWeek, 31 July 2009 – 2007 Cairanne Blanc, Domaine Oratoire St. Martin

2007 Cairanne Blanc, Réserve des Seigneurs, Domaine Oratoire St. Martin, Southern Rhône, France (£9.99, Vine Trail, tel. 0117 921 1770 and www.vinetrail.co.uk). I seem to be having almost weekly wine epiphanies at the moment and long may this last. My latest revelation was this bargain-priced white Rhône. I know that a tenner is not strictly…
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MoneyWeek, 24 July 2009 – 2006 Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay, New Zealand

2006 Pegasus Bay, Virtuoso Chardonnay, Waipara, North Canterbury, New Zealand (£20.00, case price, Wimbledon Wine Cellar, tel. 020 8540 9979, www.wimbledonwinecellar.com). There are only thirteen cases of this wine in the UK and the geniuses at Wimbledon Wine have earmarked them. The price that WWC has quoted us is miles under what you’d have to…
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MoneyWeek, 17 July 2009 – 2005 Peter Lehmann Semillon, Barossa Valley

2005 Peter Lehmann Semillon, Barossa Valley, South Australia (£6.99 Oddbins). The Barossa Valley might not be the first port of call for dry, aged, Semillon on the planet – Bordeaux and Australia’s Hunter Valley would muscle into view before you’d posed the question – but by golly this wine is a beauty. The very first time that I visited PL’s…
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MoneyWeek, 10 July 2009 – Crémant de Jura

2006 Crémant du Jura Sparkling Chardonnay, France (£5.99, Aldi). OK – I have not lost my marbles, nor have I mislaid my taste buds. In my quest to track down the finest wines I often have to taste disparate and random bottles. With my Daily Mail hat on I see a lot of ‘supermarket wines’, but I have yet to taste and Aldi ranges until now. The…
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MoneyWeek, 3 July 2009 – 2008 Château de Sours Rosé, Bordeaux

2008 Château de Sours Rosé, Bordeaux, France (£8.99, buy 2 bottles, save £3 - £7.49, Majestic).  The UK's favourite rosé is back with a bang this year and it is silkier and more succulent than ever. The colour is an otherworldly scarlet and the bottle appears to shine like some emergency tonic that relieves all conditions - which, of course,…
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MoneyWeek, 26 June 2009 – 2008 Dolcetto Nirane, Ascheri, Piemonte

2008 Dolcetto, Vigna Nirane, Matteo Ascheri, Piemonte, Italy (£14.50, SWIG tel. 08000 272272 & www.swig.co.uk). This wine has only just arrived in the country and apparently there is still some 2007 (a nice wine, but not remotely as serious as this new 2008) around, so make sure that you buy accurately. SWIG, as usual, is way ahead of the game…
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Money Week, 19 June 2009 – 2008 Arca Nova Vinho Verde, Portugal

2008 Arca Nova Vinho Verde, North West Portugal (£7.95, Vinoteca 020 7253 8786; £7.75, Kensington Wine Rooms 020 7727 8142; £6.30 www.slurp.co.uk). Nothing quite signals the start to the summer like a glass of ice cold Vinho Verde.This exquisite style of ‘light’ (it is only 10.5% alc) white wine is utterly heavenly with or without grub.Made from…