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Eight vintages of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti including the recently released 2019s

Eight vintages of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti including the recently released 2019s 2019s from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (tasted February 2022) Only DRC could make a vintage comparison for the 2019 harvest as far back in time as 1865. Rather gratifyingly, they note that last year’s 2018 release (which was not tasted in London thanks…
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First Taste – 2019 Ornellaia, Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany, Italy

2019 Ornellaia, Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany, Italy 2019 Ornellaia is the thirty-sixth vintage (a 1984 was apparently made but never sold) of this iconic ‘Super-Tuscan’ wine, and it is sure to grab headlines worldwide on its release on La Place de Bordeaux on the 1st April this year.  The wine itself is a suitably impressive beast, and the artwork…
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First taste – 2021 Whispering Angel, Caves d’Esclans

2021 Whispering Angel, Caves d'Esclans, Sacha Lichine, Côtes de Provence, France   RRP £20.00, www.finewinedirect.co.uk  I was unpacking a few cases of wine on New Year's Eve and popping the bottles into gaps in my cellar when I came across a plain brown single bottle sample box.  How had I missed this?  Perhaps my wife had signed for…
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Make a Gift of Membership!

Make a Gift of Membership! My Gift Certificate provides a year of free membership and all of its benefits – from five premium reports to all of my premium web content and more. Ideal for any occasion, it’s the gift for wine lovers that keeps on giving – every week through my Newsletter to be precise! Gift Certificates are…
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2021 Piemonte Report is now live and available to download for Members

I am delighted to announce the publication of my 2021 Piemonte Report. This is the seventh and largest initiative I have ever published, whether in book format or online, and I hope that it enlightens Piemonte lovers like never before. With 126 estates featured and just over 1500 wines tasted and no less than 123,000 words of tasting notes,…
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The Vineyard & Winery Show 2021 – 24th November 2021

24th November 2021 Kent Event Centre, Detling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3JF New for 2021: The Vineyard & Winery Show will provide vineyard owners, winemakers and growers with a fantastic opportunity to keep up to date with the latest technology, meet with suppliers & allied trades that are supporting the industry as well as having the chance…
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Matthew Williamson x Jukes – this summer’s must have alcohol-free drink

 Matthew Williamson x Jukes A quintessential Matthew Williamson design marks the launch of Jukes 8 to the permanent range of Jukes Cordialities LONDON Spring/Summer 2021 World-famous designer Matthew Williamson has joined forces with Jukes Cordialities to create a stunning new box to mark the permanent addition of the hugely popular, Provence…
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The Penfolds Collection 2021 – embargoed until 22nd July 2021  00:01 AEST

The Penfolds Collection 2021 ‘A return of the word Hermitage’ To be released for sale from Thursday 5th August 2021 at With notes and scores embargoed until 22nd July 2021  00:01 AEST  Some or all of the wines will be available from the following merchants (they are the regular ports of call for Penfolds releases) and the prices noted below…
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A late entry to my 2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report – Malartic Lagravière

2020 Château Malartic Lagravière Rouge, Pessac-Léognan 50.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47.8% Merlot, 1.8% Cabernet Franc 65% new oak for approximately 18 months 26 hL/ha This is a very fine effort from Malartic which cleverly balances intense forest fruit notes on the nose, lashings of juicy oak nuances and spice with a sleek, plump palate…
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Matthew Jukes 2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Report

  The 2020 Bordeaux En Primeur Campaign is proving to be one of the most fascinating in years and there is value to be found, too. While the weather conditions during the growing season were anything but straightforward, this incredible region has given rise to some staggeringly delicious wines as well as some renowned estates who have missed…
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Yalumba, The Caley Vertical 2012 – 2016

Yalumba, The Caley Vertical 2012 – 2016 Notes, thoughts and scores on the finest, five-consecutive-vintage-red-wine-vertical I have ever tasted.  Made even more remarkable by the fact that these are the first five wine made under this label which is named in honour of Fred Caley Smith, a truly remarkable man whose character, memories and achievements…
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2018 Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance, Constantia, Western Cape, South Africa

2018 Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance, Constantia, Western Cape, South Africa - 500ml bottle (approx. £60). 100% Muscat de Frontignan 13.7%  alc 172g/L Residual Sugar 3.77 pH 6.2 g/L Total Acidity I am informed by the top man at Klein Constantia that the price will be the same as last year’s superb 2017 and all of the likely…