Wednesday Wines

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Wednesday Wines – Episode 208 – La Fiorita, Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

It was a pleasure to meet Natalie Oliveros from La Fiorita in London last week to taste her fascinating portfolio of wines. Here are my thoughts - 2022 Ninfalia Rosato La Fiorita (£70.00 (magnum), www.stannarywine.com).  Montalcino (100% Sangiovese); 12.5% alc. Six months in 17.5hl Nomblot concrete egg Only bottles in magnums, and with…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 207 – The UK Launch of the 2012 Billecart-Salmon Pair

  2012 Billecart-Salmon Louis & Elisabeth Launch The Connaught 10th April 2024  An NV version introduced each of the 2012 vintage wines launched today – this clever tactic offered tasters an opportunity to sight the target before firing the gun. Each 2012 vintage wine was followed by an equivalent a decade or so older to indicate…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 206 – Truly Tremendous Torbreck

 The New Releases These notes were taken on 15th February 2024 Torbreck winemaker Ian Hongell was in town a couple of weeks ago to show previews of his new releases.  The first batch of wines was launched on 1st March, but I have held back my article until midway between the 1st of March launch of The Steading, The Struie, Descendant and The Factor…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 205A – A Double Bill of Bollinger & Henschke

LAUNCHED TODAY – 2015 La Grande Année Duo UK Bollinger agents Mentzendorff have nominated the following stockists - www.bbr.com, www.amathusdrinks.com, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk, www.brunswickfinewines.com, www.nickollsandperks.com, www.dbmwines.com, www.bordeauxindex.com 2015 Bollinger, La Grande Année, Champagne, France 2015 (approx. £175.00) The…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 205B – A Double Bill of Bollinger & Henschke

LAUNCHED TODAY – The 2019 Henschke Single Vineyard Release these notes were taken on 29th February 2024   2019 was a warm and dry vintage, and it was also frost-affected, which resulted in meagre yields. Luckily, some rain reset the vineyard, but nothing could compensate for the tiny crop. Ultimately, Henschke made approximately 10%…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 204 – The stunning 2023s from Domaine de l’Ile

Winemaker Pierre Etcheberry and Jean-Basile Roland Directeur Commercial Château Rauzan-Segla / Château Canon / Château Berliquet / Domaine de l’Ile Early samples of 2023s from Provence and the environs look promising.  But I only taste the best, so when the High Street wines appear, I am sure there will also be oceans of dull wines flooding…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 203 – 2014 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires

2014 Charles Heidsieck, Blanc des Millénaires, Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France (RRP is £210.00, from select fine wine merchants from today.  I have found a price of £174.00 from www.thefinestbubble.com.) Cellar Master: Elise Losfelt Composition: 100% Chardonnay Origins: It is made from a selection of five Crus from the Côte des…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 202 – A Sensational Zephyr Duo

I have known Ben Glover and his family for many years. He is exceedingly generous with his time and his wines, and he has become a constant fixture in the Kiwi wine world. When I first met him, he was an assistant winemaker at Wither Hills; he now oversees a collection of stunning brands and is regarded as one of the finest palates in the land…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 201 – 2021 Bolgheri

  The ‘Bolgheri Boys’, Federico Moccia, Riccardo Binda and Nelson Pari, hosted the finest event of its kind on earth this week and here are my favourite wines. While I am used to tasting various Bolgheri wines - Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and the like - in isolation, this brilliant tasting put them all in the same arena. Here is a list of…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 200 – Sass & Dif

2021 Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido, Bolgheri-Sassicaia, Italy and 2022 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido, Toscana, Italy are two staggeringly delicious wines, and this might shock readers, but I enjoyed them equally.  Yes, equally.  I am well aware that 2021 Sassicaia is a Titan of a wine that makes collectors drool with desire, and while it offers…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 199 – Valentine’s Day Special An Epic Bunch of Rosés

It’s pretty cool when you meet your heroes, and I met one of mine yesterday. I have been obsessed with Lalomba Rosado since I published an article on the second-ever release, the 2016 vintage, in my MoneyWeek column in 2017. The current release 2022 vintage made the grade in my Finest Fifty 2023, and here is part of its entry - 2022 Ramón…
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Wednesday Wines – Episode 198 – 2022 Swinney Farvie Releases

I was fortunate to taste my featured three wines last October in Perth at a Swinney masterclass that I was honoured to be asked to host.  I was instructed to inform the guests that this was an extraordinary event, not least because they were tasting these three 2022s six months before their official launch.  In addition to this trio, we tasted…