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Perrin et Fils and Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape 2009 releases

Oct. 23rd 2010

I was delighted to be invited to the pre-release tasting of the wines of Perrin et FIls and Château de Beaucastel 2009. It took place last week in the rather grand setting of the Grocer’s Hall in central London.

On show were a wide range of wines from Perrin along with the new vintages of the Beaucastel wines, both red and white and a few older vintages for comparison. So, temping stuff then…

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Château d’Esclans – Côtes de Provence Visit Report

Sep. 19th 2010

Esclans_LogoWhere does the rosé market go next? It’s undoubtedly a growth category, but one rosé is often very similar to another. And will the consumer ever pay more than £6 for a bottle? Well, this estate in Provence is challenging the general perception of rosé wine and trying to make the category a fine wine icon. But can they justify prices that would make the Bordelais blush (pun intended…)?

Well, read on to find out if Château d’Esclans is really producing the world’s finest rosés.

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Domaine Rabiega – Côtes de Provence

Aug. 29th 2010

The Road to RabiegaDomaine Rabiega is situated in the heart Provence on the outskirts of  town of Dragugnan. Previously owned by Sweden’s Vin and Spirit, it is now in private hands and has ambitious plans to make serious red wines, using both grapes not widely planted in the local area such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Our report is from a visit in early August 2010.

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Mine eyes have seen the glory of the pricing of Bordeaux (‘09 that is…)

Jul. 1st 2010

Figeac_1996Back in April, I enjoyed a very good tasting of Bordeaux 2009. Very good indeed in fact. So good I was worried about the prices. Well, here cometh the day and the prices and I’m still taking copious doses of oxygen. How can this be sustainable?

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