Monthly Archives: May 2011

I recently had the chance to catch up with Anne Malassagne in London, the lady in the picture, who is with her brother Antoine, the owner and leading light of Champagne A R Lenoble.  They are based in Damery, just West … Continue reading

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Nigella Lawson is the UK cookbook writer who grabs more headlines for her looks than her cupcakes.  And they are not always headlines admiring her earth-mother or sex-on (fairly sturdy) legs attributes.  In April this year the Daily Mail was having one of its … Continue reading

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A cringeworthy short video of US wine critic James Suckling spraying instant scores for wine in all directions off the top of his head, reminded me recently how fraught and difficult is the business of summing up a wine with a numerical or … Continue reading

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Nutty about Champagne, you learn early that Egly-Ouriet is revered worldwide.  In 2010, the Revue de Vin de France, gave this producer three stars, the top accolade; only five others got that mark: Bollinger, Jacquesson, Krug, Salon and Selosse.  But I am sometimes regaled with … Continue reading

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Wine blogs are mostly rubbish.  Written by people who can barely write and have hardly cut their teeth in the wine business, including wine education.   The only reason they blog is because there’s no job application to make.  Free to … Continue reading

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I am a big admirer of both champagne houses owned, for now, by Rémy-Cointreau – Piper Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck.  I don’t apologise for liking the more ‘fun’ style of Piper while being stunned to admiring silence sometimes by both Charles’ Heidsieck’s … Continue reading

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‘Lovely piercing streak of minerality’, usually applied to something white, is ‘I love you’ in wine-speak. It doesn’t come much better. Yet I’ve often felt a tug of doubt over the common ground assumed between winey people when they use … Continue reading

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