Monthly Archives: October 2011

I was musing the other day about one of the most repeated truisms in Champagne.  And that is the old line about every house making its wines to a very clear and consistent ‘house style’.  The idea is that if … Continue reading

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The distinctive yellow-orange of Veuve Clicquot’s label is one of the most potent brands in the world.  Along with the other logos of this champagne house, the ‘carte jaune’ or yellow label, used in various ways across the range but … Continue reading

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Claret’s 2009 opening prices were the most expensive Bordeaux ever launched.  Spine-chilling was the fact they were two to three times the price on average of the 2008s just a year before, the year of the Lehman Brothers crash and the start of the … Continue reading

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So there you are, sitting in the front room of a man who looks for all the world as though he would be happy to fix your plumbing.  Actually, I’m sure René-Henri Coutier could.  And he beams at you with the … Continue reading

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I must say straight away that this is not the profile of this Epernay Champagne house, founded in 1872, which I expected to write, following a visit in February 2010.  Nor would there normally be such a delay from visiting … Continue reading

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There’s a restaurant in the Catalan town of Figueres, with near perfect tapas. You know the kind of place. Outside, no particular advertisment or sign over the door. A lot of dark wood and slightly fortified look; a lot of … Continue reading

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Champagne Eric Rodez is up there with the elite of ‘grower’ champagnes.  These producers, who use only their own grapes, are not well-served in my view by the term ‘grower’, though it may seem churlish to go against the name which has become commonplace … Continue reading

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