Monthly Archives: January 2012

Champagne Mailly Grand Cru makes high quality champagne, well worth seeking out; we think so and so do many other commentators.  But it is a ‘coop’, short for ‘cooperative producer.  In the UK perhaps especially, ‘Coop’ is not a thrilling … Continue reading

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If you already love good German wine, especially its modern exponents who can work wonders with dry and off-dry wines that go well with food, you have probably heard already of The Wine Barn.  If not, it is Iris Ellman’s baby and … Continue reading

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If you already know this is a small boutique-in-a-boutique champagne house, you are well informed.  You may even be a champagne geek.  There are well over 200 champagne houses, let alone the myriad single estate producers too – well over 2000 … Continue reading

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This small champagne producer from the Côte des Blancs crystallises perfectly the varied impact and opinions about ‘grower’ or, as I prefer to call it, ‘single estate’ champagne.  In the USA, within the sometimes over-excited confines of the hipster single estate … Continue reading

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Champagne Taittinger is proudly one of the few remaining independent and important family-owned and run champagne houses.  It was founded as Champagne Forest-Fourneaux in 1734 then bought by Pierre Taittinger in 1931.  Pierre also acquired Taittinger’s crown jewel, the Chateau de la Marquetterie (see right) at … Continue reading

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January 1st may be an arbitrary date to assess the state of Planet Wine but with wine under pressure from global recession in 2012, any time may be good for those who love wine to think about and discuss it more.  Here are my 10 … Continue reading

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