Monthly Archives: April 2012

The UK’s rather wonderful Wine Society, the biggest mail order wine retailer, (see my prized membership card right) has been pioneering grower champagne for a little time now.  We think it’s wonderful and urge you to try it.  You will need … Continue reading

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I’ve long thought that published scores for wines in the wine consumer press are meaningless.  Most of the wines seem to do amazingly well.  Imagine if every car magazine scored each road test at about 85- 92%.  It should make … Continue reading

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High quality single estates in Champagne tend not to be in the Marne Valley west of Epernay; you can count the good ones on one hand. The valley has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for big grandes marques houses … Continue reading

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Champagne danced to a slightly different beat this week.  But this was not stadium rock from heavy Moët et al (geddit?) big bands. Instead four groups of single estate producers showed wines in Epernay, Aÿ, Avize and Reims.  We prefer to use the term single estate or domaine champagne instead of ‘grower’ so … Continue reading

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Paradise is cool spring mornings in the Languedoc. Last week, visiting Minervois wine, I swopped the usual cicadas and heat for near-alpine smells of damp garrigue, the savage scenary of the Petit Causse limestone and gneiss hilltops dappled in pale sun and winemakers relaxed … Continue reading

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