Monthly Archives: September 2012

I was struck looking through the notes on the champagnes I had tasted over the last couple of weeks by the sheer myriad styles it’s possible to encounter these days.  There are times when the supermarkets’ serried ranks of generally uninspiring … Continue reading

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Earlier this year Dominque Demarville (right), Veuve Clicquot’s Chef de Cave, came to London to launch La Grande Dame 2004 the prestige cuvée of the house.  I write about the champagne here, including La Grande Dame Rosé ’04.  The point … Continue reading

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As I write the 2012 vintage is well underway and winding down in Champagne.  It’s the culmination of all the year’s work and the picture shows how the village of Damery in the Marne reminds us of its importance. But 80-90% of all … Continue reading

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The last time I wrote about Argentine wine here, I was on a mission to find good Syrah.  This time, it’s to find a wider range of  grape varieties and places than Malbec in its usual haunts.  I know some marketeers think … Continue reading

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This is a relatively new small négociant producer, ‘house’ if you will, worthy of our attention. Benoit Marguet is the son of the former Champagne Marguet-Bonnerave single estate (RM) based in Grand Cru village Ambonnay on the Montaqgne de Reims. The estate began in … Continue reading

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