Author Archives: Tim Hall

Apologies for the long hiatus of posts to our blog on here but the process of working up the new website has taken longer than anticipated.  I understand it always does – but that is not meant to be an … Continue reading

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Yesterday was a Saturday afternoon well spent with assorted champagne-nut friends who each brought well-wrapped bottles of 2008 to taste blind. The smiles began early, egged on by a stiffener of Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV before kick-off. This was … Continue reading

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The champagne flute is dead.  I cannot bring myself to say ‘Long live the flute’. So, just to be clear: it is now sensible and chic to serve champagne in good quality white wine glasses. The move is now normal, … Continue reading

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I think Richard Geoffroy, wine maker of Dom Perignon, is the best act in the wineworld ‘hood. When he comes to London to launch new nectar, the lucky invitees dutifully report somewhere nice (the 6th floor of Claridge’s on this … Continue reading

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My plumber, upside down with a spanner under the kitchen sink, got it right last week: ‘That Pissecho’s good stuff – all the girls love it and I don’t have to stack out a big wad for la-di-da champagne! So … Continue reading

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London’s super  St James’s wine club: ’67 Pall Mall’ is hosting 15 top champagne single estates for an upcoming day in London – June 8th. In the afternoon there is a tasting of all the wines for leading sommeliers and … Continue reading

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Most of Champagne’s best producers are unknown to most champagne enthusiasts. What other wine is like that? I often meet people who drink quite a bit of champagne maybe several times a week. They are happy to say they are … Continue reading

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Champagne Week, the annual showcase of small but increasingly prestigious ‘growers’, took place last month. My report is here, first published by JancisRobinson.com. Regular readers know that we at Scalawine are not keen on the term ‘grower champagne’ or the … Continue reading

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The small single estate champagne of François Secondé is in the pretty village of Sillery, some 10 kilometres south-east of Reims on the River Vesle and by the main autoroute. The quiet bijou centre and boat marina are pleasingly separated … Continue reading

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Paul Pontallier, who died aged 59 from cancer this week, was a towering figure in wine. Partly because he was Director (‘regisseur’) of Chateau Margaux, but beyond that, because he embodied a healthy and rational counterpoint to the view that … Continue reading

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