Month: June, 2008

First Growths – are they worth it?

In 1855 the wines of the left bank were “classified” on the orders of Napoleon III (who, incidentally spent some time in BBR’s St James’s cellars during his exile in the 1830s). This new classification was designed for the Exposition Universelle de Paris, at which the wines would be on display. The wines were ranked […]

Who says Australian wines don’t age?

At last week’s Yarra Yering Dinner in Berrys’ Cellars, Mark Haisma, Winemaker at YY since 1997, steered 35 fortunate guests through six wines and one fortified; the final pair coming from the 1980 vintage. Mark kicked off with a 2006 Viognier and 2006 Chardonnay: both apricot stone and citrus rich respectively; fresh, taut and minerally despite the drought. […]

Cos it’s a Monday!

Monday 16th June – We had what can only be described as wine ‘enlightenment’ this week – truly one of the greatest evenings of my twenty years in the wine trade. I used the excuse of having the always insightful and enigmatic Jean-Guillaume Prats, Managing Director of Château Cos d’Estournel dropping by, to raid the […]

Y oh Y!

    Last Friday, we were lucky enough to have Mark Hasima, from Yarra Yering Vineyard, brave the train from London Waterloo and visit Berrys Bros. & Rudd in sunny Basingstoke! He came armed with the new 2006 Vintage of YY and some older vintages of the famed No 1, No 2 and Underhill. Mark is […]