Month: April, 2018

Bordeaux 2017: the Right Bank – change is afoot

As our team continues to tread the claret-coloured path, Will Lyons reports on their findings of Bordeaux 2017 from the Right Bank, where change is afoot, and freshness, tension and elegance returns again to St. Emilion The tasting room at Ch. Pavie sits high above the trained vineyards that sprawl southwards, down towards the sandy […]

Bordeaux 2017: first impressions – light and bright

As the first Bordeaux 2017 wines are unveiled to our team and the wider trade at large, Will Lyons sheds some light on the vintage conditions and their effect on taste. On the first day in the week of being on the rolling “red carpet”, all is looking light and bright And we’re off! The morning […]

No contest: Claret

With Bordeaux en primeur officially kicking off this week, our Head Chef Stewart Turner looks to Claret for seasonal inspiration “Claret” is the traditional British name for the red wine of Bordeaux. In 1154, the area of Aquitaine – a powerful dukedom that covered the whole of southwest France, including Bordeaux and La Rochelle – […]

Lunacy: the increasing obsession with biodynamics

Biodynamic winemaking continues to take centre stage in the debate of both its use and meaning. Is it all moonshine? We asked Alexis Self to find out. It is estimated that every two years, more data is added to the universe than in the entirety of human existence before that point. A not inconsiderable amount […]