Natural cork: the unsung hero

Carbon negative, recyclable, natural – not to mention the best possible closure for fine wine – there are countless reasons to love cork. Here, Adam Holden tells us more about why pulling a natural cork from a delicious bottle is a small, but important, step towards sustainability. Wine and cork have long been bedfellows. In […]

Summer showstoppers: Whispering Angel

If there is one style of wine that’s made for summer drinking, it’s rosé – particularly the perfectly pale, Provençal variety. Adam Holden shines a light on the iconic Whispering Angel, the most famous of Provence’s rosés   2021 Château d’Esclans, Whispering Angel Rosé, Côtes de Provence   What’s the story behind the wine?  Making the most […]

A tale as old as France

Champagne enjoys an unmatched reputation as the go-to celebration wine, built on centuries of festive associations. Adam Holden shines a light on the best-known historical moments which have helped to shape an iconic legacy.   Wine of kings For as long as it’s existed as a sparkling wine, Champagne has been inextricably linked to festivity, celebration and the grandest of occasions. Nothing ushers in a joyeux noël like hearing the unmistakable pop of that mushroom cork.  Perhaps the link is as old […]

Burgundy’s grapes: Pinot Noir

“For me, there’s no better red wine on the planet than Pinot Noir. And there’s no better place for Pinot Noir than Burgundy.” – Dominique Lafon  The differences between Burgundy’s two grape varieties go beyond mere physiology. It’s a question of personality, really. Chardonnay is easy-going and adaptable, happy to make its home where it lays its […]