Keep Carmes

Ch. les Carmes Haut-Brion – a relatively petite property by Bordeaux standards – is nestled in amongst the city’s sprawl. Here, Alexis Self visits the château and its unusual, almost inner-city vineyards

Summertime sundowners

A chilled glass of Sherry and some salted almonds before dinner is an appealing prospect at any time of year, as is a crisp, fizzing flute of Blanc de Blancs; however, on a balmy summer’s evening (or, indeed, afternoon), it is hard to beat the feeling of an ice-cold cocktail clinking away in one’s hand. […]

The cellarman of St James’s

He’s tasted almost 150 different vintages, seen four decades of change and survived Norman Shelley’s scrumpy: Alexis Self talks to Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Allan Perry If you’ve bought a bottle from No.3 St James’s Street in the last 37 years, chances are it’s passed through the hands of Allan Perry. On Friday 27th April, […]

Wine of the week: Mount Lofty Cabernet Sauvignon

Recently across our social media channels we’ve been championing some of our personal wine favourites, as reviewed by our in-house team. This week it’s the turn of Alexis Self to cast his view on a bottle of 2015 Old Plains Longhop Cabernet Sauvignon, from Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges Our antipodean cousins are famed for their straight-talking […]