The Rhône Valley: an instinctive approach to sustainability

As consumer demand for low-impact wines increases, producers are working harder than ever to ensure they’re as sustainable as possible. But there are some regions where sustainability comes naturally. Following a recent trip to the Rhône Valley, our Wine Director Mark Pardoe MW shares his thoughts.  A PATCHWORK OF TERROIRS  On the first day of […]

What is Châteauneuf-du-Pape?

It’s one of the most important appellations in the Rhône Valley – but how well do we really know Châteauneuf-du-Pape? Our Wine Director Mark Pardoe MW ponders just what – from Grenache to galets – makes the appellation so special   During our visit to Clos des Papes, Vincent Avril stated that Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the largest […]

A day in Gigondas

For a week in February, our Wine Director Mark Pardoe MW visited the Southern Rhône with our Buyers Catriona Felstead MW and Georgina Haacke. Here, he shares some of his favourite moments from his visit to Gigondas. For some, Gigondas has the reputation of merely being a mini-Châteauneuf-du-Pape. While it is true that both appellations […]

Burgundy’s “other” communes

There’s plenty to be excited about in Burgundy beyond the flagship appellations of the Côte d’Or. Here, Mark Pardoe MW highlights some lesser-known areas – and why they should be on your wish list this year. Demand has never been higher for Burgundy’s most renowned wines. The small volumes made mean that once bought, they […]