Category: Miscellaneous

Bordeaux 2020: Sauternes and Barsac

In this series, Mark Pardoe MW provides insight into how Bordeaux’s key communes fared in 2020. Here, our Wine Director looks at Sauternes and Barsac, based on a conversation with Olivier Castéja of Ch. Doisy-Védrines. At a glance: Sauternes and Barsac in 2020 Hectares under vine: 2,217 Average yield: 12hl/ha in 2020 (14hl/ha in ’19); […]

Ch. L’Évangile: from the ground up

L’Évangile, the Pomerol sibling of Ch. Lafite, shows that the great wines of tomorrow start with great terroir today. Here, we speak with Olivier Trégoat and Juliette Couderc, the ambitious new team at the helm  It’s a March morning in Pomerol. Olivier Trégoat and Juliette Couderc sit side-by-side on a Zoom call. They have known each other and worked together for some time, but they are only six months into their latest project – running Ch. L’Évangile.  Olivier is a soil expert whose […]

The Guardian: Introducing Chris Layland

Watching over nine million bottles, Chris Layland is the gatekeeper of the world’s most enviable wine collection. Here, Sophie Thorpe talks to him about his team, the most remarkable bottles in his care, and keeping life at 12°C You’ll find our warehouses on an edge-of-town industrial estate in Basingstoke. Next to Topps Tiles, Greggs and […]

How to start a fine wine collection

In this article, first published in the Spring/Summer issue of No.3 Magazine, we talk to specialist Nick Pegna about how to start your fine wine collection. There’s no magic formula for building a fine wine collection. It takes time. Like a painting, it’s created in layers – brushstrokes – some things added, some taken away. […]