Month: April, 2017

Bordeaux 2016: our top cellar-fillers

In a very good vintage such as 2016, we always recommend putting aside some of our favourite wines – bottles which won’t break the bank but will reap unbelievable rewards with five to 10 years of cellaring. Here’s our top 10 to tuck away 2016 Ch. Angludet, Margaux This is one of the best Angludets […]

Seasonal sensations: wild garlic

As soon as the bluebells blossom, Britain’s abundant wild garlic begins to poke its head through the soil. To honour its spring re-emergence our Head Chef Stewart Turner has whipped up a lovely seasonal velouté, while Richard Veal suggests some appropriate wine pairings On the table: Nothing says spring has sprung quite like the first […]

Bordeaux 2016: the verdict

As Bordeaux 2016 en primeur gets underway, with the first major release (Cos d’Estournel) today, our Buying Director Max Lalondrelle provides his thoughts on the vintage It’s been more than two weeks since we finished our annual en primeur week with a late afternoon tasting at Ch. Haut-Bailly and a quick game of pétanque before […]

Malbec: from lame duck to Latin lothario

Ahead of Malbec World Day on 17th April, Amanda Barnes explores the grape’s past, present and future Although best known as Malbec, this grape variety has over a thousand synonyms, according to French ampelographer Pierre Galet. Côt, Auxerrois, Doux Noir and Pressac are just a few. Its multiple monikers are an ode to the variety’s […]