Bordeaux 2015: off the starting blocks

As our team boards the plane for Bordeaux, our Chairman Simon Berry sets the scene for the 2015 en primeur campaign. I was in Bordeaux last July, just after Bastille Day, in weather hotter than I have ever known there. There were a few grumbles – vignerons are farmers after all, and no farmer will […]

It’s all a question of balance. It’s always a question of balance.

Here our Chairman Simon Berry comments on the importance of balance, not only in the bottle, but in the business. This article was originally written for The Spectator, who has kindly given us permission to republish the piece here. Aubert de Villaine’s office in Vosne-Romanée has a wonderful view of the hill-side of his legendary […]

The best bottle-filled books

Our Chairman Simon Berry has compiled a short list of those literary works that he deems ‘essential’ for every young wine-lover; here he introduces, and justifies, those titles that made the cut. When I got my first proper job in the wine trade, in November 1976, my father gave me a copy of Hugh Johnson’s […]

A drink in the last-chance saloon?

As our team board the plane for a week in Bordeaux, our Chairman Simon Berry reflects on the current state of en primeur, the quality of the 2014 vintage and what the future holds for the world of Claret post-Robert Parker. The 2014 Bordeaux vintage, if you believe what you read in the newspapers, marks […]