25 11 2016

Checking wines for a special dinner. This 2009 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les St Georges, Thibault Liger-Belair was glorious – deeply coloured, rich and round with voluptuous damson aromas with touches of coffee. It has the power to continue ageing for another ten years at least.

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Want to know how a wine buyer thinks?

22 11 2016

This paper has some very good tips…
https://www.cbi.eu/…/understanding-european-buyers-europe-w…





Love this film of the harvest!

20 11 2016





Know your Market

19 11 2016

img_3264The UK is the biggest shopwindow for wine in the world. Although we now have 500 vineyards in the UK, it is still only a small fraction of how much wine we drink as a nation, so the majority is imported. We have wines from all over the world and it’s a very competitive market for producers wanting to launch their wines here.

In order to have the best chance of success producers need to understand the UK market. You need to know which customer demographic you are targeting with your wine because this affects both how the wine should taste and how the label should look.





Domaine Joseph Voillot, Volnay – 2015s

8 11 2016

A great tasting here as ever with the ebullient Jean-Pierre Charlot who remains cheerful despite the challenges of recent years and the low yields. The 2015s are just as you’d expect – darker colours, blacker fruits and more density. There is a voluptuousness to the wines allied to the silkiness of texture with freshness to the fruit. My favourites were the Volnay Champans – very fine and concentrated with black cherry and small wild berry flavours – and the Pommard Pezerolles – only two barrels but dark, sultry, soft, rich and powerful.