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New additions at the Autumn Portfolio Tasting, Dublin

New additions at the Autumn Portfolio Tasting, Dublin

9th October, 2014

New additions at the Autumn Portfolio Tasting, Dublin

Our first Autumn Portfolio Tasting in Dublin on 8th October at Fallon & Byrne proved a great success! Arranged by style and variety rather than by producer, the self-pour format allowed customers to make their own way through the 240 wines, beers and spirits and discover the many new additions at their leisure.  

Among those new producers was Champagne Charles Heidsieck, now available in Ireland exclusively through Liberty Wines. Along with the non-vintage Brut Réserve and Rosé Réserve, customers were treated to a first look at the newly-released Brut Millésimé 2005 and the Blanc des Millénaires 1995 – a truly special wine.  

Stephen Leroux, Director of the House, shared his thoughts on the exciting future of Charles Heidsieck in Ireland, the history of the Champagne House and the sad passing of Thierry Roset, the Chef de Cave, in this short video:  


France has seen two new arrivals to the portfolio: the Jurançons of Domaine de Laguilhon, which represent outstanding value; and Château La Verrerie from the Luberon, a property owned by the Descours family, who also own Charles Heidsieck.  

Family is also one of the key factors behind Journeyman. These are the new wines from Pete Seghesio, and the first he has made since he left the family company. The Chardonnay is made at his house on the San Lorenzo vineyard, which was purchased by his great grandfather in 1896. It is nice to see such a long tradition being carried forward by such an exciting wine.  

And for those who cast Australia as a callow newcomer from the ‘New World’, Chambers Rosewood, a winery founded in 1858, proves just how great are the traditional wines from Rutherglen.  

Two new rosé wines from Australia also proved a huge hit. La Linea Tempranillo Rosé 2014 from the Adelaide Hills and Willunga 100 Grenache Rosé 2014 from the McLaren Vale both represent the exciting wines coming from South Australia at the moment.  

Finally, the long-awaited craft beers from Hiver (The Honey Beer) and Head in a Hat (Gin, Tommy) were also on show and proved just how individual and interesting beers can be.