Recent Press

Charles Heidsieck, Rosé Réserve NV, Champagne, France

Panel Tasting, Decanter, January 2017
95 points
Twinkling salmon lights in the glass. Intriguing citrus aromas pour out, backed up by toasty, honeyed tones. The Pinot Noir character really shows through in a rich, opulent style. This rosé Champagne would be delicious with seafood. (Michael Edwards) 
Onion skin colour in the glass with an alluring nose of citrus and hints of honeyed autolysis. The palate is equally appealing; a whisper of savoury decadence garlanding the finish. (Simon Field MW) 
A delicate rosé Champagne with dark fruit elements and hints of black pepper. This is complex and classy, and shows evidence of very skilful winemaking. (Xavier Rousset MS)

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John Duval, `Plexus` Barossa Valley Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre 2013, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Lisa Perrotti Brown MW, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 28 October 2016
93+ points
Medium to deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2013 Plexus has a seriously spicy perfume over a core of baked raspberries, crushed blackberries and red currant jelly, plus wafts of pepper and tar. Ripe, rich and medium to full-bodied, the palate offers a gorgeous, velvet-lined texture, with savoury and earthy flavours coming through on the long finish.

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Jean-Claude Boisset, Bourgogne Chardonnay `Les Ursulines` 2014, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France

Panel Tasting, Decanter, December 2016
92 points
A pleasant attack of apple, lime and talcum powder on the nose. Noticeably more weight than expected with great persistence and some tension on the back palate that is zesty, precise and mineral.
Tasters’ comments
Jason Haynes
Boisset is very dynamic so I shouldn't have been surprised at how good this was. Lively and racy with excellent tension - everything you want! A fine example of the beauty of 2014.
Jasper Morris MW
A Bourgogne Blanc that delivers more than its appellation would suggest. It could almost be a village-level wine, and it is just reaching perfect maturity now. Serve it decanted and see what your guests think it is.
Stephen Brook
Gregory Patriat is the winemaker for the JC Boisset range - high-quality wines from purchased rather than estate-grown grapes. The minerality impressed me here, as you don't expect much from a mere Bourgogne. It has complex aromas and an appealing raciness too. concentrated, fruity and perfectly round Champagne that reveals a great tension and mineral complexity. It also has a long and salty finish.

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Poggiotondo, Chianti Superiore 2014, Chianti Superiore, Tuscany, Italy

Julia Harding MW,, 21 October 2016
Wine of the Week

‘Energy' may sound odd, or pretentious, in a tasting note but once you have tasted this wine, or almost any recent vintage of a wine made by Italian consultant Alberto Antonini, I think you will know what I mean. For me, 'energy' is a metaphor to describe a combination of qualities that include freshness, drinkability, moreishness and fine texture – a wine that has lively fruit flavours but, most importantly, the ability to revive a flagging heart or palate.

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