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Comment on Declarations: of Port by P.J Redman

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:19:20 +0000

We are very interested in these vintage ports and would appreciate being kept informed, Thank you

Comment on Declarations: of Port by Adam

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:28:57 +0000

A very interesting article. I can not wait for the new Vintage Port :) Regards

Comment on Declarations: of Port by William webb

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:25:29 +0000

Please keep me informed

Comment on An English gentleman: Steven Spurrier by Eleo Carson

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:17:55 +0000

great blog, good luck with the book.

Comment on 2017 Bordeaux en primeur preview by Max Lalondrelle

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:09:09 +0000

Dear Mr Burge, Thank you for your thoughts. Having just returned from a week in Bordeaux visiting 60 châteaux I would like to suggest that 2017 is in fact, far from average. This is due to a number of things: The flowering went very well, I was in Bordeaux in June last year and we had temperatures in excess of 35˚C following a very wet, early spring. June and July were both perfect weather-wise, and in line with what we would deem a normal growing season. August was very dry but was cool compared to average with cold nights for the season. September would have been perfect if it wasn’t for some rain at around harvest time. The rain took some of the concentration away from the juice but by no means affected the vintage negatively. The frost in April had sadly only affected the vineyards of the right bank and more particularly the Côtes de Castillon and Blaye. Most of the Crus Classés remained unaffected. The growing season here was good all the way through and if it wasn’t for some rain at the end of it, it would have produced a great vintage (1961 don’t forget was also a year of frost!). To say that the vintage is average is somewhat of an exaggeration. Thanks to the cool temperatures in August most of the wines have a very elegant, yet very juicy core with acidity and tannins both as good as last year. You could argue that my position on 2017 Bordeaux will be biased being the Bordeaux Buyer for Berry Bros. & Rudd, but, having tasted the 2017 wines and with 20 years’ experience in en primeur, I can vouch that this is (at the right price) a very good vintage to have in anyone’s cellars. It will provide delicious wines to drink for decades, supported by an excellent level of fruit, tannin and acidity. If customers were only buying from the blockbuster vintages their cellars would be very uniform and boring! Furthermore, vintages that aren’t deemed as great usually perform very well as an investment because people tend to drink them, therefore they become more scarce, more quickly. Look at the release prices versus current market for 2001-2004-2007-2008 and you will be very surprised! We would be very happy to further advise on any purchases you might be keen to make and would be delighted to help you find some gems from 2017 and beyond. Kind regards, Max Lalondrelle

Comment on 2017 Bordeaux en primeur preview by Andy Burge

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 13:52:18 +0000

I should add, unless prices for 2017 and spectacularly low but the Bordelais are not known for that trait

Comment on 2017 Bordeaux en primeur preview by Andy Burge

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 13:51:14 +0000

Probably the best news of the 2017 vintage is that prices of preceding good and great years will go up. Savvy buyers will avoid 2017

Comment on 2017 Bordeaux: a first glance by Andy Burge

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 13:48:04 +0000

Let's face it, 2017 is going to be an average year at best - almost certainly rated at 6-7/10 even by those who are trying their damdest to sell it. If you want one or two short-lived wines to drink in maybe 7-10 years, then fine. It is certainly never going to be a great vintage that is worthy of any investment

Comment on Notes from Down Under: 30 Years of Frankland Estate by Joff

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:26:34 +0000

Brilliant winery, lovely family and delicious wines - had the pleasure of the '05 Olmo's Reward there over the summer - not surprised you're thoroughly enjoying yourself!

Comment on A Mother’s Day bouquet by Customwrittenessays

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:01:21 +0000

Hellebores are rather promiscuous in the garden, so consider what the color of the offspring would look like when you plant two colors nearby. You can create some really neat anemone type (central collar) hybrids by planting doubles and singles nearby.

Comment on Advice: Sir Lunchalot by G Torr

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:29:37 +0000

The cheeky double-decant is my preferred strategy, too - "I've already opened this, so we HAVE to drink it tonight..."

Comment on Berry Bros. & Rudd London Dry Gin by Berry Bros. & Rudd

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:06:46 +0000

Thank you Julian. We're very happy to hear you like the design, we hope you liked the Gin too. Our suggested serve would be with lemon to garnish, and for tonic - we would suggest any premium tonic such as any 1783, or Fever tree.

Comment on Notes from Down Under: 30 Years of Frankland Estate by Carole

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:11:47 +0000

Fabulous piece Will. Glad you are enjoying your sabbatical...

Comment on Advice: Sir Lunchalot by R M Cartmel

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:02:44 +0000

Totally Agree with Sir Lunchalot. If one is going to take a bottle to a dinner party, take something INTERESTING to talk about, but that you won't be heartbroken if your host produces a bottle of say Le Richebourg from his cellar! May I suggest something like a Cabernet Dorsa [a German Crossing] from Boppard. I could guarantee that no one would have tasted it before, and it would be an interesting conversation piece. [And it cost me less than a tenner a bottle from the man who made it]

Comment on The meaning of value by Maurice

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:19:31 +0000

A very enjoyable essay. Clearly not only a Master of Wine but also a master of letters.

Comment on Berry Bros. & Rudd London Dry Gin by Julian Bailey

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:00:32 +0000

Great writing, but the last 7 lines didn't quite come off and detracted Bottle design most attractive. Because of all this I will buy a bottle to try, hoping the correct tonic will be advised and ? Lemon or lime

Comment on The meaning of value by Samy

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 17:52:49 +0000

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

Comment on Barolo’s “Cannubi”: historical integrity or commercial ‘necessity’? The case and confusion continues by Jeremy Simmons

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 23:49:47 +0000

Sono d'accordo con Ferraro. Il nome della proprietà perde ogni significato se è esteso e modificato dai tribunali.

Comment on The meaning of value by Craig Stancliff

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:11:13 +0000

Value: when my expectations are exceeded, there is value.

Comment on Berry Bros. & Rudd London Dry Gin by Martín

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:56:02 +0000

Hello dear Martin, vuelve el "Berry's Best", un London Dry Gin de aquéllos. Habrá que conseguirlo... Cheers! Richard