CHÂTEAU DE POMMARD: FUTURE-THINKING FOR BURGUNDY

Last week, I had an engaging lunch with Michael Baum, CEO and propriétaire of Chateau de Pommard in Burgundy. Château de Pommard was founded in 1726 and the property comprises of two châteaux (Château Marey-Monge and Château Micault) and their famous UNESCO-protected walled vineyard, Clos Marey-Monge. These 20 hectares of vines have produced some of the greatest Pinot Noir for over two millennia. The Carabello-Baum … Continue reading CHÂTEAU DE POMMARD: FUTURE-THINKING FOR BURGUNDY

THE NEW ‘NEW WORLD’: AN INTERVIEW WITH ROLLO GABB OF JOURNEY’S END

In 2006, Rollo Gabb produced his first barrel of Destination Chardonnay. It was the only barrel that year: ‘That’s why I called it Destination; I was either destined to sink or swim. So, I kicked off with the one barrel and off we went.’ There might never have been a Nemo moment for Rollo. ‘I could have taken the option of sitting on my arse … Continue reading THE NEW ‘NEW WORLD’: AN INTERVIEW WITH ROLLO GABB OF JOURNEY’S END

ANNE LA NAOUR: A NEW ERA FOR CA GRAND CRUS

It’s a new era for CA Grand Crus (administrators of several Bordeaux and Burgundy vineyards owned by the Credit Agricole Group), with recently appointed Anne La Naour at the helm as Executive Director. Alongside Jean-Philippe Archambault, Director of Santenay in Burgundy, she is bringing a fresh vision to the estates and has sold two properties in Bordeaux in order to open up opportunities to work … Continue reading ANNE LA NAOUR: A NEW ERA FOR CA GRAND CRUS

HARVEST SUPPER AT THE PIG AT BRIDGE PLACE WITH SIMPSONS WINES

The Pig Hotel at Bridge Place in Canterbury is a sight for sore eyes in the late afternoon sun in October. The period country house stands proudly in the beautifully manicured grounds – not too manicured, mind; there is a working kitchen garden that is tended to daily, the fruits of which are used on the menu from dawn ‘til dusk in dishes, teas and … Continue reading HARVEST SUPPER AT THE PIG AT BRIDGE PLACE WITH SIMPSONS WINES

SIPPING ON BLANC DE BLANCS AT JENKYN PLACE

Being invited to a private tasting of Jenkyn Place’s first ever Blanc de Blancs in their beautiful Hampshire estate, standing next to the very vines upon which the ‘blancs’ were grown… it’s a yes from me. Even when dark clouds started to roll in and the heavens threatened to open, there was nothing that could dampen the enthusiam for the occasion – which is English … Continue reading SIPPING ON BLANC DE BLANCS AT JENKYN PLACE

T-OINOS WINES: LIQUID ENERGY IN A BOTTLE

The rare grey-black marble that is found on the floors of Buckingham Palace and the Louvre comes from Tinos, a rugged Greek island in the Aegean Sea. So sought after, this marble is now UNESCO protected – which is the reason you will see giant boulders in the middle of vineyards, with rows of vines respectfully stopping at their edges and continuing on after. Tinos … Continue reading T-OINOS WINES: LIQUID ENERGY IN A BOTTLE

WORLD’S BEST VINEYARDS 2019

In the prestigious surroundings of the historic Banqueting House in London, the only remaining part of the Palace of Whitehall where King Charles I met his grisly end, it was a night of beginnings for the World’s Best Vineyards ceremony. At its inaugural event on Monday 8th July 2019, a new chapter of history was written, as Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco was named the … Continue reading WORLD’S BEST VINEYARDS 2019