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
En Primeur is the practice of buying wine when it is still in the barrel. This is appealing to fine wine buyers and enthusiasts because it is a way of guaranteeing access to a portion of wine that will be in high demand when it is released, which will also more than likely rise in price as it matures – so there is the financial … Continue reading FLINT WINES 2018 BURGUNDY EN PRIMEUR
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
There is something about opening a magnum, isn’t there? The sheer size of it is novel enough, but the whole feeling of opening a magnum is different. First of all, there’s the celebratory aspect – you’re going to be with friends having fun (I wouldn’t recommend opening one if you’re by yourself, no) and, secondly, there’s a sense of thrilling mystery about it. Like jumping … Continue reading LEZ ARTS: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MAGNUM, BABY!
Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018 Ah! The summer is here and this very bottle makes me think of skipping across a lavender-flecked hillside, white dress billowing, hair flowing behind – perhaps I am carrying a basket of flowers or – even better – freshly picked herbs to make dinner with later in my stone-cobbled kitchen overlooking the sea? How Provençal indeed! It’s … Continue reading TASTING NOTE: FLEUR DE MER ROSÉ
As soon as the sun makes an appearance in London, the rosé corks seem to pop by themselves. Any city rooftop swarms with relaxed, smiling faces, aglow with rosy reflections from the pink nectar sloshing around in their wine glasses. Not just any pink, mind, a specific pink; a very pale pink, as if the black grape skins involved just shot the juice a flirty … Continue reading ROSÉ FOOD PAIRINGS WITH VINS DE PROVENCE
Provence rosé makes me think of sun-dappled terraces in the south of France; a luxuriously languorous lunch with nothing much to do for the rest of the afternoon apart from wear big sunglasses and happily, hazily enjoy watching the salmon pink in the glass glisten in the sunshine. Some kind of marketing must have worked on me somewhere along the line because this is the … Continue reading THE RUBY TAYLOR BOTTLE FROM CHÂTEAU MINUTY