Blanquette de Limoux from Domaine Delmas

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Domaine Delmas Blanquette de Limoux Tradition

Blanquette de Limoux from Domaine Delmas Limoux is a small French appellation in the Languedoc, in the foothills of France’s eastern Pyrenees. Given this southern location and summer heat, at first glance, it might seem unusual to find that white grape varieties dominate the wines of Limoux. The local Mauzac, plus Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, are grown extensively. It’s primarily because …

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Le Black Label by Champagne Lanson – Be My Valentine?

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Le Black Label, Champagne Lanson

Le Black Label by Champagne Lanson – Be My Valentine? Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? Then drink Champagne with someone special. Try Le Black Label Brut NV from Champagne Lanson. It’s a classic and a personal favourite, made by one of the largest Champagne houses. Lanson is also the third-oldest Champagne house, founded in 1760 by François Delamotte. Well-worth a visit, …

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Clos des Réas and the Best Birthday Present. Ever!

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Clos des Réas 1999, 2005, 2009

Clos des Réas and the Best Birthday Present. Ever! What’s the best birthday present you’ve ever had? I’ll tell you mine. It wasn’t apparent at the time, yet looking back, it acted as a catalyst for my wine life’s subsequent direction. Many years ago, there was a red Burgundy wine tasting in London hosted by Clive Coates MW. I was given …

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Philipponnat Champagne Royale Réserve

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Philipponnat Champagne

Philipponnat Champagne Royale Réserve The Philipponnat family have been winegrowers and merchants in the Champagne region for sixteen generations. Their history dates back to 1522; they were suppliers to the Sun King, Louis XIV. But it wasn’t until 1910 that Auguste and Pierre Philipponnat created their Champagne house, in the village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. There have been several changes in ownership …

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Christmas 2020 – A Dozen Festive Wines!

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Happy Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020 – A Dozen Festive Wines! Happy Christmas to you all, thanks for reading, supporting and encouraging, especially during this challenging year. Here’s the pick of the wines for Chrismas 2020, together with a Christmas Card. This year there are a delightful Baker’s dozen wines recommended for the festive season, all with UK availability. Also, they are sustainable, taste …

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Comité Champagne MOOC, Massive Open Online Course

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Dom Perignon would be impressed by the MOOC

Comité Champagne MOOC, Massive Open Online Course The official online course about Champagne wines is now available. The Comité Champagne provides it, called the MOOC. The Comité Champagne is, “the trade association that represents the interests of independent Champagne producers and Champagne Houses. Its mandate is to promote the vines and wines of Champagne. Its broad remit includes economic, technical, …

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Goldilocks. Or, drinking Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

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Goldilocks

Goldilocks. Or, drinking Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Any opportunity to try the wines made by the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) in Burgundy is the chance of a lifetime. Not only is this celebrated patch of dirt in the village of Vosne-Romanée regarded as producing the most outstanding red Burgundy, many consider it to be the source of the world’s …

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Rare Champagne grape varieties – this is their story

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Rare Champagne grape varieties

Rare Champagne grape varieties – this is their story Under the Champagne laws, three principal grapes are allowed in Champagne, namely Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Together, they account for 99.74% of vineyard plantings. However, there are also four rare Champagne grape varieties tolerated. They are all white varieties, namely Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Petit Meslier and Arbane. In France, …

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Bugey on down – explorations in undiscovered France

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Grand Colombier, Bugey. Looking at Mont Blanc

Bugey on down – explorations in undiscovered France In France, the little known wine region of Bugey is well off the beaten track. I have passed through it frequently enough, usually on the way to more famous wine destinations in France and Italy, always making a mental note to stop and explore. When I finally did so, some years ago, …

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Christmas 2019 – a dozen wines to check out!

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Happy Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019 – a dozen wines to check out! Happy Christmas to you all, and here’s my pick of the wines for Chrismas 2019. Here’s my Christmas Card as well. It’s the skating rink at the Christmas Market held in Bruges, Belgium.  Anyway, here are a delightful dozen wines for the festive season that are all available in the UK. …

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