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  • Wine of the Month September 2018

    The Whisky Exchange has chosen Gérard Boulay's Sancerre 2017 as their Wine of the Month; excellent choice!

  • Fiona Beckett on Jura Les Granges Paquenesses

    In her column in The Guardian on 3rd March on women winemakers, Let's raise a glass to women winemakers, Fiona mentions Loreline Laborde’s Jura wine Les Granges Paquenesses La Pierre (12.5%) £18.38 from Vine Trail, which she tried on the an all-female winemakers’ list at her local wine bar, Bellita in Bristol: “a thrillingly pure wine from the Jura that is astonishingly only the second vintage from its...

  • IGP d'Oc Garsinde Domaine la Grange de Quatre Sous

    Fiona Beckett “on the hunt for good organic wine” in The Guardian Weekend 23 September 2017 Fiona selects amongst her choices of “immensely drinkable Languedoc reds”: La Grange de Quatre Sous’ Cuvée Garsinde (13.5% abv) “an unusual (for the Languedoc) blend of malbec, syrah and cabernet franc that is stocked at £11.98 by the splendid Vine Trail. Vine Trail mainly supplies restaurants, but you can order by the case (which can...

  • Josh Raynolds on Vacqueyras Roucas Toumba

    From Vinous (Antonio Galloni) August 2017 2014 and 2015 Vacqueyras: Quality and Value (Aug 2017) by Josh Raynolds Roucas Toumba 2014 Vacqueyras Les Restanques de Cabassole  91 points Vacqueyras, Southern Rhône Red wine Drinking window: 2020 - 2025 Grape/Blend 60% Grenache, 27% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 3% Clairette, Grenache Blanc raised in large oak casks) Vivid ruby-red. Fragrant, smoke-accented aromas of ripe red fruits, licorice and lavender; a peppery nuance adds spiciness. Fleshy and broad but...

  • Josh Raynolds on Domaine Charvin

    Josh Raynolds on Domaine Charvin (Antonio Galloni’s 21st March 2017 “Made with whole clusters, fermented and raised entirely in large concrete tanks, the ebullient and ever-curious Laurent Charvin’s wines are always some of the most elegant, highly perfumed and pure wines of the appellation.  At the same time they are reliably deep in flavour and balanced to age, despite their suave, upfront appeal.  In 2015 Charvin made what might...

  • VT tasting with Matt Williamson Bristol

      Photos by Nicci Peet Freelance Photographer Nick describing the next wine at Matt Williamson's dinner/VT tasting at Hamilton House Bristol   Nick with Matt Williamson at Hamilton House   Matt, Claire Thomson and Zee in kitchen   Nick Zee and Matt discussing the evening...

  • Bérèche Rosé Remensis - Revue de Vin de France

    The current edition of La Revue du Vin de France, in which they tasted 100 Rosé Champagnes. Rosé from the likes of Benoit Lahaye, Chartogne-Taillet did really well in the tasting, but the top rated rosé from Vine Trail was Bérèche’s superb, limited release cuvée Campania Remensis which came 2nd equal together with Selosse of the 100 rosé tasted. Made from 40 yo vines grown in Ormes on...

  • Bourgueil Impétueuse - Decanter

    Decanter 2nd November 2016 In an article on Five warming wines for Bonfire Night: Bourgueil Impétueuse 2014 from Bertrand Galbrun was rated with 90 points by James Button Drink: 2016-2020 Alc: 12.5% £13.66 inc VAT Grape Variety: Cabernet Franc Just 3,000 bottles of this certified organic wine are made every vintage, from 45 year old vines. Cassis, herbs and hints of woodiness rise from the glass. On the palate, dense black fruits, powerful yet...

  • Gerard Basset on champagnes

    Gerard Basset on his 16 favourite champagnes in Decanter December 2016 He includes 2 of Vine Trail’s champagnes: Agrapart & Fils, Les 7 Crus NV  (£29.67 exc VAT per bt) This is a grower I’ve followed for a long time and I love serving Agrapart wines in my restaurant.  I have great admiration for its production methods and commitment to excellence.  This is a wine for food, not just for an aperitif –...

  • Decanter Wine Awards 2016

    DECANTER AWARDS 2016 - 96/100 Platinum Best in Category Domaine Rotier, Renaissance -Vendanges Tardives, Gaillac 2012 13.0%   Grape composition: 100% Len de l'El Incredibly honeyed and rich with beautiful botrytised aromas of golden raisins, dates, dried papaya all laced together with a delicate ginger spice. Richly sweet with beautiful creamy peach, honeyed mango and sweet raisined fruit, yet meanwhile remaining light and fluffy on the palate. This 35HA vineyard in the historic region of...