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  • The bubbly types by Jancis Robinson, Financial Times Magazine, 26/27 NOVEMBER 2011

    Chartogne-Taillet NV Bravo to quality-conscious growers like this who give consumers maximum information on the back label such as exactly what went into the blend (80% from the 2006 vintage, 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir). Very fresh on the nose yet with deep flavours. Serious stuff from the village of Merfy. Exceptionally persistent. Great value.£25.15 Vine Trail (by the case), £38.99 Selfridges (by the bottle) Agrapart, Les...

  • Vine Trail - a wealth of good value 25 Nov 2011 by Julia Harding MW I cannot recall writing the initials GV (good value) quite as often as I did at a recent tasting of wines from Vine Trail, a specialist importer of small-domaine French wines based in Bristol, south-west England. Almost exactly a year ago, Jancis wrote a glowing report of Vine Trail's approach to sourcing distinctive, hand-picked wines. Nothing has changed in that respect but it was...

  • Some stray sparklers

    Amongst the champagnes that Jancis posted on her on 24th November is: Larmandier-Bernier, Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Premier Cru NV (18) Drink 2011-2015 "Very delicate and tense. Lacy textured - such a pleasure to drink, and not excessively dry at all. Balanced on a tightrope admittedly but no sign of any wobble. Lovely. 12.5%." £24.96...