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  • Eric Asimov, NY Times - 8 of Eric's top 10 low dosage champagnes stocked by Vine Trail

    Champagnes That Leave the Sweetness Behind By ERIC ASIMOV Published: December 5, 2013 As with clothing and hair, wine knuckles under to fashion. Different styles, regions and grapes all have their moments in the marketing spotlight, although the rationales for these sudden blasts of commercial heat can vary wildly. Sometimes it comes unexpectedly. A pop song shouts out Moscato d’Asti, and before you can say, “Sweet, fizzy, pleasant and forgettable,” people are...

  • David Williams on Bergerac Le Jonc Blanc

    In his article 20 Best Reds over £10 (The Observer Food Monthly 8th December 2013) David Williams selects: Château Le Jonc Blanc Les Sens de Fruit, Bergerac, France 2010 (£11.30, Vinetrail) With the best of Bordeaux now out of reach of all but the highest net worth individuals, neighbouring Bergerac is worth a look for a more affordable take on the region's trademark cabernet-merlot blends. Few are as good or immediately appealing as...

  • Schildknecht Champagne ratings

    NOVEMBER 2013 – DAVID SCHILDKNECHT CHAMPAGNE REVIEWS   Agrapart   7 Crus (2010 and 2009) 92 Terroirs (2009 and 2008) 94     Bérèche   Brut Réserve 89 Extra Brut Réserve 90 Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche 91 Reflets d’Antan 94     Cédric Bouchard   Inflorescence Val Vilaine (2010 base) 91 La Parcelle 2005 91 La Haute Lemblée 2008 93 La Bolorée 2008 92     Chartogne Taillet   Cuvée Ste Anne 92 Rosé 91 Alliées 2008 92 Orizeaux 2008 93 Les Barres 2008 92 2008 Vintage 91     Ulysse Collin   Pierrières Disg. 9/12 92 Les Roises Disg. 9/12 90 Les Maillons Disg. 9/12 91     Jacques Lassaigne   Les Vignes de Montgueux 91 Le Côtet 92     Larmandier-Bernier   Rosé 90 Longitude Blanc de Blancs 93 Terre de Vertus...

  • David Williams on Duclaux Cote Rotie 2007

      David Williams in The Observer 17th November 2013on David & Benjamin Duclaux Côte Rôtie La Germine 2007 (£32.10 inc VAT) France’s northern Rhône is syrah’s spiritual home, providing a template for the peppery but fresh style that is followed by producers in cooler climates around the world. If I were having, say, a Hawksmoor Porterhouse rather than a Café Rouge minute steak, I’d go for the Duclaux, a haunting mix of brambly berries...