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  • Telegraph Magazine - Chinon Grosbois

    HAMISH ANDERSON ON GROSBOIS CHINON GABARE – Telegraph Magazine April 30th 2016 Hamish Anderson’s tasting notes on Loire cabernet franc Cabernet franc is an important, but often overlooked, component of some of the greatest wines from Bordeaux. In the Loire it gets to show what it can do on its own. It is a grape I naturally warm to as the sun comes out – the inexpensive versions are juicy,...

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  • Antonio Galloni on Domaine de la Biscarelle - (see nos 110 & 111 in VT 2015/16 list)

    Producer Profile: Domaine de la Biscarelle (from vinous.com) August 2015 Domaine de la Biscarelle is located in Grès, which lies in the northern sector of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. Gérard Bouyer founded La Biscarelle in 1984, after leaving his family’snégociant business to start his own venture. In January 2009, Gérard’s daughter and son-in-law, Christelle and Jérôme Grieco, took over the estate. The domaine owns five hectares in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The vineyards are located on the pebbly hills...

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  • Antonio Galloni ratings of VT wines

    Ratings of Vine Trail wines by Antonio Galloni  - see www.vinous.com for detailed notes January 2015 91 Suenen - B de B Grand Cru   92 Benoit Lahaye - Brut Essentiel   91 Benoit Lahaye - Blanc de Noirs   91 Chartogne-Taillet  - Rosé   91 Lamiable Grand Cru Extra Brut February 2015 92 Morgon VV 13 - Bouland   92 Morgon Corcelette 13 - Bouland   92 Côte de Brouilly 13 - Bouland   92 Morgon 13 - Lapierre   92 St Péray Figuiers 13 - Gripa   92 St Joseph Rouge 13 - Gonon   93 St Joseph Rouge...

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  • Suenen Champagne - Noble Rot

    Aurélien Suenen Blanc de Blanc NV – Dan Keeling & Mark Andrew inNoble Rot Issue 8 (Champagne Taste on a Lemonade Budget) We were blown away when a friend returned from Champagne with a bottle of Aurélien Suenen’s Blanc de Blanc.  With a fine, persistent bead and delicate mousse, this is taut, elegant and searingly mineral, yet generous and giving.  Stunning wine. *****...

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  • Peter Liem on Growers' Champagne

    Decanter August 2015 Agrapart Minéral, Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs, Côte des Blancs 2008 18.25 (94/100) Made from 40-year-old Chardonnay vines in two parcels: Le Champ Bouton in Avize and Bionnes in Cramant, this is rich in depth yet sleek in structure, showing an elegantly refined texture and long, chalk-infused aromas on the finish.  Drink 2015-2028 Alc 12.5% Chartogne-Taillet, Brut, Montagne de Reims 2008 18 (93/100) From the clay-rich vineyard of Les Couarres,...

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  • Bérèche & Marguet champagnes

    Giles Fallowfield recommends two Vine Trail champagnes in Imbibe July/August 2015: Bérèche et Fils Vallée de la Marne Extra Brut (£41.50) & Marguet Père et Fils Amboniacus 2009 Grand Cru Extra Brut (£41.50)   Bérèche et Fils Vallée de la Marne Extra Brut (£41.50) Grower producer Raphael Bérèche is a founder member of the trailblazing Terre et Vins group.  This expressive, savoury, concentrated cuvée made from 100% Pinot Meunier grown near the winery in...

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  • Natasha Hughes on St Péray Figuiers 12 - Gripa

    Natasha Hughes, MW, choses Bernard Gripa's Saint-Péray Les Figuiers 2012 as her Wine of the Week on her website on 17th June 2015 The first thing you notice is its texture – there’s something voluptuous and pillowy about it. And then there’s an emergent richness of flavour: stone fruits and pineapples are enhanced by hints of nuttiness and honeysuckle. There’s oak there, but it doesn’t...

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  • Jancis Robinson on Grower Champagnes

    Jancis Robinson on both her website and in the FT has recently been talking about grower champagnes (June 11th and 13th). On jancisrobinson.com she published tasting notes on nearly 100 grower champagnes.   Vine Trail champagnes took 10 of the top 11 places (champagnes ranked 17.5 and above), Jancis’ only VGV (very good value) champagne was from us as were 2 of her 4 GV (good value)  champagnes. Please find notes below   VGV (very good...

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  • 2012 Arbin Mondeuse, La Belle Romaine, Château de Mérande, Savoie, France

    Matthew Jukes on 2012 Arbin Mondeuse, La Belle Romaine, Château de Mérande, Savoie, Franceposted on November 28, 2014 in MoneyWeek 2012 Arbin Mondeuse, La Belle Romaine, Château de Mérande, Savoie, France (£13.67 exc VAT bt, Vine Trail tel. 0117 921 1770) The beautiful Savoie region of France is more often on my radar from a cheese and skiing point of view than its wines. Granted a number of worthy, rustic, ‘French Country-style’ wines are made but...

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  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape AC 2011 Domaine de la Biscarelle

    Matthew Jukes in Moneyweek on 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine de la Biscarelle, Southern Rhône, France  (£22.30)posted on November 16, 2014 in  MoneyWeek Which French appellation do you think is the most disappointing? My vote would unreservedly go to Châteauneuf. Admittedly there are a handful of stellar producers there, and a few dozen decent wineries following on their heels, but the oceans of dross labelled with these three heavyweight words is frankly terrifying. On the whole,...

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