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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...

  • 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,...

  • Franck Peillot Rousette de Bugey

    David Williams recommends Franck Peillot Roussette de Bugey-Montagnieu 2013 (£14.86) in his article 20 Great French Wines in The Observer’s Food Special 16th November 2014  “It may be a tad literal-minded to think of mountain streams when you have a cool alpine white from Savoie or nearby Bugey in your hand.  But if the wine is as pure and as fluent as Franck Peillot’s dry white made from the altesse grape...

  • Matt Walls on Gripa St Peray Pins

    Matt Walls Wine Blog Cut from a Different Cloth (July 2014) Domaine Bernard Gripa St Péray ‘Les Pins’ 2012 (Vine Trail, £19.15) Lime flowers and lovely pear fruit. Full-bodied, with lots of energy, freshness and vitality. Long, pure, clean, mineral finish. No excess fat – an example of just how fresh and elegant St Péray can be....

  • Nick's article on The Aube

    Please see below an unedited version of an article on the Aube (with spotlights on Lassaigne and Vouette et Sorbée) that I was asked to write for the next edition of Noble Rot – a quarterly magazine that attempts to join the dots between wine, music and food. The Aube Think of the Aube’s star growers such as Cédric Bouchard, Bertrand Gautherot, Jacques Lassaigne, Fleury, Marie Courtin and Olivier Horiot and...

  • David Williams on Gilles Berlioz Chignin Le Jaja 2012

    David picks 6 more unusual French wines from small producers in his article Fringe Benefits in The Observer 20th July 2014   The flowing lightness to wines made from jacquère in Alpine Savoie makes comparisons with mountain streams impossible to resist.  So it is here, the freshness complemented with delicate green apple and minerals....

  • David Williams in The Observer 20 Best Summer Wines

    David Williams lists Thierry Richoux's Irancy 2010 as one of his 20 Best Summer Wines in The Observer on 15th June 2014. "Right up in the north of Burgundy, the Irancy appellation is the red equivalent of white chablis, making racy, delicate and very pretty pinot noirs with, in this case, a wonderful perfumed raspberry and cherry character, gentle tannins and crisp acidity for grilled...

  • Wine Gang on Vine Trail annual London tasting

    Extracts from THE WINE GANG following our recent annual London tasting at which David Williams and Joanna Simon attended.  Subscribe to for full report.  “Vine Trail tasting is always a pleasure, the range of this importer, restaurant supplier and retailer being a carefully chosen pick of some of the most exciting small producers in France.”  The focus at this tasting was on “low-alcohol reds and idiosyncratic whites of...

  • Wine Gang notes on Dirty Dozen tasting

    In the Wine Gang January 2014 newsletter, Vine Trail are top-rated in all 5 categories of wines shown by the 12 importers: Domaine Léon Boesch Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Zinnkoepflé 2011 Alsace, France, Off-dry White (Cork),13.0% abv Gewurz' at its opulent spicy best, with a fabulous density of tangy tropical fruit and gingery zing. There's a cushion of sugar (30g/litre to be precise) and a voluminous feel, but there's something bright and lively...

  • 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...