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  • 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...

  • 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...