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  • Times Jane MacQuitty - Chignin Berlioz 2010

    On Saturday 21st July 2012, Jane MacQuitty wrote an article on the 50 best white wines for summer in the Times in which she included our 2010 Chignin from Gilles Berlioz in White under £14: Check out the improved quality of Alpine flower-scented Jura and Savoie wines.  This once rustic mouthful, made from the jacquère grape, is now a cool, restrained 11.5% alcohol summer white.  Serve this heady flower bouquet white with...

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  • Observer Dirler-Cade

    THE OBSERVER MAGAZINE 1ST JULY 2012  DAVID WILLIAMS – WINES OF THE WEEK David selected 3 wines in the Observer magazine, of which Vine Trail’s Muscat GC Saering from Domaine Dirler-Cadé was one: Domaine Dirler-Cadé Muscat Grand Cru Saering, Alsace France 2008 (£17.20, vinetrail.co.uk;) Domaine Dirler-Cadé fits with the bucolic ideal of European wine production: it's a small family concern that works the land biodynamically, creating wines with a real sense of place. The muscat grape...

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  • Robert Parker on Jura & Sancerre

    From eRobertParker.com David Schildknecht on Jura and Sancerre - Issue 201 June 2012 2008 Domaine Labet Cotes du Jura Chardonnay en Billat Julien Labet Rating 91  Drink: 2012-2015  From around three-quarters of an acre of vines planted by his ancestors already immediately post-phylloxera in 1998 and inter-planted with around half Poulsard, the 2008 Cotes du Jura Chardonnay En Billat - Julien Labet is bittersweetly and decadently floral and musky; dense, firm, and...

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  • Jamie Goode on Northern Rhone

    Jamie Goode writes about 2 of Vine Trail wines in www.wineanorak.com June 2012 – Northern Rhône series 21, Martine Vandre Champ Morel Crozes Hermitage and series 23, Cornas from Guillaume Gilles   Martine Vandre Crozes Hermitage ‘Champ Morel’ 2009 This is a brilliantly focused Crozes Hermitage that offers personality at an affordable price – just the sort of wine I like.  It’s imported into the UK by vine Trail, a really interesting small agency house. 12.5% alcohol.  Fine, elegant,...

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  • Hamish Anderson Telegraph Magazine 26/05/2012

    In The Telegraph Magazine 26thMay 2012, Hamish Anderson selects two of our wines for summer drinking: 2010 Côte de Brouilly ‘Cuvée Melanie’, Daniel Bouland from Beaujolais Beaujolais has the ability to work with the diversity of alfresco dining, and Daniel Bouland is one of the region’s great exponents.  This is simply delicious and thrillingly pure.  Beneath the core of blackberries and redcurrants runs a vein of spice and earth.  It...

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  • Antonio Galloni in 'Robert Parker Wine Advocate Nov 2011' on the following Champagnes from Vine Trail

    2005 Agrapart & Fils Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru l'Avizoise (96) The 2005 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru L'Avizoise shows the more powerful, rich side of Avize, largely owing to the heavy presence of clay in these sites. This is one of the richer, rounder wines readers will taste from Agrapart. The fruit possesses gorgeous texture and depth, while warm, spiced...

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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...

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  • Vine Trail - a wealth of good value 25 Nov 2011 by Julia Harding MW

    www.jancisrobinson.com 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...

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  • Some stray sparklers

    Amongst the champagnes that Jancis posted on her websitewww.jancisrobinson.com 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...

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  • winegang Oct 2011

    Excerpts from The Wine Gang October Newsletter 2011 Vine Trail A specialist in what it describes as 'artisanal, small domaine French wines, Vine Trail is one of our favourite UK wine merchants. As with the winemakers it represents, there's a real feeling of care and attention in the Vine Trail list, a desire to find new discoveries both within the established regions (Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and the Rhône) and further...

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