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  • Some stray sparklers

    Amongst the champagnes that Jancis posted on her 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...

  • 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...

  • 4 top sommeliers choose Vine Trail wines

    In the September Imbibe Champagne Special 2011, Jane Parkinson asks 4 top sommeliers which grower champagnes are their favourites now and why. 3 of them chose Vine Trail wines: Edouard Oger, Head Sommelier at Gidleigh Park in Devon on Larmandier-Bernier "My favourite grower is Larmandier-Bernier. I really like the style of the Vieille Vigne de Cramant Grand Cru 2004, which is rich and powerful but still...

  • Domaine Pattes Loup Thomas Pico Chablis - Robert Parker The Wine Advocate August 2011 reviewed by Antonio Galloni

    Pattes Loup is arguably the single most exciting young domaine in Chablis today. Proprietor Thomas Pico owns five hectares of vineyards under his name and purchases additional fruit from vineyards owned by his father but that Pico farms himself, all in Courgis and Chablis itself. Both sets of vineyards are farmed biodynamically. The approach in the winery is similarly hands-off. The 2009 harvest began...

  • See the latest scores from David Schildknecht for Daniel Bouland wines in Robert Parker The Wine Advocate, August 2011

    Bouland's 2010 Chiroubles is delightfully-scented with orange blossom and fresh red raspberry; luscious yet bright; infused with saliva-inducing salinity; and finishes with lift and a sappy persistence that was enhanced in the freshly-opened bottle versus that open overnight. Smoky black tea and crushed stone notes were on the other hand enhanced in the latter bottle. This won't make one forget the seductively-textured 2009, but...

  • 2nd and 3rd top 20 white Rhônes "of the moment" in the July issue of Decanter Magazine

    John Livingstone-Learmonth rates the following wines as his 2nd and 3rd top 20 white Rhônes "of the moment" in the July issue of Decanter Magazine: St Joseph Les Oliviers 09, Domaine Gonon (rated 4 star) £25 (2008) Vine TrailDried fruits and spice nose. Rich-hearted, copious, firm and full. Ideal with white meats, veal and sweetbreads. Drink: 2011-2025. Alc: 14% St-Péray Les Figuiers 09, Domaine Gripa (rated 4...


    In his article "Raise your glass", Hamish chooses Vine Trail's Champagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru AC 2004 Extra-Brut Mineral Agrapart & Fils (£34.96 exc VAT) as one of his best wines for outdoor dining: "Summer's frivolous fizz is well and good, but every now and then I crave something intellectual. This is vinous and textured (without being heavy) but has mineral, salty elements that really...

  • Wine: There's more to Alsace than gewürztraminer (Fiona Beckett, The Guardian, 8th July 2011)

    If you enjoy the drier styles of Alsace wine - and I do - it pays to experiment with the other varieties the region has to offer.Dry riesling, however, is Alsace's great glory. Unfortunately, grand cru wines are pricey over here, but I found a brilliant bargain in the Luss Riesling 2008 (£13.40, Vine Trail,; 12.5% abv), a pure, delicately fruity riesling from biodynamic producer...

  • Imbibe Magazine July/August issue

    In an article in Imbibe Magazine July/August issue, Henrietta Clancy talks to some of the country's top sommeliers to discover their favourite small wine merchants In the course of polling sommeliers on their favourite small merchants the word ‘trust' came up over and over again. It's no exaggeration to say that these relationships seem almost marital in importance. This is what they say about Vine Trail..... Vine Trail INFO: 266...


    Wine of the week: my favourite new find of the year 2007 Domaine Gallety, Côtes-du-Vivarais, Southern Rhône, France (£15.95, Vine Trail) This week's wine came out of nowhere and shocked me so much that it has leap-frogged a load of other worthy candidates straight onto this page. Nick Brookes, from Vine Trail, is a very clever man indeed, with a faultless palate and incredible eye for...