The Drinks Business: Delamain Cognac

Published The Drinks Business, 22 April 2016. Trade is at the very heart of the Bordeaux region in France and just to the north of the city of Bordeaux is the home of Cognac, one of France’s most well known brandies – the other coming from Armagnac, to the south of Bordeaux. For centuries trade has […]

Hong Kong and the Super Rhônes

(Image credit: Chêne Bleu) The term Super Rhône is employed by the Sarment Wine team to reference the quality of particular wines despite the official labelling being Vin de Pays (VdP/IGP). In France the VdP classification, or the newer term IGP, is used to identify wine that is produced in areas outside the officially recognised quality […]

Bubbles in Wan Chai – Champagne Thiénot at Berry Bros. & Rudd

A relative newcomer to the world of sparkling wine, Champagne Thiénot was established in 1985 by Alain Thiénot. Given that many of the great names in Champagne can trace their history back centuries it speaks volumes that a comparative youngster has gained such a foothold in the minds of Champagne drinkers. Last night Berry Bros. […]

What I’ve been drinking … Mullineux Wines, Journey Wines, Chateau Rauzan Segla

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa, 2011, White Blend Journey Wines, Heathcote, Australia, 2012, Shiraz Chateau Rauzan Segla, Margaux, France 1983, Bordeaux red The white blend from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines in Swartland South Africa is one of my all time favourite white wines. It satisfies so many different requirements being the perfect […]

The Drinks Business: BIVB Live

Published The Drinks Business 27 March 2015 (Image creidt: Côte de Nuits Wikipedia) Bourgogne wines, live and direct in 25 cities around the world! This is the tag line for a series of interactive presentations that have been taking place around the world hosted by the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne, more commonly known by its acronym […]

Gevrey-Chambertin: Domaine Fourrier

Despite temperatures turning rather cool here in Hong Kong last night I headed out to a semi-blind tasting event at L’Imperatrice in Sheung Wan. The theme of the evening was the Burgundy appellation Gevrey-Chambertin and eight wines were to be tasted – seven from Burgundy and one interloper from the Rhône just to keep us […]

Hospices de Beaune Tasting

Hôtel-Dieu. Source: Wikipedia Commons Wines Tasted Pouilly-Fussé Cuvée Françoise Poisard 2012 Meursault-Charmes 1er Cru Cuvée de Bahèzre de Lanlay 2011 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Cuvée François de Salins 2011 Savigny-Lés-Beaune 1er Cuvée Arthur Girard 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Cuvée Guigone de Salins 2009 Volnay 1er Cru Cuvée Blondeau 2010 Pommard 1er Cru Cuvée Dames de la […]

Gin, Glorious Gin!

Image credit: Four Pillars Gin Gins Tasted Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, Yarra Valley, Australia G’Vine Floraison, Cognac, France G’Vine Nouaison, Cognac, France A recent review of our cellar revealed that the winery Giant Steps (GS) has a lot to answer for when it comes to my drinking choices. Giant Steps and Innocent Bystander both hold […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Champagne Gosset

Champagnes Tasted Gosset, Grand Blanc de Blancs, NV Gosset, Grand Rosé Gosset, Grand Reserve Gosset, Celebris 2002, Extra Brut The final appointment for the 48 hours I spent in Épernay was to Champagne Gosset in rue Godart Roger with the absolutely lovely Nathalie Dufour, Export Sales Administrator. Despite Nathalie’s best efforts and although the sun […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 2 Salon and Delamotte

Credit: Champagne Salon Delamotte Champagnes Tasted Delamotte, Brut Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs,NV Delamotte, Blanc de Blancs, 2002 Delamotte, Rosé  Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1999 Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1997 Salon, Blanc de Blancs, 1996 Following my visit to Besserat de Bellefon I had dinner at Les Avises where by sheer good fortune I happened to arrive […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Besserat de Bellefon

Champagnes Tasted Besserat de Bellefon, Blanc de Blancs NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut Rosé NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut NV Besserat de Bellefon, Extra Brut Besserat de Bellefon, Brut 2002 Besserat de Bellefon was founded in Aÿ in 1843 by Edmond Besserat and two generations later a grandson of the same name married Yvonne de […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Champagne Lenoble

Champagnes Tasted Champagne AR Lenoble, Cuvee Intense NV Champagne AR Lenoble, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chouilly, NV Champagne AR Lenoble, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chouilly, 2006 I first encountered Champagne AR Lenoble at the Altaya Wines Annual Tasting last year. So when I realised I was going to be in Épernay I immediately […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Perrier-Jouët

Champagne Tasted Perrier-Jouët, Belle-Époque, 2006 Champagne and I have long been friends, and when I say Champagne I do use the word loosely whilst reflecting on all I have learned in my wine studies. I love a good glass of bubbles and in my world every day is an occasion to celebrate with bubbles! As I […]

An Enchanting Afternoon – Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque 2006

Wine Tasted 1. Perrier-Jouët, Belle Époque, 2006 Founded in 1811 by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife, Adèle Jouët, the Champagne House Perrier-Jouët has arguably created one of the most recognisable bottles of champagne – the Belle Époque. As you might imagine, I was just a wee bit excited to receive an invitation to attend a tasting […]