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Speaker highlights at Top Merchants, Bristol conference

Published:  03 August, 2010


Speaker highlights from the Top Merchants conference held in Bristol on July 19.

 

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Carol Emmas reviews Inter Beaujolais

Published:  29 July, 2010

Unless you've been residing on another planet these past few weeks, it's unlikely the hype of the 2009 Beaujolais vintage has passed you by. Xavier Barbet, vice-president of Inter Beaujolais, says this is the best vintage he's ever seen.

 

I have to say it's nice to have a Beaujolais revival because when Gamay is good it's a joy to behold. Plus it sits so well with what the consumer wants these days: it's light, not a high abv, tastes good chilled and is a great food wine. It also stands out on its own in terms of individuality and style.

 


All 12 appellations were on show, from the light, frivolous and fruity through to the more serious and complex. There were a couple that fell a little flat , but there were many more delightful, luscious and succulent wines on show and it's these that will have the consumer coming back for more.

 

Some of the more complex wines were good to savour and good value on the pocket. But to me it's about making hay while the sun shines and I'd be opting for the bright-fruited fun aspect - and there's plenty of that to be had this year.

 


Henry Fessy Beaujolais Rouge 2009 (Louis Latour Agencies) had a colour you'd want on your palette as well as your palate. Red-purple in the glass, it had a lively nose of raspberry and violets, with upbeat, red berry fruits to taste.

 


Domaine du Vissoux Beaujolais Rouge Coeur de Vendange 2009 (Enotria) was a gluggable wine, with cherry and raspberry flavours backed by firm tannins and a succulent finish.
Les Vins Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages 2009 (Berkmann Wine Cellars) had vibrant red and purple fruit that skimmed and teased the palate and delivered a long, juice-laden finish.

 

Domaine de la Madone Vieilles Vignes Fleurie 2009 (Thorman Hunt) showed aromas of violets and dark red fruit, intense flavours of liquorice, a touch of spice, good acidity and lively tannins.


But it wasn't all about the reds. There were a few whites under the Beaujolais Blanc appellation and the Château des Jacques Grand Clos de Loyse 2009 (Hatch Mansfield) showed a fresh, clean nose with lemons and nuts on the palate and a good level of minerality.

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Richard Siddle dines at The Milroy

Published:  29 July, 2010

Walking into The Milroy you feel like you've stepped up a notch or two in social class, which is all part of its new-found appeal. Previously you were only able to dine here if you were rich enough to pay the membership fee for what is essentially a private casino - Les Ambassadeurs Club.


Located on the cusp of Hyde Park, The Milroy is situated in what used to be one of Henry VIII's hunting lodges and its interior is still modelled on the fin de siècle Louis XV style incorporated in the 1870s. Dining here certainly makes you feel one step closer to royalty.


The food is European traditional, dressed up with a serious modern twist. It's the kind of menu where you need the staff to explain at least two ingredients per dish. But this is no surprise as head chef Simon Foster was trained by Pierre Koffman at La Tante Claire.


Foams, juses and mousses run alongside Barnsley chops, ribs of beef, sole meunière and pan-fried skate.


The wine list is tilted to the Old World but evenly spread around the New World. With Cloudy Bay and Hunter Valley running up alongside Meursault, Pommard and Nuits St George. Under head sommelier Andres Lucas it features 200 bins, 10 by-the-glass at £7.50, and fairly priced bottles starting at £22.


Lunch here is a grand occasion. A step up and a step back in time. But well worth stepping up for.

 

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Laura Clark - Christmas time, mistletoe and wine

Published:  02 July, 2010

And so the seemingly endless stream of Christmas tastings that journalists finds themselves traipsing to in the sweltering heat of the summer has begun.

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AdVini looks to drive quality French wine sales

Published:  02 June, 2010

Newly merged French wine giant AdVini has unveiled plans designed to keep the company at the top of quality French winemaking.

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French launch first 3-D Virtual Wine Fair

Published:  28 May, 2010

The www.WineFair.com plans to help busy wine and spirit professionals network worldwide from the comfort of their desks

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Liberty take on Laroche wines in the UK

Published:  12 March, 2010

Liberty Wines is to be the exclusive UK importer for three Laroche estates: Domaine Laroche (Chablis), Mas La Chevalière (Languedoc) and Viña Punto Alto (Casablanca Valley, Chile).

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D&D takes on French agencies

Published:  09 March, 2010

D&D Wines International has been appointed as the principal off-trade agent for Jeanjean Languedoc and RIGAL.

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Sam Harrison, owner, Sam's Brasserie & Bar & Harrisons

Published:  25 February, 2010

It's been an interesting month so far with the weather causing havoc. Nevertheless this has not dampened our spirits at Sam's Brasserie + Bar or over in Balham at Harrison's

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Breaking new terroirs

Published:  25 February, 2010

If you're visiting Terroirs for the first time, the thing to do when you turn into the road it's on is to look out for a blackboard with an eccentric slogan.

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Carol Emmas - Is this the future direction of Sauvignon Blanc?

Published:  12 February, 2010

 

I recently attended the Montana Icon Project, to find out what direction the brand is taking with its premium Sauvignon Blanc.

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Chablis winners announced

Published:  19 January, 2010

The winners of the annual Chablis Wine Contest, covering the 2007 and 2008 vintages, have been announced.

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Guy Anderson strengthens position in France

Published:  06 January, 2010

Guy Anderson Wines is strengthening its position in France having been appointed off-trade agent for Loire producer Ackerman and Burgundy specialist François Martenot.

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Fiona Sims examines the wines at the Galvin brothers' new London eaterie

Published:  17 December, 2009

Fiona Sims examines the wines at the Galvin brothers' new London eaterie, La Chapelle.

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New premium wines from Cellier des Dauphins

Published:  14 December, 2009

Rhône producer Cellier des Dauphins, has developed three new premium wines for the UK market.

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La Tour D'Argent raises €1.5 million in wine sale

Published:  10 December, 2009

The sale of part of the legendary La Tour D'Argent's cellar in Paris raised €1.54 million following a two-day auction.

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Agency's Taste: Charles Taylor Wines

Published:  04 December, 2009

Charles Taylor Wines was established in 1986 and is agent and importer for a selection of leading estates from traditional regions of France and Germany.

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Olivier Gasselin, head sommelier, Bluebird, Chelsea

Published:  04 November, 2009

I know the whole organic and bio-dynamic thing a bit of a trend at the moment, but still my philosophy is to be conscious of producers who respect their terroir and don't use chemicals and pesticides.

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Olivier Gasselin, head sommelier, Bluebird, Chelsea

Published:  03 November, 2009

I know the whole organic and bio-dynamic thing a bit of a trend at the moment, but still my philosophy is to be conscious of producers who respect their terroir and don't use chemicals and pesticides.

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Laroche and Jeanjean to merge

Published:  29 September, 2009

French wine producers Jeanjean and Laroche are merging to create a new company with a projected turnover of €200m.

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