Tasting Our Two New Beaujolais Crus

Friday in the tasting room and our new Beaujolais Cru wines from Château de Grand Pré are two of a dozen or so bottles opened, and they are right up there with the best.

The Fleurie is light in colour but delivers where it matters; all raspberry and summer fruits with soft tannins and a smooth finish. The Morgon, meanwhile, is fuller in colour and taste with hints of white pepper and a great acid backbone complimenting the black cherry characters perfectly.

Great Beaujolais does exist, and we can’t get enough of it.

Frescobaldi Bag a Trio of 90+ Point Reviews from Wine Spectator

Three wines from Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi have scored highly in the latest issue of American wine magazine Wine Spectator.

The Castello di Nippozano Mormoreto 2012 top scored with 93 points, while the Castelgiocondo Ripe al Convento Brunello di Montalcino 2009 scored 91 and the Castello di Nipozzano ‘Vecchie Viti’ Chianti Rufina Riserva 2012 was awarded 90.

Check out the full reviews below.

Castello di Nippozano Mormoreto 2012

Castelgiocondo Ripe al Convento Brunello di Montalcino 2009

Castello di Nipozzano ‘Vecchie Viti’ Chianti Rufina Riserva 2012

Wine, Sunshine and Horse Play at Italy’s Unique Valle Reale Estate

Italy’s picturesque Valle Reale estate is housed within the rugged Majella National Park in the mountains of Abruzzo. Here wild wolves roam, trout swims the rivers and streams and vines are abundant across the hilly landscape. It’s from these vines that Valle Reale’s concentrated and classy wines are produced.

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Gallery: SITT Autumn Tasting, London


The Royal Horticultural Halls in south west London was the venue for SITT’s (Specialist Importer Trade Tasting) autumn tasting on September 24, and it was a well-organised and well-attended event.


The HDN Wines table was busy with particular interest in the award-winning Ca’Rugate Monte Fiorentine 2013 Soave Classico and Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia.



Decanter’s Steven Spurrier took particular interest in the Goring Estate Brut NV.



Take a look at a gallery of the event below.



Photography © Charli Truelove Photography





Some Recommendations for International Cabernet Sauvignon Day


Tomorrow (30th August) is International Cabernet Sauvignon Day, which is great because:

a. it’s a Saturday
b. the weather looks good for a barbecue
c. do you really need another reason to open a bottle of Cab?

So, whether you’re barbecuing or not (but what better than a chargrilled steak to go with a glass of dense, fruit-packed Cabernet?) why not celebrate this landmark day in the wine drinking calendar by opening a bottle or two of the good stuff.

Here are some top recommendations from the team:

• Michel Torino Cuma Cabernet Sauvignon (organic), 2013
• Andeluna Cellars Altitud Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011
• Berton Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011
• Larry Cherubino Cabernet, 2009
• Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva Maipo Alto, 2011
• Viña Perez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2012
• Chateau Ksara Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
• Raymond Vineyards Family Classic Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast, 2012
• Viña Echeverria Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2012