Whenever we are in Italy, we enjoy the great Champagne look-a-likes of Franciacorta (from Lombardy, in Northern Italy), and easily understand why these great wines have such a following in their home market, even though the Italians are great connoisseurs and consumers of Champagne as well.
With the emergence of new wine regions in the southern hemisphere came the freedom to grow what you wanted in terms of what grape variety you planted and what you called your wine. Things changed slowly as ‘Chablis’ from Australia was clobbered by the wine authorities and you can no longer grow ‘Sauternes’ in Livermore County, California.
Late September is a good time to head to Portugal for a couple of days - you get some welcome sunshine before the Christmas run in begins and, as the harvest is coming in, there’s plenty to see.
Global warming is likely to have both positive and negative effects on wine production throughout the world. Southern England is becoming the new Champagne, while many areas where wine has been produced for centuries are becoming unsuitable for vinis vinefera. Much has been written about the changing climate and its effect.
Pre-shipment Offer A sticky start to the week with two outstanding Sweet Wines released already! Although at very different ends of the price spectrum, in terms of history, quality and reputation, these two have a surprising amount in common.
INVITATION TO OUR ANNUAL TASTING Wine is about personality as much as it is about quality and style, so after the success of last year's tasting format we are delighted to have many of our producers attending to present their wines at our annual tasting.
Wine delivery within the hour! We can now deliver within the hour via Deliveroo if you live within 2.2 km of our Chelsea or Chiswick shops. We've added a selection of our favourite wines which are available to buy on-line. We also have Spirits, Magnums, Mixed Cases and Half Bottles available.
'Our challenge has been, and remains, to find ways to vinify unfortified wines from the Douro that can take their rightful placeamong the great wines of the world, alongside the other great classic regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy or the Rhone Valley' Christian Seely, Quinta da Romaneira It was during a stay at Château Pichon Baron in 2015 that Charles became reacquainted with its MD Christian Seely, and it is through this reintroduction that we came across the wines of Quinta da Romaneira.
As ever you will find a great mix of wines to choose from, but please bear in mind some are in very limited quantities so do act fast to avoid missing out: The sale is available on-line as well as in our 4 shops: CHELSEA | KENSINGTON | CHISWICK | BARNES Best wishes, The Lea & Sandeman Team P.
Pol Roger Champagne Holidays may be at the front of your mind at the moment, but if you want to stock up on champagne for Christmas or to lay down an excellent vintage in your cellar (which is also starting to drink very well indeed), this is a great opportunity! We've reduced the single bottle price on both wines, best prices are on 6 packs.
Following on from our successful offer of Louis Roederer's excellent non-vintage in June, we can now offer a special pre-release allocation of Roederer's superb Prestige Cuvée, 2009 Cristal. The warm year of 2009 has in general made generous, relatively rich Champagnes, but as none of the usual critics have tried the 2009 Cristal, this offer is based on the marque and the glowing tasting notefrom Roederer's own Chef de Cave.
A favourite of Robert Parker and Allen Meadows, Daniel Barraud makes some of the best wine in Maçon, a fact recognised by some of the biggest noses including Robert Parker: ‘Barraud is unquestionably in the very top echelon of producers in Pouilly-Fuissé. [He] is crafting superlative wines that equal or surpass the finest offerings of the Cote de Beaune’s grand cru vineyards.’
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.eRobertParker.com
With another great weekend of tennis lined up and with any luck continued fine weather, we've put together this mixed case of some of our favourite summer wines to sit back and enjoy whilst watching the action or share with friends: 2 x 2012 GUSBOURNE Brut Reserve Brut English Sparkling Wine Gusbourne Estate 2 x 2014 SAINT VÉRAN Domaine de la Denante 2 x 2014 CASA DA SENRA VINHO VERDE LOUREIRO Lima Quinta dos Abrigueiros 2 x 2015 MIP* Made in Provence Classic Rosé Domaine Sainte Lucie 2 x 2015 FLEURIE Clos de La Roilette Domaine Coudert 2 x 2014 PUY-DE-DÔME PINOT NOIR Cave de Verny Just £160 inc.
They say it takes 30 days to acquire a habit so we’re joining in with 'Wines of Germanys’ celebration of German Riesling during July. We have made all of these wines available by the single bottle at our usual case price so you can get to know the different styles of Riesling that we are really pleased to have discovered over the past couple of years.
To continue this month's focus on German Riesling, today we will be opening two of our favourites from our popular Discover Riesling Mixed Case (just £150), so do drop by from 4pm onwards and say hello and taste these two lovely wines which we are offering at our usual case on single bottles for the month of July.
At the beginning of the 2015 campaign, we advised those who thought we'd Leave to pile in before the pound plummeted, and those who thought we'd Remain to hold their fire until after the referendum as the subsequent bounce in sterling might result in the remaining primeurs looking cheaper now.
Without doubt, Glastonbury is the best festival in Britain and quite probably the world. The quality of music and the all-out entertainment is unrivalled. To get the most out of the Festival, you really need to be staying in luxurious accommodation and that is what I was lucky enough to do last week when I held a tasting at Pennard Hill Farm for 170 prestigious guests.
Poggerino - Chianti, Tuscany Piero Lanza is one of Chianti's greatest young ambassadors. A qualified oenologist, a very competent agronomist and a brilliant winemaker, his wines have improved immeasurably over the past few vintages. Located in the heart of Chianti Classico district the estate consists of 106 acres of vineyards, olive groves and woodlands.
As we near the end of this season's en primeurs, we have more top right bank wines, including 2015 CHÂTEAU AUSONE , (£2800 per six) a stupendous wine made in microscopic quantities which has a real rarity value. Order now if interested.
2015 CHÂTEAU LAFITE has now been released. 'an excellent Lafite-Rothschild in the making and it often "finds its voice" only after bottling, so it could ultimately end with a higher score.' 94-96 Neal Martin, www.