Author Archives: Charles Lea

“Already a classic” 2015 Seña, 100 points

By on 11/09/2017

The final 100 point Chilean in this autumn's 'Outsiders' series is Seña, from Eduardo Chadwick of Errazuriz. This wine is described by Luis Gutiérrez from Robert Parker's team as being 'lower in alcohol and higher in acidity, which provide for a more vibrant mouthfeel and a more focused expression of the character of the place' than the 2014, despite coming from a warmer year.

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Autumn Release Wine Icons – proposed release schedule

By on 05/09/2017

We hesitate to use the word 'icon' in connection with wine ever since Jancis Robinson came up with the question 'is that one word or two?', but it is appropriate for some of the wines launched onto the market via the Bordeaux 'place' at this time of year.

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2015 La Gravette de Certan – second wine of a great vintage of VCC released today

By on 06/07/2017

Today sees the initial release of 2015 Gravette de Certan, the second wine of Vieux Château Certan. Now, we have not tasted this, and as far as we can tell neither has any other journalist/commentator/critic, but the 'Grand Vin' from 2015 was awarded 98-100 by Neal Martin and certainly one member of the Thienpont family spoke of the 'Gravette' with awe at the beginning of this year, saying he thought it as good as many earlier vintages of the Grand Vin.

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