2018 was a very hot vintage – the growing season only beaten by 2003 for overall heat. However the wines are very different from 2003, for even where they are ripe there is much more freshness than one could have dreamed possible.
Fine wine has long been a popular choice for christening presents. As the wine matures, so too does the recipient and eventually, many years down the line, a choice will be made whether to drink the contents or sell. Every year we are asked by godparents about purchasing wine and laying it down on the child’s behalf.
Today sees the release of CHÂTEAU BATAILLEY , a real favourite of ours this year from Paulliac at £207 per case of 6 IB. 2015 saw the creation of a second wine here ('Lions de Batailley'), and the grape selection has dramatically improved the quality of Batailley itself.
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.
Sometimes Lea and Sandeman like to do things a bit differently and going to Glastonbury is certainly one of them.
Last weekend I took on the infamous Cateran Yomp – a 54 mile slog around the highlands of Perthshire. I was one of three who made up the ‘Peaked too soon Team’. Proudly sponsored by Lea & Sandeman, we set off at 07.15 jogging the first 25 miles with relative ease.
Earlier this month I was on holiday in the South of France – we had rented a fabulous house just north of Aix-En-Provence and had 12 thirsty guests to feed, water and generally entertain for the week.
A recent article by Ferran Centelles, sommelier of Restaurant El Bulli, on Jancis Robinson.com is entitled ‘Montsant – half-price Priorat?’, which is a provocative title, but the article shows just how far this D.O has come in a very short space of time.