Last week we hosted our 4th annual pure Italian Tasting which has become one of the highlights of our year. A showcase of our incredible Italian selection which grows every year, presented by the wonderful people who make the wines.
It was a year for the very best vineyards and the very best producers to shine. Skilled and dedicated winemakers farming the best sites of Barbaresco have pulled it out of the bag. And none more so than the brilliant Andrea Sottimano.
We wine merchants don’t mind taking our work home with us. We don’t even really mind taking it on holiday…
I have for a long time had a fascination for Italian wines. It isn’t just their quality that interests me; it’s their unquestionable value too.
With 98 points, Fabio and Andrea’s 2010 Brunate looks a steal at its price compared to the six above it which average over £179 per bottle according to Wine-Searcher.
Our introduction to the wines of Cigliuti was a bottle (followed over the ensuing months by several more) of their ‘Briccoserra, a 50/50 Barbera and Nebbiolo blend, many years back in Giuseppe Turi’s Putney restaurant ‘Enotecal Turi’.
The winegang’s January report includes on L&S wines tasted last year at our Sangiovese, Pinot Noir & Nebbiolo tasting and at The Bunch’s trade tasting. “The scores from both events speak for themselves” they say. Speak away…
Andrea Oberto, Barolo Vigneto Albarella 2009
Barolo (Piedmont), Italy, Dry Red (Cork), 14.5% abv
The tasting of the year for me was a Quinta do Noval and Noval Nacional port tasting, the same six vintages of each, but as retail stockists are as common as hens’ teeth I’ve chosen this fragrant, expressive Barolo instead:
The theme, such as you need a theme beyond ‘Christmas’, was to put a few less likely wines in front of people, to test and tantalize the taste-buds. With that in mind, we left out the traditional option of Champagne, and kicked off with the very splendid Gusbourne 2008 Brut Reserve from the Garden of England, a zippy but textured fizz that works really well as an aperitif.
“there are four shops – in Chiswick, Notting Hill, Barnes and Chelsea – and a reputation, achieved through a mixture of hard bloody work and elan, for selling distinctive, cleverly sourced wines, in particular from France and Italy. Lea & Sandeman has become a London institution”
The winegang were in attendance at our recent SNP tasting at the Saatchi Gallery and have kindly penned some complimentary words about LEA & SANDEMAN. Words like these: 'Our scores speak for themselves: there's no question that LEA & SANDEMAN is one of Britain's top wine merchants.' Praise indeed.