Colin Patch and I set off on the Eurostar for the tiny village of Chavignol, located within the Appellation of Sancerre in the Loire Valley. We were to be the guests of the wonderful Delaporte family, whose delicious Sancerre wines have appeared on our wine list every year since Charles and Patrick first started the company back in 1988.
Chris Herbert was among Diploma students asked a five-part question about ‘Commandaria’ in his exam. Neither he nor any of his fellow examinees had ever heard of it, and neither had anyone in our office either, so we thought we would try it out on Jancis…
Two months after opening our fabulous new shop in Chiswick, we finally get round to an ‘official’ opening.
Piero Incisa, the owner of Bodega Chacra pays a flying visit to London to show off his new wines.
Our fourth annual NSPCC City Fine Wine Challenge attracted many top city companies and raised just over £100,000.00 for the NSPCC.
Rianie Strydom wowed us with her full range of wines on her recent trip to London for the WOSA tastings.
It is Sebastien’s day off and he gives up his day at the beach in order to attend a private wine tasting in the heart of Chelsea.
Patrick and Katie host the annual Summer lunch party for company staff and families in their Putney garden.
Just how difficult is it to buy good wines, and does everything really have to be ‘on offer’ or a ‘bargain’? We are getting more positive feedback about the quality and value of our wines than ever before.
A very good vintage indeed, and wines which will stay the course of time. But who needs to buy them?
From the world’s most southern vineyards, set in the arid, desert like planes of Patagonia, Bodega Chacra produces three exceptional Pinot Noirs. Owned and headed up by the charming Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, the family famous for their San Guido (Sassicaia) estate in Bolgheri, their pedigree is almost guaranteed… Three cuvées are produced by world renowned winemaker Hans Vinding Diers. The ’55’ (Cincuenta y Cinco) and ’32’ (Treinta y Dos) cuvées are named after the year the vineyards were planted, while a third wine called ‘Barda’ is produced from vines replanted on the original site of the 1932 site, as well as ‘declassified’ grapes from the premium vineyards.