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Wine tastings at Lea & Sandeman

Pichon Lalande

2021 Bordeaux En Primeur | Pauillac

By on 11/05/2022

Great old, grand old Pauillac. The most revered appellation in the M茅doc felt more like it had gone back in time than perhaps any other area. The wines were generally very lean and precise 鈥 Merlot, again, suffered a fair bit up here and, with the wines usually Cabernet focussed anyway, it meant that these high percentages were pushed even higher.

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Smith Haut Lafitte

2021 Bordeaux En Primeur | Pessac-L茅ognan

By on 08/05/2022

Pessac-Leognan is a slightly peculiar place. You start in the city 鈥 Carmes Haut Brion, it鈥檚 fair to say, is quite literally an 鈥榰rban winery鈥, such is its proximity to the hustle and bustle of Bordeaux. Slowly you start to drift out, Haut-Brion & La Mission, two absolutely stunning Ch芒teaux, appear almost out of nowhere, cutting through the tower blocks and urban sprawl.

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Spring Tasting Brulington house

2022 Spring Tasting | Highlights

By on 21/04/2022

'Our first proper tasting for ages, and I was unable to attend having contracted Covid, (the reason for the long hiatus since our well-attended Italian tasting in March 2020). This was particularly galling after I had helped organise the attendance of some of the winemakers, notably producers of three new grower Champagnes who I had unearthed on on my post-vendanges trip in October.

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2019 Burgundy EP square

In the field – Tasting the 2019 Burgundy Vintage – Part II

By on 15/10/2020

Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau Our second day began with a longer journey, from our digs in Beaune (which we had settled into the night before after driving down from Chablis) straight south to Pouilly-Fuiss茅. In the tiny commune of Pierreclos, we drew up to a maze of buildings and were greeted, then ushered down some steps to the tiny cave of Frantz Chagnoleau.

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