An evening at Glamis castle with Dominique Lafon

An evening at Glamis castle with Dominique Lafon

Monday 22nd May 2017
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Every now and again there are moments that pause the whir of busy modern life, occasions to savour.  One I particularly relished recently was an unforgettable evening at Glamis castle with Dominique Lafon, who presented his sophisticated wines, most effortlessly, to a keen audience of thirty six well-heeled epicureans.

When I first learnt of the inspired idea, last year, and despite thoughts of all of the huge amount of work involved (above all for our quite brilliant Events Manager, Catriona Palmer) I knew it was something I did not want to miss. All concerns of logistics, timings, menus and jobs on the night dissipated into Forfar’s fresh air the minute the car turned into a long tree-lined drive, at the end of which Glamis castle sat proudly in all its splendour.  The evening promised to be a special one indeed.   

Justerini & Brooks appointed exclusive UK distributor for Champagne Philipponnat

Justerini & Brooks appointed exclusive UK distributor for Champagne Philipponnat

Tuesday 16th May 2017
by Julian Campbell

Justerini & Brooks is delighted to announce that as of 1st June 2017, it will act as exclusive UK Distributors for Champagne Philipponnat. The new partnership, which amounts to over 750 years of combined experience in wine, will see Justerini & Brooks bring the Philipponnat range to both private clients and the on- and off-trade across the UK.

Press and trade tastings of the whole range will take place in June. In the Autumn Justerini & Brooks will be hosting the world exclusive launch of the highly anticipated 2008 vintage of the iconic Clos des Goisses –  Champagne’s original truly great single vineyard bottling. 

Champagne Philipponnat, located in Mareuil-sur-Ay, grows 20 hectares of Premier and Grand Cru vineyards in Ay, Mareuil and Avenay. The winery is just few yards away from the iconic Clos des Goisses on the river Marne and above the 18th century cellars of the Chateau de Mareuil, where bottles are still aged and riddled manually. It is one of the last Champagne houses to be run by a member of its founding family and under the guidance of Charles Philipponnat since 2000, the estate has seen a huge surge in quality. Always revered for the quality and longevity of their single vineyard Clos des Goisses, Philipponnat now boasts an entire range of top level champagnes. The house is renowned for capturing the vibrant density of Pinot Noir, perhaps the essence of the Philipponnat style.

Bordeaux 2016 Teaser Video

Bordeaux 2016 Teaser Video

Tuesday 2nd May 2017
by Justerini & Brooks

The Justerini & Brooks team interviewed the Bordeaux winemakers and Château owners in February and asked their thoughts of the 2016 vintage months ahead of release.

UGC Week: Bordeaux 2016 - Day three: The Mighty Medoc

UGC Week: Bordeaux 2016 - Day three: The Mighty Medoc

Friday 28th April 2017
by Tom Jenkins

Starting at Chateau Lafite at 9am set the bar pretty high. The Duhart Milon was superb, pure Cabernet class, even the Carruades was spectacular, dense and concentrated, and then we got to the grand vin, an ethereal, subtly perfumed, glorious Lafite; athletic, graceful, powerful and handsome. There’s absolutely no doubt that this is a top notch Lafite and one of the wines of the vintage. 

Next stop Mouton Rothschild and an equally impressive range, but stylistically quite different. By comparison, the Mouton stable was all primal power and complexity. The d’Armailhac is fun and filled with fruit, the Clerc Milon is a big step up in quality, the fruit is much more profound and the tannins are very classy. Petit Mouton is big and brooding and the grand vin is a wine of epic proportions. As with all great Moutons, this is slow to reveal itself, it is deeply introverted, but with time and coaxing it starts to reveal the power of this terroir. This has serious length, and while at this stage it doesn’t quite have the grace of the Lafite, we believe this is a seriously impressive Mouton that will continue to grow in stature – mighty impressive.

Marquis d'Angerville, an emblem of Burgundy's magic

Marquis d'Angerville, an emblem of Burgundy's magic

Monday 24th April 2017
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Guillaume d'Angerville treated us to a rare visit to London last week to share the wines of his family's historic domaine with both customers and journalists, over dinner and lunch the following day. The two mouth-watering events, which covered five vintages and eight premiers crus, reinforced our belief that this is one of the great Domaines of Burgundy.

Sem, Marquis d'Angerville, and Henri Gouges, sparked the move towards domaine bottling in the early 20th century and were also central to the development of the Premier and Grand Cru system. Many say that they did not put forward any Grands Crus from their own villages, Volnay and Nuits st Georges, to ensure the process was seen to be completely impartial. A shame, perhaps, for the village of Volnay but a delicious anomaly for today's savvy wine drinker.  The fine quality coming out of this domaine, and the village in general, is simply not reflected in the gap in prices to its Côte de Nuits neighbours.

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