Justerinis in the Press

09 August 2019 - Gini, La Froscà Classico 2015/16 Soave

The Gini family have been grape growers and winemakers in Soave for over 400 years. From their cellars and winery in their hometown of Monteforte d’Alpone, and from their 50 ha (124 acres) of vines, they produce some of the finest expressions of Soave Classico wines. Having recently rejoined the Soave Consorzio and with Sandro Gini now president, they are at the forefront of driving quality in the region.

A short drive from Monteforte, up into the hills to the north of the village, are the vineyards that provide the fruit for their two top bottlings. On the east- and south-east-facing slopes of Monte Froscà are their Garganega vines in the Froscà vineyard, confirmed as a cru in the newly approved system on which I reported in Serious Soave, seriously.

From these vines, Gini produce La Froscà, while from 80- to 160-year-old vines in the heart of the south-east-facing section they make their top Soave Classico: Contrada Salvarenza Vecchie Vigne. As will have been apparent from my Soave article, as well as from previous notes that were included in Our spring 2019 collection – Italian whites and rosés, I have been impressed by Gini’s wines for some time.

While Salvarenza is undoubtedly the finer wine, with extra presence and depth, and is also pretty good value at just under £24 in the UK, it is La Froscà that I am making my wine of the week. I have scored the 2015 17/20 on separate occasions both in London and at the winery, and the same for the 2016 that is just coming onto the market. At £16.68 for the 2015 (and other prices quoted here are also for the 2015), this is certainly good value.

The 2015 La Froscà carries a touch of botrytis, as did the Salvarenza 2015, while the 2016 La Froscà does not. The two wines therefore have subtly different styles, the 2015 being a little richer, honeyed and spicier, while the 2016 has more floral tones, a steelier firmness and possibly a little longer longevity. But both are equally fine wines, gaining complexity from indigenous yeasts for fermentation, extended maturation on lees and with a proportion of older oak.

And for those seeking ‘natural’ wines or 'authentic' winemaking, it is worth noting that Sandro made his first wines without the addition of sulphites in …1985. Today, the wines remain low-sulphite bottlings, with typically around 60 ppm total SO2, much of which will come from the fermentation, rather than from sulphite additions.

As mentioned above, this is available in the UK for £16.68, from importers Justerini & Brooks.
Tim Jackson for Jancis Robinson

https://www.justerinis.com/webcms/SiteMarketing/EditContent.aspx?id=2241&y=0

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28 July 2019 - The Times: the best reds and whites from Burgundy

Burgundy’s wines are the most sought after in the world —pretty much everyone has heard of Puligny-Montrachet. This magical strip of land, stretching from just south of Dijon to the vineyards north of Lyons, is the source of the greatest expression of chardonnay and pinot noir. So far, so simple.

2017 Rully Clos St Jacques Premier Cru
Justerini & Brooks, £29.70
Run by Clémence and Baptiste Dubrulle, Domaine de la Folie, in Chagny, is well worth seeking out. Their wines are of the highest quality but prices have not reached exorbitant levels. The 2017 St Jacques is subtle and mineral, with a slight trace of fruit and a lingering saline tang on the palate.

Will Lyons for The Times

www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/the-sunday-times-magazine/wine-review-will-lyons-selects-the-best-reds-and-whites-from-burgundy-hm79x073h

 

24 July 2019 - The Grocer- What’s coming in booze this August?

Pimm’s No.6 Vodka Cup
Pimm’s has pinned its hopes on an improvement in this summer’s weather with the re-launch of its No.6 Vodka Cup (25% ABV).

The bottle (rsp: £18.99) will aim to capture “the true essence of British summertime” and will be distributed exclusively through premium London wine merchants Justerini & Brooks.

It promises to provide a nose containing “bursts of orange, rich toffee, dried food and fresh herbs” and a palate which will provide “an explosion of vanilla and honey, cloves, cinnamon and dried fruits.”

Henry Sandercock, Daniel Woolfson for The grocer

www.thegrocer.co.uk/new-product-development/vegan-wine-australian-whisky-and-blockchain-beer-whats-coming-in-booze-this-august/595824.article

 

22 July 2019 - The Gentleman's Journal- 7 of the best own label clarets

From biodiversity to low-and-no alcohol alternatives, there is plenty of positive change afoot in the fine wine and spirits industry. And yet, it would seem that there is still a final frontier to be crossed: our prejudice against own-label wines.

Misguided opinions have prevailed in this particular part of the wine industry, and preconceptions that these bottles are inferior to their pricier counterparts has led customers to rule out some truly exquisite wines without just cause — and spend far more than necessary on a great bottle.

As such, we are on a mission to firmly dispel any reservations you may be holding onto about own-label wines. First up comes a test of seven best own-label clarets, tried and tested by the Gentleman’s Journal team. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it…

No.61 Reserve Claret by Justerini & Brooks
A sweeter addition to our shortlist, this popular claret by the renowned wine and spirits merchants had everyone wishing that the summer months would hurry along, so that the wintery tradition of curling up by a gastro pub fireplace can resume.

Full-bodied, smoky, and undeniably festive — this perhaps isn’t a claret to bring to a summer BBQ, but will provide the perfect pairing with a Christmas ham, when The Most Wonderful Time of the Year rolls around once more.

Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot
ABV: 14.5%
Score: 7.5/10

Anna Galbraith for The Gentleman's Journal

https://www.thegentlemansjournal.com/article/we-tried-and-tested-7-of-the-best-own-label-clarets/

 

19 July 2019 - Financial Times: The perils of storing fine wine

In an era of rising wine prices, just how secure is storage in professional warehouses?

UK merchants who store as well as sell
Some wine merchants operate their own specialist storage companies such as Goedhuis’s Private Reserves, Private Cellar’s Private Cellar Reserves and Justerini & Brooks’ Cellarers, but they do not have their own warehouses.

Jancis Robinson for Financial Times

https://www.ft.com/content/40f2b22a-a820-11e9-b6ee-3cdf3174eb89

 

04 July 2019 - The Jackal: The best things to do in London this week

What to do, see, eat and drink in the capital.
London is packed to the rafters with fantastic exhibitions, talks, plays and events. Here’s everything you need to know about the best things to do in London this week, including Wimbledon, Serpentine Nights, and a hotel designed by Jonathan Anderson.

Wimbledon
Whether you’re en route to centre court or just want to soak up the atmosphere, 601 Queen’s Road bar in Wimbledon is scoring points with its Raspberry Sour cocktail, specially created in partnership with J&B whisky. With Somerset Pomona liqueur, J&B Rare, blended raspberries and passionfruit, and fresh lemonade, it’ll make even a Djokovic – Federer final fly by.

Served until 14 July, Centre Court Shopping Centre, No 4 Queen’s road, Wimbledon SW19 8YA

 

10 June 2019 - Gentleman's Journal: Here’s how to drink like the Rat Pack

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr had their favourite whisky. It’s time you took a bottle or two out of their book…In the late 1950s, you’d be hard-pushed to find a cooler bunch of drinking buddies than the Rat Pack. Entertainers like no others, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr sang themselves to the height of sophistication, hedonism and style.

They were crooning sensations, performers to the last and the men who almost single-handedly turned Las Vegas into a party town — with the help of a choice bottle or two…

And these bottles were the fuel that kept the Rat Pack going. Every party they gatecrashed was slunk into with whisky stowed under their arms. Every bar they propped up was liberally dotted with gold-tinged tumblers.

It’s even said that every Dean Martin opening night was interrupted by Frank Sinatra, strolling in pushing a portable bar and with a golf bag full of whisky slung over his shoulder.

But what whisky was this? Its distinctive yellow label, green glass and red writing is now the stuff of legend, but it was the Rat Pack who really put J&B Rare on the map. The cornerstone spirit of Justerini & Brooks — a heritage British bottler — this is a whisky enjoyed by everyone from Charles Dickens to Prince William.

Seen as a signifier of cosmopolitan prosperity, sophistication and virility, J&B Rare was even incorporated into the Rat Pack’s acts, with Dean Martin frequently ad-libbing comedy sets between his songs — joking about his skills on the golf course, his ex-wives and his favourite whisky.

So, if you’re looking to emulate the coolest characters of the last century, we’ve rounded up the three best bottles of J&B to stock your drinks cabinet — or golf bag — with. Buy now, pour a glass and toast to the Rat Pack.

Jonathan Wells for Gentleman's Journal

 

02 June 2019 - Wine review: the best bottles for summer drinking

A crowded plate of mussels on a table beside a bustling harbour, sandwiches wrapped in foil on the beach (just shake off the sand!) or a balmy evening in the garden with family and friends — the joy of summer is sipping wine in the open air.

As we slip into the rhythms of the season, our palates crave a drink that will refresh, lift the mood, leave a prickle on the tongue and provide a fun accompaniment, whatever your budget or occasion.

This spring, I’ve tasted hundreds of wines to find a manageable selection to recommend over the warmer months. Examples from Italy, Portugal, Spain, New Zealand, America and, of course, France all make it onto the list this year.

Whether you’re planning a barbecue, a trip to a country-house opera or just a lazy day by the pool, I have a wine that’s right for you. Sometimes it’s the simple, impromptu events that provide most joy — a quick lunch in the garden with a chilled glass of rosé, perhaps. Whatever your plans, I hope you’ll find something to savour in this selection.

Best for summer fizz

1 Tanners Cava Brut, Spain
Tanners, £10.70
A wonderfully creamy cava that creeps in at just over £10. This has a refreshing appley character and would be great for drinks parties or to enjoy at home. The complex taste is a real eye-opener — and it’s not often you can say that about cava.

2 NV Adrien Chopin Brut Champagne, France
Morrisons, £18
South of £20, this is an interesting buy. A blend of 60% pinot meunier and 40% pinot noir, it always attracts my attention when sampling the Morrisons range. It has good yeasty toastiness with a little bite of apple.

3 Justerini & Brooks 250th Anniversary Cuvée Champagne, France
Justerini & Brooks, £22
I have enjoyed this since it appeared in 1999 and still feel a shiver of glee as I twist the cork. Made from 100% pinot noir, it has a generous biscuity character with ripe fruit and honey.

 

01 June 2019 - Bourgogne aligoté: Burgundy’s best-kept secre

Bourgogne aligoté is the white burgundy grape that no one has heard of. Scarcely 5,000 acres of it exist — that’s 6 per cent of Burgundy’s vineyard. By comparison, eastern Europe has thousands of acres of bourgogne aligoté, but precious little comes here.

The grape’s niche status is a pity, because its crisp, fresh, floral, citrus zing has all the characteristics that contemporary drinkers crave, and it makes a great summer sip.

Not so long ago discerning drinkers could face drinking only screechingly tart bourgogne aligoté by sweetening it with crème de cassis to make a kir. But these days Burgundy’s leading domaines, including Michel Lafarge, Coche-Dury, Comte Armand and Roulot, as well as A&P de Villaine, are happy to make tip-top bourgogne aligoté — and, in Coche-Dury’s case, to sell it for £150 a pop.

Most of these top-drawer producers make a big noise about planting aligoté doré, with its distinctive ripe, golden grapes, rather than aligoté vert, which is deemed to make less distinguished white burgundy. Fans of Crémant de Bourgogne sparkling wine will be interested to know that it’s often a dollop of bourgogne aligoté that adds interest and bright acidity to the blend.

See for yourself by buying the bourgogne aligoté that started the buzz, the 2016 Domaine de Villaine Bouzeron Aligoté, with masses of elegant, floral, yellow plum fruit (Justerini & Brooks, 020 7484 6400, £20.68).

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30 May 2019 - Four Vintage Scotch Whiskies Due a Comeback

Rare whiskies from Scotland’s closed distilleries are more popular than ever. Here are the bottles to grab now.
There are more than 120 working distilleries across Scotland. A lot by anyone’s standard, given there are only 5.4 million people, but what is perhaps more extraordinary is that 10 of them were only opened in the past couple of years. Galvanised by a growing appetite and appreciation for the water of life, Scotch exports hit £4.7bn last year. Gone is the image of stuffy old geezers knocking back endless wee drams. The appeal of the malt has broadened and the world can’t drink enough of it.

But it wasn’t always this way. In the early 1980s, whisky went through, well, a dry patch and distilleries that had been producing fine, distinctive liquors for decades were mothballed. Brora, Port Ellen, Rosebank, Dallas Dhu and many more were closed, and have come to be known as the silent, or ghost, distilleries.

More than 30 years on, their whiskies have become increasingly rare and collectible. Suddenly, there was talk about the possibility reopening them. Well, 2019 is the year that possibility came to fruition. Port Ellen, Brora and Rosebank are indeed all reopening and that’s just for starters. Here’s a guide to the most collectible ghost whiskies, the distilleries which made them, and alternatives if your pockets don’t run deep.

Port Ellen
Port Ellen on Islay closed in 1983, a victim of the success of its neighbours. It shuttered because the single malts it produced weren’t ever used in blends, such as Johnnie Walker, as with other distilleries. Now, releases from its finite original stocks have gained cult status on the island of Islay. So renowned is its name, in fact, that Port Ellen’s owner Diageo announced plans to reopen the distillery in 2021, whetting everyone’s appetites even further for bottlings from the last of the older casks.

Earlier this year, a limited edition of 1,500 bottles was released for sale, the Port Ellen Untold Stories The Spirit Safe – a 39-year-old, single malt, distilled in 1978, and matured in ex-bourbon and European oak sherry casks. “We’ve released these liquids because they’re the best of that distillery and of that expression. Naturally they’ve gained in popularity and collectability,” explains Mr Tod Bradbury, head of rare and collectable whiskies at wine and spirits merchant, Justerini & Brooks. “The combination of American, European and smoke is very moreish, almost savoury; a bit like sticky toffee pudding.”
Port Ellen Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 37-year-old, £6,000
justerinins.com

https://www.mrporter.com/en-gb/journal/mr-porter-drinks/four-vintage-scotch-whiskies-due-a-comeback/4605?setupsession=false

Mr Porter

 

29 May 2019 - Nathan Outlaw’s new seafood restaurant at the Goring to be called Siren

Nathan Outlaw’s new seafood restaurant at the Goring hotel, London – due to open on 12 June – will be called Siren.

The two-Michelin-starred chef’s restaurant will have a focus on Cornish produce.

It will be located in an orangery overlooking the hotel’s garden, with interiors designed by Russell Sage, who created the Goring’s lobby and royal suite. A new kitchen has been built below the new restaurant, while the Goring bar is also being relaunched at the same time.

The 60-seat restaurant will provide a more casual dining option to the hotel’s Dining Room.

Jeremy Goring, chief executive and the fourth-generation owner of the hotel, said he was inspired to launch a seafood restaurant as a result of his family’s strong ties to Cornwall.

He previously told The Caterer: “Some of the best seafood in the world comes from the pristine waters around Cornwall. We’re looking forward to bringing this West Country treasure to London, with the help of Nathan Outlaw.

“The restaurant will be all about simplicity on the plate, freshness, and our usual heartfelt British service.”

He added that the new restaurant will be “an eccentric, uplifting space” which is being created with “the help of some very special craftsmen and designers”.

Dishes on the menu will include starters of cured monkfish, ginger, fennel and yoghurt; and cuttlefish black pudding, apple and kohlrabi; followed by main courses of turbot herbed and battered with warm tartare sauce; and red mullet with devilled shrimp butter and chicory. There will also be a choice of daily specials available reflecting the availability of fresh fish delivered daily from Cornwall.

Desserts will include gooseberry pavlova with custard ice cream and strawberry tart with yoghurt sorbet.

The newly designed Goring bar will serve cocktails featuring herbs sourced from the Goring’s gardens, which are being grown with the help of leading herb expert Jekka McVicar.

Popular tipples are expected to include Rosehip Royale (Pimm’s No 6 Cup, Sacred Rosehip Cup, Champagne, strawberries, cucumber, mint and rose); and the Madness of King George (King George III’s favourite whisky turned into an apple Manhattan).

Bar dishes will range from lobster scampi with chilli and pepper jam to smoked fish platter with horseradish and lemon.

Outlaw’s restaurant at the Capital hotel in nearby Knightsbridge closed earlier this year after six years. Beyond London, Outlaw operates two restaurants in Cornwall, including the two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac.

https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/553128/nathan-outlaws-new-seafood-restaurant-at-the-goring-to-be-called-siren

Emma Lake for The Caterer

 

24 May 2019 - Decanter World Wine Awards 2019: Best in Show wines revealed

We reveal the wines that have won the prestigious Best in Show award at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019.

France:
Château de Meursault, Les Charmes Dessus, Meursault 1er Cru, Burgundy, France 2017. Stockist: Justerini & Brooks, £71.68 – justerinis.com

Château de Meursault, Clos des Epenots, Pommard 1er Cru, Burgundy, France 2017. Stockist: Justerini & Brooks, £79.68 – justerinis.com

 

14 May 2019 - Hair Raising Drinks to Mark This Year's World Whisky Day

Scotch whisky J&B Rare and Ruffians barber shop have teamed up for a hair raising experience with a difference.

They will give all customers who book in for a treatment the opportunity to enjoy a J&B Rare cocktail until the end of May.

The offer will be available at all five shops, including the Edinburgh branch.

In celebration of World Whisky Day on Saturday 18 May, J&B Rare will serving a delicious modern twist on classic cocktails created exclusively for J&B by none other than Jason Scott, owner of Edinburgh’s award-winning Bramble Bar.

All those who book in for a treatment, will have the opportunity to sample the delicious drinks and hear more about J&B.

Inspired by an Italian, created in London and distilled in Scotland, J&B Rare was created by rule breakers and risk takers in the 1930s and shot to fame through its association with the Rat Pack in the 1950s.

Today it is renowned across the world for its subtle, smooth and complex flavour which results from the blend of 42 different single malt and grain whiskies that go into the making of J&B Rare. It’s this delicate balance that gives J&B Rare its distinctive character.

Ruffians is an award-winning barber shop, men’s toiletries store and lifestyle destination. With a focus on high quality haircuts, beard trims and cut throat shaves, they are dedicated to creating an enjoyable and relaxing customer experience. Ruffians Edinburgh is based in the city’s West End on 23 Queensferry Street.

https://www.scottishfield.co.uk/food-and-drink-2/whisky/hair-raising-drinks-to-mark-this-years-world-whisky-day/

Kenny Smith for Scottish Field

 

10 May 2019 - Chef Eats Out: Caractère, Notting Hill, London

Chef Eats Out, in association with Udale Speciality Foods, is heading to Caractère in London for the next event – showcasing the cooking and hospitality of Emily Roux and Diego Ferrari at their first solo venture on 26 June.

The husband-and-wife team have combined their love of classic French and Italian cuisine to create an experience that is as special as you would expect from the Roux family.

They met while in the kitchen at Alain Ducasse’s three-Michelin-starred Louis XV in Monaco, and, after a stint in Paris, returned to settle in London, with Ferrari joining Le Gavroche while Roux worked in the family’s catering business.

Now operating their own restaurant, with Roux front of house while Ferrari heads the kitchen, the pair are gaining critical acclaim, with The Guardian’s Grace Dent explaining that “Caractère, however, is much more of a trip [than Le Gavroche], a place where Ferrari has thrown off the fine-dining shackles” and The Telegraph’s Michael Deacon enthusing that “the food speaks for itself”.

The Caterer readers now have a chance to experience Caractère for themselves.
The event will be restricted to 50 lucky diners, who will fill the restaurant to capacity. It will begin at noon with a reception drink and canapés. The four-course lunch, featuring duck from the Himalayan salt chambers of Udale, will be accompanied by paired wines and coffee. The event is expected to finish at 3.30pm.

Roux says: “I am thrilled to be able to welcome Chef Eats Out to Caractère. Diego and I have created dishes inspired by the food we ate growing up – based on great food well cooked – and we’re looking forward to sharing them with fellow chefs in our restaurant.”

The menu
• Canapés
Prosecco, Spumante, Brut, Treviso DOC, Dal Bello Brut
• Marinated and seared sardines, roast Gem lettuce, beetroot, parsley condiment, black cardamom
• Celeriac “cacio e pepe”

Bourgogne Aligote, Jospeph Drouhin, 2017
• Roast dry-aged duck, glazed potatoes, turnips, duck jus

Justerini & Brooks, 61 Reserve Claret, NV
• Banana tarte tatin, hazelnut praline, the Balvenie Doublewood whisky ice-cream

The Balvenie Doublewood 12 years
• Coffee and petits fours

 

02 May 2019 - Lafleur shows confidence with price rise

Château Lafleur 2018 has been described as ‘a steal’ by one analyst, despite again increasing its en primeur release price, while fellow Pomerol estates Clinet and Gazin have also entered the campaign.

Château Lafleur 2018, rated 98 points by Decanter’s Jane Anson, was being offered at the equivalent of £5,800 for a 12-bottle case in bond. That’s an 8.6% increase on the en primeur release of its 2017 first wine, said Liv-ex today (2 May).

Strict allocations mean that merchants often sell the vaunted Pomerol estate’s wines in smaller quantities; in the UK, Justerini & Brooks was offering three bottles of the 2018 for £1,450, for example.

www.decanter.com/learn/vintage-guides/en-primeur/bordeaux/bordeaux-2018-releases-latest-413276/#mmwiQAkgLcDpSiTL.99

Chris Mercer for Decanter

 

22 April 2019 - Star winemakers: François Massoc, Cachapoal, Chile

From Didier Dagueneau to Eben Sadie, every generation has its standout winemakers. We asked a team of experts to pick the stars of tomorrow – making wines you can afford today. François Massoc was suggested by Peter Richards MW, award-winning writer and broadcaster and a leading authority on Chilean wine.

Intuitive, emotional, impulsive and passionate are adjectives you rarely hear in a Chilean context – and yet they are what define François Massoc. Perhaps it’s the French heritage or the fact he’s from Concepción, Chile’s second city, renowned for nurturing creative, abrasive, anti-establishment types. Either way, this is a man frequently moved to tears talking about wine, or people. Massoc clearly dotes on his family, yet when the massive 2010 earthquake struck, according to his wife Noëlle, his first instinct was to run to save his barrels.
You have to leave extra time when driving with him in Chile because he’s prone to stop the car and just stand and admire a vigneron’s dedication and craft. Or to get into a heated argument. Potential careers in law or diplomacy were never going to suit, nor was professional life as a company man. His destiny was wine.

So when, after studying in Dijon, an opportunity arose to make small-batch wine (Calyptra) in a promising site in the Andes foothills in Cachapoal, Massoc leapt at the chance. He hooked up with his close friends Louis-Michel Liger-Belair (of Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair in Vosne-Romanée) and terroir consultant Pedro Parra to create the Aristos brand, and then teamed up with Parra, plus Paco Leyton and Albert Cussen, to create Clos des Fous. Most recently, he launched the Massoc Frères brand with his brother.

Massoc may not be the youngest winemaking turk out there, but he is at the forefront of redefining Chilean wine. Whites are his strongest point: the Aristos Duquesa d’A Chardonnay is a case in point as a superlative, expensive and ground-breaking wine.

The Calyptra Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc – rare in being an exceptional, oaked Sauvignon Blanc from the mountains rather than from the coast – and Pandolfi Price Los Patricios Chardonnay from Itata also pay testament to his impressive skill.

Massoc, however, doesn’t believe in talent. ‘Great artists are made, not born,’ he says. ‘I inherited intellectual laziness from the French – my technique is more about omission than inclusion. I sit and I think in detail: do I need to do something? If not, I won’t.’

His non-interventionist yet ambitious approach chimes with the times, as do his endeavours in the south of Chile, working with the likes of old-vine País, Cinsault and Malbec.

Not lacking in innovation, he also makes a delicious fortified red in a tawny port style, and has plans to do a similar white from Moscatel, as well as a ‘Chilean Chartreuse’. Watch this space.

Aristos, Duquesa d’A Chardonnay 2011
An immensely complex, savoury, refined Chardonnay made with Louis-Michel Liger-Belair and Pedro Parra. Justerini & Brooks is moving onto the 2012, but this was a cooler year. The result is magnificent.
£43.36 (2012 vintage), Justerini & Brooks

Clos des Fous, Tocao Malbec 2013
Made from ancient Malbec vines in the rural heart of Chile’s deep south, the Bío Bío Valley, this is a wild and unreconstructed style, with grippy tannins, minty blueberry flavours and a spicy finish.
£37.99, Liberty Wines

https://imbibe.com/news/star-winemakers-francois-massoc-cachapoal-chile/

Imbibe

 

18 April 2019 - A bottle of whisky for £10,000

A bottle of whisky for £10,000
Last month, we looked at the burgeoning market in rare whisky, which soared by 40% in 2018, according to the KFLII. So Mortlach’s timing for the release of its 47-year-old single malt looks to be propitious. Since 1971, three casks have lain undisturbed at the Moray distillery, known as affectionately as “The Beast of Dufftown”.

The first yielded 94 bottles, together making up the first of Mortlach’s new Singing Stills series. The series apparently takes its name from the hum the stills make during the unique distillation process Mortlach terms “The Way”. So tuneful are the stills said to be that the distillery even commissioned Alexis Ffrench to compose a three-minute musical piece inspired by the soothing sounds.

The 47-year-old is described as “polished copper” in colour, with “tropical fruits” on the nose, and “soft, ripe fruits” on the palate, leading to a “spicy… touch of wood ash” on the finish. The bottles, sold by wine and spirits merchants Justerini & Brooks, come with a £10,000 price tag, although one bottle fetched S$50,000 (£28,000) in March at Bonhams in Singapore. You can register your interest to get your hands on the others. But hurry, you only have until Tuesday.

https://moneyweek.com/505418/the-fizzy-market-in-fine-wine/

Chris Carter for Money Week

 

12 April 2019 - Mortlach releases $18,000 47-Year-Old, its oldest direct bottling

Mortlach won’t be the most familiar brand outside of devoted whisky circles, but those who know of “The Beast of Dufftown” understand that the distillery’s nickname is well-earned. Mortlach’s whiskies are forceful and meaty — a considerable departure from the sweet and mellow whiskies that define the Speyside region — and one can only imagine what extensive ageing would do for its character.

For a lucky 94, they won’t have to. The recently announced Mortlach 47-Year-Old, of which only 94 bottles were made, is now available through a global online registration process in anticipation of frenzied demand. Collectors will be able to register their interest on the Justerini & Brooks website from now till 6pm GMT on 23 April 2019. Bottle number eight however, has already been auctioned off by Bonhams in Singapore last month with all proceeds going to the Daughters of Tomorrow charity. Best move quickly.

The finished whisky emerged from three American oak hogshead casks that were filled in April 1971 and bottled at 46.8 per cent ABV. Expectedly restrained yet complex, you can spend many an evening unravelling the medley of aromas and flavours which include honey, myrrh, peaches and plums alongside notes of earth, spice and wood ash. Compared with other whiskies this old, the 47-Year-Old still packs considerable vibrancy and power.

It marks the first in Mortlach’s new Singing Stills Series, a collection that will soon be filled with more rare single cask expressions, and named for the distillery’s famously odd set of mismatched copper pot stills that let out a surprisingly harmonious hum when starting up after winter’s end. The 47-Year-Old is also the oldest bottling direct from the distillery, though the oldest Mortlach ever is actually the 75-Year-Old bottled by Gordon & MacPhail.

https://thepeakmagazine.com.sg/gourmet-travel/mortlach-47-year-old-oldest-direct-bottling/

Charmian Leong for The Peak Magazine

 

28 March 2019 - Two Thirsty Gardeners: New booze round-up

Our latest instalment of the best booze we’ve been sent or stumbled across sees us gearing up for St Patrick’s Day (please note: the photo of Rich swigging whiskey in his Emerald green leprechaun outfit and floppy felt Guinness hat has been deemed unsuitable for this website)

Glendalough Rose Gin, 37.5%
Our booze table has been creaking of late, thanks in part to the enormous amount of Irish whiskey samples left over from Nick’s latest iBuys feature, their golden, glassy cylinders bedecking the surface like a kitchen-based Giants Causeway. But it’s not just whiskey that’s been passing our lips this month – we’ve also been busying ourselves sampling other Irish boozes, one of the highlights being this pink gin that made the journey with its malty mates, over the Irish sea and into our grubby, soil-stained mitts.

It hails from the Glendalough distillery, based on their wild gin recipe, but redistilled with fruit, flowers, spices and no less than three different varieties of rose petal; the Damsak rose, the Heritage rose and wild rose, the latter having been harvested in the Wicklow mountains by expert forager Geraldine Kavanagh http://www.wicklowwildfoods.com/ who advises and provides the distillery with fine local botanicals.

As you’d expect from a rose-infused booze, it’s wonderfully fragrant with a subtle pink tint.

It’s a decent neat sipper but it really comes alive with tonic, tasting fresh, sweet and spicy with a subtle hint of turkish delight. A good, alternative Guinness chaser to accompany this years St Patrick’s Day shenanigans, we reckon.

Get it here from Masters of Malt

Honest Brew Mixed Case of Irish Beer
For the past few years online beer retailer Honest Brew has been one of the best places to buy Irish craft ales, so their six beer mixed case is likely to fly off the shelves this St Patrick’s Day. We were sent a box to try out and, apart from White Hag’s delicious chocolatey White Sow Nitro Milk Stout, the goods were new to us. The five other beers came from Boundary, Kinnegar, O’Brother and a brace from Whiplash, and it was the latter’s Rollover Session IPA (3.8%) that was first to be sampled after reacquainting ourselves with the White Sow.

It has all the cloudiness of a New England IPA but falls nicely short of the fruity hop overload you’ll get elsewhere that suits its lower level of alcohol. The hops’ pine flavours match the pineapple and mango fruits for impact (we like piney hops) which we think is an especially good thing for session IPAs and their less malty, thinner, drier bodies. We’re impressed: it’s a modern beer with all the flavours and textures supporting each other and it can only add to Ireland’s growing reputation for producing outstanding new breweries. Two beers down, four to go, which we’ll save for St Patrick’s Day.

Head over to Honest Brew for an Irish beer six pack

M&S Ilkley Brewery Oatmeal Stout, 4.9%
Marks and Spencer has been selling decent beer for a long time, which is good news for Nick who counts his local branch as his closest supermarket. And despite the recent addition of two excellent bottle shops in town he still buys most of his beer from M&S. A few weeks ago his wife came home clutching a previously untried bottle of Oatmeal Stout, from one of our favourite breweries, Ilkley, trumpeting “why pay £4.50 for a can when you can get this for £2.50.”

It’s another excellent member of the M&S own-label range, a thick black brew that has a bit of up front sweetness and drys out with a touch of bitterness and a slightly fruity rasp. A full flavoured beer with a simple, light touch and a wallet-pleasing price. It’s not Irish but if you’re looking for a stout for St Patrick’s Day then give it a go.

Spirit of Hven Organic Single Malt 7 Stars No 6:2 Alcor, 45%
We were recently introduced to the Spirit distillery of Hven by our booze-peddling chums Amathus Drinks while researching for a piece on world whisky. The distillery, based on the Swedish island of Hven, has an impressive line up of spirits with their experimental, limited edition single malt whiskies being of a notably high standard.

This release was distilled from a mash bill that includes lager malt, peated malt and chocolate malt before being matured in four different American and European oak casks. It has a distinctive peatiness running through the dried fruit flavours, taking in toasty notes of chocolate and coffee, with a sweet oak finish that’s longer than the whisky’s name. A great piece of modern Scandinavian drinks making.

Get your hands on some at Amathus

J&B Rare Whisky, 40%
J&B Rare isn’t exactly a new whisky (it was first produced in the 1930s) but it’s currently going through a marketing push in the UK that will see it pitched at a female audience, with a ‘Mother’s Day Cocktail’ being one of the tricks rolled out this month (see recipe below). We thought this a good enough excuse to reacquaint ourselves with Justerini & Brooks’ classic blend that, apparently, is the fifth best selling blended Scotch in the world and number one in Southern Europe.

Blended from 42 different whiskies it’s actually quite a classy drink, possessing light touches of sweet fruits, oaky tannins and creamy toffee with a clean and zesty citrus freshness. A great entry level whisky that can be sipped neat and is ideally suited to cocktail making – if you don’t fancy the effort for the Mother’s Day then we would suggest it goes well with coke and ice.

Cocktail recipe: A Rare Discovery – designed by Drake & Morgan:

Ingredients
10ml Kamm and Sons British Aperitif Bitters
40ml J&B Rare
20ml Peach Puree
10ml Elderflower cordial
15ml Lemon Juice

Mix them all together, pour into your loveliest glass, add ice and give to your mum with a bunch of flowers.

http://twothirstygardeners.co.uk/2019/03/new-booze-round-up-st-patricks-day-sweden-ilkley-brewery-glendalough-hven/

Nick for Two Thirsty Gardeners

 

26 March 2019 - Mortlach 47yo raises $50,000 for charity at auction

Mortlach 47 Year Old is the first release from the Diageo-owned distillery’s Singing Still Series. Only 94 bottles of the whisky have been created, featuring liquid distilled and filled into three American oak hogsheads in April 1971, and bottled at 46.8% abv. It has been given an RRP of £10,000 (US$13,295).

Bottle eight was put up for auction at a private event on 25 March in Singapore ahead of the whisky’s release, and was snapped up by an unnamed buyer. All proceeds will be donated to Daughters of Tomorrow, a charity that works to support underprivileged women by giving them skills and confidence to make a living for themselves and their families.

The Diageo private client team – South East Asia for rare and collectable sprits hosted the auction with support from Bonhams. More than 40 Mortlach collectors attended the auction.

James Mackay, head of rare and collectable spirits at Diageo, said: “This was a unique opportunity to secure a bottle of Mortlach 47 Year Old, the oldest to be released from the distillery and one of only 94 bottles.

“So rare is this liquid that it is being released through a registration to satisfy the anticipated demand from collectors.

“The desirability amongst collectors and connoisseurs for rare expressions of Mortlach has been demonstrated by the final sale price that we have seen today.”

The remaining bottles of Mortlach 47 will be allocated to buyers through a global online registration process, which will be overseen by Justerini & Brooks.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/03/mortlach-47yo-raises-s50000-for-charity-at-auction/

Melita Kiely for The Spirits Business

 

26 March 2019 - Don Julio brings 1942 1.75L to the UK on-trade

Diageo Reserve’s super-premium tequila Don Julio is launching 1.75 litre bottles of Don Julio 1942 to the UK on-trade in April.

The magnum-sized elongated bottle, which is inspired by the agave leaf, will be supported with stand-out visibility “to enhance celebration moments across the country”.

While the bottle may have grown, the liquid inside remains the same. Don Julio 1942 is produced using a personal selection of blue agave grown for six to eight years. It is aged in American white oak barrels for a minimum of two and a half years, culminating in an Añejo tequila that is only released when ready.

Don Julio 1942 is “smooth and incredibly complex”, featuring caramel and spiced undertones, with an oak and rich sweet-dry finish.

Rich Larkin, head of Diageo Reserve GB, said: “Premium tequila is continuing to grow in popularity, up 4.3% by volume and 4.7% by value year on year, and what was once a tequila for those only in the know, 1942 has become an essential at events and elevated nightlife occasions, establishing itself as the must-have premium spirit for the UK on-trade.

“By launching this larger bottle size of Don Julio 1942 into the Reserve portfolio in the UK, we hope to add additional value, further supporting drinking experiences for consumers when celebrating out of home.”

Don Julio 1942 1.75 litre (38% ABV) will be available throughout the on-trade and from select specialist retailers from April, including HT Drinks, Vanquish, Millennium, Speciality Drink and Justerini & Brooks.

https://barmagazine.co.uk/don-julio-brings-1942-1-75l-to-the-uk-on-trade/

Bar Magazine

 

23 March 2019 - How do you like your Sauvignon Blanc?

2016 Sancerre Petit Chemarin, Vincent Pinard, France
“Sauvignon can age – as this gorgeous, steely, yet rounded, green-herb and lime-edged star shows.”

Jane Macquitty, The Times

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/weekend/jane-macquitty-how-do-you-like-your-sauvignon-blanc-lpgg6ftvp

 

21 March 2019 - Elite Traveller: Mortlach to Release $13,300 Single Malt Whisky

Legendary Speyside distillery Mortlach is to release its oldest ever single malt Scotch whisky with a retail price of £10,000 ($13,295).

Only 94 bottles of Mortlach 47-Year-Old will be made available and demand is expected to outstrip supply many times over. Those hoping to secure one of the distinctive bottles have been invited to register their interest with Justerini & Brooks, who are exclusively overseeing the distribution.

Whisky connoisseurs can register between midnight on 9 April and midnight on 23 April, when the Mortlach 47-Year-Old will be made available.

The complex liquid was distilled and filled into three refill American oak hogsheads in April 1971 and has been bottled at 46.8% abv. The flavor notes are detailed as velvety with notes of honey, hot toasted wood and dark chocolate with a buttery smoothness, a prelude to a delicate, lightly perfumed finish.

It will form part of The Single Stills, a series of rare and single cask expressions from Mortlach distillery and has been released to mark the 270th anniversary of the fine wine and spirits merchants, Justerini & Brooks.

Ewan Gunn, global Scotch ambassador, is quoted by The Spirit Business as saying: ‘The sound of the [Mortlach] stills is as distinctive to the distillery as the taste of the whisky.

“Mortlach’s exceptionally bold and complex flavors, effortlessly bridge the gap between mellow and smoky.

“Authentic in character, Mortlach 47-Year-Old delivers a velvety body with notes of honey, hot toasted wood and dark chocolate leaving a buttery smoothness, with a touch of smoke to finish.”

One bottle has already been allocated for auction at Bonhams. Bottle No 8 will be put under the hammer in Singapore on March 25. Proceeds from the sale will go to Daughters of Tomorrow charity, which helps underprivileged women to get the skills and confidence they need to make a living for themselves.

https://elitetraveler.com/features/mortlach-release-single-malt-whisky

Elite Traveller

 

21 March 2019 - Mortlach 47 years is the first release of the series The Singing Stills

In April 1971, this whisky was distilled in the Mortlach Distillery in Dufftown and filled into three refill American oak hogsheads. Now it was bottled at 46.8% ABV. If you are interested in one of those 94 bottles of Mortlach 47 year old, you can register at Justerini & Brooks’ website from 9th to 23rd April and hope for a chance to buy a bottle for £10,000.

Alternatively, there is the possibility to get the hands on the bottle number 8 of the Mortlach 47 years on March 25 at an auction of Bonhams in Singapore. The proceeds will be donated to the charitable organization Daughters of Tomorrow, which enables underprivileged women to get skilled and work for their own income.

In Diageo’s press release, the Mortlach 47-year-old is described as “authentic in character, delivering a velvety body with notes of honey, hot toasted wood and dark chocolate, leaving a buttery smoothness, with a touch of smoke to finish.”

This is the first release of the series The Singing Stills, named after the stills of the Mortlach Distillery, whose unusual distilling process in three wash stills and three pot stills results in a mathematical 2.81 distillation. More very rare releases are to follow.

If you would like to start off with a less expensive Mortlach Single Malt, you could grap a Mortlach 12 years, Mortlach 16 years or Mortlach 20 years that were released last year.

https://www.whisky.com/information/news/newsdetail/mortlach-47-years-is-the-first-release-of-the-series-the-singing-stills.html

Petra Milde for Whisky.com

 

20 March 2019 - Scottish Field: One of whisky's best kept secrets is now revealed

The oldest ever bottling direct from the Mortlach distillery is to be released – a 47-Year-Old single malt.

In April, Mortlach will unveil the oldest and most precious secret from their distillery, Mortlach 47-Year-Old.

This is the first in The Singing Stills series, a bold new collection of incredibly rare single cask expressions drawn from the final three casks of 1971, costing £10,000 per bottle.

Distilled and matured by the experts and unmoved from its original warehouse since 1971, Mortlach 47-Year-Old is the oldest ever bottling direct from the Mortlach distillery.

The first cask yielded a total of only 94 bottles, which will be released through a global online registration to satisfy the anticipated demand from collectors.

Launching on 9 April, Justerini & Brooks, rare and collectable wine and spirits merchants and Royal Warrant holders since 1761, will exclusively oversee the registration, where whisky connoisseurs can submit their interest to purchase a bottle, recommended retail selling price £10,000 in the United Kingdom.

On the eve of the opening of the global registration, the Mortlach whisky experts will first share with a select few, this treasured secret from their distillery.

On 9 April in two cities across the globe, London and Singapore, 47 people will be amongst the first to taste the subtle and intriguing complexity of Mortlach 47-Year-Old, in an exclusive tasting experience. A small number of places will be held back, reserved for those that want to experience the secret the most. To be a part of the 47, enthusiasts of Mortlach can register their interest online at exceptionalwhisky.com.

Mortlach has to date been considered a closely guarded secret of the whisky world. Revered as ‘The Beast of Dufftown’ for its rich character, Mortlach has a very unique distillation process. Since 1896 Mortlach has been precisely 2.81 times distilled, it is a mysterious method simply called ‘The Way’, made even more curious by the whimsical hum reverberating from the copper stills.

The Singing Stills series celebrates the mysterious notes coming from the stills and the unusual robust character of Mortlach, which sets the liquid apart from the sweet and mellow style of other Speyside whiskies.

The sound of the stills is as distinctive to the distillery as the taste of the whisky. To bring this to life, celebrated contemporary composer, Alexis Ffrench has created a piece of original music, inspired by the hum of the stills. The soulful melody will be played for the first time on 9th April at the launch experience in London and Singapore, and sound the opening of the global registration.

A further one bottle of Mortlach 47-Year-Old will be exclusively available, ahead of the global registration opening, in an auction for charity by Bonhams on 25 March in Singapore. All the money raised from the private event will go to the chosen charity partner, Daughters of Tomorrow.

Ewan Gunn, global Mortlach ambassador said: ‘This Mortlach 47-Year-Old, is an exquisite Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Mortlach’s exceptionally bold and complex flavours, effortlessly bridge the gap between mellow and smoky.

‘Authentic in character, Mortlach 47-Year-Old delivers a velvety body with notes of honey, hot toasted wood and dark chocolate leaving a buttery smoothness, with a touch of smoke to finish.’

This extremely limited 47-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky will be exquisitely presented in a bespoke glass bottle with stand out angular shoulders and enclosed in a royal blue case.

https://www.justerinis.com/webcms/SiteMarketing/EditContent.aspx?id=2125&y=0

Kenny Smith for Scottish Field

 

20 March 2019 - The Drinks Business: Latour release

The re-release of the 2008 grand vin of Latour seems to have gone down well with fine wine merchants and their customers, the prospect of a solid vintage of ex-cellar stock with a reasonable premium proving a tempting offer.

Released on 20 March alongside the 2013 vintage of second label Les Forts de Latour, the 2008 was released at £5,100 a case representing an 11% premium on the price of stock already in the secondary market according to Liv-ex.

According to Liv-ex’s analysis that price positions it “slightly above its implied fair value”.

That, however, is if you take Robert Parker’s 2011 score of 95+ as your measuring point but, as argued by the drinks business recently, if you take Neal Martin’s score of 96 awarded last year as your yardstick then the re-release looks pretty much bang on the money.

Analytics aside, as Liv-ex also points out, buyers are not necessarily put off by premiums of ex-château stock.

Given the provenance and (at least implied) quality considerations and the fact it gives buyers the chance to buy for the first time or restock certain vintages a sensible premium in line with the market is usually readily accepted.

So far with its series of ex-cellar releases, Latour has come unstuck with the premium it has tried to charge, with last year’s release of the 2006 largely flopping as it came with a 16% premium over the in-market value.

As Tom Jenkins, Bordeaux buyer at Justerini & Brooks, told db: “At 8% premium over market, ex-château releases tend to work. Over 15% they tend to fail. They seem to have got it right this time.”

This view was echoed by other merchants too but it’s important to note that this is not a gangbusters sort of release that will generate millions. Will Hargrove of Corney & Barrow predicted his team selling a, “measured amount”. Still, better than nothing at all.

On the other hand, while customers may have been keen to pick up some library stock of a first growth from a good ‘drinking year’, the same cannot quite be said of the 2013 Forts.

Last year when the 2012 vintage of the second label was released for the first time it gathered rather more interest than the re-release of the 2006 grand vin.

Unfortunately, it has not apparently proved the case this time around.

Released at £1,650 per dozen it is the ‘cheapest’ vintage of the last decade on the market (a good thing generally) but it also has one of the lowest scores as well – worse in fact than the 2007.

This again is certainly drinking stock but faced with the choice between a solid claret or an affordable but so-so second label, the market seems to have made its choice – at least in London though Farr Vintners’ director Stephen Browett noted it may do better in “brand focused” Asia.

One for the completists only.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/03/latour-release-getting-it-right/

Rupert Millar for The Drinks Business

 

20 March 2019 - The Drinks Business: Top New Products for April

Port Ellen 39-year-old Scotch:
Diageo, the owner of closed Islay distillery Port Ellen, has announced the launch of a new series using malts from the distillery’s dwindling stocks, beginning with a 39-year-old bottling. Closed more than 30 years ago, and due to be reopened in 2021, since 2001 whiskies from the distillery’s stocks were used in small-batch releases, but contributions from Brora (another closed distillery due to be reopened) and Port Ellen were stopped last year. Instead, Diageo has launched a new series dubbed Untold Stories, of which the 39-year-old Port Ellen is the first edition. Just 1,500 bottles will be available from selected luxury retailers from Justerini & Brooks.

 

19 March 2019 - Mortlach Unveils 47 Year Old - ScotchWhisky.com

Speyside distillery Mortlach is launching its oldest single malt whisky to date, a 47-year-old expression priced at £10,000 a bottle. Only 94 bottles of Mortlach 47 Year Old will be released on 9th April, through a global online registration exclusively with wine and spirits merchant Justerini & Brooks, for £10,000 each in the UK. Writes Kirsten Amor for ScotchWhisky.com

You can read the full article by following the link below:

https://scotchwhisky.com/magazine/latest-news/24756/mortlach-unveils-47-year-old-for-10-000/

 

13 March 2019 - Mount Etna: Italy’s most exciting new wine region

Until recently, my only knowledge of Mount Etna was Evelyn Waugh’s parodic description of it, when he visited in the Twenties:

I do not think I shall ever forget the sight of Etna at sunset; the mountains almost invisible in a blur of pastel grey, glowing on the top and then repeating its shape, as thought reflected, in a wisp of smoke, with the whole horizon behind radiant with pink light, fading gently into a grey pastel sky. Nothing I have ever seen in Art or Nature was quite so revolting.

These days Etna tends to be more associated with potential eruptions, given that it is the largest active volcano in Europe, but there is another far more interesting trait of the region…it is Ground Zero for the most exciting new wine in Italy. It seems that quite a lot of people have begun to cotton on to this – The Wine Spectator just placed a Sicilian Red into the top ten of the most exciting wines of 2018. This was a Terre Nere San Lorenzo 2016, which sold out immediately from Justerini & Brooks, the UK distributor, which is hardly surprising, given that for a wine of this quality, it cost just over £30 a bottle.

Terre Nere first came to my attention a couple of years back when I had a bottle of its stunning white on the terrace of La Sirenuse, the glorious hideaway in Positano on the Amalfi Coast. At the time, I feared some of my enthusiasm was due to what one wine writer called “The sunset in Provence factor”, but no, it has performed equally well in more humdrum environments.

Winemaking on Etna went into decline after the end of the Second World War, with many ancient vineyards being abandoned or even worse, uprooted and replanted with inappropriate international varies such as Chardonnay and Merlot. There was no demand for the local grape varieties such as Nerello Mascalese and Carricante – instead, local government encouraged the production of bulk wine for blending elsewhere. By the Nineties, there were only eight winemakers left at Mount Etna.

The Renaissance of Etna wine began at the turn of the Century, when a handful of outsiders moved in, one from mainland Italy, another from the US and also my friend Mick Hucknall of Simply Red, who purchased several acres of old vines and employed leading wine consultant Salvo Foti to make his iconic range of Il Cantante “The Singer” wines. Andrea Franchetti was already well established in Tuscany with Teunta di Trinoro and his Passopisciaro vineyards are now considered one of the best, alongside those of American Marco de Grazia, with his equally renowned Terre Nere. Only recently, Gaja, the most iconic of all Northern Italian winemakers, purchased 50 acres in the south west corner of Etna. The total number of wine producers is now more than 120.

What these and other outsiders stumbled on, were small vineyards ranging in age from 50 years all the way back to 130, which means there are probably more prephylloxera vines on Etna than anywhere else on the planet. They were so neglected that one Belgian was able to swap his old banger for a hectare of ancient vines.

Etna was responsible for the survival of these old vines as the rich mineral deposits from the volcano neutralised the phylloxera bugs. I recently made the pilgrimage to Tenuta Terre Nere, which is one of the largest producers, with a production of 20,000 cases in 14 different labels.

Terre Nere also produces a few hundred cases of prephylloxera wines, which sell for a considerable premium. Etna’s presence is not entirely benign – a major eruption in 1981 destroyed significant portions of old vineyards, including a major chunk of San Lorenzo, which still has an ugly scar through it with large boulders strewn along the lava path. That particular eruption continued on for a few hundreds metres and completely destroyed the local railway station, which is still just a tangled wreck of bricks and stone.

Local workers have removed many of the smaller boulders that have come down over the centuries and used them to create terraces to plant the vines on the gentle slopes leading up to the volcano. It can take more than a century for areas covered with lava to become fertile again. The optimum altitude for wine growing here seems to be upwards of 600 metres, which also means the vines are able to benefit from cool evenings. What makes the entire Etna region so exciting is that the area under vines is still less than 2,000 acres, so the top wines of Terre Nere are made in minuscule amounts – rarely more even a thousand cases each. The reds are more balanced and nuanced than many Italian reds, which has led Marco de Grazia to call them the Burgundies of Italy. They have more pronounced flavours and fruit than most Pinot Noir but what makes them particularly exciting is the minerality, which obviously comes from the environment. The whites, especially those produced using the local Carricante grape, have great potential too, having many of the steely characteristics of Chablis with an addictive honey like backbone. Prices are still reasonable, with the cheapest Terre Nere varietals going for little more than £12 or £15 a bottle. Don’t expect them to remain at these prices for long as more and more people are exposed to them – for me, they are my favourite discovery of the year.

https://life.spectator.co.uk/2019/03/mount-etna-home-to-italys-most-exciting-new-wine-region/

Bruce Palling for Spectator Life

 

04 March 2019 - Bordeaux 2016: 'A gentleman in a perfect suit'

Speaking to the drinks business at the merchant’s annual tasting of wines from each Bordeaux vintage being made physical, Jenkins was unequivocal in voicing his liking for the vintage.

Recent tastings had confirmed it as a “perfect vintage”, he said, recalling its “freshness” and “restrained alcohol”. It was, he went on, the sort of vintage he’d, “like to drink every year”.

Although many merchants hadn’t been entirely thrilled by the campaign back in 2017, Jenkins said for Justerini & Brooks it had been “very good” and subsequent sales had also been good meaning there was “very little left”.

From the “bits and pieces” that are still around, there hadn’t been a big rush to buy as a result of the critics’ rapturous in-bottle scores he added; largely because the highest-scorers are now either sold out or mightily difficult to find.

On the other hand, there is still plenty of ‘petit châteaux’ stock available and while Jenkins said there was “no rush to buy” them, he still considered them worth picking up as drinking stock.

And it is true that labels such as Picque Caillou and Peyrabon at under £20 a bottle offer not only excellent value for any type of wine buyer or collector but, in a vintage such as 2016, perfectly excellent drinking.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/03/bordeaux-2016-a-gentleman-in-a-perfect-suit/

Rupert Millar for The Drinks Business

 

01 February 2019 - Justerini & Brooks in Oregon Push - The Drinks Business

UK fine wine merchant Justerini & Brooks has added several Oregon producers to its portfolio as it ups its attention on the American region. The St James merchant has three of the state’s producers on its list now, Eyrie, Walter Scott Wines and Rose and Arrow Estate, all of which are being offered this month.

Speaking to the drinks business, buyer Julian Campbell said it was the, “beginning of an Oregon lift for us.”

The three wines represent a good spread of Oregon’s history and winemaking scene, added Campbell.

Eyrie is one of the longstanding producers in the state and produces a range of wines including Pinot Gris.

Walter Scott is slightly newer but the husband and wife team of Ken Pahlow and Erica Landon have quickly established a reputation for producing exciting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Rose & Arrow meanwhile brings in the expertise of Louis Michel Liger-Belair – yet another Burgundian involved in Oregon winemaking – and Chilean Pedro Parra to make some truly excellent examples of single site Pinot Noir across various Oregon AVAs including Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills and Chehalem Highlands.

US wines are gaining more traction in the UK market currently and the market for top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay remains strong thanks to Burgundy which in turn is making merchants cast around for other regions to source wines from.

Oregon is a natural place to turn and while Liger-Belair told db the aim was to make “Oregon Pinot” not something that tastes like Burgundy, Campbell added that Rose & Arrow and other Oregon producers made wines that, “spoke the language of Pinot,” and which made them immediately appealing to longterm Burgundy drinkers.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/justerini-brooks-in-oregon-push/

Rupert Millar for The Drinks Business

 

29 January 2019 - Justerini & Brooks to distribute Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez in UK- Harpers

Justerini & Brooks has added Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez to its portfolio.

It described Raúl Pérez as “one of Spain’s most inspirational winemakers” and said it would be handling the UK distribution for his “most notable projects”.

These will be presented to sommeliers, retailers and private clients for the first time at Justerini & Brooks’ portfolio tasting on Wednesday 6 February at Somerset House.

“Raúl Pérez is a bona fide winemaking icon and his ever-evolving range is one of the most consistently exciting in Spain,” said Mark Dearing, Justerini & Brooks' Spain buyer. “His arrival brings a new, innovative edge to our Spanish portfolio and we can’t wait to get going.”

A Bierzo native, Pérez began winemaking at his family estate Castro Ventosa before embarking on his own projects in 2004.

Justerini & Brooks said Pérez is a “widely respected viticulturalist known for his innovative and collaborative nature, and his continuous drive to protect historic vineyards in Spain’s northwest. Furthermore, Pérez acts as a consultant across Spain and partners with a number of leading growers both domestically and abroad.”

Pérez said he was “absolutely thrilled” by the new partnership. “Justerini & Brooks is a historic importer in the UK with a fantastic trajectory and I’m very much looking forward to us working together for many years to come,” he said.

Justerini & Brooks will offer two Bierzo ranges: Ultreia and La Viscaina de Vinos, with access to the tiny-production bottlings from Ribeira Sacra: El Pecado and La Penitencia, and a white from Rias Biaxas: Sketch Albarino.

Justerini & Brooks was established in 1749. It is the largest UK importer of fine wines from Burgundy, Barolo and Germany, and has long-standing relationships with properties in Bordeaux, the Rhône, the Loire and Champagne.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/24707/Justerini___Brooks_to_distribute_Bodegas_y_Vi_F1edos_Ra_FAl_P_E9rez_in_UK.html

James Halliwell for Harpers

 

20 September 2018 - Clos des Goisses makes a sparkling debut - FT HTSI

Today marks Justerini & Brooks’ much-anticipated launch of the 2009 vintage of Philipponnat’s flagship champagne Clos des Goisses. The cuvée comes from Philipponnat’s beautiful, walled 5.5-hectare vineyard above the historic 18th-century cellars of Château de Mareuil. Thanks to its chalky sub-soils, the roots of the vine penetrate deep into the chalk, while the leaves of the south-facing vines act as thousands of tiny solar panels to absorb the light, warmth and energy of the sun. Curiously, the reflection of the vineyard in the River Marne looks like a bottle lying on its side.

https://howtospendit.ft.com/food-drink/204259-philipponnat-s-2009-clos-des-goisses-makes-a-sparkling-debut

 

17 September 2018 - Jancis Robinson for The FT: The other Sadies

As bordeaux and burgundy prices shoot through the roof, it makes sense for any serious wine collector to explore new sources of fine wine. South Africa is now well worth considering because the wines are seriously undervalued, and a new wave of producers is making distinctive, ageworthy, appetising, definitively South African wines both red and white. Read the full article here: https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/the-other-sadies

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01 May 2018 - J&B Rare by Rupert Millar for The Drinks Business

Promoted as the merchant’s whisky following its creation in the early 1930s (Justerini & Brooks had worked with whisky since the 1880s), by 1997 J&B Rare was the second biggest selling whisky in the world with sales equivalent to six million cases a year – helped along by its popularity among influential drinkers such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin (‘The Rat Pack’).

It was in 1997 that Justerini & Brooks, part of International Distillers & Vintners since 1962, became part of Diageo through the United Distillers & Vintners subsidiary. The whisky has been distributed by Diageo ever since.

by Rupert Miller for the Drinks Business: https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/05/justerini-brooks-takes-back-jb-rare-distribution/

 

31 March 2018 - Bordeaux 2017 by Guy Collins for Bloomberg

Top estates mainly escaped damage from last spring’s frost Demand returning following success of 2015, 2016 harvests
Bordeaux’s 2017 vintage being presented to the global wine trade in early April is a “chance to win the customer base back” following variable wine quality and price turbulence over the past seven years, according to Justerini & Brooks Managing Director Chadwick Delaney.

The renewed success of vintages since 2014, after more challenging harvests in 2011 and 2012 and cold, wet weather in 2013, means the latest wines provide an opportunity for the region’s growers to regain lost business and strike a firmer relationship with those buyers who are returning, he said in a March 26 interview in London.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-31/bordeaux-17-is-chance-to-win-customer-base-back-delaney-says

 

14 July 2017 - Top Summer Tipples by Frances Hedges, Town and Country Magazine

"Pimm's is synonymous with the British Summer - but for less conventional take try a vodka rather than gin-based version. No. 6 is made from a blend of fine vodka and fruit extracts, giving it a distinctive taste."

www.townandcountrymag.co.uk/lifestyle/food-and-drink/top-summer-tipples#slide-3

 

02 December 2016 - Square Mile: "The Wish List"

Christmas Cheers: A selection of wines to see you through the festivities.
Canapes: Pascal Doquet, Mont AIme, 1er Cru, Coeur de Terroir, 2005 £37.20
Starter: Bourgogne Blanc Terroir d'Exception, Chateau de Meursault, 2014, £28.50
Turkey: Justerini & Brooks Pomerol, NV, £19.50
Dessert & Cheese: Bodegas Aalto, Ribera del Duero, 2013, £23.50

 

01 December 2016 - Decanter: Most Exciting Wines of 2016

Decanter experts named the five bottles that impressed them most this year, including Andre Perret's Condrieu, Chery, Rhone, 2014.
"A lovely Viognier, delivering golden peach aromatics and a lovely floral intensity. There are lashings of stone fruit - particularly apricots - on the creamy and elegant palate. This is balanced by an appealing almond bitterness and notes of crystallized ginger that keep the alcohol in check."

 

30 November 2016 - Foodism Magazine: "Sweet Spot."

Justerini & Brooks, Pomerol, NV. "A Great Value, non-vintage wine, made for wine broker, Justerinis, by one of the top Right Bank producers in Pomerol."

 

26 November 2016 - Financial Times: Fine Times, "Fizzable Difference," by Anthony Rose

Certain niche Champagnes are reaching such a pinnacle of quality that they are now outclassing - and out-pricing - more talked-about prestige cuvees.

Salon, le Mensil, Blanc de Blanc, 2004: "Salon, founded by the messenger boy upstart, Eugene-Aime Salon in 1911, could hardly be more discreet. Thanks to an uncompromising focus on quality, the Le Mensil-based champagne has reached such a pinnacle of quality that today it outclasses and out-prices, most if not all of its more familiar luxury peers. Developed from pure Chardonnay vineyards in the chalky soils of the Cote des Blanc, Salon is declared as a vintage only in a year that its cellar master, Dider Depond, deems exceptional. The 2004 vintage (£310-£350), a sculpted beauty of floral fragrance, saline freshness and brioche-like complexity is only the 39th vintage ever to see the light of day."

 

05 October 2016 - Countrylife: What to drink this week by Harry Eyres

"Germany has a proud tradition of Pinot Noir, aka Spätburgunder, but,until recently, it was confined to a couple of spots in the Rheingau, making pale wines more admired in the home market than abroad, and the warmer southerly region of Baden. Now, partly thanks to climate change—dramatic in Germany, where the number of good vintages per decade has trebledin 30 years—Pinot Noir is thriving in almost all the great German wine regions." Harry Eyres

August Kesseler works in one of the traditional Spätburgunder hotspots in the Rheingau, but makes wines quite different from the pale numbers of the past. His Pinot Noir, Spätburgunder Trocken 2014 (£27.50; www.justerinis.com) has a beautiful deep cherry nose, sweet strawberry fruit and considerable complexity. Even better is his Cuvée Max, Spätburgunder Trocken 2014 (£45.50; www.justerinis.com), which shows great finesse, precision and length, with a superb finish. Bernhard Huber in Baden is another top-notch Spätburgunder producer, bringing out the nuances of different hillside sites. His Spätburgunder Alte Reben 2014 (£24.50; www.justerinis.com) has floral perfume and raspberry fruit. Of Huber’s single vineyard Grosses Gewächs sites, Bienenberg is more lively and fresh and Sommerhalde has superb mineral complexity (both 2014, £34.50; www.justerinis.com).

 

27 September 2016 - Hottest New Names in Napa by Elin McCoy

Bloomberg’s wine critic sniffs out eight ambitious upstarts, plus their bottles to buy.

"Massimo di Costanzo, whose winemaking stints included Screaming Eagle, prefers elegant, old-style cabernet. He buys grapes from the well-known Farella Vineyard in Napa’s latest "it" sub region, Coombsville, in the southeastern part of the valley.
2013 Di Costanzo Farella Vineyard. Rich, bright yet deep, this cabernet sauvignon is wonderfully balanced and has a strong mineral taste from the volcanic ash soil."

 

27 September 2016 - Decanter: Elio Altare

"Slight, good humoured and self-effacing, Elio Altare has become a patriarchal figure to generations of Barolo producers. He has stuck to his guns, never ceases to experiment and the wines continue to be beautiful."

Elio Altare, Barolo, 2006: "Wonderfully perfumed, lifted nose of cherries and strawberries. But there's nothing too overtly pretty about he palate, which is concentrated, suave and pungent without being hot. It's intense and long, both chewy and ethereal as it isn't too extracted. Very Stylish. 92

Elio Altare, Arborina, Barolo 2009: "Very perfumed raspberry nose, showing purity of fruit, charm and finesse. Although medium-bodied, there is ample tannin on the palate. Concentrated but lively, with a light touch that gives elegance and length." 92

 

26 September 2016 - Jefford on Monday: High on the Hill

Andrew Jefford hears the Napa Mountain story from one of its most thoughtful practitioners, Chris Howell of Cain.

"It always amazes me how swiftly, as Howell suggests, you can leave the bustle and thrust of the USA’s foremost wine artery and find yourself in a part-agricultural landscape of absolute loneliness and solitude. Ideal for a thoughtful viticultural observer of philosophical bent; not a bad spot, either, to fashion Napa wines which come closer to a true European ideal than most."


Cain, Cain Concept, 2008: "Deep though not saturated black-red in colour, with dark, brooding scents of black fruits, embers and earth. On the palate, the wine is vivid, textured and deep, with a fuller-lipped profile than the Cain Five, supported by ample tannins and rounded, almost glowing acidity. 92 points / 100"

Cain, Cain Five, 2008: "The aromas are quietly enticing, subtle and savoury. Some blackberry and black cherry fruit overlies the wine’s closely woven, structured, satisfying flavours. There’s nothing ostentatiously voluptuous or sweet about this Bordeaux blend; instead it puts you in mind of field and forest. 93"

http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/opinion/jefford-on-monday/cain-wines-napa-spring-mountain-331049/?utm_source=Eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_content=news+alert+link+20160919&utm_campaign=Newsletter-20160919

 

13 September 2016 - Ventoux: Wild Wild East by Matt Walls

"It’s not just men of the cloth that are being drawn to Ventoux – what was once a quiet backwater is now one of the most exciting and dynamic areas of the Rhône."

Château Unang ‘La Gardy’ 2012 (14.5%)
An organic estate towards the south of the central growing area with good quality across the whole of their range. Only made in the best years from “whatever impresses us”; this is 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah and Roussanne. Full-bodied, but with elevated fruit, sublime freshness and velvet tannins. A bevy of berries; loganberry, raspberry, wild strawberry and blueberry with some earthy undertones bringing complexity. Lovely balance, full of life. 93 points.

Chêne Bleu ‘Abélard’ 2010 (15.0%)
This has retained a good depth of deep red colour. Leather, truffle, sous-bois and spicy oak, cigar ash and cedar – wonderfully complex nose. Remarkably together still for a Ventoux of this age – full-bodied, with good tannic structure and fruit – there is still life here. Bravo! Though the oak is prominent. 92 points.

Château Unang ‘La Croix’ 2013 (14.5%; Justerini & Brooks, 2012)
La Croix is 2/3 Grenache, 1/3 Syrah & Cinsault. Expressive raspberry, strawberry and Victoria plum fruits with an intriguing hint of eucalyptus. There is underlying oak here, but it’s sensitively used and supports the vibrant, intense fruit. It has power, but isn’t overly concentrated or heavy. 91 points.

http://www.mattwalls.co.uk/ventoux-wild-wild-east/

 

23 August 2016 - Decanter: Palliser Estate's Great Hector 2013

Palliser Estate is not one of the earliest Martinborough producers, but it is on the of best - thank, at least in part, to the experienced and thoughtful winemaker Allan Johnson. in very good vintages, usually once every two years, a barrel selection is made to produce a wine for their small batch Great Dog series. In this case eight barrels were selected from a total of about 400. The blended wine had a 25% whole-cluster component for extra structure and complexity.

MB: A nose of real charm and elegance. Beautifully balanced palate which is not too jammy or lean and has a luscious concentration. A graceful grip on the finish, which exudes length and complexity.

CP: Heavenly floral and coffee-bean aromas roll into candied peel and ripe plum flavours. Full of power and tremendous complexity: vegetal, nutty and lack-fruit driven. Very exciting.

PT: Dazzling wild strawberries on the nose and palate: attractively poised and welcoming. Personal, authentic, charming and very long.

 

31 July 2016 - The Times Magazine: German wines are the toast of Summer by Damian Barr

 

04 May 2016 - 2015 Bordeaux En Primeur: A Door Half Open? by Ella Lister

"I think the highs are very high, though not uniform," summarized Chadwick Delaney, managing director of Justerini & Brooks. He believes it's down to the producers to make the campaign work now. "This vintage should be used by the estates to bring people back to Bordeaux, not for squeezing the last Euro," he warns. "The bigger prize is to bring Bordeaux back to pre-eminence," he declared.

Delaney reported that as J&B delivered this message from château to château, everyone seemed to understand, "with one notable exception." There has been a tendency in the past, on the part of the producers, to appear to understand the pricing dilemma in relation to Bordeaux as a whole, but to feel their wine is somehow an exception. I heard fewer justifications or excuses this year.

Delaney advises châteaux "not to worry about what your neighbor does but what the customer will do." There has been some consternation in Bordeaux about the Brits offering advice, or "bashing" Bordeaux (culminating in the open letter sent in January 2015).


The large British merchants have not quite given up on en primeur yet, but neither should their interest and input be taken for granted. Delaney is hopeful for a "very good campaign," implying that for J&B it should be bigger in revenue terms than the past four. Nonetheless, gone are the likes of 2009 and 2010 -- "There isn't the demand and there won't be the supply," he says, referring to the increasing number of châteaux keeping back a substantial amount of inventory.

You can read the full article here:
http://www.worldoffinewine.com/news/2015-bordeaux-en-primeur-a-door-half-open-4879511/

 

07 March 2016 - 'Bordeaux is the Benchmark...' by Will Lyons

In recent years, prices have skyrocketed - Will Lyons goes in search of the good stuff that won't break the bank. Bordeaux is important. It is still the finest red wine in the world and, for many winemakers, it is the benchmark. That's why I spend every April driving round Bordeaux, tasting the new vintage from barrel. The good news is you don't have to spend hundreds of pounds for a taste of Bordeaux magic. I have found many examples, under £25, that are ready to drink within two to five years of bottling.

Chateau Reynon, Premieres Cote de Bordeaux, 2009. £11.96

 

04 March 2016 - Chateau Greysac 2008 Médoc, Jancis Robinson's Wine of the Week

 

24 February 2016 - 'Top Burgundy 2014 wines – en primeur scores,' by J. Thexton for Decanter

Who topped the Burgundy 2014 en primeur charts following comprehensive tastings in both France and London by Decanter experts Stephen Brook and Gérard Basset OBE MW MS? Clue: it wasn't Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.See Decanter’s top Burgundy 2014 wines by score. You’ve seen Decanter’s best value Burgundy 2014 wines, so now it’s on to the very top – regardless of price. A lot of well-known names are there, of course, but it might not be who you’d expect at the very top of the list. The top 30 are below. Stephen Brook and Gerard Basset OBE MW MS tasted more than 1,460 Burgundy 2014 wines between them. They said a challenging year that has yielded some classic reds and beautifully approachable whites. Chablis scores were particularly high for this vintage. ‘2014 is a vintage for lovers of classic Chablis with fresh fruit and nuances of iodine coupled with a-well chiselled palate,’ said Basset. ‘There are plenty of superb wines with great intensity but also real elegance.’

Domaine Armand Rousseau, Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 (97 points)
Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Les Perrières Meursault 1er Cru 2014 (97 points)
Domaine Armand Rousseau, Clos-St-Jacques Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2014 (96 points)
Clos de Tart, Grand Cru Monopole 2014 (96 points)
Domaine du Clos des Lambrays, Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 2014 (96 points)
Domaine Dujac, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2014 (96 points)
Domaine Etienne Sauzet, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2014 (96 points)
Domaine Leflaive, Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2014 (96 points)

 

23 February 2016 - 'Best value Burgundy 2014,' by Stephen Brook for Decanter

Stephen Brook has selected en primeur wines from the Burgundy 2014 vintage that offer best value for money - and are all 89 points and above. More than 1,000 Burgundy 2014 en primeur wines were rated and tasted for Decanter by Gérard Basset OBE MW MS and Stephen Brook. See their overview of the Burgundy 2014 vintage.

Robert Chevillon, Vieilles Vignes, Nuits-St-Georges 2014 (92 points)

 

30 January 2016 - 'London's Burgundy Week...A great vintage for whites,' by Anthony Rose for the Independent

Anthony Rose has discovered a plethora of exceptional value, deliciously rich and flavoursome wines. London's Burgundy Week and the buzz it engenders kick starts the wine year like no other. This January was even crazier than usual with 19 wine-merchant tastings in three days and throngs of consumers waving credit cards like Union Jacks at a Royal wedding. Why? Because 2014 has been heralded as a great vintage for whites and a good one for reds, thanks to beautiful spring weather, followed by a cool August and then an Indian summer.The compression of these tastings and the ensuing consumer demand is because of the limited quantities of the greatest wines, but the word Burgundy needn't raise price alarm bells. There's a big price disparity between village and grand cru with surprisingly good value at a time of a weak euro. Hew Blair of Justerini & Brooks, which started the en primeur Burgundy ball rolling 25 years ago, reckons that J&B sells three-quarters of its allocation of premier and grand cru Burgundies during the six weeks or so of the offer.

Etienne Sauzet's excellent Bourgogne, Tufera, £155, J&B (justerinis./com/burgundy2014).

 

22 January 2016 - 'Vintage value,' by Jancis Robinson for The Financial Times

From one of the posher merchants, Rémi Rollin deserves special mention for his 2014s. Rémi Rollin, Sous le Bois de Noël et Belles Filles 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge (£150 Justerini & Brooks) is an underpriced delight, as is his Rémi Rollin, Sous Frétille Premier Cru 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses (£285 Justerini & Brooks).

 

21 January 2016 - Restorative riesling by Victoria Moore for The Telegraph

Dönnhoff Riesling, a refreshing white wine, is the perfect antidote to the winter blues, says Victoria Moore. I’ve been brightening up the suddenly sharply cold January nights with an old favourite. Not, as you might expect, a bolstering red, but a lucid white: Dönnhoff Riesling 2013 Nahe, Germany available at Justerini & Brooks.

I love the softness of the Dönnhoff style. The wines have a dove-like grace that is undercut with acidity that is swift and sharp and refreshing. This one tastes of white peaches and white nectarines. It’s not dry – there are about 20-30g/l of residual sugar, balanced by that bright acidity, which gives the same impression of sweetness as biting into a ripe green melon that’s been dressed with lime. If you’re eating chilli then you actually need some sugar to deal with the heat – without it, a wine tastes two-dimensional, as if it’s been stripped of flavour.

 

17 January 2016 - 'Burgundy's 2014 Wines Priced in U.K. Below Previous Vintages,' by Guy Collins for Bloomberg

Burgundy 2014 wines on show at London tastings over the past week are being offered at U.K. prices below those for the 2013 and 2012 vintages, helped by favorable harvest weather and sterling’s strength against the euro. White wines are showing more consistent quality than reds, after chardonnay ripened well in sunny September conditions that year, according to merchants Justerini & Brooks Ltd.
The view that 2014 will be more a vintage for whites than reds in Burgundy, with quality boosted by the favorable harvest weather, was in evidence at other London tastings as well. “It was a better September than August,” said Giles Burke-Gaffney, buying director at Justerini & Brooks.

 

15 January 2016 - '2014 Burgundy: Whites Shine Brightest,' by Adam Lechmere

The Burgundy 2014 en primeur tastings in London have been the most satisfying for many years, and that is mainly because of the alluring quality of the white wines. The reds are charming, pretty, early-drinking, and in many cases magnificent, but it is the white wines which have seduced critics and merchants. It is always gratifying when hype seems justified, and Burgundy has been talking up the 2014 Chardonnay for months. Giles Burke-Gaffney, buying director at Justerini & Brooks, said the whites "must be considered great".

Burgundy 2014 – wines to look out for:

Domaine de Montille, Puligny-Montrachet, Le Cailleret 1er Cru
Rich sweet elegantly earthy nose, very pretty; the palate opulent, with rich apple notes and above them, guava and other exotics. Lovely acidic length. Superb.
Justerini & Brooks £81.46 (bottle). Drink 2018-2030

Tollot-Beaut, Chorey-les-Beaune, Piece du Chapitre
What a delicate nose with hint of sandalwood. On the palate the tannins grip and release, grip and release, allowing gentle waves of wild strawberry and blueberry fruit to show. Juicy throughout. A wine of huge character.
Justerini & Brooks £90 (6 bots in bond) Drink 2018-2035

 

06 December 2015 - 'The Dream Team...' The Sunday Times by Will Lyons

2014 Terrasses Regis, Domaine Boucabeille, Cotes du Rousillion, France
"Brimming with character, this has plenty of drinkable, rustic red fruit." £8.46

 

04 October 2015 - 'Barr Fly' Break open the bubbly, it's raining Champagne...

"A huge pop heralds the gentlest softest bubbles, giving a voluptuous mouth feel. Ripe, white peaches make you think Bellini, but it would be a crime to adulterate this." £19.15

To regain its crown, we must think and drink beyond the obvious sparkle. "People are starting to view Champagne not just as a celebratory drink, but as a region," says Julian Campbell, buyer at Justerini & Brooks. "Explore differences between villages, smaller growers and vintage variation - it's worth stocking up on the 2008s that are just starting to appear."

 

25 August 2015 - Pinot with Style - 'Wine of the Week' in Country Life by Harry Eyres

"The excellent value Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Gris 2013 (£100 per dozen) has a subtle, layered nose - aromatic buyt not too obviously so - and is rich-textured with a spicy crisp finish."

The best New Zealand Pinot Gris is much more in the richly textured, aromatic Alsace manner than the characterless Italian one. And there is a Pinot Noir connection, because Martinborough in the south-east corner of the North Island and Otago in the South turn out to have brilliant terroir for both these kinds of Pinot.

 

25 August 2015 - A Case for Chianti - 'Wine of the Week' in Country Life by Harry Eyres

"A more recent revelation for me has been Monteraponi - Its wines from high vineyards - near Radda- are not over done in any way; the standard Chianti Classico 2013 (£120 for a box of 12) has beautiful. transparent, sappy fruit and great freshness. The Riserva II Campitello 2012 (£135 for box of six) is even better, with raspberry as well as cherry notes on the nose, considerable depth but still liveliness on the palate."

Chianti shouldn't be heavy, in my view, and not overtly oaky either. It's more like Burgundy - the aromatic product of small plots of land on often stony hillsides - than smooth, well-upholstered Bordeaux.

 

28 July 2012 - ‘Best red wines for summer’ – The Times by Jane MacQuitty

Justerini & Brooks Red Burgundy, France J&B refuse to name the classy burgundy domaine that this wine comes from. At least I can reveal that it comes from the grand 2009 red burgundy vintage and frankly, with so much gorgeous pinot noir fruit to the ... who cares about the nitty-gritty of provenance. Three decades-ago, a fresh young, juicy red burgundy such as this one bursting with layer upon layer of seductive, rip, rose, game and damson-packed fruit just would not have been made. A big hurray for fruit first burgundy. Justerini & Brooks Pomerol, Jean-Pierre Moueix, France Struggling through a double-depression even J&B’s well needed customers might like to check out this wine merchants stunning range of great value for money house wines. Swoon over this heavenly summer claret from the good, not great 2008 vintage. Mostly merlot with a dash of Cabinet franc, its all bold, beefy, velvety, spiced plum fruit.