Justerinis in the Press

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

 

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.