A Wine Grower Dinner with Drouhin’s Christophe Thomas

A Wine Grower Dinner with Drouhin’s Christophe Thomas

Tuesday 22nd May 2018
by Alasdair Lawson-Dick

Fifty eight Burgundy fans descended on top St Andrews restaurant The Adamson for our recent Joseph Drouhin Wine Dinner.

As the early evening sun went down guests enjoyed a glass of Justerini & Brooks Sarcey Brut Private Cuvee, while our speaker from Drouhin, Christophe Thomas, was introduced. Two white wines accompanied East Neuk Crab: a surprisingly rich and textured St Aubin and a more stately and complex Puligny Montrachet – both from the attractive 2014 vintage.

A rare rack of lamb followed and many guests proclaimed the fourth wine, a Chambolle Musigny 2014, as the wine of the evening.  Proceeded by a delicious, fresh Cote de Beaune 2013, the Chambolle was dark in colour and long on the palate and matched the black olive and caper and red wine sauce, beautifully.

A Champagne Masterclass with Charles Philipponnat

A Champagne Masterclass with Charles Philipponnat

Wednesday 16th May 2018
by George Wilmoth

Last month Justerinis co-hosted a Champagne masterclass with Charles Philipponnat of the eponymous champagne house. 

The afternoon consisted of a superb lunch by Claude Bosi at Bibendum with perfectly paired bottles from the cellars of Philipponnat. We tried four new wines from Phillipponnat including the 2008 "1522", the 2008 Mareuil-Sur-Ay, the 2007 Clos des Goisses "Juste Rose" and the 2008 Les Cintres. All brilliant, complex and satisfying wines.

The 1522 is surprisingly fleshy and accessible but there's a taut minerality that comes through on the finish that reminds you of the vintage's tension.  It was the first time I tried the Mareuil-Sur-Ay but it took the 1522s style and ramped it up with greater tension and nervosity. I'll be buying some of this for myself.

A Champagne Tasting in Monaco

A Champagne Tasting in Monaco

Monday 14th May 2018
by Catriona Palmer

Last week, Justerini & Brooks hosted a champagne tasting like no other; aboard the Sunshine Schooner, overlooking the bay of Monte Carlo.

Collected from outside the notoriously glamorous Monaco Harbour Club, guests were tendered across the sparkling Monte Carlo bay in groupings of five until we had 45 people on board the beautiful Sunshine Schooner.  Few classic schooners still exist today, and Sunshine, a Burmese crafted classic yacht, with a unique 2 inch thick teak deck, beautiful rosewood markings and towering masts, was certainly the jewel in the harbour and the perfect place to host a Justerini & Brooks champagne tasting. 

J&B Rare Returns Home

J&B Rare Returns Home

Tuesday 1st May 2018
by Justerini & Brooks

From 1st May 2018, Justerini & Brooks takes back the exclusive distribution in Great Britain of its house whisky J&B Rare, after a 21 year gap. 

The whisky will sit alongside Justerini & Brooks’ existing portfolio of fine wines and rare malts. Promoted as the wine merchant’s whisky, Justerini & Brooks created J&B Rare in the early 1930s. The whisky rose to prominence from its public association with the Hollywood Rat Pack of the 1950s and ‘60s. By 1997, the last year Justerini & Brooks distributed J&B Rare, the whisky was selling 6 million cases a year; making it the second biggest selling Scotch whisky in the world.

The pedigree bottling of J&B Rare still retains its signature blend of prestigious single malt and grain whiskies from across Speyside, featuring ‘heart malts’ from Knockando, Auchroisk, Strathmill and Glen Spey. J&B Rare’s return to Justerini & Brooks marks a pivotal moment in the company’s long-standing association with its house brand.


Discover the whisky online at Justerinis.com 

Bordeaux 2017: The Wine Advocate’s scores are in

Bordeaux 2017: The Wine Advocate’s scores are in

Monday 30th April 2018
by Tom Jenkins

We thoroughly enjoyed our week tasting 2017s from barrel. We loved the style, the aromatics, the precision and the freshness of the best wines. 

We thought it would be a vintage that would appeal to those who like restraint and charm, dare we say it, something for a European palate (we are still European for the time being…). Lisa Perrotti-Brown, the new Bordeaux correspondence for the influential Wine Advocate is also smitten, awarding three wines 97-100 points and numerous scores into the high nineties. Please find an overview of her thoughts below.

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