Rhône 2019 Webinar

Rhône 2019 Webinar

Thursday 26th November 2020
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Featuring Domaine Rostaing, Chêne Bleu and Château Mont-Redon.

 In lieu of our annual Rhône 2019 tasting, we hosted a Zoom webinar with three of the region’s leading lights to discuss their winemaking philosophies and, in particular, share with us their thoughts on the 2019 vintage: Pierre Rostaing from Côte Rôtie, Danielle Rolet from Chêne Bleu in the Ventoux and Mont-Redon’s Pierre Fabre in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. To view the wines in this years’ 2019 offer please click here.


Vintage Report: Rhône 2019 - Another “9“ makes its mark

Vintage Report: Rhône 2019 - Another “9“ makes its mark

Monday 23rd November 2020
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Another “9“ makes its mark 

Like 79, 89, 99 and 2009 before it, the Perrins consider 2019 to be another in a line of ‘9s that “regularly mark the memory of winegrowers.” This is very aptly worded. For the 2019 season conditions certainly made an impression right across the Rhône valley. Wherever estates were based, Northern or Southern Rhône, they all shared the same challenge – a very dry and hot summer. It is rare for such meteorological conditions to be felt so equally throughout the Rhône. The only devastating anomaly being a hailstorm that hit the “Chassis” plateau of Crozes, wiping out between 20-100% of the crop there. The preceding winter was very wet and boosted water reserves, helping to sustain the vineyards during Summer 2019’s drought. An equally crucial role in 2019’s success, though, was also played by growers and their ability to adapt their growing techniques to conditions; limiting impact and stress and vines, soils; shading bunches proved vital.
Places Endure – An ode to Cain

Places Endure – An ode to Cain

Thursday 29th October 2020
by Mark Dearing

Places Endure - An ode to Cain 

It was with particular poignancy that we drank a recent bottle of Cain. At home, in a convivial setting, we were reminded of just how confidently the Cain wines celebrate originality. In fact, this estate is known - feted even - by the more thoughtful of tasters, for producing a slightly wilder style of wine. These are Bordeaux blends layered with intricate fruits, earthy herbs, and spicy ferric notes – not your average Napa. In youth, what some commentators might describe as “strident” tannins in the Californian context, we view as classicism – true ripeness allied to freshness – an approach that yields sophisticated wines of presence, with nimble, wind-swept acidities and smooth, engaging fruit flavours. 

A webinar with Nigel Greening of Felton Road

A webinar with Nigel Greening of Felton Road

Wednesday 30th September 2020
by Justerini & Brooks

A conversation with Nigel Greening of Felton Road and his 'benchmark' vintage...

Since purchasing Felton Road in 2000 owner Nigel Greening has overseen an incredible revolution at the estate, including an early move to organic and, later, biodynamic viticulture. Years of rigorous but environmentally respectful viticultural practices and sensitive, hands-off winemaking has elevated them to near legendary status in New Zealand fine wine circles. In the process of this meteoric rise, they have also become a worldwide fine wine beacon of sustainability.

Going down a Storm

Going down a Storm

Friday 11th September 2020
by Mark Dearing

Justerini & Brooks forms new partnership with South African producer Storm Wines

We are delighted to be the newly appointed agents for Storm Wines, from South Africa’s Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. For a number of years we have been buying and drinking these wines but it was not until we visited their small, family estate on home turf that we appreciated the attention to detail and passion that goes in to producing their seemingly effortless Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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