2019 in the Mosel - Vintage report from  Weingut Willi Schaefer

2019 in the Mosel - Vintage report from Weingut Willi Schaefer

Wednesday 11th March 2020
by Julian Campbell

2019 in the Mosel - Vintage report from  Weingut Willi Schaefer

Yes – we are overjoyed about the results of harvest 2019! Currently, the young wines enchant us in all variations from our “village-level” to Beerenauslese. What we love most is the complexity, the detailed juicy-elegant character, the multilayered fruit flavors plus, of course, the distinct acidity. Of particular note is the complexity of our Auslese wines. Vintage 2019 also provided us with a GG (Grosses Gewächs), though we will release it at a later date.

Italy 2016

Italy 2016

Monday 9th March 2020
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

In anticipation of the new vintage, we asked our growers to describe this using one word - 'una parola'. 

Click here to see what they had to say.

Piedmont 2016: Il Sogno!

Piedmont 2016: Il Sogno!

Friday 6th March 2020
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Piedmont 2016 Vintage Report: Il Sogno!

2016 has made a reputation for itself as a great vintage in Piedmont. On the evidence of the wines our buying team tasted in February, such a tag is well-justified.  Its place amongst the pantheon of top vintages is assured. The question is whether it surpasses legendary years such as 2013, 2010 and 2001. Many believe it does. People will judge for themselves and no doubt time will tell but, for now, what we can say is that we were thoroughly impressed by this thrilling and harmonious vintage that teeters somewhere between classical and modern in style. Classical in the sense that the wines display fresh acidities and veins of pure, crisp fruit, but modern in the sense of greater attention to detail in the vineyard and the cellar; gentle extractions, restraint in favour of power, and tactile, sophisticated, ripe fruit profiles displaying none of the rusticity sometimes seen in the past. Indeed, 2016, although early days, has every potential to set a new bar for the region’s most dynamic, terroir-driven producers – many of whom are represented in our offer today. Furthermore, the growing trend for more neutral oak and lower density wines is has imbued many of these 2016s with a newfound clarity – it is potentially the most graceful vintage of modern times.         

Vintage Report: Burgundy 2018

Vintage Report: Burgundy 2018

Tuesday 10th December 2019
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

 An extraordinary, record-breaking vintage that was as fascinating and enjoyable to taste as it was confounding.

The first thing to know about 2018 in Burgundy is that while it was the warmest year on record, when measured across the whole year, it was not extreme during the summer in the way that 2003 was. The second key to the vintage was the size of the crop -  2018 goes down as one of the biggest on record; a key mitigating factor to the summer warmth and drought. Finally, the winter of 2017/2018 was very wet and served to ensure that deep-lying water reserves were adequately filled at the start of the growing season.

Bodegas Tradicion at Claridge’s

Bodegas Tradicion at Claridge’s

Thursday 24th October 2019
by Mark Dearing

It was an enormous pleasure to spend an evening with Bodegas Tradicion in the beautiful surroundings of Mayfair’s 5* Claridge’s Hotel in late September.

Eighteen lucky attendees were treated to a specially designed five course menu by executive head chef Martyn Nail to celebrate the new direct partnership between Justerini & Brooks and Bodegas Tradicion in the UK. Lorenzo Garcia-Iglesias and Eduardo Davis were our generous hosts, guiding guests through these complex, thoughtful Sherries. It seemed fitting that we should showcase these beautiful wines not with your standard Spanish fare, instead alongside modern, high end cuisine to demonstrate not only the diversity and superior quality of the Tradicion sherries, but also their ability to pair seamlessly and show at their confident best in the most luxurious of environments. These are smart wines in every sense of the word.

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