Julian Campbell
Julian is responsible for The Loire, Southwest France, Alsace, Spain, Germany, USA, Chile, Argentina, Australia and South Africa.

It all started with a bottle of Cheval Blanc 1981. It was to prove an important moment that left an indelible memory, which lead first to exams and then the realisation that he could pursue his fascination with fine wine professionally.

Julian's job at Justerini & Brooks is to understand the people who make these bottles, their vision, and how they unlock the potential in the lands they farm.

This takes him to some of the world’s great vineyards, meeting many of the world’s greatest wine making talents along the way. What makes it so exciting is the almost limitless scope. On every slope there is a new bunch, a new bottle, a new taste.

It is a never-ending journey, always in pursuit of putting a little of that magic he experienced all those years ago into the glasses of Justerini & Brooks’ clients.
2020 - A Few Good Bottles

2020 - A Few Good Bottles

Tuesday 22nd December 2020
by Julian Campbell

This year, perhaps more than any other, solace has been found in transportative bottles of great wine.

Without recourse to travelling, it has come down to the willingness of producers to send samples, and in that regard I’ve been blessed with some very accommodating winemakers who have been happy to fire bottles across the seas for me to taste in the comfort and (occasional) peace of my own home. In truth, there are many bottles that stand out as bright sparks of excitement in the muddle of 2020; Germany features heavily, so does Champagne, a little bit of South Africa, plenty of California, a handful of momentous, or just perfectly timed Burgundies and one particularly lovely bottle of single vineyard St Joseph that sang next to chicken with clementines, fennel and Pernod. What follows is a handful of especially bright spots – wines that made, to paraphrase Mr. McCartney, all our troubles seem so far away…

Vintage Report: Germany 2019 - Riesling’s Reign

Vintage Report: Germany 2019 - Riesling’s Reign

Friday 21st August 2020
by Julian Campbell

Riesling’s Reign 

Germany’s 2019 vintage is clearly rather special and has even been described as a potential “vintage of the century” by one commentator. However, had this label been bandied about at harvest time you’ve have been hard pressed to find a grower to confirm that view – over repeated zoom calls during the summer I was met with surprise and delight at how the vintage has turned out. From best-ever estate wines to aristocratic Grosses Gewächs, and many a luscious-yet-lively sweetie, there are some truly thrilling wines in this years’ 2019 offer. Stylistically it is a hard year to pigeonhole as overall the wines present a wonderfully complex and somewhat rare blend of intense minerality married to ripeness. As Frank Schönleber noted, the wines have “the flavours of a cool vintage allied to the structure of a warm one” - a decidedly delicious combination and one that is guaranteed to win many friends in the years to come. 

Cain Concept 2010 – Placing the Benchlands

Cain Concept 2010 – Placing the Benchlands

Tuesday 21st July 2020
by Julian Campbell

The inimitable Chris Howell from Cain Vineyards uses google maps to place both Cain Five and Cain Concept, two of Napa’s most interesting wines…


Thibaud Boudignon, the saviour of Savennières

Thibaud Boudignon, the saviour of Savennières

Tuesday 26th May 2020
by Julian Campbell

Thibaud Boudignon, the saviour of Savennières

Thibaud built his reputation around the world with a string of steely releases, and is now held up as one of the most sought-after producers in the whole of the Loire. If ever a man could be said to be doing to Anjou what Didier Dagueneau did for Sauvignon Blanc, Thibaud is that man.

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.

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