Posts with the label "2015"


The clouds part as the Comte Liger-Belair comes to London

The clouds part as the Comte Liger-Belair comes to London

Thursday 26th January 2017
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

A day of being immersed in the Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair wines is a most effective way of lifting the spirits and January gloom. 

Louis-Michel Comte Liger-Belair came to town recently to present his glorious array of 2015s, a full line-up which included his much-anticipated new cuvee, Clos de Vougeot.  If anyone is capable of raising Clos de Vougeot to more ethereal heights, then it is Louis-Michel. 

The flight started off with a monopole, Clos des Grandes Vignes Blanc. This is his best to date, which is saying something after the splendid 2014.  Huge qualitative strides have been made here, ones that transcend any kind of vintage variation.  Then on to the reds, a breath-taking range, among which there were many highlights.  La Romanee was all potential, texture and depth, a wine that combines complexity and power with refinement. This Grand Cru rarely shows off until at least 8-10 years of bottle age, but always carries a sense of greatness. The rest of the wines were impressive for their divine textures and hall-mark Comte Liger-Belair elegance, a perfectly-judged counter-weight to the lushness of the vintage. 

Harvest Report: Bordeaux 2015 from the Guinaudeaus

Harvest Report: Bordeaux 2015 from the Guinaudeaus

Monday 19th October 2015
by Tom Jenkins

The Guinaudeaus share with us news of their extremely pleasing 2015 vintage 

"The weather forecast throughout September (without excessive heat and cool nights) allowed us to confirm the high potential of this vintage. We harvested the Lafleur Cabernets Francs during two sunny days: Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd October, just before an 'oceanic' weekend. Those Cabernets Francs reached an exceptional maturity, with very ripe and healthy bunches of grape. Tank D (mainly composed of the plot 'du levant' and of a selection of the plots 'du midi,' 'du couchant,' 'du portail' and 'des vieux champis,') already displays a wonderful clarity with an aromatic richness unlike anything we have witnessed before."

Germany 2015: Day One - Zilliken, Von Schubert & Fritz Haag

Germany 2015: Day One - Zilliken, Von Schubert & Fritz Haag

Friday 16th October 2015
by Julian Campbell

Germany’s greatest winemaking regions make for an extremely memorable visit, particularly when, as was the case last week, the October weather is providing blue skies and sunshine from day break to sunset. 

Conditions as harvest approached were near perfect – warm yet fresh days and cool nights of low single-figure temperatures.  It was to be the largest group of employees we have ever taken abroad, testament to the great love the Justerinis team has for top quality German wine.