Posts with the label "2016"


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.         

Harvest Report: Schloss Lieser

Harvest Report: Schloss Lieser

Wednesday 21st December 2016
by Justerini & Brooks

With harvest completed at the end of November, 2016 is shaping up to be a delicate, precise and well-balanced vintage at Schloss Lieser. 

They share their first impressions of the new vintage with us. "we had quality and quantity, but this was an intense harvest time." "May and June were very wet and we did not expect such healthy grapes."  "The weather turned in June - August and after a warm, sunny September with no humidity, we began harvest on the 10th October." 

Harvest Report: Chateau Lafleur

Harvest Report: Chateau Lafleur

Wednesday 21st September 2016
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

As harvest in Bordeaux begins, the Guinadeau family of famed Chateau Lafleur sent us their report on the latest vintage. 

"We started to harvest on the morning of Friday 9th September, with the whites. It was warm and dry in Bordeaux so we harvested only in the morning, very early, to enjoy the relative cool of the first hours of the day. We gathered for the first time the young parcel of Sauvignon Blanc "Les Perrieres de Mathilde". Then through the weekend we harvested a portion of Semillons from the "Ambaud" parcel and Sauvignons from the plot "Louima." Our permanent vineyard team and team of pickers were very motivated as the health of the vines was very good with the very few pockets of botrytis cut away. For now this has been a harvest of great pleasure." 

Harvest Report: Altare

Harvest Report: Altare

Wednesday 14th September 2016
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Back to the Roots: A lesson of Humility... A harvest update from the wonderful Silvia Altare. 


From the domaine that makes some of the most intense wines Piedmont has to offer, in the words of Silvia. "It's that time of year again where we are back to the roots and we're  back to the crazy days. You anxiously feel the need to look at the weather forecast every 4 hours and working 15 hours a day seems normal..."  Read on to discover more.

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