Posts with the label "rhône"


A New Year message: Letter from London

A New Year message: Letter from London

Wednesday 4th January 2017
by Chadwick Delaney

We will all certainly remember 2016 as the year of milestones. In the broader world 2016 was a year of quite some change, which has given us a lot to reflect on. Beyond careful planning for the future, at Justerini & Brooks it was a year we allowed a small focus on celebration. 

Firstly, we had a couple of important anniversaries. Our business, which started in St. James’s back in 1749, celebrated its 150th anniversary of doing business with the United States. The arrival of ocean-going steam ships allowed the rich and inquisitive of New York to come to London, and us to go there (Justerinis subsequently opened an office there in 1866). Yet records show the U.S. didn’t even house our first overseas customer – a lone Indian Maharaja beats the glitzy and more broad arrival of Manhattan by eight years. From that first customer we now service the needs of collectors across 49 different countries.

Vintage Report: Rhone 2015 - Rhone Rises

Vintage Report: Rhone 2015 - Rhone Rises

Tuesday 27th September 2016
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

After some challenging vintages Rhone’s vignerons have got big smiles on their faces again. 2016 is shaping up nicely, the ground is a little parched, but grapes are still ripening and in good health. 

Something between very good to great is on the cards.  At the same time the fruits of its predecessor, 2015, certainly look the real deal. Two of us yo-yoed between Marseille and Lyon last week visiting 24 producers in total and quenching our palates on some of the most brilliant young Rhone wines we had tasted in years.  

Rhône En Primeur 2014 : A Fine Wine Evening

Rhône En Primeur 2014 : A Fine Wine Evening

Monday 30th November 2015
by Justerini & Brooks

Last month, we hosted a tasting of Champagne and Rhône wines at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in the city. 

It was a superb evening; the buzz surrounding the wines was tangible and we were thrilled to welcome so many guests, journalists and growers alike.

Vintage Report: Rhone 2014 and some words on '13 & '15

Vintage Report: Rhone 2014 and some words on '13 & '15

Monday 21st September 2015
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

The Rhone valley are just a few days away from completing what promises to be a great 2015 vintage.  

The growers were certainly all smiles last week and by the time I flew back home on Thursday, all that was left to pick were a few pockets of Syrah in the North and the red Grenache in the south.  The dry conditions throughout summer, thick skins and healthy ripe fruit already remind many growers of 2005.  The forecast is good for this week, so fingers crossed. 

'At home with Chêne Bleu' - a very special event

'At home with Chêne Bleu' - a very special event

Monday 30th June 2014
by Catriona Palmer

Xavier and Nicole Rolet are the owners of Chêne Bleu, an idyllic winery located in the foothills of Mt Ventoux in Southern Rhône. They kindly invited us into their stunning London home for a spoiling evening showcasing their beautifully polished wines paired with dinner created by a rising star on the London culinary scene - Marcelo de Campos. 

Marcelo created a menu combining the aromas and flavours of Provence with hints of his native Brazil. A ‘touch of football fever' menu matched with award-winning French wines may sound like a strange concept but the first bite of the canapé indicated to me that it was going to be an interesting evening. The thoughtfulness and complexity in the flavour of the food matched terrifically well with the wines.

Before dinner, whilst enjoying her 2013 Rosé, Nicole explained the story of the winery, and their decade of dedication which successfully changed an abandoned vineyard and ruined chateau into the heralded place that it is today. The 1700 feet altitude of the vineyards is certainly tasted on the palate with minerally flavours, especially in the light pink rosé. This is a serious food wine which does not leave one feeling anything but refreshed and happy.
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