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A Tasting with Gilles Desprez of Leroy

A Tasting with Gilles Desprez of Leroy

Friday 14th July 2017
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

Long before Lalou-Bize Leroy started up her eponymous domaine in 1988, Maison Leroy had built itself a reputation as the finest negociant house in Burgundy. 

Originally founded by Francois Leroy in 1868, the house became famous for its collection of old vintages as much as being a key shareholder in and global distributor of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti until 1992 (except for the United States and the UK.) Francois' great grand-daughter, Lalou-Bize, joined the family firm in 1955 and then became Directeur General in 1971.  With the help of investment from a Japanese distributor, Lalou purchased vineyards and created Domaine Leroy.  Setting about a relentless search for quality and embarking on a pioneering bio-dynamic revolution, she soon became one of Burgundy's icons.  

A Drouhin dinner with Christophe Thomas

A Drouhin dinner with Christophe Thomas

Monday 23rd January 2017
by Justerini & Brooks

It went down to minus 8 the evening that the great Christophe Thomas arrived in Aberdeen to talk through the wonderful wines of J.Drouhin over dinner. 40 of us sat down to taste eight Drouhin wines and one Sauternes over 5 courses at The Marcliffe. 

As we all gathered for a glass of Forget Brimont, I inspected the white wines, which were bathing in basins of ice, and with a shiver I went to join our Chairman. Luckily, there was nothing chilly about the evening.

A celebration of Pichon Lalande with Nicolas Glumineau

A celebration of Pichon Lalande with Nicolas Glumineau

Monday 8th February 2016
by Justerini & Brooks

Last week, we were delighted to welcome Nicolas Glumineau to Hélène Darroze at the Connaught to present the wines of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. 

As guests arrived, we treated them to a tasting of  barrel samples of Pichon Lalande’s brilliant 2014s. The Grand Vin had been one of the outstanding wines of the vintage, and it was also our biggest seller of the campaign – so the pressure was on. We needn’t have worried; the 2014 is just such an impressive Pichon. Obviously it’s still an unfinished wine, but as one of our guests pointed out “it’s so smooth you could almost drink it now!” The arrival of Nicolas and the new state of the art winery has added a precision and class worthy of this fabulous terroir. It has catapulted this Pichon right up there amongst the very top wines of the Medoc. The second wine, Réserve de la Comtesse is more brooding now than its stablemate, but its pedigree is without doubt, and at £105 per six, it’s a real bargain!

Interview: Silvia Altare at 61 St James's

Interview: Silvia Altare at 61 St James's

Tuesday 15th December 2015
by Justerini & Brooks

We were lucky enough to speak with Silvia Altare in the cellar last week. Her passion and enthusiasm for the wines Elio, her father, has spent 50 years curating is contagious. In her words, “Elio started the revolution; I am part of the evolution.”

Indeed, Altare has been part of Justerinis’ portfolio for an impressive 30 years. Silvia herself, has been at the winery for 15 years now, but tells us that Elio is still very much in charge.  The Altare team is a small one, “there are six of us running the whole show. We work really hard, from January to December, undertaking everything from pruning to sales.” Silvia has no plans to change this set up, “we are very happy with the current situation, but as a woman, in Italy, in the countryside, in winemaking and Elio being so much a part of the history of Barolo – the pressure is very much on. But the brand is in good hands and everyone is very loyal.”

Ducru Beaucaillou

Ducru Beaucaillou

Monday 19th October 2015
by Tom Jenkins

On Monday, Bruno Borie, the gregarious and charming head of Ducru Beaucaillou hosted a tasting of his first 12 vintages. 

He assumed control of this second growth St Julien estate in time for the challenging 2003 harvest. Bruno is a jovial, larger than life character, always the impeccable and most entertaining of hosts, however, behind the charming façade lies a drive and ambition to create something unique at Ducru. 

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