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Muscadet anyone?

This grape variety, so often associated with cheap, quaffing plonk consumed by tourists with the obligatory seafood lunch when they first land in France, actually has quite a range of character and complexity once you start to get into some

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Château Gillette “Crème de Tête” Sauternes 1976

This is a fascinating wine and a Sauternes like no other.  A very strict regime of only making the wine in the best years is adhered to, meaning that between 1970 and 1979, only 6 vintages were made.  The wine

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Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon 2005

Mount Pleasant Single Vineyard "Lovedale" SEmillon 2005

This single vineyard wine has a mid-lemon hue with a lively citrus, gooseberry nose and a hint of minerality. A gentle waxy note is also present on the nose. The palate is again very lively with a great balance between

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M. Chapoutier Domaine des Granges de Mirabel Viognier 2011

Chapoutier viognier R

One of Michel Chapoutier’s offerings from the lesser known AOC of Côteaux de l’Ardèche which is located to the west of the Rhône Valley. It is well known for the Chardonnay that is often produced here, including a common offering

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Viré Clessé 2011 from Chanson Père et Fils

The AOC of Viré Clessé is a fairly recent creation, having first seen the light of day in 1999 as a result of numerous villages in the Mâconnais being united. In the past the wines would generally have been labelled

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Malartic-Lagravière white 2005, guinea fowl and morel mushrooms

Malartic 2005 white

I’ve been looking for the right dish as an excuse to open this bottle of white for a while now, and when a chef friend told me the other day that he had found the first morels in the market

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Joh. Jos. Prüm 2002 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese

J.J. Prüm 2002 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese, 7,5% abv

What a special wine this is! Sharing this over dinner with a few wine educator friends, our first thought was: “this is why Riesling really IS the best white grape in the world! At only 7.5% abv, it has nowhere

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Domaine Vincent Spannagel, Cuvée St Marc Riesling 2010

Cuvée Saint Marc Riesling

This delightful, but sadly rare Alsace riesling from Domaine Vincent Spannagel is an absolute delight! From a Katzenthal producer who is very private (so much so, that all you get is an email address, no website!), this is a wine

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Wine finds: 16 December 2012

Grechetto 2011 from Arnaldo Caprai What a delightfully refreshing, zingy wine this is! I stumbled upon it at a tasting last Friday night and was very pleasantly surprised, both by the fruit / acidity balance and the price! It is

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No Yquem 2012

At last! Someone has been brave enough to admit that 2012 has not been good as far as vintages go. So many reports over the last couple of months have talked about small but excellent vintages, challenging but rewarding vintages

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