Press highlights

December 2016 - 14 Christmas gift ideas for wine and spirits lovers, The Independent online
2013 Auxey-Duresses Blanc, Domaine Taupenot-Merme
"A good value Burgundy is hard to find but this Chardonnay from the Côte de Beaune has a racy mineral notes with green apples, stone fruit and spice. A balanced use of oak gives a creamy, buttery finish. Spread over 20 appellations in the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits, wines from domaine Taupenot-Merme give a sense of place and purity of fruit, the perfect classic wine gift."

 


December 2016 - 10 best Champagnes, The Independent online
AR Lenoble Brut Intense 
"This is full of character with a bouquet of mature, poached fruit on he nose (apricot, apple and plums); plus almonds, hay citrus and buttery oxidative notes from four years on lees."
 

 

December 2016 - Weekday Wines, Decanter Magazine
2015 Mâcon-Villages, Domaine Alexis Pollier
"It's always uplifting to stumble accross a new name and be immediately impressed. Here is an amazing-value Mâcon from a star producer in the making. This is the first vintage from 21-year-old Alexis Pollier, who has just left the family nest to start his own venture. Stylish floral and crisp apple notes on a graceful yet weighty palate. Lovely now, but plenty of energy for the years to come."

 

December 2016 - Etna Rosso, Decanter Magazine
2014 Ciaurìa, Az. Agri. Pietro Caciogna - 91 Points
The nose is driven by sweet wild fruit plus blueberries and Morello cherries with a tropical mango edge. this finishes on tobacco and herbs with rustic tannins.
2014 Guardoilvento, Az. Agr., Pietro Caciorgna - 91 Points
Exotic fruit cocktail nose with raspberry and passion fruit notes and a touch of cedar. Crunchy wild redcurrants and a creamy blueberry muffin texture giving a lush mouthfeel. Tannins are high and serious here.

December 2016 - A very personal Champagne tour, Decanter Magazine
AR Lenoble, Rosé Terroirs NV
"I Love this house, I love this rosé and I  love the philosophy of Anne Malassagne and her brother Antoine and what they are doing here. This is a top producer flying under the radar making high-quality wines. I like the vintage wines, but this non-vintage rosé (based on 2012 fruit) is fantastic for the price. Flavours of yellow cherry and redcurrant with great depth that would suit pigeon salad with a raspberry vinaigrette"

 

November 2016 - 50 Best Wines for Christmas, The Observer Magazine
2013 Bourgogne OKA, Domaine Arlaud Père & Fils
"Good quality affordable red Burgundy isn't easy to come by. But even if the price stretches the definition of affordable, this delightfully pretty example with its gossamer tannins and delicate, pure red fruit, is very good value for those who must have Pinot Noir fix."

 

October 2016 - Dreamy - and good value American Wines, Telegraph Magazine
2012 Demuth Pinot Noir, Knez Winery
'This stands up to what Burgundy can offer at this price, and is full of complex layers – savoury, fruit and fragrance.' Hamish Anderson

 

October 2016- 2014 Chambolle Musigny Panel Tasting, Decanter Magazine
2014 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe D’Orveau, Domaine Taupenot-Merme 
Outstanding: 'Evolved bouquet with fresh raspberry and orange rind, the prelude to quite a savoury wine. Attractive, a divine mouthful. Very classy.'
2014 1er Cru Les Charmes, Domaine Hudellot-Noëllat
Highly recommended: 'Impressive concentration gives power and intensity to the wine, and it seems to have the stuffing to subsume its liberally applied new wood.'
2014 Chambolle-Musigny, Domaine Taupenot-Merme
Recommended: 'An open, soft wine with complex mixed fruit and wild roses. (…) An intense wine with impressive persistence.'

 

 
September 2016- 12 of the best grower Champagnes to try in 2016 by Nuria Stylianou, The Evening Standard
AR Lenoble's Brut Nature Dosage Zéro

"This features equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from 2010 and five years’ ageing in the cellars in a solera system - normally used for sherry, perpetually blending the wines. The legal minimum ageing for NV Champagne is only 15 months and this extra time adds richness and concentration, which is beautifully balanced by the salinity and freshness of no added sugar before bottling. Pure aromas of almond, honey and white truffle on the nose plus citrus-acidity on the palate, this is a heavenly match for oysters, 24-month aged Comté cheese, prosciutto, or simply savoured on its own."
 
 


August 2016- Stolpman Vineyards by Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com
Stolpman Roussanne 2013 Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara County, California
"15-18 months in 500 litre new oak puncheons. This is a late ripening variety that’s picked in late October or early November. It’s rich but still has freshness with bold, spicy flavours of pear and peach along with some toast and nut characters. It’s quite oily and there’s some new wood evident, but also some freshness. 92/100"
Stolpman L’Avion Roussanne 2012 Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara County, California
"This is a cherry-picked selection of the Roussanne. Highly aromatic showing rich, nuanced aromas of pear, peach and spice. The palate is rich but has fine notes of melon and pear. Very stylish and pure with lovely depth. Fine, showing nice focus and weight. 94/100"
Stolpman Carbonic Sangiovese 2014 Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara County, California
"Picked early, carbonic maceration. Pale cherry red colour. Fresh and juicy with lovely red cherries and plums. Juicy, pure and drinkable. So pretty with a bit of grip. 92/100"
Stolpman Syrah 2012 Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara County, California
"50% whole bunch, aged in concrete. Floral and enticing with red and black cherries plus notes of mint and medicine. Vivid, peppery undertones here. Spicy and vivid with nice grip and real freshness to the ripe fruit. A very precise wine. 94/100"

 
 



July 2016- Gattinara: Bargain Nebbiolo, Walter Speller jancisrobinson.com
2011 Gattinara, Mauro Franchino
A blend from two crus: Lurghe and Guardie. 
Palish mid ruby with bricky rim. Quite tight, sweet and a little savoury on the nose. Fine, juicy cherry fruit with a powdery tannic spine. Burgundian in style, unostentatious yet deep and long. Highly original."

 
 
July 2016- German Riesling Tasting Panel by Giles MacDonogh, David Motion, and Matt Walls, Decanter
2014 Schlossberg Riesling Trocken, Weingut Heinrichshof
“The rank outsider among our Outstanding producers, and for most of us a discovery, the Heinrichshof in Zeltingen is a small (6ha) family estate now run by Peter and Ulrich Griebeler, whose grapes are chiefly grown on the steep slopes of the Zeltinger Schlossberg and Sonnenuhr (sundial). The wines are Peter’s domain. He trained with Armin Diel in the Nahe and Fritz Haag nearer home. The estate focuses on dry wines, and 2014 was its first vintage: bravo!”
 
 Decanter
July 2016 -Top 100 Wines for Summer by Jane MacQuitty, The Times
2012 Bourgogne Blanc, Domaine Ballot-Millot
"This humble white Burgundy is a star. With less new oak than some, this stunning summer sip, with oodles of rich, nutty, minerally, hazelnut and cashew-crammed fruit, is ideal with creamy white meat and fish dishes."
2013 Fixin, Domaine Denis Berthaut
"Try this beguiling 2013 red burgundy - gorgeous, gamey, and packed with spiced strawberry and beetroot."


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June 2016 -Wine of the Week by Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com
2014 Pinot Noir, Vallée d'Aoste DOC, Elio Ottin
"...this cheery and rewarding wine also had excellent acidity, perhaps in this case the result of being grown at high elevation, and real grip and graininess on the palate."

 
 Elio Ottin
May 2016 - Californian Chardonnay by Mark Andrew, Stephen Brook, and Andy Howard MW, Decanter
2014 White Hill, Santa Rita Hilla, Santa Barbara, Liquid Farm
Bright nose of ripe yellow citrus fruit and white flowers. Medium-bodied and supple with good acidity and understated oak. Has great structure and potential, and a mineral edge running through it. Refreshing grapefruit finish. 
2013 Ritchie Vineyard, Sonoma, Red Car
Waxy apple and lime nose with well-integrated oak and a medium-weight palate. Concentrated with a backbone of acidity that gives some persistence.

2013 Sonoma Coast, Red Car
Ripe lime nose with good integration of oak and tropical fruit. Fresh attack with fine acidity and green apple fruit. Has poise and finesse. 
2013 Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, Chanin 
Lovely lemon and gunsmoke on the nose. Refined and elegant wine which is drinking very well now. 
2014 Haynes Vineyard, Napa Valley, Failla
Heady apricot nose with a tropical fruit palate but with acidity to balance. Concentrated yet fresh with a nice salty tang and preserved lemon to finish.
2014 Sonoma Coast, Failla
Smoky oak nose with a creamy, textured palate. Balanced by fresh acidity and concentrated, fleshy fruits. A good finish with nice levels of complexity.  
2013 Golden Slope, Santa Rita Hills, Liquid Farm
Warm, toasty oak aromas and yeasty characters on the palate; a touch of biscuit. This melds well with fresh acidity and concentrated fruits. 
2014 El Camino Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, Varner
Ripe pear compote nose. Fresh attack, lean and precise, showing charm, finesse and ample concentration, with additional layers of complexity. 
 
 
 Liquid FarmsChanin
Failla

April 2016 - White Burgundy Tasting Notes by Hamish Anderson, Telegraph Magazine
2014 Mâcon-Loché 'En Prés Fôret', Domaine Clos des Rocs
Lovers of white burgundy should buy as much of the 2014 as their bank and cellar allow. Textured but refreshing, this illustrates the vintage’s perfect poise. 

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April 2016 - The Best Pinot Noirs Outside Burgundy, Decanter
2013 Hirsch Vineyard Sonoma CoastFailla 
Very pretty, complex nose of raspberry, flowers, spice. Broad and rich, quite opulent but assertive mid-palate. Given time, it will be a lovely and ample expression.
2012 Hirsch Vineyard Sonoma Coast, Failla 
Failla Pinots are posed in a delicious mythical land between Burgundy and California; sometimes closed when first released, they open up over time to become wines of purity and pinpoint elegance, with mouthwatering juiciness.
2013 Marjorie Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon, Cristom
Lovely aromas of dark cherries and raspberries with undergrowth. Good intensity and fruit on the palate. Juicy, soft texture. Very drinkable, may surprise in a few years. 

 Decanter April 2016

 

March 2016 - 2014 Burgundy: All's Well That Ends Well, The World of Fine Wine
Chablis Chétillons, Domaine des Hâtes
Pierrick Laroche’s choice 1ha (2.47-acre) parcel of 45-year-old vines of more calcareous soil southeast of Maligny really suits his priorities. Lovely fruit enhanced by sprightly minerality and impressive length. Punches above the straight appellation. Exceptional. 90
Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Arvelets, Domaine Mark Haisma
Earth and saltiness creep into the red fruit which is not quite ready to reveal itself. Tannins weave a definite structure in which the fruit will eventually blossom. The grip is firm, but from a warm, gentle hand. 90
Nuits-St-Georges St-Julian, Domaine de Montille
The nose is closed and tentative. The palate equally holds back, but promises tart cherry of a very aromatic nature. This is taut and tight and most elegant in its expression: smooth and slender, toned and trim, at its core there is real spirit and joy. 90
Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière Blanc, Domaine Bachelet-Monnot
From the southern end of the Côte, the brothers’ wine shows real class for relatively little outlay. Shows more approachable fruit than in 2013 but never loses the exceptional balance of what is a great white Burgundy vintage. No element is extreme or harsh; it’s lively but charming, intense yet precise and graceful, so expressive. A bargain. 90
Corton-Renardes Grand Cru, Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair
There is a fulsome, juicy greenness about this: not unripe but definitely fresh. The palate has a fluid, almost languid pose that contradicts the nose: a conundrum, but one of pure pleasure. This is sappy and juicy, full of joy. 92
Domaine Heitz-Lochardet
A newcomer discovered by Stannary St Wine Co. and a very serious young grower: nice Chassagne-Montrachet La Maltroie and very good and well-balanced Meursault from Les Gruaches. Very interesting Pommard Clos des Poutures in the Lejeune style (semi-carbonic maceration)avoiding any hard tannin. An historic name (Lochardet): to follow.
Domaine Launay-Horiot
Very serious winemaker and again a Stannary discovery (they have more flair than my home team!), even if the vintage was difficult in Pommard. From the Launay family, they have many gems (including two great Côte de Nuits, Latricièresand Chambertin) and the amount of work done in the vineyard is beginning to pay off. Follow in the future the Pommard-Rugiens from the best part of the climat.
Domaine Paul Pillot
Some of the best Chassagnes tasted in London.
Château du Moulin-à-Vent
The selections parcellaires, especially Champ de Cour,  have great style and definition and show the tremendous class of the terroir. Every new vintage is a marked improvement here.

  

 

 World of Fine Wine

March 2016 - A Matter of Transparency or Numbers? by Tom Stevenson, The World of Fine Wine
When Antoine Malassagne of Champagne AR Lenoble announced "the release of new back labels across our entire range of wines (featuring specific information about grapes, dosage, villages, base years, bottling dates, and vinification techniques) as part of our continued commitment to transparency in both the vineyard and the winery," he added the proviso that "we've made the deliberate decision not to include disgorgement dates. This is not because we are unable to do so but because we are choosing not to do so."



 

 World of Fine Wine

FEBRUARY 2016 - Burgundy 2014, reviewed by Stephen Brook & Gerard Basset, Decanter 
2014 Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru, Domaine Taupenot-Merme
Complex and delicious notes of spices and savoury undertones with a mineral finish. Supremely harmonious, this is a fabulous wine of great expression. 96 points
2014 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru, Domaine des Lambrays
Ethereal notes of blackberry but also floral lift with a lovely silky texture and a savoury/mineral finish. Great appeal already. 96 points
2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Domaine Dujac
Lifted summer pudding aromas with sweet spices, a velvety texture and bramble finish. A huge wine offering both intensity and elegance with age. 96 points
2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Domaine Arlaud
Raspberry and red cherry intermingle with spices on a silky texture and savoury finish. Great definiton of flavour, immense class. 95 points
2014 Clos St-Denis Grand Cru, Domaine Stéphane Magnien
Deliciously perfumed blend of red fruit, blood orange and spicy notes with a velvety texture and a slightly chocolatey finish. A wine that lingers long on the palate. 95 points

Decanter February 2016



JANUARY 2016 - Vintage Value by Jancis Robinson, FT Weekend Magazine

'Between the Mâconnais and Côte d'Or is the Côte Chalonnaise where there are now more and more seriously accomplished producers. Jean-Baptiste Ponsot (imported by Stannary St Wine Co.) is one of them and he seems as gifted with reds as with whites.'
Bargains from the Mâconnais
2014 Pouilly-Loché 'En Chantone', Clos des Rocs
2014 Pouilly-Loché 'Clos des Rocs Monopole', Clos des Rocs
 

 Jancis


JANUARY 2016 - Burgundy 2014: The Best Whites by Victoria Moore, The Telegraph Luxury

'2014 is an extremely good year for white Burgundy. Tasting the white wines - lucid, light-filled, glittering with citrus - has been pure pleasure.'
2014 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly, Domaine Hubert Lamy 
2014 Chassagne-Montrachet, Domaine Bernard Moreau
2014 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroie, Domaine Bernard Moreau
2014 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Charmois, Domaine Paul Pillot
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