Hidden Gem: Son Mayol Grand Vin 2017

Are you a Bordeaux Fine Wine Lover eager to discover new “wine horizons”? Meet the 2017 Grand Vin of Bodega Son Mayol ! A brand new project initiated in partnership with Patrick Léon (previous Technical Director at Chateau Mouton-Rothschild/Opus One/Almaviva and Chateau d’Esclans). This is a wine which remains very Bordeaux connected through the grape varieties Cabernet […]

Hidden Gems : Il Grande Silenzio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

This red wine, coming directly from the Corno Grande mountain in the heart of Italy, is made from 100% Montepulciano grapes.   This grape variety, extremely famous in this region of Abruzzo, has been worked according to an ancient Tuscan method.  This method, called “Governo all’uso Toscano”, has created the powerful character of this wine. When […]

Hidden Gems : Cune Rioja Reserva

Blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha, this awesome Rioja from Spain, by bodega CVNE, shows a medium body with polished ripe tannins. Nose : Ripe raspberries, plum, vanilla, black cherries, and mushroom. Palate: Fig, raisin, dried blackberry, dried rose, parmesan cheese, cocoa and cedar. It’s not a complex wine but we are sure it […]

WINE LEGEND : Château Latour 2010, Grand Cru Classé

Blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, this Grand Cru Classé Château Latour 2010 has a deep, almost black robe with youthful purple tints. The aromas of flowers such as roses, violets and lilacs jump from the glass then turn to dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries. It’s full-bodied, with […]

WINE STUDENT : Claire, WSET level2 Award

My name is Claire.  In 2019 I started my WSET level 1 wines at Eleanor Wine Academy, pre-Covid-19.  The quality of the course and the knowledge of Vittoria was part of the reason that I instantly signed up for Level 2 having passed the exam.  My other reason was the social aspect of the course, […]

WINE LEGEND : Champagne Bollinger 2012

Champagne Bollinger 2012 is quite dry on the palate with flavours of pear, apple and lots of minerals. Leaves a nice smooth after-taste with pear coming out stronger than other flavours. The 2012 is a generous, full-bodied vintage, supported by a beautiful vivacity. The grapes come from about twenty villages in Champagne, mainly Aÿ and Verzenay […]

HIDDEN GEMS : Louis M.Martini 2016

Our Hidden Gems of the week is a bottle of Louis M.Martini 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. This wine is remarkable for its distinctly layered wine with notes of ripe dark plum, black currant and sage. Rich and full-bodied, this superbly balanced wine has an expansive mid-palate and an exceptionally long finish. Its refined […]

WINE STUDY : Verdicchio

Verdicchio is an Italian white grape variety. Of unknown origin, it is widespread in Italy in the regions of Marche, Umbria, Abruzzo and Sardinia. It is believed to be a member of the trebbiano family. It is a versatile variety, used both for light and easy-drinking table wines, and for more complex and aging examples. […]

WINE TRAVEL : Focus on The Maipo Valley, Chile

In Chile, the vineyard areas are divided into 4 principal regions, themselves divided into 13 better-known Sub-regions. One of them is called The Maipo Valley. Located south of the capital, Santiago, The Maipo Valley is home to some of the country’s most prestigious wines. Described as the “Bordeaux of south America”, the rich and fruity […]

WINE LEGEND : Cheval des Andes

Founded in 1996, Terrazas de los Andes, is located in Lujan de Cuyo in the province of Mendoza in Argentina. Its particularity is to associate each of their grape varieties with a specific altitude corresponding to a specific climatic condition for optimal growth and ripeness. In 1999, they joined forces with Château Cheval Blanc to […]