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Andrew Jefford – ‘The wines didn’t open the door to the magical kingdom of Burgundy bliss’

Decanter News - vr, 01/12/2017 - 14:42
Andrew Jefford

Back in July 2017, I wrote that ‘my first ever truly successful red Burgundy purchase’ was Pierre Labet’s Beaune 1er Cru Coucherias 2012 (bought for €34 a bottle). Richard Jefferys of Weymouth expressed some surprise about this (‘Letters’, September 2017 issue), and wondered if I might like to explain myself. Fair enough, sir. Here’s the unvarnished truth about my Burgundy-buying, red and white.

 

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Great value wines for the weekend under £20

Decanter News - vr, 01/12/2017 - 13:00

We bring you a winter selection of Alpine white wines from Italy, France, Austria and Slovenia. Find your favourite, starting at just £7.99...

wines under 20Great value wines under £20

Decanter’s tasting team searches the key tastings to hunt down the best value wines the supermarkets, high street and wine merchants can offer.

Discover the cool climate qualities of Alpine white wines, from Austrian Grüner Veltliner to north Italian Pinot Grigio, plus sparkling wines to try from Jura and Slovenian natural wine…

See the top 10 wines in the collection below…

Each week we bring you new wines, so you can branch out from your usual choices, without breaking the bank – especially if you’re one of the wine drinkers who stick to the same wine for a decade.

Don’t forget to also look at our selection of supermarket wines.

 

Lidl, Südtirol, Müller Thurgau, Trentino-Alto Adige, 2016 Aldi, Crémant du Jura, Exquisite Collection, Jura, 2014 Rainer Wess, Wachau, Grüner Veltliner, Austria, 2014 Philippe Michel, Jura, France, 2013 Vigna Traverso, Colli Orientali del Friuli, Pinot Grigio, Gasper, Malvazija, Slovenia, 2014 Cascina Val del Prete, Roero, Luet Arneis, Piedmont, 2016 Guerila, Vipava Valley, Pinela, Primorska, Slovenia, 2015 Cave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et de La Salle, Vini Estremi, The Co-operative, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2014 Pierre Usseglio, Côtes du Rhône, Rhône, France, 2015 Tesco, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Finest, Rhône, France, 2015 Domaine de la Belle Estelle, Cairanne, Rhône, France, 2016 Lidl, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France, 2015 Les Dauphins, Vinsobres, Rhône, France, 2014 Marks & Spencer, Lirac, Les Closiers, Southern Rhône, 2013 Domaine Gilles Robin, Crozes-Hermitage, Les Papillons, 2015 Cave de Tain, Crozes Hermitage, Northern Rhône, France, 2013 Marks & Spencer, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Le Vieux Grès, Symington Family Estates, Altano, Douro, Portugal, 2016 Wine & Soul, Manoella, Douro, Portugal, 2014 Anselmo Mendes, Contacto Alvarinho, Vinho Verde, 2016 Waitrose, Quinta de la Rosa Reserva, Douro Valley, 2013 Niepoort, Redoma Branco, Douro Valley, Portugal, 2014 Quinta do Passadouro, Douro, Portugal, 2014 Boas Quintas, Opta Branco, Dão, Portugal, 2014 Gáudio, Clássico, Alentejano, Portugal, 2013 Ornellaia, Le Volte, Tuscany, Italy, 2014 Agriturismo Colognole, Chianti Rufina, Tuscany, Italy, 2011 Sainsbury's, Taste the Difference Chianti Classico, 2014 Fattoria Selvapiana, Chianti Rufina, Tuscany, Italy, 2014 Vicchiomaggio, Chianti, Classico, San Jacopo, Tuscany, 2014 Casato dei Medici Ricardi, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy, 2012 The Society’s Exhibition, Freycinet Vineyard, Tasmanian

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Elin McCoy – ‘The pleasures of German wines get lost among the umlauts’

Decanter News - vr, 01/12/2017 - 11:21

Ever since a trip to the Rhine’s steepterraced vineyards last summer, I’ve been asking myself whether Germany’s wines are doomed to remain a niche category – one that inspires maniacal devotion only from wineworld insiders like me.

Everyone knows sommeliers are crazy for German Rieslings; from New York’s preacher of the gospel Paul Grieco at Terroir wine bar to the many who post Instagram photos of the rare ones they’ve enjoyed off-duty.

The country’s whites are supremely food-friendly. While premature oxidation plagues older white Burgundies, great aged Rieslings are amazingly consistent, and usually bargains. Not to mention the quality of recent vintages.

But in my informal sommelier poll, I was told Germany just doesn’t sell the way Burgundy does. And drinkers who eagerly lap up cuvées made from obscure grapes in Corsica or Georgia rarely know Germany has more to offer than Riesling (though thankfully they now know not all Rieslings are sweet).

 

What I’ve been drinking this month

Before wildfires descended on northern California wine country, I was in Napa. Ashes & Diamonds is a fascinating new project and its Vineyard 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is winemaker Steve Matthiasson’s recreation of a typical Napa Cab from the 1960s. It’s super savoury and herbal, with a long finish, and only 12.6% alcohol. The grapes come from the historic Rutherford vineyard George III and, in keeping with wines of the era, it was aged in a mix of French and American oak. It’s a fitting red to drink to the region’s recovery.

Andrew Jefford Andrew Jefford – ‘The wines didn’t open the door to the magical kingdom of Burgundy bliss’

Back in July 2017, I wrote that ‘my first ever truly successful red Burgundy purchase’ was Pierre Labet’s Beaune 1er…

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Bordeaux: Robot vineyard worker impresses at Clerc Milon

Decanter News - vr, 01/12/2017 - 10:40

Robots may soon have a bigger role in some of the world's most prestigious vineyards, after successful trials in Bordeaux and Portugal this year, including at Château Clerc Milon, owned by Baron Philippe de Rothschild.

robot vineyard worker'Ted' the robot impresses on first day at Clerc Milon in Bordeaux.

Château Clerc Milon, under the same ownership as Château Mouton Rothschild in Pauillac, has tested a prototype vineyard robot named ‘Ted’ to help with soil cultivation and weeding in its vines.

The news comes amid growing reports about rising levels of automation in many business sectors.

Clerc Milon’s trial with ‘Ted’ took place earlier this year via a partnership with French group Naïo Technologies.

Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s MD, Philippe Dhalluin, said, ‘We see robotics as an effective solution for the future.

‘As well as helping to make our vineyard work less arduous and respecting the soil, it will reduce our dependency on fossil energies and the harm caused by traditional agricultural machinery.’

Baron Philippe de Rothschild said that it has been pursuing organic and biodynamic methods more generally in its vineyards and has cut chemical treatments by 30% since 2008.

Dhalluin, who is also MD at Mouton, told Decanter.com that he doesn’t anticipate robots replacing humans in the vineyard, particularly when it comes to picking and selecting grapes.

‘When working in the vineyards, we are first and foremost concerned by the well-being of our workers.

‘TED will be able to relieve them of some of the repetitive tasks but a robot will never replace the human hand [which is] essential for a perfect, high quality harvest.’

Separately, Port producer Symington Family Estates has also recently trialled a vineyard robot named ‘vine scout’, which can monitor vine health and alert winemakers to any problems, such as water stress. It uses GPS tracking to function autonomously in the vines.

The three-year project for ‘vine scout’ began in 2016 and is part-funded by the European Union, as well as private institutions.

Both trials in Portugal and Bordeaux are the latest examples of automation in vineyard management.

Drones are already being used in some areas of Bordeaux to monitor vine health, such as at Château Pape Clement owned by Bernard Magrez.

And new technology, such as optical sorting machinery, is credited with helping to reduce the proportion of poor vintages. However, winemakers would also argue that this is backed by a cultural shift towards lower yields, reduced reliance on chemicals and greater precision.

SEE ALSO: How the Bordeaux 2017 vintage is shaping up

 

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California wine pairings: Unconventional matches

Decanter News - vr, 01/12/2017 - 10:31

Created in partnership with the California Wine Institute.

Chad Walsh—sommelier of Agern in New York City—on his approach to matching the state’s offbeat bottles with food...

California wine pairingCalifornia wine pairings: Unconventional matches

It may seem unusual for a restaurant with a Nordic bent to stock its cellar with strictly American wines, but that’s exactly what Icelandic chef Gunnar Gíslason did in his Michelin starred Agern, located in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.

In building a California-heavy wine list to match Gíslason’s food, sommelier Chad Walsh has found that the old rules of white with fish and red with meat don’t apply and that today’s bottles pair with bright and nuanced flavors better than ever.

Textured whites

“Nordic food in general tends to have a lot of acidity,” says Walsh, “whether that’s from whey, vinegars or other pickling liquids. That works well with styles of New world wine that are riper. They balance each other out. That has been kind of a fun coincidence.” He turns to towards white wines with texture—of which there are plenty in California—for cured dishes.

“Littorai’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a great example,” he says. “We do a black bass that’s lightly cured, with cucumber, sunflower seeds and hoisin, which brings an umami quality. That wine is light enough that it doesn’t overpower the flavors but rich enough that it can match it in weight.”

Agern restaurant

Agern restaurant. Credit: Agern Instagram

Scale back the oak for earthy flavors

Although the smoky, baking spice quality of a heavily oaked wine might seem like a natural fit for earthy ingredients like sunchokes or mushrooms, Walsh finds it mollifies the flavor.

“When a wine lays off the oak and lets the fruit come through, it picks up the earthiness and complements the dish,” he says. For bitter elements, such as endive in a salad, he looks to Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. “Tatomer’s Vandenberg Riesling is just stunning,” he says.

A new solution for steak

“Our steak is 60 days dry aged, so it has a funky, blue cheese-like intensity, and it actually appreciates a lighter red more than a big one,” says Walsh. His go-to? A Beaujolais-esque wine like Broc Cellars’ Valdiguié.

“Because it’s partially carbonic, it expresses more wild berries and fresh fruit, and being lighter in body, it gives the steak a chance to express its own minerality and personality that might be obscured by a richer wine,” he says.

California wine pairing

Try steak with lighter reds. Credit: California Wine Institute

Cabernet and Syrah with vegetables

Some of the dishes Walsh has had the most success with pairing with full bodied wines are on Agern’s vegetable menu. “We’re doing a squash right now with a pesto made from various seeds,” he says. “It can handle a big wine, and I like it with the Stolpman Syrah from Ballard Canyon or even some of the richer Cabs.”

Slow cooking the vegetable in question gives it the unctuousness it needs to make the pairing work, he adds.

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What does Napa Cabernet Sauvignon taste like?

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Created in partnership with the California Wine Institute.

Understand the classic profile of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with our graphic…

Napa Cabernet Sauvignon tasteWhat Napa Cabernet tastes of

Created in partnership with the California Wine Institute.

What does Napa Cabernet Sauvignon taste like? Napa Cabernet Sauvignon taste

Napa Cabernet profile. Credit Annabelle Sing/ Decanter.

Flavours

Napa Cabernet Sauvignon has a full fruit profile, with  flavours of dark black fruits, such as blackcurrent, blackberry and black cherry.

Secondary flavours include vanilla, clove and cedar, often produced by American oak ageing – although the flavours vary depending on the kind of oak used, and how long it’s aged, plus whether or now it is new. Each winemakers must make their own decisions on this, with some opting for a more restrained ‘European’ style.

These wines have great ageing potential, often developing further tertiary flavours, such a coffee and tobacco.

Profile

Although warm temperatures are needed to ripen the fruit, Napa Cabernet Sauvignon still retains high acidity – which is what helps give these wines the potential for ageing. The levels of tannin are also commonly high, another factor which give these wines structure.

Different parts of Napa Valley have different peak temperatures in summer, with the valley floor, specifically around St Helena and Calistoga, known as the hottest areas. Accordingly, these are where some of the biggest and richest Napa Cabernet wines are produced.

Cabernet is a relatively late ripening grape variety, which means it is often last to be picked in Napa Valley.

Food pairing

‘Bold wines need bold food,’ said sommelier Rajat Parr, in our sommelier guide to pairing with California wines.

‘Grilled foods work well with Californian reds, for example.’

‘Keep your wine and food weights on par,’ said Evan Goldstein MS.

‘Don’t let the food squash the wine by being too rich, or vice versa.’

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Bordeaux 2017: How the new vintage is shaping up

Decanter News - do, 30/11/2017 - 10:23

Jane Anson traverses Left and Right Banks, tasting vat samples of the fledgling Bordeaux 2017 vintage and speaking to consultants and winemakers about what to expect from the wines.

bordeaux 2017Vats forming part of the new winemaking facilities and cellar at Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, installed for the 2013 vintage.

Are you ready to start thinking about Bordeaux 2017?

As December approaches, the vast majority of the wine has now finished not only its initial alcoholic fermentation but also its second softening malolactic version, and thoughts are turning to blending and moving into barrel for ageing.

It’s still early of course, but in vintages like 2017, where things were not exactly smooth sailing, assembling pieces of the puzzle is more critical than ever.

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I’ve tasted through dozens of vats at châteaux, spent several days with consultants during their harvest rounds, and this week spent a drizzly Tuesday morning at the second annual vintage presentation by Enosens oenology centre, whose various consultants cover more than 30,000 hectares of Bordeaux, so offering a seriously comprehensive overview of the region.

This is becoming a really unmissable event because after the theory part, they offer a tasting of samples from over 20 different appellations across all corners of Bordeaux, presenting three levels of quality, from the basic level to the best, all unnamed chateaux but with terroir, village, blend and winemaking method given.

Key Points for Bordeaux 2017 so far
  • 2017 was complicated, but there are some excellent wines. Expect plenty of freshness and drinkability from wines that will offer excellent value, and others that will rival 2016 in terms of ripeness and ageability. But they are likely to be the exception not the rule, making careful selection key.

 

  • Frost impact means uneven ripening across appellations and individual plots. And of course less wine to bottle. Overall volume stands at 345,000hl across all Bordeaux appellations, a drop of just under 50% on last year.

 

  • A corridor of early-ripening gravel soils along the Garonne river protected many of the Médoc classified estates in St-Julien, Pauillac and St-Estèphe and pockets of Margaux, and again along the opposite banks of the river in Bourg and south of the city in parts of Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux and Entre deux Mers again following that corridor of the Garonne river. Some parts of Pomerol and St-Emilion also escaped the worst of the frost.

 

  • Rain in September was not such an issue for dilution as the grey skies. Much of early to mid September saw days at 18 degrees and nights at 16 degrees, with covered skies, so the grapes didn’t concentrate in the usual way. This is because it’s never about rain only, it’s about rain versus evaporation. It’s why 2003 so punishing because there was huge evaporation, and why rain in the 2015 harvest was not so critical because it was able to evaporate in most cases.

 

  • Co-fermentations of different grape varieties was more common than usual because one of the biggest challenges in frost hit areas was finding enough volume to fill tanks. It meant that some harvest dates were the same for Sauvignon and Sémillon, or Merlot and Cabernet Franc, for the practical reason of filling vats.

 

  • The toughest thing was to handle those plots that were partly affected by frost, and to effectively sort out the grapes in terms of harvesting dates and cellar work.
Background First…

Much of this you already know. 2017 saw a warm start to the year, up to 1.5 degrees more than usual across both February and March, with an April that was overall average but with extreme highs and lows – including that famously destructive frost.

Things turned very dry over the summer months (with 50% less rain than average, although worth noting that July was warm but with cloud cover, with 30% less sunshine than average), with the water stress particularly affecting sandy soils and young vines.

This came to an end with a rainy (but less than 10% more than average) and relatively cool (5-10% less sun than average) September that hastened harvest in some cases. Oh, and for some really unlucky regions, notably in parts of Graves, there was a hail storm at the end of August.

The worst hit by hail had almost all also been affected by frost.

See the frost damage map at the bottom of this column.

An early year, luckily

The early budding and flowering in 2017 was critical, at least one week earlier than the 30 year average around May 27, with colour change (veraison) the earliest for 20 years, three weeks ahead of normal.

The second round of budding and flowering for vines affected by frost came around three weeks later, with veraison catching up to around two weeks behind.

All of this meant that many vineyards were able to shrug off September rains because they had reached phenolic maturity… if they had not suffered from frost.

Alcohols

Relatively low across the region, with averages for Sauvignon Blanc, according to oenologist Fabien Faget, at:

  • 13% abv for Sauvignon Blanc
  • 12% for Sémillon
  • 12.7% for Merlot
  • 12.5% for Cabernet Sauvignon.

Anthocyans are good, so expect some deeply coloured wines (again, on the non hail affected areas), with overall low pHs.

Whites

Early harvest this year, most starting by the end of August due to water stress, which meant almost all whites were safely in before any September rains.

Expect excellent aromatics in the Sauvignon Blanc particularly, clean fruit and good balance – although small volumes.

Muscadelle also did particularly well, although it represents just 6% of overall white plantings.

Look out for producers who were affected by frost and therefore chose to pick both Sauvignon and Sémillon at the same time to fill tanks – the example I tried of this clearly had maturity issues with high acidities.

But apart from these, the rest of the AOC Bordeaux Blanc and Entre deux Mers that I tried had very good aromatics and a rich mouthfeel but with classically fresh acidities. I tasted some excellent whites from clay soils around Rauzan – and also Sauveterre-de-Guyenne in the southern part of the region.

Rosés

Grapes devastated by frost were sometimes used for rosé wine this year. I tasted three quality levels, one where different varieties were picked at the same time to fill vats, the second a more technically-driven rosé with some carbonic maceration and the third all direct press from a blend of grapes.

Expect low tannins, a bit of residual sugar to fatten things up, and a focus on fruity flavours, perhaps helped by low temperature vinification.

Reds: AOC Bordeaux / Bordeaux Supérieur / Côtes

A year where you needed to be flexible and on the ball. As with the whites, 2017 was an early harvest for reds, with most underway by the first week of September.

The frost means uneven quality and you will find some vegetal, pyrazine characteristics, although by no means across the board (and much of this will have been reduced anyway by touches of thermovinification to flash out those green pepper notes and round out the tannins).

The difference between the entry level and the best of the AOC Bordeaux was really striking – even though you can bet the final price won’t be.

There are some great wines lurking out there – the best I tried had rich ripe fruits and soft tannins, hugely different to the frost-affected ones where the fruit was a little thin. A mixed result in the Côtes, as you would expect across such a large area.

Côtes de Bourg was less affected by the frost than most, as were parts of Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux – particularly in both instances along the banks of the Garonne.

I tasted wines with relatively high acidities but good quality fruits. Look out for bitter tannins in the ones affected by frost.

Left Bank

The plots untouched by frost had no particular worries and many of the premium reds will be showing excellent wines during en primeur with rich black fruits and no issues with over-maturity or cooked flavours.

From mid-September there was rot risk that gathered pace by the end of September.

It meant that early-ripening soils really came into play, because harvesting happened fairly rapidly in most areas – a week to 10 days before some of the later ripening areas would have ideally liked.

Graves

Around 70% of Graves suffered from hail, and for those areas that got hit by both frost and hail (notably Cerons, Portets, and parts of Cadillac), early harvesting was a serious issue, and there will be some under-ripe wines in these regions.

Oenologist Pascal Henot told me that from September 1-18 there was always rain somewhere around Graves.

‘Not always in the same place but many just couldn’t wait long enough to harvest at full ripeness’. And fruit that had a tough time to ripen can be easily dominated by oak if the winemaker isn’t careful.

Pessac-Léognan

Really a year that underlined the benefit that Pessac-Léognan derives from being close to the city and its effect on temperature. Vineyards in this appellation were far less affected by frost (although they didn’t escape entirely) and didn’t get the hail.

The difference it made was significant – I would expect some of these reds to be better than 2016, because Pessac’s early ripening soils meant they were one week further along when the rain arrived in September, and most were able to be harvested at full phenolic maturity.

Médoc

Unlike 2015, the September rain in the Médoc fell relatively evenly across the whole peninsula. Instead the biggest difference in the results comes largely from the distance from the river – Listrac and Moulis were more affected by the frost than the communes that sit alongside the Garonne, and Listrac suffered again from the rain at harvest in sectors that had sandy soils.

The rain fell during the Cabernet Franc ripening period in many areas so you might find there is less of this grape used in the final wines.

Outside of the well-known appellations look out for Haut-Médoc wines from St Seurin de Cadourne, which seem to have done very well.

Overall I found some chewy tannins, good black fruits with clear ripeness. Gravelly soils overlooking the river is where the action is – early ripening and protected from frost, so they ticked the box at both ends of the season. Outside of those, expect fresh flavours, mint, classic Médoc signatures.

Right Bank St-Emilion and Satellites

A mixed result, with some châteaux devastated by frost and others left relatively unscathed. There is some dilution in the wines that didn’t escape frost and that didn’t concentrate fully enough in September. The best have excellent fruits and soft tannins, even some of the joyful flavours of 2015.

The parts of the limestone plateau that escaped the frost, notably around Saint Christophe de Bardes, I found some wonderfully fresh acidities balanced against lovely ripe, rich red fruits.

Pomerol and Lalande

Lalande de Pomerol saw around 75% frost. Expect lower alcohols than usual and a focus on fresh, fruity wines that will offer great pleasure in the short term.

Pomerol will have a far bigger variation of flavours than it does in a normal year because the frost was not at all evenly distributed but there are some brilliant wines – the best sample I tried all day was from the Pomerol plateau and had a concentration of flavours that I didn’t find anywhere else.

Sweet wines

Sauternes was badly hit by frost, so some grapes saw botrytis form before full ripeness was reached.

But those that were not affected will have some seriously high quality wine to offer after an even spread of noble rot, great balance and excellent concentration.

Look out for bergamot and candied orange flavours in the best.

Where the frost hit hardest

See the map below to get a general view of how the 2017 spring frost hit Bordeaux vineyards. As you’ll see, the Right Bank was more impacted than Médoc, for example. Red areas mean that more than 80% of the crop was lost, with orange signifying 50% to 80% and yellow 30% to 50%.

However, this is only an average, and some estates were either luckier or more able to protect their vines, even in the worst affected areas.

bordeaux frost damage

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How the Médoc 2015 classified wines taste now

Decanter News - do, 30/11/2017 - 10:09

See which Bordeaux 2015 wine gets 100 points as Jane Anson reports on how classified wines from the Médoc 2015 vintage are looking in the bottle, 18 months after they were tasted en primeur.

margaux vineyards, bordeauxMargaux vineyards in Bordeaux, from the book 'Club of Nine' with photos from Andy Katz and words by Jane Anson.Médoc 2015 classified wines at a glance
  • Margaux is the Médoc wine of the vintage
  • More varied quality in the north of the region
  • If you’re looking at the market and prices, think about Bordeaux 2015 alongside 2014 and 2016 as a trilogy

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The best Asda wines this winter

Decanter News - wo, 29/11/2017 - 13:30

Here are our top picks for winter 2017 from the UK supermarket's range, all reviewed by Decanter's expert tasting team.

Best Asda Wines

Below are our recommended Asda wines from the retailer’s winter 2017 range. These all stood out at a recent tasting, hosted by the retailer for the press and attended by our tasting team.

Included are festive wine staples such as Champagne, a premier cru Chablis, a Sancerre and a dessert wine.

There’s some serious value to be had in Asda’s ‘Extra Special’ own-label range, but if you can push the budget a little higher it’s also worth checking out the branded wines.

UPDATES:

28/11/2017: Added 9 wines from the winter 2017 range

The best Asda wines to buy this winter:

The top 9 tasting notes are our recommendations from the latest tasting. Continue scrolling down to see older Asda wine reviews.

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Tesco Champagne offers

Decanter News - wo, 29/11/2017 - 13:00

See the latest Tesco Champagne offers, so you can stock up for the festive season with your favourite brands...

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*Note: although the listed wines are from reputable producers, not all have been reviewed by Decanter.

 

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Last updated: 29/11/17. Deals correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

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Oddbins Champagne offers

Decanter News - wo, 29/11/2017 - 13:00

The best Christmas Champagne offers from Oddbins, including wines from Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier and Veuve Clicquot...

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*Note: although the listed wines are from reputable producers, not all have been reviewed by Decanter.

 

 

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Bollinger Special Cuvée, Champagne NV Now £37 Save £10 was £47

 

 

 

 

 

oddbins champagne deals

 

 

 

Laurent-Perrier, La Cuvée, Champagne NV Now £28 Save £15 was £43

 

 

 

oddbins champagne deals

 

Taittinger, Vintage Champagne 2009 Now £40 Save £10 was £50

 

 

 

 

 

oddbins champagne deals

 

Taittinger, Rosé Champagne NV Now £39 Save £10 was £49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: 29/11/17. Deals correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

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Marks & Spencer Champagne offers

Decanter News - wo, 29/11/2017 - 13:00

We're hunting down the best Marks & Spencer Champagne offers for you to enjoy over the festive season. Keep checking back for the latest!

Marks & Spencer Champagne offersMarks & Spencer Christmas Champagne offers

*Note: although the listed wines are from reputable producers, not all have been reviewed by Decanter.

  • Plus buy two, save 25% on all Champagne

 

Champagne Charles Mignon 'Hymne à l'Amour' Charles Mignon, ‘Hymne à l’Amour’, Champagne NV Now £27 Save £5 was £32

 

 

 

 

M & S Champagne

Oudinot, Medium Dry Champagne Case of 6 – £122 Save £30 was £162

 

 

 

 

Last updated: 29/11/2017. Deals correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

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Majestic Champagne offers

Decanter News - wo, 29/11/2017 - 13:00

We're keeping an eye on the Majestic Champagne offers, so you can get the best value for your favourite Champagnes this Christmas and New Year...

Majestic Champagne offersMajestic Christmas Champagne offers:
  • Offers apply to case of six bottles (Note: can be a mixed case)

*Note: although the listed wines are from reputable producers, not all have been reviewed by Decanter.

 

Majestic Champagne offers Veuve Clicquot, Champagne 2008 Case price £39.99 Save £15 Single bottle £54.99

 

 

 

 

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Magnum

 

 

Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin, NV Magnum Mix six £74.99 Save £15 Single bottle £89.99

 

 

 

 

 

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Rosé

 

Veuve Cliquot Rosé, Champagne NV Mix six £39.99  Save £10 Single bottle £49.99

 

 

 

 

Majestic Champagne offers  Laurent-Perrier, Rosé Champagne NV Mix six £49.99 Save £10 Single bottle £59.99

 

 

 

 

 

Oddbins Champagne offers Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle, Champagne NV Mix six £99 Save £11 Single bottle £110

 

 

 

 

 

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Laurent-Perrier Rosé, Champagne NV Magnum Mix six £108 Save £12 Single bottle £120

 

 

 

 

majestic champagne deals

 

Laurent-Perrier, Ultra Brut, Champagne NV Mix six £36 Save £4 Single bottle £40

 

 

 

 

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc NV Magnum

 

 

Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs, Champagne NV Mix six £49.99 Save £10 Single bottle £59.99

 

 

majestic champagne deals ‘R’ de Ruinart, Champagne NV Mix six £39.99 Save £10 Single bottle £49.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruinart, Brut Rosé NV

 

 

Ruinart Rosé, Champagne NV Mix six £49.99 Save £10 Single bottle £59.99

 

 

 

 

 

Majestic Champagne offers Lanson, Black Label, Champagne NV Mix six £23.99 Save £7 Single bottle £30.99

 

 

 

 

Majestic Champagne offers Nicolas Feuillatte, Champagne NV Mix six £17.99 Save £7 Single bottle £24.99

 

 

 

 

 

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Louis Roederer, Brut Premier,  Champagne NV Mix six £32.99 Save £10 Single bottle £42.99

 

 

 

 

 

Majestic Champagne offers Moët & Chandon, Grand Vintage,  Champagne 2008

Mix six £37.99 Save £12 Single bottle £49.99

 


Sainsbury's Champagne offers
Moët & Chandon Rosé, Champagne NV  Mix six £37.99 Save £12 Single bottle £49.99

 

 

 

 

 Majestic Champagne offers
Bollinger, Special Cuvée, Champagne NV Mix six £34.99 Save £9 Single bottle £43.99

 

 

 

 

 

Krug Rosé, Champagne NV Mix six 238.50 Save £26.50 Single bottle £265

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: 29/11/17. Deals correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

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Waitrose Champagne offers

Decanter News - wo, 29/11/2017 - 13:00

See Waitrose Christmas Champagne offers, inlcuding wines from Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier, Taittinger, Perrier-Jouët and Pol Roger...

Waitrose Champagne offersWaitrose Christmas Champagne offers

*Note: although the listed wines are from reputable Champagne houses, not all have been reviewed by Decanter.

champagne deals   Bollinger Special Cuvée Half Bottle Now £17.99 Save £5 was £22.99

 

 

Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne NV

 

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut NV Now £32 Save £8 was £40

 

 

 

champagne deals Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Magnum Now £59.99 Save £23 was £82.99

 

 

 

 

waitrose champagne offers

 

Laurent-Perrier Vintage Now £37.49 Save £12.50 was £49.99

 

 

 

 

Waitrose champagne deals

 

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Now £27.99 Save £14 was £41.99

 

 

 

 

waitrose champagne offers

 

Pol Roger Brut Réserve NV Now £34.99 Save £8 was £42.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Roederer,-Brut Premier, Champagne

Louis Roederer, Brut Premier, Champagne NV Now £31.99 Save £11 was £42.99

 

 

 

champagne deals Taittinger Brut Réserve NV Now £27 Save £9 was £36

 

 

 

 

 

Lanson, Rose Brut, Champagne

Lanson Rosé Brut NV Now £27 Save £10 was £37

 

 

 

Sainsbury's Champagne offers

Lanson Black Label Brut NV
Now £24 Save £8 was £32

 

 

 

Last updated 29/11/17. Deals correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

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Asda Champagne offers

Decanter News - wo, 29/11/2017 - 13:00

We've hunted down the Asda Champagne offers so you can enjoy your favourites this Christmas and New Year...

Asda Champagne offersAsda Christmas Champagne offers:

*Note: although the listed wines are from reputable producers, not all have been reviewed by Decanter.

 

Sainsbury's Champagne offers

 

Lanson, Black Label Champagne NV Now £22.50 Save £9.50 was £32

 

 

 

 

Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut NV

 

Moët & Chandon, Imperial Brut, Champagne NV Now £27 Save £7 was £34

 

 

 

 

 

Majestic Champagne offers

 

 

Mumm, Brut Champagne NV Now £24 Save £9 was £33

 

 

 

Moet & Chandon Imperial Rose

 

Moët & Chandon, Rosé Imperial Brut, Champagne NV Now £33 Save £7 was £40

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: 29/11/17. Deals correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

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Wine.com Champagne deals

Decanter News - wo, 29/11/2017 - 13:00

See the latest Christmas deals on your favourite Champagnes – including and Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier and Cristal...

Wine.com Christmas Champagne deals

*Note: although the listed wines are from reputable producers, not all have been reviewed by Decanter.

 

Monopole Brut Champagne Heidsieck, Monopole, Brut Cuvée, Champagne NV Now $34.99 Save $8 was 42.99

 

 

 

 

 

Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne Piper-Heidsieck, Brut, Champagne NV Now $39.99 Save $10.01 was $50

 

 

 

 

Lanson, Rose Brut, Champagne

Lanson, Rosé label, Champagne NV
Now $49.99 Save $10.01 was $60

 

 

 

 

Louis Roederer,-Brut Premier, Champagne

Louis Roederer, Brut, Premier, Champagne NV Now $49.99 Save $5 was $54.99

 

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Magnum Veuve Clicquot, Brut Yellow Label, Champagne NV Now $49.97 Save $10 was $59.97 

 

 

 

 

 

wine.com champagne deals Louis Roederer Cristal, Brut Champagne 2009 Now $199.97 Save $49.03 was $249

 

 

 

 

Majestic Champagne offers

 

Bollinger, Special Cuvée, Brut Champagne NV Now $59.99 Save $19.01 was $79

 

 

 

 

Oddbins Champagne offers

 

 

 

Bollinger, Brut Rosé Champagne NV Now $89.99 Save $20.01 was $110

 

 

 

wine.com champagne deals

 

Bollinger, R.D Extra Brut Champagne 2002 Now $299.99 Save $75.01 was $375

 

 

 

 

Sainsbury's champagne offers Laurent-Perrier, Rosé Brut Champagne NV Now $79.99 Save $20.01 was £100

 

 

 

wine.com champagne deals Billecart-Salmon, Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne NV Now $79.99 Save $10.01 was $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • GET IN TOUCH: Seen any great Wine.com Champagne offers? Email editor@decanter.com to help us keep it up to date!

Last updated: 29/11/17. Deals correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

*Prices may vary between states.

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UK Christmas Champagne offers

Decanter News - wo, 29/11/2017 - 13:00

Make sure you get the best value with our round-up of the best Christmas deals and offers from major UK supermarkets and wine merchants.

Christmas Champagne offersUK Christmas Champagne offers

We’re hunting the UK highstreet for the best Christmas Champagne offers, from leading supermarkets and wine merchants, so you can enjoy the best deals for your favourite Champagnes this Christmas and New Year.

See which Champagnes, including winners from this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, are on offer from supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Decanter supermarket of the year, Marks and Spencer, as well as wine merchants Majestic and Oddbins.

Click on a retailer below to see this year’s Christmas Champagne deals:

Waitrose Champagne offers Waitrose Champagne offers

See Waitrose Christmas Champagne offers, inlcuding wines from Laurent-Perrier, Taittinger, Perrier-Jouet and Mumm...

Majestic Champagne offers Majestic Champagne offers

See the best of Majestic Christmas Champagne offers, including wines from Laurent-Perrier, Moët & Chandon and Taittinger...

Sainsbury's Champagne offers Sainsbury’s Champagne offers

See the latest Christmas Champagne offers from supermarket Sainsbury's, and stock up for the festive season.

Oddbins Champagne offers Oddbins Champagne offers

The best Christmas Champagne offers from Oddbins, including wines from Laurent-Perrier, Pol Roger and Veuve Clicquot...

Marks & Spencer Champagne offers Marks & Spencer Champagne offers

We're hunting down the best Marks & Spencer Champagne offers for you to enjoy over the festive season. Keep checking…

Tesco Champagne offers Tesco Champagne offers

See the latest Tesco Champagne offers, so you can stock up for the festive season with your favourite brands...

Asda Champagne offers Asda Champagne offers

We've hunted down the Asda Champagne offers so you can enjoy your favourites this Christmas and New Year.

 

Offers last updated: 29/11/17

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DWWA Regional Chair profile: Richard Mayson

Decanter News - di, 28/11/2017 - 17:41

Richard Mayson is the Regional Chair for Port & Madeira at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018.

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Richard Mayson began his career working for The Wine Society, winning the Vintner’s Company Scholarship in 1987 during his time there. Now specialising in the wines of Iberia, especially fortified wines, he owns a vineyard and produces wine in the Alto Alentejo, Portugal.

He is the author of four books, including The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal (winner of the André Simon Award 2003) and Port and the Douro and Madeira: The Islands and their Wines. Mayson writes regularly for Decanter and The World of Fine Wine, contributes to the Oxford Companion to Wine and lectures for Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London.

In 1999, he was made a Cavaleiro of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto in recognition of his services to the Port wine trade. He is currently series Editor for the Infinite Ideas Classic Wine Library and runs his own website for fortified wine enthusiasts, www.richardmayson.com, as well as being Pro-Chancellor of The University of Sheffield.

Follow Richard on Twitter at @richardmayson

 

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DWWA Regional Chair profile: Sarah Ahmed

Decanter News - di, 28/11/2017 - 17:35

Sarah Ahmed is the Regional Chair for Portugal at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018.

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Sarah Ahmed, aka The Wine Detective, is an independent, London-based wine writer, educator and judge. She was awarded the Vintners Cup in 2003, the Portuguese Annual Wine Awards’ Wine Writer of the Year 2009, and was short-listed for the International Wine & Spirit Competition Communicator of the Year in 2009 and 2010.

In addition to publishing thewinedetective.co.uk, Ahmed has contributed on Portugal, Port and Madeira to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book and on Portugal to the 4th edition of Jancis Robinson MW’s The Oxford Companion to Wine.

She consulted on Portugal and Australia for the seventh edition of The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson MW. In 2013, she was admitted to the rank of Cavaleiro of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto for her commitment and contribution to Port wine. Ahmed was first a DWWA judge in 2007.

Follow Sarah on twitter at @sarahwine or read her Wine Detective website.

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Ten great restaurants in Venice for wine lovers

Decanter News - di, 28/11/2017 - 15:55

The floating city is a playground for food and wine lovers. We asked Veneto producers for tips to help you navigate the maze of cicheti bars and canals - and dodge the tourists…

restaurants in veniceWhere to eat in Venice for wine lovers.Top restaurants in Venice — recommended by the producers at DFWE 2017 Cà D’Oro alla Vedova Cannaregio restaurants in venice

A great starting point for your cicheti trail, start with polpette at Cà D’Oro alla Vedova… Credit: Amaro Marat Instagram @marat

Heading on a trail of cicheti bars, known as bàcari, is a good way to explore Venice, as you can discover both its rich history and delicious cuisine; locals will tell you they’re inextricably linked. Cà D’Oro alla Vedova is well-known and well-loved on the bàrcari scene. Be sure to try the polpette (meatballs). Typically tucked away down a backstreet off of Strada Nova, head down Calle Cà d’Oro and look for the old-world entrance. For bookingscall +39 041 528 5324

CoVino Castello restaurants in venice

CoVino is a cosy local enoteca that only seats 14 people… Credit: CoVino Facebook

As you might guess from the name, CoVino is an enoteca, although it stretches to serving a full three-course prix fixe, as well as appetisers and regional wines — don’t be afraid to ask for pairing advice. The cosy dining room only seats around 14, so book ahead to avoid disappointment. You’ll also have to step back into the pre-plastic era and take some cash out, BECAUSE cards are not accepted. Book now

Recommended by Serenella Maculan of Le Colture Prosecco

Amo, Fondaco dei Tedeschi San Marco restaurants in venice

A 13th century indoor piazza meets modern elegant design at Amo… Credit: alajmo.it

Amo is one of Max Alajmo’s successful gourmet restaurants, set in a 13th-century inner courtyard at the base of the Rialto bridge. It’s surrounded by the boutique shops of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi and attracts a sleek crowd. Amor was noted by the Michelin Guide 2017 for its use of fresh ingredients from the Rialto market and impressive interior, created by French designer Philippe Starck. Look out for culinary curiosities like the centopezze, or ‘one-hundred layer’, pizza and a savoury potato cappuccino. Book now

Osteria Enoteca San Marco San Marco restaurants in venice

35 pages of Italian wines to choose from at Osteria San Marco… Credit: osteriasanmarco.it

Less than 200 metres from Piazza San Marco, this osteria and enoteca contrasts a contemporary design interior with its original exposed brick walls. Behind a marble-topped bar made out of wine boxes is an impressive array of wines from all over Italy, with a 35-page list to help you navigate. The menu features small dishes for sharing, as well as fish and meat main courses. Perhaps most alluring is the homemade pasta selection, including spelt tagliatelle with duck ragù and ginger ravioli stuffed with scallops and basil. For bookings call  +39 041 528 5242

Recommended by Flavio Geretto of Villa Sandi Prosecco

Il Paradiso Perduto Cannaregio restaurants in venice

Discover ‘the lost paradise’ of Venice, a bustling restaurant and jazz club… Credit: ilparadisoperduto.wordpress.com

Il Paradiso Perduto or ‘the lost paradise’ is a bustling osteria with hearty Venetian dishes and live music. It was started in the 1980s by a group of university students and their dream of creating a new breed of restaurant-jazz club is now well established. Expect live shows every Monday night, as well as others on an impromptu basis. The seafood-heavy menu changes daily, depending on the fisherman’s catch. Open Thursday-Monday, until midnight. For bookings call +39 041 720581

Taverna al Remer Cannaregio restaurants in venice

Find this taverna tucked away beneath an old brick archway near the Grand Canal… Credit: alremer.it

Less than a five-minute walk from the famous Rialto bridge, in prime position by the Grand Canal — Taverna al Remer still feels like a hidden gem, ensconced beneath an ancient brick archway. Open every day for lunch and dinner, with a daily happy hour from 5:30pm to 7pm. The piano and string instruments in the corner are frequently put to good use on live music nights. Swing by at lunchtime Monday to Friday for a more casual buffet affair during a day’s sightseeing. Book now

Recommended by Isabella Bisol of Ruggeri Prosecco

I Rusteghi San Marco restaurants in venice

Packed to the rafters with regional food and wine… Credit: osteriairusteghi.com

I Rusteghi is an enoteca and osteria jam-packed to the rafters with Venetian delicacies — see the legs of cured ham hanging from the ceiling. Nab one of the little tables and choose a selection of cicheti with a bottle of wine. If you’re spoilt for choice, ask the owner, Giovanni, for advice (he’ll be the big guy in the leather apron). Giovanni took on I Rusteghi from his parents and he is devoted to keeping up their reputation for high quality food and wine, with the recent addition of a Coravin — so you can sample the best bottles by the glass. Book now

SEE ALSO: Ultimate Tuscany: Top 10 wineries to visit Osteria ai Promessi Sposi Cannaregio restaurants in venice

Gorge on cicheti at this lesser-known gem… Credit: Osteria ai Promessi Sposi Facebook

A two-minute walk from the aforementioned Cà D’Oro alla Vedova, this part-osteria, part-bottega is a good stop-off on your cicheti trail. Promessi Sposi, or ‘the betrothed’, has a broad wooden counter covered with local fish and meat specialities, or there’s a full three-course menu, with a reasonably-priced wine selection. Pasta highlight: spaghetti al nero di seppia — black squid ink spaghetti. Find it down Calle dell’Oca, opposite Hotel Bernardi. For bookings call +39 041 241 2747

Enoteca Rio Marin Santa Croce restaurants in venice

Small but perfectly formed Venetian dishes at Enoteca Rio Marin. Credit: Enoteca Rio Marin Facebook

Rio Marin is a classic Venetian enoteca, opposite one of the city’s less crowded beautiful bridges. It’s on a quiet corner beside its namesake, the Marin canal, running through the historic Santa Croce district. As well as an enoteca, Rio Marin advertises itself as a ‘cicchetteria con piccola cucina’ to let you know it specialises in small and perfectly formed dishes, plus some dolce treats like tiramisu. In good weather, find a spot outside and watch the gondolas glide by. For bookings call +39 041 714854

Osteria Mocenigo Santa Croce restaurants in venice

Enjoy cuttlefish in black ink sauce at this traditional osteria… Credit: Osteria Moceniga Facebook @tuttatutta

A traditional osteria — a cosier and less formal type of restaurant — Mocenigo promises fresh fish everyday, ‘no compromises’. Its specialities include cuttlefish in black ink sauce and baccalà (salted cod), a northern Italian classic. You can enjoy wines by the glass from Veneto, such as sparkling Prosecco, as well as from nearby Friuli and Trentino. It’s open everyday except Christmas for lunch and dinner. Well-located if you want to visit the 17th-century Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo, just short postprandial stroll down the Salizada San Stae. Book now

Recommended by Anastasia Roncoletta representing V8+ Prosecco

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