IWFS LONDON BLOG August 2019

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A recent interesting tasting held by London Branch was of fine wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. We tasted nine wines; vintages from 1955 to 2014. We were able to compare a 1993 and a 1996 from Château de Beaucastel, one of the finest estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Another star wine was the 2004 Clos des Papes from another top estate, a complex and …

IWFS LONDON WINE BLOG July 2019

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Two of this month’s tastings were of mature fine wines, at the Naval Club, Mayfair, both led by Jeffrey Benson, of wines from his cellars. One was of Beerenauslese and Eiswein special sweet white wines, the youngest from 1982 and the oldest from 1971. We tasted six Beerenauslese wines from Germany, and one Beerenauslese and one Eiswein from Austria. Both …

IWFS LONDON WINE BLOG June 2019

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Last month we were fortunate in having a second tasting of mature Bordeaux wines from the 2005 vintage. This vintage is regarded as the best so far this century – with prices to match. The growing season in 2005 was exceptionally long, hot and dry, yet with just enough necessary moisture. There was no drought. Indeed there was a welcome …

IWFS LONDON WINE BLOG May 2019

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Early in May we enjoyed a tasting of wines from Gérard Bertrand, tutored by François Pages, the export manager. Gérard Bertrand was a professional rugby union player who retired to take over the Corbières family estate after his father died. He expanded the business, acquired new estates, and developed biodynamic methods. He now owns or manages 15 estates, all in …

IWFS LONDON WINE BLOG April 2019

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  One tasting this time: the range of champagnes made by the Serge Mathieu champagne house, one of the Côte des Bar’s leading small growers and producers, renowned for extremely fine champagne. Such an interesting tasting, kindly hosted by Christopher and Marigold Davenport Jones at their home. We first had the unusual opportunity of tasting examples of the appellation Coteaux …