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1 October 2015 News

Congratulations to our 7 Top 100 Wineries of 2015, E. Guigal, Le Macchiole, Errazuriz, Domaine des Baumard, Lucien Le Moine, Champagne Bollinger, and Quinta do Noval!

The issue has just been released. Click here to read their profiles!

24 September 2015 News

An article in today’s Drink Business talks about how the Milhades are bringing back the lost Carmenère grape variety. Below is an excerpt! Click here to read the full article.

Duo Bringing Carmenere back to Bordeaux

“A pair of young winemakers in Bordeaux are putting their faith in Carmenère, bringing the variety, which has all but disappeared in France, back to its birthplace.

Marc and Elodie Milhade, the bother and sister duo at Château Recougne near Libourne on the Right Bank planted two hectares of Carmenère at the 100-hectare estate in 2000 but are keen to increase plantings due to a positive reception towards the wine, which they believe helps them to stand out.

Using French clones, the pair only make Carmenère in exceptional years as the variety is notoriously tricky to ripen.”



22nd September 2015 News, Videos

James Suckling’s Web-site features a great video of Lucien Le Moine’s Rotem Brakin talking about the intricacies behind the making of the perfect-scoring Montrachet 2013.

James described it as “A perfect white. A reference for Chardonnay.” Click on the video here to watch Rotem’s fascinating explanation.

18 September 2015 News

Amazing video of the Guigal vineyards taken by drone – really gives you a sense of how steep and spectacular Cote-Rotie is as an area.  Click here or on the image below and please share!

18 September 2015 News

James Suckling posted a great write-up on a recent tasting of 1999 La Grande Annee from Bollinger. His comments were as follows:

“This is a phenomenal Champagne from magnum with intense aromas of crème brûlée, dried apple, dried apricot and pear. Some tropical fruit but always subtle. Full-bodied, dense and layered wtih beautiful fruits and a long, long finish. Wonderful fruit, limestone and white pepper aftertaste. A joy to taste. 98 points”

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18 September 2015 News

James Suckling posted a great write-up on a recent tasting of 1999 La Mouline from E. Guigal. His comments were as follows:

“This is a less famous vintage for the Northern Rhone winery but showing beautifully now. Aromas of dried fruits, smoked meat and balsamic. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Just right now. A savory and juicy wine. Drink now. 94 points.”

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8 September 2015 News

Heartland wines sent out their monthly newsletter, “The Trader”, just in time for Labor Day weekend. In this edition of The Trader, Heartland shares Nick and Ben’s adventures travelling to the U.S., spicing it up at Vintus with the BBQ Dry Rub, the Spice Trade label winning awards, the latest 2013 scores and reviews, and lastly, details on the ‘Lake Doctor’. Click here to see the full September 2015 Edition.

8 September 2015 News

On his recent visit to New York, Philippe Guigal sat down for an interview with Levi Dalton. The interview is now up on the I’ll Drink to That podcast site – a super site with in-depth podcasts of wine industry people of note. Levi runs this now and writes for a number of publications, his background is as a sommelier in a number of leading New York restaurants. Click on the image for an awesome and extensive hour-long interview with Philippe.

The podcast has also been featured by Alder Yarrow on Vinography, by far one of the leading wine blogs. The following fantastic lead in by Alder says it all: “This was a surprising interview because Guigal is so familiar a name. We figure that we know what is going on with Guigal. We assume that we have heard these stories before. But that is where the surprise came in: all kinds of information came out in this interview that seemed fresh. Particularly, if you have an interest in the wines of the Northern Rhone, you must listen to this interview. You may not think about Hermitage or Condrieu in the same way after you have heard what Philippe Guigal has to say about them. The differences in vinification for Viognier versus Marsanne, the specifics of Condrieu terroir, the challenges that Roussanne presents, the contrasting approaches that one can take to Hermitage, and even the divergent handling of Viognier between Cote-Rotie and elsewhere, were all discussed in-depth and well. Plus the connection of the winery timeline to the family’s historical timeline was made explicit. And Philippe opened up about the future for Guigal. This episode is particularly filled with pieces of information that are well presented, relevant, and helpful to understanding the context of the Guigal wines. There is a lot there to learn from, and I suggest giving a listen.”


27 August 2015 Feature, News

The nominees for the Wine Enthusiast 2015 Wine Star Awards have just been posted. We are thrilled to have been nominated “Importer of the Year,” for the third time in 11 years! Click here to see all the nominations.

27 August 2015 News

Petrolo’s Inarno 2012 was selected as a “Wine of the Week” in the Dallas Morning News! Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the full article.

“The 2012 Inarno is the inaugural vintage from the Petrolo estate in Tuscany. It is a traditional style, unoaked, 100 percent sangiovese. The fruit is bright, red cherry and strawberry with hints of dried herbs beginning to show cedary, cigar-box aromas with three years in the bottle. It’s medium bodied and lively on the palate, with citrusy acidity and well-integrated tannins. That acidity makes it a great companion for tomato-based sauces on pasta or pizzas.”