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Roll over: Looking for the finest grapes with which to craft the finest wines, Albert Bichot has gradually bought vineyards in the most sought-after locations in Burgundy.

Bichot's Les Clos has power and richness on the palate. with a hint of toasty oak, and rioe stoned fruit characters, this will develop into a fine Grand Cru given a couple of years in the bottle. There is plenty of precision here and there is clearly plenty more to come. Decanter


Roll over: All the Amen Break wines are made with minimal winemaker intervention and a healthy dose of soul.

Amen Break are by brothers Matt and Steve Harrop.

We work with the rhythm of each vintage to find fruit that best expresses the season. Our Pinot Noir was grown at Zebra Vineyard on the northern elevations of the Bendigo area in Central Otago.

All the Amen Break wines are made with minimal winemaker intervention and a healthy dose of soul. To that we say Amen, Brother. 

The Amen Break is a legendary six second, four bar drum solo performed by Gregory Sylvester “G. C.”. Coleman in the song “Amen, Brother” performed by the 1960s funk and soul outfit The Winstons.

The Amen Break has become the most sampled drum beat in musical history. It is considered the foundation rhythmic beat for the much of the electronic musical genre (Trip Hop, Drum ’n Bass, Jungle, Psych Trance etc.) that exploded in the late 80’s and early 90s of last century.

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Roll over: Wine Spectator Wine of the Year 2023 Brunello is the soul, the identity of Argiano: elegance, finesse and, at the same time, structure and long aging.

Rose, strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors are the main themes in this red, along with wild herb, mineral and cut hay accents. Racy and full of energy, with a long, saturated finish. Best from 2025 through 2042. 9,400 cases made Jun 2023 95 points Wine Spectator Wine of the Year 2023

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Roll over text : The joint vision that two great names of the wine world, Rothschild and Vega Sicilia.

2017 was a very challenging year, as most of their vineyards in San Vicente de la Sonsierra in Rioja were affected by frost, unlike others in nearby Laguardia. Not only was it frost, but they also had hail later on in the season. Quantities suffered—they told me they lost 70% of the crop in Rioja that year—but they were happy about the quality of the 2017 Macán, being very careful with the fermentation and separating the press wine by quality. The 4,000-liter oak foudres helped to polish the tannins, and they used 50% new barrels. The élevage lasted 16 moths. It's a little riper than the Clásico from 2018 that I tasted next to it, with a little more alcohol (14.5%) and mellow acidity. It's clearly a weaker vintage, and the wine shows it: the fruit is a little ripe and shows some tiredness, like it's evolving at a faster pace. It has abundant, slightly rustic tannins. 40,400 bottles, 2,566 magnums and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in September 2019. Quantities reflect the low yields. Robert

These are very elegant wines, where the harmony of their aromas and flavours show the authenticity of the land from where they come and its capacity to produce great wines.  Macán and Macán Clásico co-exist due to the desire to preserve the Bordeaux tradition to produce a first and second wine. Both always coexist and are treated exactly the same from the wine to the classification tasting. The different wine batches of the vintage are then separated, with the two wines being considered individually and showing the differences between them.

Roll over: Dry and nutty. The perfect aperitif

This is a pale and golden Sherry with delicate almond aromas. Light on the palate and slightly salty due to the aging cellars being located on the pier at El Puerto de Santa Maria. This wine is aged for 3+ years under flor or flower yeast.

One of the most famous categories of Sherry and is made with the help of flor – a kind of yeast that covers the maturing wine, giving it the idiosyncratic flavour that it possesses.

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Roll over: The independent member of the Vega Sicilia family. Pintia is young, intense and groundbreaking in nature.

Toro (almost) didn't suffer the frost of 2017 that decimated Ribera del Duero, and in that early harvest, the grapes for the 2017 Pintia were picked between September 6th and 17th trying to keep the freshness and acidity. They also did a softer extraction, reduced the percentage of wine that went through malolactic in barrel and used less American oak for the élevage, trying to achieve a more elegant wine. Still the wine is ripe, juicy, round and powerful at 15% alcohol, with a mellow palate with a pH of 3.9 and 4.5 grams of acidity. The wine matured in new and used oak barrels for 12 months. It feels quite fresh and harmonious, not showing any heat, not as fresh and atypical as 2016. It keeps the poise and the balance and has abundant but fine tannins. These wines repay time in bottle, and even if approachable now, it should get better with time. It's like a refined version of the 2015. A triumph over the adverse conditions of the year. Robert

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Roll over: Multiple layers of toasted hazelnut, vanilla and incense with an aftertaste that goes on and on.

A brilliant amber colour, Bodega Urium’s beautiful Amontillado has been aged for 17 years. This lengthy ageing process has resulted in a mahogany hued sherry with aromas of toffee and raisin on the nose. It bursts into the mouth with multiple layers of toasted hazelnut, vanilla and incense with an aftertaste that goes on and on. 

A dry, neutral wine is made from Palomino grapes and is left to mature under a level of flor. Flor is a white crust that forms as the result of natural yeasts in the bodega. It feeds on oxygen and alcohol and gives the Sherry a distinct yeasty character. After at least two years under this crust, the wine is fortified to at least 17 percent, which kills the flor. The longer this period is, the stronger the yeast character will be in the finished wine.

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Roll over text : Vega Sicilia is by far the most prestigious wine estate in Spain, with an almost mythical reputation for quality and rarity.

Opaque ruby. Primary dark fruit, floral and vanilla aromas are sharpened by a spicy suggestion of cracked pepper and woodsmoke, and licorice notes build in the glass. Juicy and smooth on the palate, offering densely packed, spice-laced bitter cherry, blackberry and fruitcake flavors that firm up slowly with aeration. Shows superb depth as well as energy on the impressively long finish, which is firmed by youthfully gripping tannins.  Pairs well with beef and venison.

Vega Sicilia is located 100 miles north of Madrid in the shallow Duero (Douro) river valley on the high remote plateau of Castilla y Léon. The altitude is over 700 metres creating a special climate; the cold nights and hot days during the crucial ripening period in September largely contribute to the uniqueness of Vega Sicilia.  In a good vintage only about 20,000 cases of wine are made and subsequently sold on a strict allocation basis. Demand in Spain alone well exceeds the total quantity available.

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Roll over: Soulful white. Argentina's answer to Montrachet. James Suckling

The nose of the 2020 White Bones Chardonnay is an explosion of thyme and rockrose, aromatic, open, expressive, outspoken, showy and exuberant. It also has notes of white flowers and citrus, pine needles and incense, continuously developing new layers, curry, something smoky, more and more aromatic herbs, nuanced, complex and with a magnetic attraction that makes you go back to the glass over and over again. This was harvested all at the same time, whereas it was sometimes harvested over four different moments in the past; so this is a bit different and an extraordinary year for this wine, transcending the conditions of the year, with lower alcohol and pH (12.5% and 3.1) than the 2021, despite coming from a warmer year. This is very tasty and long, stony (more than White Stones!) and very persistent. Amazing juice! 5,760 bottles produced. Robert

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Roll over: Soulful white. Argentina's answer to Montrachet. James Suckling

I had the opportunity to taste two vintages (2020 and 2021) of the top whites side by side and could see the differences of the two years quite clearly, as the wines express the natural conditions of the year quite faithfully. The 2020 White Stones Chardonnay is riper than the other three wines; it's a very good wine, but it shows the warmer year with a rounder mouthfeel, faintly creamy, still a little closed in the nose, which slowly reveals yellow fruit and some spice. The palate is quite gentle, with 13% alcohol and very good balance. 7,500 bottles produced. Robert

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Roll over  Bodega Catena Zapata is one of the foremost wine estates in Mendoza

Few red wines can rival grand Argentinian Malbec for drama and grandeur, and this version from the Altamira zone of La Consulta (in the Uco Valley) stood out even amongst its dramatic, strikingly profiled peers. It is jet black, just shot with purple at the rim. Soaringly expressive Malbec rose and tea leaf lifts from the glass with enviable purity, without a trace of distorting oak. In the mouth, it is deep and long: an arrow of fruit yet elegant, deftly textured with a snow of fine tannins, and devoid of alcoholic heat or intrusive, strenuous acidity. A sumptuous, haute-couture Malbec where the vineyard’s untrammeled fruit and inner radiance has been given voice. Decanter

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Roll over: From a key DOC in northwest Italy, famed for its tangy, cherry-like red wines.

Barbera d'Alba is a key DOC in Piedmont, northwest Italy, famed for its tangy, cherry-like red wines made from the Barbera grape.

A flamboyant style, featuring black currant, boysenberry, vanilla and spice flavors. This is extracted, with a good dose of new oak, but remains racy, complex and long. Decant.

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Roll over: Long and Intense.

Enticingly perfumed and richly fragrant with fruity notes of apricot and citrus followed by vanilla "rancio". Light and delicate in the mouth, with the gentleness of slow ageing. Full and soft finish, developing into fruit.

Acknowledged by experts as the leading producer of the very finest and best Cognacs, Delamain is one of the oldest names in Cognac and one of the last remaining family owned and operated firms. All Cognacs are made exclusively from grapes grown in Grande Champagne, and attention to detail, dedication to quality and respect for traditions are the hallmarks of this famous brand. Only aged XO Cognacs carry the Delamain label

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Roll over: Révélation is a limited series of Malaville Single Vineyard bottles. Bottle # 063 of 460 produced.

This vintage 1995 orginates from the small hamlet of Ambleville, in the southern part of Cognac’s finest terroir, La Grande Champgane.
Situated over a geological fault line, the vines of Ambleville benefit from optimal soil conditions, the roots reaching deep into the chalky sub soil.
Aromas – a hint of pepper, spices and buttery chocolate aromas. Taste – coffee and spices, leather, aniseed and stewed cherries Style – fantastically rounded and full

Age - 26 years old Cellar - Vintage
Single Cask Nº - 252-01 Distillation - on fine lees Cellar - damp
Cask - oak, 350L, well-seasoned Filtration - Low pressure Reduction - Natural
Strength - 42.5% vol. Bottled in - June 2021

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Roll over: Chanson Pere & Fils en Bourgogne (Domaine Chanson) is a wine producer and négociant based in the central Burgundian town of Beaune


 Moderate reduction is enough to push the underlying fruit to the background today so be sure to give this some air if you intend to open a bottle young. Otherwise, there is excellent energy and freshness to the utterly delicious flavors that flash ample citrus influence on the very dry and refreshing finale. This needs to develop better depth, but the potential appears to be present for that to occur. 92 Burghound

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Roll over: Chanson Pere & Fils en Bourgogne (Domaine Chanson) is a wine producer and négociant based in the central Burgundian town of Beaune

Moderate wood frames fresh and ripe aromas of plum, black raspberry, pretty floral and just turned earth. The delicious and impressively intense middle weight flavors possess a really lovely mouthfeel if not quite the same power on the harmonious, firm and built-to-age finish where the only nit is a touch of warmth. Promising. 91-93 Burghound