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Spotlight on: Château Cheval Blanc

5 key facts about the Bordeaux-based wine makers One of only four wines to receive the highest rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) status in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine, Château Cheval Blanc (French for ‘White Horse Castle’) is one of the longest lived Bordeaux wines still being produced with a reputation that fits well with its outstanding longevity. The very best of Cabernet Franc Cheval Blanc produces the most famous Cabernet Franc-based wine in the world and present régisseur Pierre Lurton is amongst the most talented winemakers working in Bordeaux today. Cheval Blanc requires a minimum 10 years of bottle age and the...

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Corks VS Screw Caps: Which is best for your wine?

Since screw cap wines have entered the market place there has been a general perception that they the corks poor cousin, often associated with poor or cheap wine, but this argument might not be as black and white as it seems.  Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both before deciding whether or not to completely write-off the humble screw cap. Corks Corks are the tried and trusted method of closing wine; they have been since the beginning of modern Europe in the 1400’s. This is because cork bark is one of the few natural products that...

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Spotlight on: Château Pétrus

Consistently ranking as one of the world’s most expensive wines in recent times, Pétrus is a Bordeaux wine estate located in the Pomerol appellation. Widely regarded as the outstanding wine of the region, Pétrus was virtually unheard of 30 years ago, making its rise to prominence all the more fascinating. An understandably popular wine for investors, with the average 750ml bottle costing £2,500, here are five key things you should know about this exceedingly rich red. A long time coming Despite Pétrus only having really made a name for itself in the last 30 years, it has in fact been...

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How to pick the best bottle of wine to go with your meal

Look like an expert with these handy tips on how to choose the best wine to accompany your food. Knowing what goes with what, when it’s best to have one type of wine over  another and deciphering how to pick wine by smell instead of taste takes time, experience and patience, the last of which many wine drinkers are not prepared to accept. But there are some quick tips we can give you to enhance your knowledge and help you to make the right choices when you’re dining with wine. Smell is key to taste When the waiter pours you...

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Spotlight on: Le Pin

5 things you need to know about the Bordeaux based blue-chip wine makers Château Le Pin, or simply Le Pin, is a Bordeaux wine renowned for its habitually high wine ratings from wine critics, occasionally making it the most expensive wine in the world. A constant presence on the wine auction market and a highly recommended brand to invest in, Le Pin is a wine producer you need to know about. Age isn’t everything with Le Pin As well as being one of the world’s most exclusive blue-chip wines, Le Pin is something of an anomaly in Bordeaux, where many of...

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