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Our friends at Pol Roger, the UK agents for Joseph Drouhin, kindly put together a dinner at Medlar to revisit Drouhin's 2011s. Set amongst 2009, 2010 and 2012, 2011 has been largely overlooked. I think that the trade as a whole can be guilty of generalising when it comes to vintages as a whole. It s...

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You will need:
2 Racks of babyback ribs
1 head of fennel
2 banana shallots
Tomato purée
Chilli flakes
1 lemon
Vegetable stock
Fennel seed
Red wine
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
First, cut both racks into two pieces. Heat some olive oil in the bottom of a casser...
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Mendel Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina (£198.00 per Case of 12 Bottles Delivered)

Argentine Malbecs have developed a reputation for being top quality and excellent value for money. It’s little wonder, as the conditions in Mendoza are ideal. High in the Andes, between 900 – 1100 metres altitude, the...
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2011 Artist Series #20 - Woodward Canyon (£420.00 per Case of 12 ex VAT)
Another example of the fine wine coming from Washington State that rivals California’s best. Almost opaque at the core with a narrow red/purple rim. Smoky nose with notes of blackcurrant, white pepper and earth. Lovely gloss...
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Welcome Aboard
One of the best things about working in the wine trade is that my colleagues will, more often than not, share my two main hobbies: wine and food. The chaps here kindly arranged a dinner at Gazette in Battersea to welcome me to the team. A formidable selection of wines was enjo...
8am - Coffee, croissant. 9.30am - Echezeaux 1996. We are definitely in Burgundy. Day 2 kicked off with a visit to Morey St. Denis and a tasting with Alec Seysses at Domaine Dujac. As with many Burgundian cellars, it is mind blowing to comprehend that the cluster of barrels standing before you are su...
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8.30 Monday morning in Burgundy can only mean one thing; a quick trip south of Beaune to taste some whites. We started with a producer new to me in the form of Jean Marc Boillot; a no nonsense Rugby fan who wasn’t short of a few opinions on the state of the game. These wines, especially his whites,...
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