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Barrels and Bottles Blog — vintage

2009 Vintage report from France

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“The first word that jumps from all comments is ‘early’. Most of the Estates acknowledge the fact that they never finished the harvest that soon. Clos Labade quote : “Harvest is usually associated with Fall. Shall we have to change that to Summer? We finished on September 23rd. Other common impression : ripeness and high […]

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Return to German Roots

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As part of the Wine Schoppen Group we have a long heritage in the supply of German wines in the UK. This peaked in 1991 with Wine Schoppen winning the coveted German Specialist of the Year Award by the Which Wine Guide. With an ever increasing barrage of wines from the New World it is […]

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Highfield Estate 2008 vintage report

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With a warm, sunny growing season and fantastic weather in the build up to harvest, many grape varieties ripened at the same time leading to logistical and congestion issues at the winery. Chardonnay for the Highfield Elstree Cuvée Brut was picked first, with only time for a quick beer to celebrate the start of harvest […]

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Champagne Marguet – Winemakers Notes

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A note from Benoit Marguet on the latest releases from his estate: “Since 2002, It is now common to get not exiting summers followed then by sunny warm days in September and October. Once again it happened in 2008 where, after a wet trio of June July and August who turn down the yields due […]

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