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Bargain of the week, the month, the year, the century?

A customer who ordered a bottle of Ch. Pichon Lalande 2001 at £260 in the Manchester branch of Hawksmoor Restaurants, received a whopping bonus by getting a bottle of Ch. Le Pin 2001, on the wine list at £4,500, by mistake. Le Pin is a cult wine, highly priced for its quality and scarcity value […]

Are The Lancet’s Alcohol Consumption Forecasts Inflated?

We thought this report from the IWSR, the leading source of data and intelligence on the alcoholic beverage market, was interesting referring to a new study published in the medical journal The Lancet which reports a considerable upsurge in the global consumption of alcoholic drinks. However, the IWSR figures indicate “Many drinks operators are now […]

Windsor Great Park Vineyard Sparkling wine

At a recent wine tasting I came across the 2014 vintage sparkling wine from the Windsor Great Park Vineyard. It was placed amongst other sparkling wines, including Champagnes, and turned out to be the best of the bunch. A hint of butterscotch on the nose, the gentle bubbles combine with a elegant freshness on the […]

YOHAN CASTAING’S TOP 100 BORDEAUX 2018 WINES – THE TOP 10!

Yohan Castaing is the founder and director of Anthocyanes, a young man of 40 (at least he wants to believe) whose passion for wine has never stopped since his early years in the family vineyards. Yohan is from Bordeaux, but turned very quickly to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône and began commercial studies without ever departing from […]

YOHAN CASTAING’S TOP 100 BORDEAUX 2018 WINES – 11-20

Yohan Castaing is the founder and director of Anthocyanes, a young man of 40 (at least he wants to believe) whose passion for wine has never stopped since his early years in the family vineyards. Yohan is from Bordeaux, but turned very quickly to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône and began commercial studies without ever departing from […]

UPDATE – MAY 7th

When we sent you out “The Latest” last week we mentioned that Club behind the label members could get access to Yohan Castaing’s detailed tasting notes on his top 100 Bordeaux 2018 wines. We gave a little taster to everybody by making numbers 91-100 free to read by all. We hoped you liked it. We […]

YOHAN CASTAING’S TOP 100 BORDEAUX 2018 WINES – 21-30

Yohan Castaing is the founder and director of Anthocyanes, a young man of 40 (at least he wants to believe) whose passion for wine has never stopped since his early years in the family vineyards. Yohan is from Bordeaux, but turned very quickly to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône and began commercial studies without ever departing from […]

YOHAN CASTAING’S TOP 100 BORDEAUX 2018 WINES – 31-40

Yohan Castaing is the founder and director of Anthocyanes, a young man of 40 (at least he wants to believe) whose passion for wine has never stopped since his early years in the family vineyards. Yohan is from Bordeaux, but turned very quickly to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône and began commercial studies without ever departing from […]

YOHAN CASTAING’S TOP 100 BORDEAUX 2018 WINES – 41-50

Yohan Castaing is the founder and director of Anthocyanes, a young man of 40 (at least he wants to believe) whose passion for wine has never stopped since his early years in the family vineyards. Yohan is from Bordeaux, but turned very quickly to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône and began commercial studies without ever departing from […]

YOHAN CASTAING’S TOP 100 BORDEAUX 2018 WINES – 51-60

Yohan Castaing is the founder and director of Anthocyanes, a young man of 40 (at least he wants to believe) whose passion for wine has never stopped since his early years in the family vineyards. Yohan is from Bordeaux, but turned very quickly to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône and began commercial studies without ever departing from […]

YOHAN CASTAING’S TOP 100 BORDEAUX 2018 WINES – 61-70

Yohan Castaing is the founder and director of Anthocyanes, a young man of 40 (at least he wants to believe) whose passion for wine has never stopped since his early years in the family vineyards. Yohan is from Bordeaux, but turned very quickly to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône and began commercial studies without ever departing from […]

YOHAN CASTAING’S TOP 100 BORDEAUX 2018 WINES – 71-80

Yohan Castaing is the founder and director of Anthocyanes, a young man of 40 (at least he wants to believe) whose passion for wine has never stopped since his early years in the family vineyards. Yohan is from Bordeaux, but turned very quickly to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône and began commercial studies without ever departing from […]

Yohan Castaing’s Top 100 Bordeaux 2018 wines – 81-90

Yohan Castaing is the founder and director of Anthocyanes, a young man of 40 (at least he wants to believe) whose passion for wine has never stopped since his early years in the family vineyards. Yohan is from Bordeaux, but turned very quickly to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône and began commercial studies without ever departing from […]

Umamu Estate

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here David Moore profiles Umamu Estate  from […]

Castello di Ama

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Neville Blech profiles Castello di Ama  […]

Yohan Castaing’s top 100 Bordeaux 2018 wines – 91-100

Yohan Castaing is the founder and director of Anthocyanes, a young man of 40 (at least he wants to believe) whose passion for wine has never stopped since his early years in the family vineyards. Yohan is from Bordeaux, but turned very quickly to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône and began commercial studies without […]

Jean-François Jacouton

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here David Moore profiles Jean-Francois Jacouton  from […]

Bordeaux 2018 : A vintage for wines having a soul

Yohan Castaing is the founder and director of Anthocyanes, a young man of 40 (at least he wants to believe) whose passion for wine has never stopped since his early years in the family vineyards. Yohan is from Bordeaux, but turned very quickly to the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône and began commercial studies without […]

Château Clinet

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Neville Blech profiles Ch. Clinet a […]

How to turn Value for Money Wines into Exceptional Value for Money Wines

The other day I received an email from Waitrose Cellar offering 25% discount on all wines provided you ordered at least 6 bottles (not all of the same wine either)   They do list a number of wines which rate as value for money on our Value for Money Wines Pro App, but I wondered […]

Monthly member winery updates for April 2019

We have now been providing our Club behind the label members with monthly updates for the now published 11th edition of Wine behind the label and this month marks the first of our updates for the 12 edition. Here then is the full list of updates for April 2019. We kick off with 14 new […]

Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Neville Blech profiles Ch. Clos Haut-Peyraguey […]

Betz Family Winery

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here David Moore profiles the Betz Family […]

LUNCH AT LE COLOMBIER

It’s always great to have a good local restaurant and we are lucky to have several around us to cater for the well-heeled residents of Chelsea & Kensington. Le Colombier is an oasis of French popular cuisine – a typical restaurant that you would find in any corner of France – no frills, entirely predictable, […]

Champagne Ayala

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Michael Edwards profiles Ayala in Champagne. […]

Barboursville Vineyards

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. Here Kathleen Burk assesses the Barboursville Vineyards […]

Vincent Delaporte – a full profile

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. On this occasion Jim Budd reviews the […]

Boulevard Napoléon – A full profile

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. On this occasion a fine winery from […]

Calabrian Winery – Rocca Brettia – A full profile

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide. On this occasion a top winery from […]

A Fascinating full profile from Israel

For all our readers we will now be bringing you two regular weekly full profiles from the 11 & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings. This should give you an excellent idea of what you can enjoy when purchasing a full guide.On this occasion a top winery from Israel. […]

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