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Our weekly newsletters with current thoughts on the world of wine as well as our wine pick of the week.

New Year, Old Wines

We have never been ones for whimsical change so this year has started like many others: no new year resolutions, just a gentle reminder that our preference for mature vintages is a sensible one.  Below is a selection of red wines with a good amount of age behind them that will keep things interesting in …

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Chateau Giscours Margaux Troisieme Cru

Sweet Wines

Sweet, Sticky and Endlessly Satisfying Whilst some would happily have a glass of desert wine every evening, for many it is only at Christmas that they indulge in a glass or two with pudding. Either way, sweet wines tend to be some of the best value wines around.  The most recognised sweet wines are reliant on …

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1996 Chateau Nairac Barsac

Claret For Drinking Now

Well-aged Claret offers characteristics that are hard to find in modern, young wines. However much people try to recreate them.  Notes of leather, tobacco, smoke and spice, dark berry fruit, cassis, liquorice, toasted oak, the list is endless. And whilst other wines do hold some of these notes, mature Bordeaux (when made well) marries these …

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Vieux Chateau Certan Pomerol

What We’ve Been Drinking

It’s fairly easy to imagine what a wine merchant drinks of an evening. It’s usually the same as most people: the good value, easy drinking bottle on a weeknight and something a little more interesting at the weekends.  We’re not really that different or more imaginative than the average man we just have a wider …

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Chateau Gloria Saint Julien

Autumn Mixed Case

Autumn Mixed Case of 6 £120 Autumn officially starts in September but we never feel quite ready for it until October. There’s always that last glimmer of summer at the end of September that makes all the talk of Halloween and bonfire night a little premature. October is here though and Autumn is well under way: …

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2022 Autumn Mixed Six

2016 Vintage

The vintage of the decade with prices to match? The 2016 vintage presents us with a slight problem: it is becoming rather expensive.  Several wine regions, mainly in Europe, enjoyed excellent growing conditions and subsequent success in 2016. Six years on and the price is rapidly increasing especially on the big name wines from Tuscany, Piedmont, …

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Castello di Ama Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione

Summer Sale

As the end of summer draws near we thought a little spring clean would be beneficial. Our cellars have helpfully revealed a list of wines that could do with a new home. Some bottles are perfect for drinking now but won’t last forever, others are wines we would prefer to re-house so we can make way …

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Chateau La Conseillante Pomerol

The Big Move

Nemo Wine Cellars began life in South West London in 2018 and this year moved out to the Suffolk coast.  Back in December 2021 an opportunity arose to purchase an old mill with space for an office and tasting room. The word ‘old’ is quite important here as the property is a work in progress …

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Holbrook Mill, Holbrook, Ipswich, Suffolk

Italian Second Strings

Finding value from Italy’s top producers The big name producers in Italy usually gain a reputation from their high end, flagship wine but their portfolio tends to extend much further and can offer great value. Roagna, famous for its Barbaresco Crichët Pajé, also make a basic Langhe Rosso that is far from simple yet incredibly affordable. Guado …

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Roagna Langhe Rosso

Tasting Season

Tastings are back in full swing and keeping us busy.  However, whilst these events are a perk of the job, not all of them, or the wines showcased, are wholeheartedly successful.  The recent Nebbiolo day held in London happened to coincide with a transport strike; as we had cycled there and inevitably had to cycle …

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Vietti Masseria Barbaresco DOCG

Burgundy Shortage

At around 10pm one evening in September we received a text message from a friend in the Côte de Beaune advising us to quickly stock up on both red and white Burgundy as the majority of the 2021 harvest was being devastated by pelting rain. As dramatic as it sounded at the time it was a worthwhile piece of advice to take. 2021 …

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Domaine Michel Lafarge Beaune Les Aigrots Blanc

Revisiting 2013

When new wines are released we find revisiting previous vintages and the predictions made at the time a valuable exercise. Particularly in vintages that were awkward or inconsistent.  2013 was a year most have chosen to forget, in part because it was such a difficult year for the majority of French wine regions. But there were …

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Brunello di Montalcino

Sassicaia vs. Ornellaia

The birth of the ‘Super Tuscan’ is a heavily debated subject and one that is not nearly as interesting as the wines themselves. The wines were given the nickname as they fell outside the Italian classification system – made using non-indigenous grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot they were experiments that gave …

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Bolgheri home of Sassicaia and Ornellaia

Claret

Good, old-fashioned claret is sometimes overlooked. In our haste to get to know all regions of the wine world we sometimes forget the beauty and simplicity of Bordeaux. The large, elaborate Chateaux with the vineyards spread out around them provide an area that is easy to get to grips with, and a myriad of wines …

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Chateau Figeac Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe B

Autumn Mixed Case

We have put together a selection of bottles to complement the weather and mood. Our Autumn Mixed Case includes six wines that provide a gentle transition from the fresh, summer wines we’ve been enjoying over the last few months to the richer, winter offerings. All are from well-regarded producers from a variety of regions that suit …

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Exploring Burgundy

Buying by the bottle is a much easier way of getting to know Burgundy especially given the abundance of producers and vineyards and the myriad of differences they create. 2011 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Morey Saint Denis La Riotte Premier Cru £55 per bottle  This is a delicate Morey Saint Denis that is light in weight with plenty of …

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Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Rouge

Summer Mixed Case

Over the years we have become fairly experienced in the art of holidaying in the UK: we have rented cottages in Scotland, pitched tents in Wales and fought hornets in a treehouse in Devon. And one thing we’ve learnt is to always pack the car with the essentials – good wine and a decent corkscrew. …

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2021 Summer Value Mixed Case

Chablis

Chablis has always offered the best value for white wines in Burgundy but finding the quality and style desired is a little harder.  Traditionally Chablis has been seen as a specific style of Chardonnay that is recognisable thanks to the notes of flint, seashell and green apple it produces. This is mostly attributed to the cooler …

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Billaud Simon Chablis Vaillons

Revisiting 2015

2015 is hailed as an exceptional vintage across Europe but there are a few pitfalls to watch out for. The summer was dry and hot with plenty of sunny days which for some was wonderful but for others a little trickier as it followed difficult spring weather or created droughts that put stress on the …

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Donna Olimpia Orizzonte

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