Category Archives: Rhone

Essence of Condrieu

Viognier is a difficult grape varietal to deal with. When ripening, the grapes rapidly build up high sugar levels, often before the grapes reach phenolic, or ‘flavour’, ripeness. The challenge is to achieve this phenolic ripeness before the grapes develop … Continue reading

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Château La Nerthe – red wines

This post continues my account of a tasting presented by Christophe Bristiel of Château La Nerthe to the Oxford Wine Circle. We tasted three vintages of the Château La Nerthe Rouge – 2007, 1998 and 1986, classic vintages in three … Continue reading

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Château La Nerthe – white wines

As I mentioned in a previous post, we were privileged to host Christophe Bristiel from Château La Nerthe to the Wine Circle recently. While the highlight of the evening was certainly the exclusive Cuvée des Cadettes, made from Grenache vines … Continue reading

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It’s all in the vine

I recently attended a tasting at the Oxford Wine Circle presented by Christophe Bristiel from Château La Nerthe. La Nerthe is one of the foremost producers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the famous appellation in the southern Rhône. Other than producing fantastic wine, … Continue reading

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Primum Familiae Vini – Part 1

“A good bottle of wine is an empty one” – Christophe Brunet Primum Familiae Vini (PFV) – Latin for “The First Families in Wine” – is an exclusive association of the greatest family-owned wineries in the world. Membership is restricted … Continue reading

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Hilary Term “Grand Cru”

Recently we were treated to another fabulous “Grand Cru” tasting presented by Neel Burton. An Oxford Grand Cru tasting generally consists of wines from some of the finest producers out there, and if we’re lucky, these wines can have a … Continue reading

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