Les Caves’s Autumn Trade Tasting!

September 15, 2017

Tuesday 3rd October, 10am-6pm at The Hellenic Centre Something new, something old, something fun to banish the wine blues Our autumn tasting is a timely dip into the wilds and werewolves of our current portfolio. New wines and recent arrivals abound – here’s an opportunity to probe the credentials of our latest visitors from Georgia, Italy, […]

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One score and ten years in the wine business

September 11, 2017

Grizzled vets don’t have to grizzle to be accorded that status. But they have to have seen a reasonable amount of wine of all colours and all qualities flow beneath the bridge. I would like to think the more I have progressively drunk the more I understand how I feel about wine, and that my […]

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Don’t Pass Over These Yaks

September 5, 2017

Domaine d’Aurensan and Chateau de Leberon: Vintage Armagnacs  Domaine d’Aurensan The Aurensan vineyard – a family venture run by father Bernard and his two daughters, Sophie and Caroline, spreads over five hectares of land in the Tenareze region of Armagnac and comprises Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard planted on chalky-clay soils. The Tenareze Armagnacs […]

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Doug Decants: Casa Belfi, Raboso Colfondo

September 4, 2017

The birthplace of Casa Belfi natural wines is San Polo di Piave, Veneto, where the river meets the sea. The philosophy behind the project is the respect of natural processes and traditions like ageing in amphorae, and bottling according to Maria Thun Calendar. The winery is biodynamic certified. Raboso is a red grape variety cultivated […]

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Humour in wine

August 31, 2017

“Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile” ~ Homer (the poet, not the Simpson). Wine has inspired beautiful poems, tracts of fine prose – whole books even. Considering that it is a catalyst for so creativity it seems odd that much of the humour of the […]

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Beyond The Wine List

August 24, 2017

Mais naturellement, Les Caves de Pyrene are winier than winey, with around 1,700 “references” (as the wine trade is wont to call them) from around 500 vignerons hailing from 18 countries. Around 70% of our producers farm organically or biodynamically, and the majority make wines fairly or very naturally, using native yeasts, ambient ferments and […]

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Jazzing Up Restaurant Wine Lists

August 22, 2017

“The butler returned with a huge album bound in crocodile leather. You are looking at the binding, I notice, said the host. It is the skin of a crocodile I shot myself in the Nile”. –Jazz and Jasper by William Gerhardie, 1927 For some they are stuck-up stickybeat digests or riddles wrapped in mysteries inside […]

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Doug Decants: The Wines of Céline & Laurent Tripoz

August 21, 2017

Lochéd and loaded All the Tripoz vineyards (11 hectares) are in or just outside of Loché in the Maconnais, where the cellar is located. With vines on eastern exposures rooted in deep clay loaded with limestone, the Céline and Laurent believe that the only way to express a sense of terroir is to work in […]

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Topping up the Georgians

August 21, 2017

It is public knowledge that we’ve had a love affair with Georgia for the past few years and were one of the first companies to seriously focus on importing wines from artisan growers to sell into restaurants and bars. Georgia itself is now firmly on the map – its growers invariably attend The Real Wine […]

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Rest in Peace Haridimos Hatzidakis

August 15, 2017

A few days ago, the great Santorini winemaker, Haridimos Hatzidakis, sadly took his own life. Tributes have been pouring in and we wanted to add our own panegyric to the man and his wines. Haridimos Hatzidakis was born and grew up, in Crete. He studied winemaking in Athens and worked as an oenologist, first in […]

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