APRIL 2014


Taylor’s 1964: an impeccable half century

Drawing from one of the most comprehensive reserves of very old cask-aged Port, Taylor’s has released the first of a series of 50 year old Single Harvest Ports. Ideal for celebrating landmark 50th birthdays and anniversaries, the 1964 is blended from wines of a single year which have been aged exclusively in oak casks in Vila Nova de Gaia, resulting in a complex, spicy and nutty Port wine. Despite its great age, there is crisp acidity to the wine, and an immensely long finish. As Adrian Bridge, CEO of The Fladgate Partnership, says, “there are few wines in the world which can match the longevity and freshness of these extraordinary Ports and the ones in our collection have survived in perfect condition.” Taylor’s 1964 is to be followed by the release of the 1965 in 2015.





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MARCH 2014


Bollinger R.D. 2002; a Golden Jubilee for Madame Bollinger’s iconic creation

An extraordinary vintage of a revolutionary Champagne was celebrated yesterday in London with the launch of Bollinger R.D. 2002. Returning to Pickering Place in St. James’s, the very location where Madame Bollinger launched the first vintage of her iconic creation, Bollinger R.D. 1952, Champagne Bollinger President Jérôme Philipon and Chef de Cave Gilles Descôtes presented the latest vintage release to assembled guests from the press and trade.
First released in the 1960s with the 1952 vintage, the release of Bollinger R.D. 2002, from one of the best vintages for Champagne in the past few decades, is powerful but well-balanced, using a blend of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir and an ultra-brut dosage of 3-4 g/L to give tension, energy and life to a wine that also has remarkable ageing potential.  As well as being beloved of connoisseurs the world over, Bollinger R.D. is the choice of Britain’s most discerning secret agent 007, having now been featured in 7 James Bond films.

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