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by Mark Andrew. Published April 18th, 2013.
By the mid-noughties, Californian wines had become boring. It seemed like all anyone wanted to do (with a few exceptions) was please Robert Parker and make densely concentrated, low acid wines with lashings of new oak. Anything in a heavy bottle tasted the same and the craze for these ‘cult wines’ was driving prices ever-upward. [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published August 20th, 2012.
Just a quick note to draw your attention to Wine Anorak, where Jamie Goode has a very nice write-up of our vertical tasting of the great Armand Rousseau’s Burgundies. Now that was a great evening. If you like the sound of it, keep an eye out in the next few weeks for a brand new [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published April 13th, 2012.
The inaugural Real Wine Fair is a wine tasting event, celebrating skilled individuals who work organically or biodynamically in the vineyards and winery. Over 170 growers and winemakers will be presenting over 600 wines, made as naturally as possible. Visitors to The Real Wine Fair can meet and talk to the winegrowers, whilst having the [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published February 7th, 2011.
The first tasting of the new year was a look at some old Champagne – none of the ten wines were younger than 1990 and the oldest dated back to 1976. The purpose was to look at the prestigious cuvées of the top houses rather than any old bubbly so, although there were a few [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published February 1st, 2011.
This time last year I was joyously reporting a record breaking year for Roberson Wine in 2009, so I wont begin by telling you that 2010 was three times as successful. (But it was!) Anyway, enough bragging. What really matters is that 2010 was very rewarding from a wine perspective and, as ever, we had [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published January 30th, 2011.
When Philip the Bold banished the “disloyal Gamay” from the vineyards of Burgundy in the 14th century for “very great and horrible harshness”, he was probably unaware that to the south of the Côte d’Or was an ideal home for this renegade grape variety. Gamay proved to be a perfect match with the granite soils [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published January 6th, 2011.
Noise and hype about Burgundy vintages never, thank God, reaches the crescendo heard over in Bordeaux and while this was true again in 2009, that doesn’t mean there is a lack of excitement for the latest releases from Burgundy’s Côte d’Or. Quite the contrary, in fact, as there is a buzz surrounding the vintage that [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published October 2nd, 2010.
Domaine de la Grange des Peres (or ‘barn of fathers’) is everything a ‘cult’ wine should be. Tiny but meticulous production, a superbly talented winemaker, wonderful terroir and a baying mob of customers desperate to get their hands on a bottle. This is the land that marketing forgot – no fancy labels, no export manager, [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published September 3rd, 2010.
It’s been a good few years for Roberson Wine and we have been fortunate enough to be voted as ‘London Wine Merchant of the Year’ at both the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and the Drinks Business awards in the last couple of years. The third and arguably most prestigious of the industry gongs was the [...]
by Mark Andrew. Published August 25th, 2010.
We get so many wine makers visiting us at Roberson that it is easy to get blasé about what is actually a great part of our job. Every now and again someone shows up (with their importer in tow, of course) that makes us realise how lucky we are. Today was one of those days [...]