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Lafite of endurance | 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild

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When Château Lafite’s 1982 vintage was released in 1983, it was sold ex-cellars by UK wine merchants to private clients at about £300 per dozen. Today, £300 would buy you about 75ml of 1982 Lafite (from #ArdenFineWines, anyway 😁). It remains the most … Continue reading

CEO Sleepout UK 21st November | Please help me to raise funds for homeless people

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On Monday 21st November, I will be joining other business leaders in London at CEO Sleepout UK, sleeping outdoors at Lord’s Cricket Ground to raise funds for people who have been pulled into homelessness. By and large, people don’t choose to be homeless. … Continue reading

“Of Battenberg, Bombay and Blag: Tales of a Club Cricketer Gone Rogue” by Vic Mills

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Message from my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, I don’t know whether you’ve a copy of Battenberg, Bombay and Blag yet? Or, if so, whether you’ve got around to reading it? But if both are in the affirmative, I wonder … Continue reading

Hungary Heart | 1964 Tokajis from Monimpex

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These two lovely bottles of 1964 Tokaji came to Arden from a (an even lovelier) Parisienne friend of a friend, whose father had owned them for some years after they were gifted to him. He only bought French wines, of course… … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: SUMMER 2022 NEWSLETTER

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“Hi Stuart, After last week’s excitement with the book launch it’s back to the day job this Monday afternoon with the attached PFF Summer Newsletter. The annual kit appeal apart, this is a relatively quiet time for the project. This … Continue reading

Taylor (not so) Swift | 1948 Taylor’s Vintage Port from Tibberton House

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Only nine shippers declared the 1948 Port vintage, which – with the benefit of 74 years’ hindsight – is surprising, given the quality of the wines that were made. There was no really good Vintage Port again until 1955. A total of … Continue reading

Three Ports | 1985 Dow’s – 1977 Fonseca’s – 1963 Taylor’s

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In the Douro valley in 1985, the weather was magnificent from June onwards. (Actually, when isn’t the summer weather magnificent in the Douro?) It was the first unanimously declared Port vintage since 1975 and probably the best of the 1980s. … Continue reading

At Her Majesty’s pleasure | 1952 Château Latour

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What to give to somebody celebrating a Platinum Jubilee 👑…? How about a bottle of 1952 Château Latour? From the year that Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, became monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the British … Continue reading

“In 1977 I hope I go to heaven…” | 1977 Château Latour

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The Clash was probably not thinking of Bordeaux vintages when they released “1977” as the B-side to “White Riot” (nothing to do with white wine) in March 1977… It was the first of four unusually late Bordeaux vintages that had wet … Continue reading

Don’t Diss Me | Three litre-bottles of DRC La Tâche 1986 & Richebourg 1976 from Norfolk

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Arden Fine Wines retains an extensive “library” of empty bottles of fine wines. Most of them were consumed by Arden staff (purely for professional purposes, of course…) and they evoke happy memories of great wines enjoyed with friends. But the empty … Continue reading