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THREE – THE MAGIC NUMBER | 2023 ANNIVERSARY VINTAGE WINES

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The 2023 anniversary vintage wines are a mixed bunch… A year that began in crisis, 2022 did not conclude with peace and goodwill. The biggest armed conflict in Europe since World War II rages on as Russia, with barbaric intensity … Continue reading

Taylor-made | 1948 and 1963 Taylor’s Vintage Port

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Two exception bottles of Taylor’s Vintage Port… A total of 30,000 pipes – the traditional Douro barrel of 534 litres that was taken as the equivalent of 60-dozen bottles – was made in 1948. That’s 21,600,000 bottles of Port…! But there aren’t … Continue reading

Extra dry humour | 1988 Pol Roger Extra Dry Champagne

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Ah, the French are very good at sensible names for their wines… A champagne labelled as “Extra Dry” (by Pol Roger or anybody else) is obviously dry, ain’t it? Actually, Extra Dry (or Extra Sec) is – incongruously – a … Continue reading

A Climens Conundrum… | 1976 Château Climens

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Recently Arden Fine Wines acquired a bottle of Château Climens from a private seller. The bottle shows no vintage where it should be, at top-centre of the label.  But otherwise all present and correct, including “73cl” – rather than 75cl – as the … Continue reading

1945 Pol Roger at Middle Temple

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1945 Pol Roger Extra Cuvée de Réserve… 🍾 This very rare bottle was opened by Arden Fine Wines for our friends at Middle Temple. It was born at about the same time that Pol Roger’s greatest fan Sir Winston Churchill … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: AUTUMN 2022 NEWSLETTER

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From my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, Project greetings from a decidedly autumnal Berlin. Please find attached the latest – Autumn Collection Special – newsletter. As you might imagine, it was another busy quarter for the project. Included in the … Continue reading

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

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