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PROJECT FRONT FOOT: SUMMER 2024 NEWSLETTER

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From my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, Greetings from Berlin and Project Front Foot. Please find attached the project’s Summer Newsletter. A bumper edition highlighting project beneficiary clubs and communities in the UK, Switzerland, France, Germany and Lebanon. With some … Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Grey | 1974 vintage Colheita Ports

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At Vila Nova de Gaia, on the south side of the Douro at Porto, the river flows under the Ponte de Dom Luis towards the Atlantic, 550 miles from its source in northern Spain. Dazzling light and ferocious heat bounces … Continue reading

“A good and most particular taste…” | Château Haut-Brion 1990

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On Friday 10th April 1663, Samuel Pepys – an administrator in the Royal Navy – noted in his diary a visit “to the Royall Oak Tavern, in Lumbard Street… and here drank a sort of French wine, called Ho Bryan, that … Continue reading

The Ice Age | 1956 Château Latour

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It was cold across Europe in February 1956. On Hampstead Heath in north London, two inches of snow fell on 19th February – a bit chilly for skinny-dipping in the Mens’ or Ladies’ Ponds. On 21st February, temperatures dropped to -20°C … Continue reading

Pavillons of Splendour | Pavillon Rouge du Château Margaux

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A “second wine” has been made at Château Margaux since the 18th century, though Pavillon Rouge was not named as such until 1908. It has been one of Arden’s most popular wines over the 18 months. Depending on your taste, … Continue reading

PROJECT FRONT FOOT: SPRING NEWSLETTER / ROAD TRIP SPECIAL

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From my friend Vic Mills: “Hi Stuart, Greetings from a decidedly springlike Berlin and Project Front Foot. A seriously busy quarter for the project culminated in our recent four-day hack around Western Europe delivering kit to refugee cricketers, clubs and … Continue reading

“Warwick may live to be the best of all…” | 1985 Warwick Castle Listrac-Médoc!

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The bottling of 1985 Warwick Castle Listrac-Médoc (sic) was done by Ulysse Cazabonne, founded in 1976. This negociant (merchant) was taken over by Chanel in 1994 and maintains offices in Margaux, next to Chanel-owned Château Rauzan-Ségla. The gold-black label of Warwick Castle 1985 is … Continue reading

Heby Rides Again | 1949 Château de Heby

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From the great 1949 vintage, this half-bottle of Château de Heby was imported (in probably 1950 or 1951) by Averys of Bristol. It would have been shipped to Bristol in casks and bottled in Averys’ cellars. There was no (as far as … Continue reading

“Birthday greetings, bottle of wine…” | 1964 vintage wines for sale

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For anybody celebrating a 60th birthday or anniversary in 2024, we advise looking away from France’s classic wine regions to other places where the 1964 wines are (we think) better value… Arden Fine Wines’ Mayfair landlord is the Arab-British Chamber … Continue reading

Thirty Years Warre | 1994 vintage wines

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“There is always an unassailable financial imperative to make as much (good) wine as possible. In 1994, it would have cost a First Growth château (like Mouton Rothschild) 2 million francs (about £200,000) to declassify (i.e. not sell as the … Continue reading