Pol Roger At Hotel du Vin


  “My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied with the best” – Sir Winston Churchill   The taxi dropped us at the green front door of Hotel du Vin. It was a cold November evening in Harrogate and at six thirty, it has been dark already for well over an hour. Inside, it was warm and…

Laurent-Perrier At Hotel du Vin


Yesterday I went to a champagne dinner. It was a black-tie affair at Hotel du Vin in Harrogate and they were pouring Laurent-Perrier.   I took my old dinner jacket out, dusted it and made sure I could still get into it. The poor thing had not been exposed to new wine stains since its last…

Clos de Goisses


Clos de Gooses – One of Champagne’s greatest terroirs… The noise surrounding single vineyard Champagnes has never been louder – a trend driven initially (and seemingly paradoxically) by the larger houses, then more recently by the growers. One of the original single vineyard sites, if not actually the first (that honour goes to Clos du…

Bringing Napa to Champagne


“During a short visit to London last week, managing director Stanislas Thiénot revealed that Thiénot is about to start construction on a first for the Champagne region – a fine wine cellar and Champagne experience in Reims city centre, close to the cathedral. He says they’ve been inspired by the Napa Valley model, where tourism…

Tasting Late Disgorged Champagne


  Reductive changes in champagne aged on lees begin to slow down after five years or so. Introduction of some oxygen at disgorgement together with the dosage is the commencement of the oxidative changes in the wine which is said to evolve through several stages for many years. According to Bruno Paillard, they pass through…

Long Weekend In Champagne


I would be delighted to help you plan a trip to the Champagne region or any other wine region of France. –  Dr. Bernard Dias Getting There: The best way to reach the vineyards of Northern France from the north of England if you are driving, is to take the overnight P&O Ferry from Hull…