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Château Lagrange continues to make advances in quality every year and I had the opportunity to not only taste the 2018 vintage "En Primeur" at the château with winemaker @matthieubordes_ but also a 2005 vintage horizontal tasting against five other Bordeaux wines.
Although in 2018 they lost around 25% of the crop, mainly due to the hot, dry summer, this meant that their vintage took place in superb conditions. The blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot produced a deeply coloured wine, with great concentration and the perfect balance of tannins through to the finish.
Very good wine and excellent value!
#gibwineman #chateaulagrange #enprimeur #bordeauxwine #horizontaltasting #winetasting #winemerchantlife

Château Lagrange continues to make advances in quality every year and I had the opportunity to not only taste the 2018 vintage "En Primeur" at the château with winemaker @matthieubordes_ but also a 2005 vintage horizontal tasting against five other Bordeaux wines. Although in 2018 they lost around 25% of the crop, mainly due to the hot, dry summer, this meant that their vintage took place in superb conditions. The blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot produced a deeply coloured wine, with great concentration and the perfect balance of tannins through to the finish. Very good wine and excellent value! #gibwineman #chateaulagrange #enprimeur #bordeauxwine #horizontaltasting #winetasting #winemerchantlife - 19 hours ago

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Sunset wine... Pago Florentino 2015.
When Florentino Arzuaga bought 150 hectares of olive trees to produce olive oil near Toledo back in 1997, he found La Solana Estate, a single vineyard that was destined to produce one of the only seventeen wines in Spain classified as Vino de Pago.
Intense nose of black fruit, notes of new oak and a hint of smoke. Very expressive palate with more black fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and balsamic notes. Very long finish.
Fresh, elegant, complex and one of the best value wines I have found in a very long time.

#gibwineman #winetasting #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #pagoflorentino #bodegasarzuaga #sunset #gibraltar #instawine #cencibel #lamanchawine #nofilter #homeviews

Sunset wine... Pago Florentino 2015. When Florentino Arzuaga bought 150 hectares of olive trees to produce olive oil near Toledo back in 1997, he found La Solana Estate, a single vineyard that was destined to produce one of the only seventeen wines in Spain classified as Vino de Pago. Intense nose of black fruit, notes of new oak and a hint of smoke. Very expressive palate with more black fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and balsamic notes. Very long finish. Fresh, elegant, complex and one of the best value wines I have found in a very long time. #gibwineman #winetasting #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #pagoflorentino #bodegasarzuaga #sunset #gibraltar #instawine #cencibel #lamanchawine #nofilter #homeviews - 3 days ago

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Pago Florentino 2015, tortilla de patatas, radishes, pickles and pa amb tomàquet... simple but delish!
#gibwineman #amateurchef #winepairing #instawine #instafood #comfortfood #pagoflorentino #bodegasarzuaga #gastronomy #vinodepago #cencibel

Pago Florentino 2015, tortilla de patatas, radishes, pickles and pa amb tomàquet... simple but delish! #gibwineman #amateurchef #winepairing #instawine #instafood #comfortfood #pagoflorentino #bodegasarzuaga #gastronomy #vinodepago #cencibel - 3 days ago

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Today is our 14th wedding anniversary, @angelique_vassallo_martin and I (and the kids, they are such foodies!) are having wild salmon, so a barrel fermented Verdejo sounds like a good idea!
I'm quite fussy with Verdejo, but @bodegasprotosoficial consistently delivers every time.
This hay yellow wine shows a ripe fruit background, with citrus and tropical notes, but the real main role is played by secondary and tertiary aromas. Yeast and specially butter from malolactic fermentation joined by sweet spices (aniseed, fennel seeds) and vanilla from six months in new French oak on its lees.
Long unctuous finish with a hint of smoke.
Beautiful 100% old vine Verdejo from a producer that is better known for its red Ribera del Duero wines but that every vintage releases great wines from its Rueda winery.
#gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #bodegasprotos #ruedawines #verdejo #winepairing #instawine #instafood #gastronomy

Today is our 14th wedding anniversary, @angelique_vassallo_martin and I (and the kids, they are such foodies!) are having wild salmon, so a barrel fermented Verdejo sounds like a good idea! I'm quite fussy with Verdejo, but @bodegasprotosoficial consistently delivers every time. This hay yellow wine shows a ripe fruit background, with citrus and tropical notes, but the real main role is played by secondary and tertiary aromas. Yeast and specially butter from malolactic fermentation joined by sweet spices (aniseed, fennel seeds) and vanilla from six months in new French oak on its lees. Long unctuous finish with a hint of smoke. Beautiful 100% old vine Verdejo from a producer that is better known for its red Ribera del Duero wines but that every vintage releases great wines from its Rueda winery. #gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #bodegasprotos #ruedawines #verdejo #winepairing #instawine #instafood #gastronomy - 6 days ago

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2018 vintage tasted En Primeur.
A stunning introduction by the winemaker of the owning family, Sara Lecompte-Cuvelier, as this will be one of the best wines made in Saint-Julien this year. 
The blend is 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, with a slightly higher level of Merlot in the blend as the Cabernet Sauvignon produced less juice due to the long, hot summer. The perfect finish to the summer meant that the grapes were picked at the optimum time, to produce a wine of power, combined with great depth and a long finale. Superb!
#gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #bordeauxwine #saintjulien #chateauleovillepoyferre #enprimeur #winetasting #winemerchantlife

2018 vintage tasted En Primeur. A stunning introduction by the winemaker of the owning family, Sara Lecompte-Cuvelier, as this will be one of the best wines made in Saint-Julien this year. The blend is 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, with a slightly higher level of Merlot in the blend as the Cabernet Sauvignon produced less juice due to the long, hot summer. The perfect finish to the summer meant that the grapes were picked at the optimum time, to produce a wine of power, combined with great depth and a long finale. Superb! #gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #bordeauxwine #saintjulien #chateauleovillepoyferre #enprimeur #winetasting #winemerchantlife - 7 days ago

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First time I taste a wine made of this grape variety, "Diego" (aka "Vijariego" or "Vigiriega"), and first time I taste a wine from La Palma (Canary Islands, do not confuse with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), so this deserves an Instagram post!
In the glass it shows a deep straw yellow with golden flashes.
In nose is super-complex. Initially you get a sulphide smell, a very particular aroma that I have previously found in other wines from volcanic areas, like Sicilian Nerello from the Etna or even some Soave Classico. After that initial sulphur whiff, fruit starts to show, with lime citrus and quince, as well as some honey and apricot notes that make me think that some of the grapes were affected by botrytis (not a strange occurrence I am sure, taking into consideration the climate of this wine's provenance). As the wine warns up some almond marzipan and chamomile aromas appear. A lot going on!
In mouth is very savoury, almost salty, with great mineralogy and medium to high acidity, giving it freshness, but with a creaminess that gives it body, that unctuosity probably from ageing on less.
Not a wine to drink everyday, butt definitely a wine that gives you information on its origin and how it was made, which makes it extremely interesting 
Thank you fort sharing this wine @winocoops
#gibwineman #winetasting #instawine #winemerchantlife #canarywine #matíasitorres

First time I taste a wine made of this grape variety, "Diego" (aka "Vijariego" or "Vigiriega"), and first time I taste a wine from La Palma (Canary Islands, do not confuse with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), so this deserves an Instagram post! In the glass it shows a deep straw yellow with golden flashes. In nose is super-complex. Initially you get a sulphide smell, a very particular aroma that I have previously found in other wines from volcanic areas, like Sicilian Nerello from the Etna or even some Soave Classico. After that initial sulphur whiff, fruit starts to show, with lime citrus and quince, as well as some honey and apricot notes that make me think that some of the grapes were affected by botrytis (not a strange occurrence I am sure, taking into consideration the climate of this wine's provenance). As the wine warns up some almond marzipan and chamomile aromas appear. A lot going on! In mouth is very savoury, almost salty, with great mineralogy and medium to high acidity, giving it freshness, but with a creaminess that gives it body, that unctuosity probably from ageing on less. Not a wine to drink everyday, butt definitely a wine that gives you information on its origin and how it was made, which makes it extremely interesting Thank you fort sharing this wine @winocoops #gibwineman #winetasting #instawine #winemerchantlife #canarywine #matíasitorres - 12 days ago

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2018 vintage tasted "En Primeur".
Of the two Barton family-owned estates in Saint-Julien, this is the larger and, in 2018, produced a superb wine, made of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot. I felt that, with the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, it gave the wine a slightly more refined style, but with great colour and depth. It is full of ripe fruit and with great length, to age well.
#gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #chateauleovillebarton #bordeauxwine #enprimeur #saintjulien #winemerchantlife #instawine #winetasting

2018 vintage tasted "En Primeur". Of the two Barton family-owned estates in Saint-Julien, this is the larger and, in 2018, produced a superb wine, made of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot. I felt that, with the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, it gave the wine a slightly more refined style, but with great colour and depth. It is full of ripe fruit and with great length, to age well. #gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #chateauleovillebarton #bordeauxwine #enprimeur #saintjulien #winemerchantlife #instawine #winetasting - 12 days ago

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It is always great when new wines join our portfolio, and if those are top quality sherries like @carvajalwines and @cayetanodelpino then it is so exciting to work with them!
#gibwineman #gibsherryman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #carvajalwines #cayetanodelpino #instasherry #sherrywine #sherryrevolution #manzanilla #amontillado #oloroso #palocortado #mediumsherry

It is always great when new wines join our portfolio, and if those are top quality sherries like @carvajalwines and @cayetanodelpino then it is so exciting to work with them! #gibwineman #gibsherryman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #carvajalwines #cayetanodelpino #instasherry #sherrywine #sherryrevolution #manzanilla #amontillado #oloroso #palocortado #mediumsherry - 14 days ago

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2018 vintage tasted En Primeur at the château - and what a tasting! 
Although two thirds of the harvest was lost to mildew and the dry summer, they were still smiling as they confidently believe 2018 is the best vintage they have produced in modern times! 
Unbelievable concentration, both in colour and in the mouth, with a density and array of spices throughout. Quite stunning and long-lasting wine!
#gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #bordeauxwine #enprimeur #pauillac #chateaupontetcanet #instawine #winemerchantlife #winetasting #chateaulife

2018 vintage tasted En Primeur at the château - and what a tasting! Although two thirds of the harvest was lost to mildew and the dry summer, they were still smiling as they confidently believe 2018 is the best vintage they have produced in modern times! Unbelievable concentration, both in colour and in the mouth, with a density and array of spices throughout. Quite stunning and long-lasting wine! #gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #bordeauxwine #enprimeur #pauillac #chateaupontetcanet #instawine #winemerchantlife #winetasting #chateaulife - 16 days ago

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2018 Vintage tasted En Primeur.
Still in the hands of the Borie family, with patriarch, Xavier, in 2018 making his 40th vintage here - and what a year! A superb, elegance supplied by 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 22% Merlot adding a lovely round fruit. Deep colour, with a perfect balance of tannins and fruit throughout.
#gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #enprimeur #bordeauxwine #chateaugrandpuylacoste #pauillac #winemerchantlife #instawine

2018 Vintage tasted En Primeur. Still in the hands of the Borie family, with patriarch, Xavier, in 2018 making his 40th vintage here - and what a year! A superb, elegance supplied by 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 22% Merlot adding a lovely round fruit. Deep colour, with a perfect balance of tannins and fruit throughout. #gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #enprimeur #bordeauxwine #chateaugrandpuylacoste #pauillac #winemerchantlife #instawine - 18 days ago

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2018 VINTAGE TASTED EN PRIMEUR.
Another château where there is much discussion over their 2018 vs 2016 and they, diplomatically, feel that 2018 will be at least as good as the earlier one. Very deep, purple-black colour and a deep, brooding nose. The Grand Vin of @chateaulafiterothschild with its precise(!) blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot gives the wine its lovely fruit, allied to superb elegance and great length.
Tasting a Bordeaux Premier Cru Classé at the château is always a pleasurable experience!
#gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #bordeauxwine #enprimeur #chateaulafiterothschild #pauillac #winemerchantlife #winetasting #instawine

2018 VINTAGE TASTED EN PRIMEUR. Another château where there is much discussion over their 2018 vs 2016 and they, diplomatically, feel that 2018 will be at least as good as the earlier one. Very deep, purple-black colour and a deep, brooding nose. The Grand Vin of @chateaulafiterothschild with its precise(!) blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot gives the wine its lovely fruit, allied to superb elegance and great length. Tasting a Bordeaux Premier Cru Classé at the château is always a pleasurable experience! #gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #bordeauxwine #enprimeur #chateaulafiterothschild #pauillac #winemerchantlife #winetasting #instawine - 22 days ago

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They can't wait for the fish to be ready!
#gibwineman #gastronomy #familytime #seafood #espetos #coastalfood #elpuertodesantamaria #cadiz #andalucia

They can't wait for the fish to be ready! #gibwineman #gastronomy #familytime #seafood #espetos #coastalfood #elpuertodesantamaria #cadiz #andalucia - 25 days ago

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Oloroso and espetos with @angelique_vassallo_martin ... fantastic pairing by the beautiful coast of Cádiz.
#gibwineman #oloroso #sherry #osborne #seafood #espeto #andaluciangastronomy #elpuertodesantamaria #valdelagrana #cadiz #epicurean #sibarite #family

Oloroso and espetos with @angelique_vassallo_martin ... fantastic pairing by the beautiful coast of Cádiz. #gibwineman #oloroso #sherry #osborne #seafood #espeto #andaluciangastronomy #elpuertodesantamaria #valdelagrana #cadiz #epicurean #sibarite #family - 25 days ago

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2018 vintage tasted En Primeur.
Again, another outstanding wine from Bordeaux in 2018. With a lovely, deep colour, it seems to have great open fruit on the nose, possibly due to a higher Merlot content, the blend being 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot. I loved the ripe, open fruit on the palate and the long finish with perfect, ripe tannins.
#gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #chateaucroizetbages #pauillac #bordeauxwine #enprimeur #winemerchantlife

2018 vintage tasted En Primeur. Again, another outstanding wine from Bordeaux in 2018. With a lovely, deep colour, it seems to have great open fruit on the nose, possibly due to a higher Merlot content, the blend being 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot. I loved the ripe, open fruit on the palate and the long finish with perfect, ripe tannins. #gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #chateaucroizetbages #pauillac #bordeauxwine #enprimeur #winemerchantlife - 27 days ago

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Locally caught fresh yellow fin tuna beautifully cooked by @hectorromero.chef and New Zealand Pinot Gris... not a bad Sunday lunch if I may say so!
#gibwineman #foodporn #eraduswines #awaterevalley #newzealandwine #pinotgris #gibraltar #winepairing #freshtuna #thecellarexperience #beforeandafter

Locally caught fresh yellow fin tuna beautifully cooked by @hectorromero.chef and New Zealand Pinot Gris... not a bad Sunday lunch if I may say so! #gibwineman #foodporn #eraduswines #awaterevalley #newzealandwine #pinotgris #gibraltar #winepairing #freshtuna #thecellarexperience #beforeandafter - 1 month ago

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2018 vintage tasted "En Primeur". Not only one of the most popular châteaux, but almost every vintage they produce an outstanding wine - and 2018 is no exception! 
Although their volume was down by 30% due to mildew and the dry summer, they have produced what is already recognised as one of the great wines of the 2018 vintage. 
With a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2018 is very deeply coloured and with forward fruit. Bold, yet elegant, in the mouth, it closes to a long finish of ripe tannins.

#gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #instawine #lynchbages #pauillac #bordeauxwine #wine #enprimeur #winemerchantlife #winetasting

2018 vintage tasted "En Primeur". Not only one of the most popular châteaux, but almost every vintage they produce an outstanding wine - and 2018 is no exception! Although their volume was down by 30% due to mildew and the dry summer, they have produced what is already recognised as one of the great wines of the 2018 vintage. With a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2018 is very deeply coloured and with forward fruit. Bold, yet elegant, in the mouth, it closes to a long finish of ripe tannins. #gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #instawine #lynchbages #pauillac #bordeauxwine #wine #enprimeur #winemerchantlife #winetasting - 1 month ago

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In 2018 Château Mouton Rothschild suffered a 30-40% reduction in production due to mildew, heat and dryness. 
The first impression is of the very deep, concentrated colour and this same concentration carries right through on the nose to the palate.
The blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc underlines this impact of power, yet gives the wine also great elegance and length.
#gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #bordeauxwine #enprimeur #moutonrothschild #pauillac #instawine

In 2018 Château Mouton Rothschild suffered a 30-40% reduction in production due to mildew, heat and dryness. The first impression is of the very deep, concentrated colour and this same concentration carries right through on the nose to the palate. The blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc underlines this impact of power, yet gives the wine also great elegance and length. #gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #bordeauxwine #enprimeur #moutonrothschild #pauillac #instawine - 1 month ago

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TASTED EN PRIMEUR STRAIGHT FROM THE BARREL.
As many other Bordeaux properties, 2018 production in @chateau_montrose was severely reduced, due to a combination of mildew and the very dry summer. Despite the 40% loss, the resulting wine is quite sublime. A very deep colour gives way to a enormous, really concentrated fruit on the nose. In the mouth very complete, with great structure, good fruit and strong, ripe tannins. The finish just goes on and on!
#gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #instawine #chateaumontrose #saintestephe #bordeauxwine #enprimeur #winemerchantlife

TASTED EN PRIMEUR STRAIGHT FROM THE BARREL. As many other Bordeaux properties, 2018 production in @chateau_montrose was severely reduced, due to a combination of mildew and the very dry summer. Despite the 40% loss, the resulting wine is quite sublime. A very deep colour gives way to a enormous, really concentrated fruit on the nose. In the mouth very complete, with great structure, good fruit and strong, ripe tannins. The finish just goes on and on! #gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #instawine #chateaumontrose #saintestephe #bordeauxwine #enprimeur #winemerchantlife - 1 month ago

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Summer evenings al fresco...
#gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #crofttwist #gonzalezbyass #instawine #instasherry #britishaperitif #finospritzer #lovesimplethings #livelife

Summer evenings al fresco... #gibwineman #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #crofttwist #gonzalezbyass #instawine #instasherry #britishaperitif #finospritzer #lovesimplethings #livelife - 2 months ago

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Tasted at the château and one could not be other than hugely impressed by their 2018 wine. A deep, brooding colour and, immediately on the nose the impact of concentrated power and fruit. Although the tannins were quite evident, they are ripe and smooth, giving enormous vinosity in the mouth. A wine that will age beautifully and repay handsomely the investment!
#gibwineman #instawine #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #bordeauxwine #saintestephe #enprimeur #chateaucosdestournel

Tasted at the château and one could not be other than hugely impressed by their 2018 wine. A deep, brooding colour and, immediately on the nose the impact of concentrated power and fruit. Although the tannins were quite evident, they are ripe and smooth, giving enormous vinosity in the mouth. A wine that will age beautifully and repay handsomely the investment! #gibwineman #instawine #thecellarexperience #sacconeandspeed #bordeauxwine #saintestephe #enprimeur #chateaucosdestournel - 2 months ago

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