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Splendid isolation

by Andy Neather

For a supposedly fusty corner of modern life, the wine world has adapted to virtual life faster than Boris Johnson changing the subject when asked how many kids he has....

Ticking the right boxes

by Margaret Rand

I’ve been doing some recreational online shopping in the lockdown. But only for things I know will be reliable; only things which will be as I expect. Once upon a...

Wine in the time of Covid-19

by Tim Atkin

Everyone seems to have advice about how to get through lockdown.  Even if we’re all still sitting here in December, our diaries emptier than your local Wetherspoons, I can’t imagine...

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Accented French – the red wines...

by Peter Pharos

Every oenophile probably has that one moment of public blind tasting when it All Goes Right. Mine came sometime in the mid-noughties at the rooftop bar of the Athens Hilton....

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Are en primeur Bordeaux scores out...

by Tim Atkin

In his timely article on Wine-Pages about score inflation in Bordeaux, Stephen Brook sets out to prove that points reached a “preposterous level” in 2014. He also accuses me of...

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A wino visits El Bulli

by Tim Atkin

General de Gaulle famously complained about the difficulty of governing a country that produced 246 different cheeses. Dining at El Bulli, the world’s most famous restaurant, leaves you with a...

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Black Tower and the spirit of...

by Tim Atkin

It was a Life on Mars moment. Hearing about the imminent relaunch of Black Tower made me feel like Sam Tyler, the detective in the BBC television series who gets...

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A letter from the Publisher of...

by Ron Washam

Hello Le Pan is the only wine magazine that answers the questions to which real wine connoisseurs need answers. Is my private jet a good place to store my First...

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A Fruity Number

by Tim Atkin

I know we’ve just come through the silly season, when tales of killer chipmunks and dolphin sign language deputise for what’s normally classed as news in the British media, but...

Wine of the Week

2018 Stellenrust Old Bush Vine Cinsault, Bottelary Hills, Stellenbosch

( £9.99, 13% )

Cinsault comes in a variety of guises, from the light and fruit to the grippy and substantial. Tertius Boshoff sources this example from a 1972 block that also supplies his rare white Cinsault and it definitely belongs in the latter camp. Fermented with 38% whole bunches, it has some meaty...

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2018 Villa Blanche Terret Blanc, Vin de Pays d'Oc

( £6.49 until June 2nd , 12%, Waitrose )

Terret Blanc is one of those very localised grape varieties that you only find in the Languedoc, mostly in the Hérault department. It comes in three, mutated colours – white, red and pink (gris) – and tends to be blended with other varieties. This white version is great value at...

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2018 Riccitelli Wines Hey! Malbec, Mendoza

( £10.99, 14%, Majestic )

Unwooded for the first time in 2018, but as full of bounce and blackberry fruit as ever, Hey! combines grapes from Luján and the Uco Valley in a juicy, supple bundle of fun. Sweet and appealing, this is Malbec at its immediate best: the kind of thing that makes you...

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