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Apr 05 2013

decanter.com: Hugh Johnson cellar to go under the hammer

Tag: Personen,Reife Weinesigi.hiss @ 13:54

by Chris Mercer – First-growths dating back more than 50 years and a large selection of vintage German wines are among a host of bottles to be auctioned from Hugh Johnson’s cellar.

Hugh Johnson

Johnson said that it was ‚agony‘ deciding which bottles to part with for the auction, which will take place on May 16 at Sworders Stansted Mountfitchet salerooms, in north Essex.

The sale, which could raise tens of thousands of pounds, comes as a result of Johnson and his family selling their home of the past 40 yearsSaling Hall, also in Essex.

The Elizabethan manor house has five cellars, which Johnson has taken delight in filling with top wines from the 20th Century, including some ‚real gems‘.

A provisional auction list seen by Decanter.com reveals a series of first-growths and other top Bordeaux from down the ages, including Latour and Y’Quem 1945, as well as Latour 1937. Continue reading „decanter.com: Hugh Johnson cellar to go under the hammer“


Apr 05 2013

decanter.com: Bordeaux 2012 – Chateau Raymond Lafon not to release 2012

Tag: Regionen,Weingütersigi.hiss @ 13:52

by Panos Kakaviatos – Chateau Raymond Lafon has joined Chateau d’Yquem and Chateau Rieussec in announcing that it will not make a 2012 vintage wine.

Chateau Raymond-Lafon
Lafon, an unclassified Sauternes producer, told decanter.com in the build-up to en primeur that a dry September had prevented development of botrytis – the so-called noble rot – which naturally concentrates grape juices whilst imparting spicy flavours that are characteristic of Sauternes.

Chateau co-owner Jean-Pierre Meslier explained that the harvest was too small, describing it as ‘fine and elegant’, but not as ‘concentrated as normal.’

The estate harvested with about 114 grams of residual sugar instead of the chateau’s habitual 130 to 140, he said.

‚When rain fell later in the month, botrytis spread, but more rain than needed in October compromised pickings.‘

The best grapes will make ‘an excellent’ second wine: ‚Les Jeunes Pousses de Raymond-Lafon,‘ Meslier added.

The last vintage that Chateau Raymond Lafon did not produce any wine was 1974.