Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar Offer

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar Offer

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FOR some people, Burgundy is the only wine. Everything else is alcoholic grape juice. And a great Burgundy, red or white, has a style and flair and perfume and finesse and depth and richness which can't be found anywhere else.

On the other hand, it might cost more than L2,000 a bottle. If you can find it, that is; even at that price the great names, such as La Tache and Romanee-Conti, are hugely oversubscribed.

So I'm delighted that the mini-bar can offer four wines from Irma Fingal-Rock, a small but growing Monmouth wine merchant, whose Tom Innes (Irma's husband) spends much of his time travelling round Burgundy, finding small domaines, buying as much as he can, and selling it at astonishingly reasonable prices. With another 10 per cent knocked off the list price and all delivery free, these are tremendous bargains. Real luxury for a very modest price.

Aligote is the poor sister of the Chardonnay grape, and the name can mask a thin, acidic, dreary wine, sold to spotty youths who want to impress dates in Chinese restaurants. …

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