Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

Brexit – a few hours on!

What a morning! Who would have thought it – the British public have sent shockwaves around the world – to what extent our benefit or loss from this decision will not be understood for some while! But in the short term we are already witnessing currency volatility with £:$ plummeting to lows not seen since […]


Brexit – What happens next?

The prime minister has announced his resignation. The currency markets rode the wave over night as votes came in. FTSE has fallen over 500 points and Sterling has seen record falls. The London property market is circling its wagons. Scotland and Ireland are already agitating for referendums of their own, and they won’t be the […]


To be or not to be … in … that is the question

46million of us are eligible to vote today in probably the most historic moment in modern political history for the UK. In or out, by this time tomorrow we will know whether our relationship with Europe will carry on, business as usual, or in a whole new way. Whichever way it goes one thing’s for […]


“The greatest Margaux ever made” – James Suckling

The accolades for Chateau Margaux 2015 are outstanding. The final vintage of the Chateau’s late, legendary wine maker, Paul Pontalier, would be a collectable wine under any circumstances, but this vintage truly does him justice. Voted the “Wine of the Vintage” by Liv-ex trade members, Margaux is the first of the First Growths to release […]


Anyone for Cricket and Wine?

As the third test match v Sri Lanka commences, England Cricket’s Stuart Broad has publicized his passion and nascent secondary career in wine and his recent acquisition of Nottinghamshire-based pub – the Cat and Wicket. Also an ambassador for Hardy’s Wine, England’s fast bowler has joined a growing number of world-class sports stars with a […]


2015 En Primeur First Growths any time now!

The 2015 en primeur campaign has hit its stride with a significant number of releases last week and some notables at the start of this. The general trend has been for the release prices to reflect the quality of the vintage rather than a market correction on perceived over-priced, lesser quality vintages in 2012 – […]


2015 Tasting Notes and vintage ranking from Spurrier, Anson, D’Agata and James Lawther MW

Notable wine journalists Steven Spurrier, Jane Anson, Ian D’Agata and Master of Wine, James Lawther have tasted more than 600 wines of the 2015 vintage and ranked them this week in the trade magazine, Decanter. More plaudits for the vintage leaders Margaux, Cheval Blanc and Mouton Rothschild; we are seeing consistency on critical view and […]


Neal Martin – rightful heir to the crown or the new pretender?

It would appear that the baton has now well and truly been passed from the wine world’s most globally influential critic, Robert Parker, to his ‘heir of choice’, Brit, Neal Martin. 68-year old Parker is slowly relinquishing his influence over the wine market and has this week announced that Neal Martin will now be responsible […]


Bordeaux continues to rally as the king bows out

Against a background of rallying markets and a nascent En Primeur campaign the biggest news in Bordeaux at the moment isn’t in fact in Bordeaux at all, but from Baltimore, Maryland, home of TV’s “The Wire”, Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens and the wine world’s own Robert Parker Jr Yesterday Robert Parker Jr. and the […]


2015 Right Bank Stars

2015 is definitely a Merlot vintage, and it has helped many estates in St Emilion and Pomerol to show their best, but it also evidences the disparate qualities of the region’s wines this year. At our recent dinner in the UK with Cheval Blanc’s Technical Director, Pierre-Olivier Clouet, he had intimated that 2015 was not […]