Vini Franchetti

Vini Franchetti comprises two very different estates, Trinoro and Passopisciaro, both conceived by Andrea Franchetti and now joined by an equally distinctive property, Sancaba. Tenuta di Trinoro is the eponymous flagbearer of the Trinoro estate, a rare wine, the blend of which is vintage-dependent. Cabernet Franc and Merlot tend to dominate, with varying amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. most recently, Andrea has given recognition to the individuality of three distinct vineyard sites within the estate, creating the three Campi, Campo di Magnacosta, Campo di Tenaglia and Campo di Camagi. These are single vineyards of Cabernet Franc, offering different expressions of the same variety. Tenuta di Passopisciaro was established in 2000 and is seen as one of the region’s stars, producing very individualistic, characterful wines, with pronounced volcanic influence. Here we are offering the single crus “Contrade” 2017s and the extremely rare Franchetti 2018 en primeur (Petit Verdot and Cesanese d’Affile) well as the bottled, read to drink, accessible Passobianco 2018 (Chardonnay) and Passorosso 2017 (Nerello Mascalese).

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Michel and Bastien Tardieu are négociants with a difference. Working only with tiny volumes and focused wholly on terroir, this is perhaps the broadest range of top quality wine in the Rhône. Geographically, Tardieu-Laurent’s line-up spans 300 kilometres, from Côte-Rôtie in the north to Bandol in the south. This intricate patchwork of longstanding relationships with small, family-run growers must be a nightmare to juggle. Yet somehow they manage it… and the results are stunning. Corney & Barrow has been Tardieu-Laurent’s exclusive UK agent since 2002, just six years after this family operation was established. We now also represent them exclusively in Hong Kong.

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Cantina Giacomo Conterno

Third generation Roberto Conterno, now at the helm, has a palpable love and profound respect for his inherited terroir. In 1974, Giovanni Conterno, Roberto’s late father undertook the fortuitous and massively courageous investment in the fourteen-hectare monopole of Cascina Francia, in Serralunga d’Alba. At 400 metres above sea level, there are fourteen hectares here, 4.6ha of seriously good Barbera and 9.4ha of Nebbiolo (think outstanding Barolo) – a fabulous site.

In 2008, Roberto stamped his imprint on the family history, acquiring 3h of Cerretta, 1ha of very lovely, forward Barbera and 2ha of nebbiolo (Barolo!), inspired by the possibilities of an entirely different terroir. Then, in 2015, he added the stunning, highly prized 9 hectare vineyard Arione, next to Cascina Francia, to the family holdings. Advancing the estate for the second time, under Roberto’s tenure, this exhibits tremendous commitment to the future by the Conterno family and a major coup. We cannot wait to see what emerges here as the range, thus far, religiously honours a sense of place.

In Hong Kong we are proud to be the exclusive agents of Cantina Giacomo Conterno. Read more about their latest release.

Château Rocheyron

Peter, Danish by birth, has certainly taken the road less travelled. He built a considerable reputation in Spain, settling there after having studied originally in Bordeaux. In Château Rocheyron, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, in partnership with wine aficionado Silvio Dentz, Peter has returned to his spiritual home with a unique opportunity to develop his longstanding love for Bordeaux.

Château Rocheyron is situated in Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, just 3.6km from the centre of Saint-Émilion, on the edge of the celebrated limestone plateau. Peter is set on creating (or re-creating) a new norm – a return, in a sense, to the past but with all of the advantages of contemporary winemaking knowledge. He wants the wine to be as natural as possible and relishes in the advanced age of the vines, despite their limited yields. Farmed organically, Peter intends to move towards biodynamic disciplines, which is how he works in Spain. A firm believer that wine is made in the vineyard, this property is being run, in Peter’s own words, “like a First Growth” with meticulous attention to detail, rigorous vineyard management and ruthless selection. Read more.

Dominio de Pingus

Dispatched to Spain in 1990, to the then obscure area, Ribera del Duero, he began work on a short-term project which, subsequently, enjoyed much praise – Hacienda Monasterio. A victim of his own success, Peter found himself in total charge. Hacienda Monasterio established, Peter Sisseck started to get very twitchy. Instinct, born of his Bordeaux experience, called him to seek another challenge.

Although relatively unknown, as a region, Ribera del Duero has a long viticultural history and Peter believed that it had the potential to produce Spain’s finest wines. He sought out parcels of ancient vines, on perfectly exposed terroir, which he instinctively knew would produce something exciting, if in small quantities. The stage was set for the arrival of Pingus – a trailblazer which had the world at its feet from the outset.

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Domaine Gourt de Mautens

Several generations of Jérôme Bressy’s family had cultivated vines here but sold their grapes to the local co-operative. In 1989, Jérôme’s father Yves made a life-changing step, converting his vineyard holdings to organic farming – a massive investment given that he would continue selling to the co-op, with no premium. His extraordinary prescience delivered a healthy, balanced vineyard to Jérôme, the first member of this family of viticulturists to study winemaking.

For his first vintage, the “winery” was an old aircraft hangar on the estate. By 1998 a purpose-built chai was in situ and the scene had been set to produce wines of great purity and precision, now certified organic and biodynamic. Jérôme is very particular about his wines’ style and, with changes to the appellation laws, his vision was at odds with the prescribed varietals allowed. Faced with turning his back on his own style or accepting he could not have Rasteau emblazoned on his labels, he elected the latter course. The wines come from within Rasteau but are declassified in order to accommodate his preferred blends.

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Gianfranco described the wine as “a small crop but a big wine”, similar to 2002 on both fronts. A challenging growing season always brings out the best in the estate – 2002 was an interesting case in point with Soldera 2002 and Monfortino 2002, arguably the greatest wines of the vintage in Italy. 2014 promises to echo that very achievement (for both wines). Soldera 2014 has a bright deep red yet transparent colour.Gorgeous red fruit on the nose hints at sweetness – bright and pure. The palate has a darker soul, more savoury but at the same time lifted, with glimpses of the red fruits from the nose.
The richness on the palate is kept perfectly in check with a very moreish texture and a good dash of trademark salinity. The tannic structure is there but, as always with Soldera it sits in the wine, not after it or around it, great balance. Every sip brings new layers. Quite some wine this, intense and deep but dancing very well. The last sip is always a sad moment. A wide drinking window as ever! Read more

Tertre Roteboeuf, Roc de Cambes & L’Aurage

Without a doubt though, tasting in the cellars at Tertre Roteboeuf is south-west France’s most authentically Burgundian experience. Squinting in a dimly-lit cellar? Propping a laptop between two barrels? Spitting into the drain? It’s all here – as far from the cashmere and loafers image of Bordeaux as you can get. And we love it for that. What of the wines though? Tertre Roteboeuf, Roc de Cambes and L’Aurage each have their unique personalities, as you would expect from their three varied terroirs, in Saint Émilion, Bourg and Castillon respectively. However, there is a familiar resemblance at work here, a Mitjavile DNA if you like. This is a world of late picking, in which fruit and tannin maturity is everything and in which the pervasive freshness
of the wines seems to defy their ultra-ripeness and 100% new oak..

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Tenuta di Biserno

Tenuta di Biserno is a 90-hectare estate situated in coastal western Tuscany, hidden amongst the hills of Bibbona in the Upper Maremma. The beautiful sweeping views across to the Tyrrhenian Sea, towards Corsica, are a constant reminder of its moderating coastal influence. The mineral rich soil of the Bibbona vineyards is planted exclusively, at Marchese Lodovico’s behest, with well-suited Bordeaux varietals, producing three wines, Il Pino di Biserno, the eponymous Biserno and, very rarely, Lodovico. The blends include significant proportions of Cabernet Franc, followed by Merlot, some Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, vintage dependent. Biserno enjoys excellent light, and benefits from perfect exposure to the sun as well as wonderfully cooling sea breezes.

To find out more about the latest Biserno vintage please read our brochure HERE.

Domaine Stephane Magnien, Morey-Saint-Denis

We were introduced to Domaine Stephane Magnien in 2017 and the London Fine Wine Buying team went to taste the wines in October of that very same year. Vintage 2016 was our first collaboration and so far we‟ve had good comments about the wines each time we‟ve shown them.

After another successful tasting at the domaine in October 2018, we are now releasing our 2nd allocation with the acclaimed 2017 vintage. Stephane was very kind and supplied some samples for the Burgundy en primeur tasting that we held in Singapore and Hong Kong in early January. The wines have the purity of the vintage and the precise aromas of fruit, the hallmarks of Stephane’s winemaking. The 2017s are a touch softer and more ethereal than 2016, “in between 2007 and 2014” as Jean Paul (Stephane’s father) says. What‟s not to like about this? Read more.