Jaspar Corbett

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Jaspar's Glug - May 2009

by jaspar 5/26/2009 6:11:00 AM

Well here is a very belated up-date of the Glug – May !

February March and April were rather busy. The Alan Titchmarsh Show was in full swing as well as a couple of other projects that are somewhat related. We are now off air until late September when we are back for the winter run on ITV1.

Whilst on the TV vein, I filmed my part in the Aussie Ladette to Lady Series 2 show last week. I travelled up to Hereford to meet the last 5 girls and take them through a wine tasting. All was very jolly and really rather well behaved – all quite unusual. I am delighted to report that Aussie Ladette to Lady series 1 will be aired on ITV1 in June this year. This programme was filmed last November and was such a hit down under that ITV bought it.

The first signs of life in The City came in late March with enquiries for bookings of wine events from ‘Jaspar Corbett Entertains’. This side of life has been very quiet since last September. I am adding two new tastings to these events for the summer and autumn. The first is a blind tasting of Champagne V’s English Sparkling Wine. The second is a dinner based event which takes the party on a journey through the history of Chateau Musar, this extraordinary winery in the Bekaa Valley.

English Wine   -   I attended the St George’s Day English Wine Tasting on 23rd April. It was an excellent tasting held at Chelsea Football Club and very well attended. The great and the good were there and some wines were showing very well indeed. Do try Chapel Down’s ‘Bachus’ 2008 – a white wine with lovely apricot overtones and a good weight of fruit, hint of ripe melon and then a crisp sauvignon like finish. This is really good!

The Berlin Tasting – on 5th May I attended a really fascinating tasting hosted by Eduarado Chadwick, proprietor of Errazuriz Winery in Chile. I have tasted their wines twice on The Alan Titchmarsh Show and on both occasions they have been well received. On this occasion around 50 guests all from the wine trade, took part in a blind tasting where Eduardo Chadwick put his top three wines from 2005 & 2006 vintage up against Lafite, Latour, Margaux, Solia, Ornalia and Opus 1 all from 2005. It was a fascinating event with Margaux, Lafite and Solia taking the first three places with Errazuriz Don Maximiano 2006 taking fourth place. These are definitely wines to be looking out for.

Lavinia Brown   -   Lavinia worked with me back in the late 90’s, she ran the Hong Kong Office for Mayfair Cellars. I was delighted to receive a parcel in the post yesterday in which was a copy of her first book – ‘Cracking the Wine Code’  -  I have only just stared it, but recommend you get a copy. Her passion for the subject jumps out of each page. It is £8.99 and can be found at independent book shops or through her web site www.laviniabrown.co.uk

Trading   -   There was little to celebrate from the 2007 Burgundian vintage particularly the reds. One very bright glimmer was   Rully Blanc 1er Cru Les Margottes 2007 Domaine Durieul-Janthial  -  £ 225.00 inc VAT and we were able to secure a pallet. We still have 15 cases available. This is drinking now and will evolve over the next 2 years. The wine is due to arrive in the next couple of months.

Bordeaux 2008   -   I had not expected to make an offering for this vintage as I fully expected the French to keep prices high and make it a nonsense – well I got that all wrong. Prices were way down and the wine tasted well from the barrel. I have just a few cases left, so if you do want to add to your cellar please call !

Wishing you a very sunny start to what I hope will be a long hot summer for us all.