Exel's monthly Decanter blog archive

Should you need them, you can find below (click blue links) all of our monthly blogs/articles on the Decanter-rated wines we have/had available, also showing the main focus of those articles/wines.

Obviously, as you head back into the past, the availability of the wines in their award-winning vintages declines somewhat. Prices will probably have changed a bit, too (a price quoted on the blog is superseded by any price on the actual product page!)

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2021                                                                                              (full, blind-tasted panel review = (p) 

Nov 2021 - Alsace Grand Cru Riesling (p), IGT Toscana reds (p), Chianti Rufina, Affordable Burgundy, Spanish supplement.

Oct 2021 - Chilean Pinot Noir (p), Argentinian Premium Malbec (p), DWWA21 Albarino, Puglian Primitivo.

Sept 2021 - Albarino vs Alvarinho (p), Brunello 2016, Provence rosé.  

August 2021 - Cru Beaujolais (p), Spanish rosé, Crémants, Adelaide Hills.

July 2021 - Brunello 2015 (p), Soave, Sicily, Barolo 2013.

June 2021 - South American Chardonnay (p), South African old-vine Chenin Blanc, Vermentino.

May 2021 - (indigenous) Spanish whites (p), English fizz Blancs de Blancs, Amarones with food.

April 2021 - NZ Sauvi Blancs from 2020, Georgian wines.

March 2021 - Rioja Gran Reserva (p), more Rioja, affordable Californian whites and sparklings.

Feb 2021 - Affordable California (p), New World Viognier, Pic St-Loup, Grosset, low sulphur, white Wines of the Year, Italy supplement. 

Jan 2021 - Wines of the Year (red), Tawny Port, Bordeaux sweet wines beyond Sauternes.


Dec 2020 - Californian Cab Sauv (p), Rhone reds under £20, Wairarapa (NZ), affordable New World fizz.

Nov 2020 - South African Syrah (p), Gran Reserva Rioja, top Spanish whites, Ribera del Duero. 

Oct 2020 - South American special: S Am Syrah (p), top S Am whites, S Am Cab Franc and Pinot Noir + Stag's Leap.

Sept 2020 - Lighter Wines For Summer, SA Cabernet Sauvignon, Montagny.

August 2020 - Provence rosé (p).

July 2020 - Italian traditional-method fizz (p), Orange Wines, Greek whites (that aren't Assyrtiko).

June 2020 - Loire Sauvignon Blanc (p), Hunter Valley Semillon, Australian Chardonnays.

May 2020 - Italy: top-end Chianti (p), Verdicchio, Ripasso (p), Sardinia, ageing Italian whites, Aglianico. 

April 2020 - Corbières (p), Global Bordeaux blends, S America Chardonnay, Abruzzo, California Zinfandel.

March 2020 - Spanish Special: Affordable Rioja (p), top Tempranillo, La Rioja Alta, Garnacha Blanca (p), Manzanilla.

Feb 2020 - New World Pinot Noir (p).

Jan 2020 - Most Exciting Wines of 2019, English Fizz (p), Sauternes 2015 (p), Washington State, New World sweet wines.


Dec 2019 - Value South Africa, Champagne (p), Vintage Port, Piedmont beyond Nebbiolo.

Nov 2019 - Australian Pinot Noir (p), Priorat (p), Premium Oz Shiraz, global Sauvi Blanc, Southern Italy.

Oct 2019 - Chilean Pinot Noir (p), Alternative S American whites (p), premium Malbec, Old Vine S Am, Brazil.

Sep 2019 - Rosso di Montalcino (p), Blanc de Blancs sparklings (p), amphora(e) wines, Etna, Elgin (SA).

Aug 2019 - Provence rosé (p), Grüner V (p), Furmint, Rheinhessen, Tasmanian Fizz, organic Languedoc-Roussillon.

July 2019 - NZ oaked Sauvignon Blanc (p), Douro value reds (p), carbonic maceration, Slovenia, Santorini.

June 2019 - South American icon reds (p), Californian Chardonnay (p), Chilean value, Savennières, Australian blends. 

May 2019 - Italy: Premium Amarone (p), Chianti Classico 2010 (p), Donnafugata, Brunello, Sicily, Italian (various).

April 2019 - Picpoul de Pinet (p), Chilean Carmenere (p), Australian Chardonnay, Pacific NW reds, many Weekday Wines.

March 2019 - Spanish Special: 2010 Rioja (p), Mencia (p), 40 Best Tempranillos, Toro, Rueda.

Feb 2019 - Western Australia Chardonnay (p), Claret Alternatives, Corbières, Italy supplement.

Jan 2019 - Most Exciting Wines of 2018, Haut Médoc 2010/14 (p), Prosecco (p), South American Riesling.


Dec 2018 - Value Champagne (p), quality Languedoc reds (p), 10 Wines To Try Before You Die, quality Cava.

Nov 2018 - Value red Burgundy, Stellenbosch Cab Sauv (p), sweetness in wine, Central Otago, Shaw + Smith.

Oct 2018 - South America: Chilean Sauvignon Blanc (p), South America Cab Franc (p), Value Malbec, icons, Uruguay.

Sep 2018 - NZ Alternative Whites (p), Loire reds (p), Heidsieck, Cinsault, white Rioja.

Aug 2018rosé from outwith Provence (p), Greek reds (p), Languedoc whites, Chateau d'Esclans, SA Chenin.

July 2018 - Australian Shiraz (p), NZ Pinot Noir, Argentine whites.

June 2018 - Mâcon(nais) whites 2016 <esp Pouilly-Fuissé (p), Portuguese whites, Californian Pinot Noir (p), Colchagua.

May 2018 - Italian Special: Chianti Classico 2013/14 top tiers (p), global Pinot Gris, Soave, Sicily.

April 2018 - Australian Riesling (p), Californian Cab Sauv (p), Chablis alternatives,  Californian Zinfandel.

March 2018 - Spanish Special: Mature Rioja (p), Galician whites (p), Ribera del Duero.

Feb 2018 - Northern Rhone (p), NZ Chardonnay (p), Carignan, Best New World Buys.

Jan 2018 - Most Exciting Wines of 2017, Jaboulet, Tawny Port (p).


Dec 2017 - Cote de Beaune reds (p), Cool-climate Oz Chardonnay (p), best buys in Margaret River.

Nov 2017 - Brunello 2012 (p), Spanish Atlantic reds (p), Châteauneuf, Tasmania, Foradori, Australian whites.

Oct 2017 - South America: Chilean Carmenere (p), Mendoza reds (p), Argentine whites, Best S Am buys.

Sep 2017 - Provence reds (esp Bandol) (p), cru Beaujolais (p), Ken Forrester, Oz Chardonnay, sugar in wine.