Reputed to have one of the most discerning palates in the industry, Hew Blair had one of the best wines he’s ever tasted just before he speaks to us: a 1945 Mouton Rothschild. ‘It was just starting to take on an amber shade but the wine was fresh, incredibly fruity and sweet,’ says Blair, who has been at Justerini and Brooks for 43 years. He now serves as Honorary Chairman of J&B, which has been supplying the royal cellars since the coronation of George III in 1761. He was the first to bring en primeur tastings to London, beginning with the Burgundy 1990 vintage. He is effusive about the success of the recent 2015 Burgundy campaign, which saw over £4 million worth of wine sold in just one night.