|Champagnes||Sparkling Wines||Rose wines||White wines||REDS|
|Michel Guilleminot brut
Michel Guilleminot's brut enjoys an enviable reputation for sheer value for money and consistency. The perfect aperitif.
|Michel Guilleminot Ros
Extended skin contact gives this wine its vibrant deep salmon pink colour, and with it a wonderful summer berry aroma.
If it's good enough for William and Kate it's good enough for us - the champagne drunk at the royal wedding. Please note that it has been on the list for over 8 years not just because of the wedding!
|Billecart Salmon Brut
From this highly acclaimed House, a delightful champagne with a charming, fruity nose with a hint of roasted nuts
Mellow and complex, this classic champagne shows an extraordinary depth of flavour.
|Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV
From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style.
|Krug Grande cuve
Possibly the finest non-vintage champagne of them all. An explosion of flavours in the glass.
|Billecart Salmon Ros
One of my favourites! A blend of all three Champagne grapes to produce a perfectly balanced and refined Champagne.
|Michel Guilleminot brut ? en Jroboam
Fantastic party piece, whose pouring??
|Michel Guilleminot brut - en magnum
Makes sense if you are 6 (persons not age!) or more in fact often when served by magnum it is of better quality as the wine has more room to develop
|Michel Guilleminot brut - halves
Makes sense if you are the only one drinking!
|Prosecco Vetriano - Italy
A classic Prosecco, crisp with flavours of fresh apple, an excellent apritif
|Louis Bouillot Perle D?aurore ros - Burgundy
Made using the traditional method, this salmon pink ros is soft and creamy-textured with delicate bubbles.
|Des Lices Ros, Pays de Var - France
Crisp, dry wonderfully clean rode with a hint of dry herbaceous dryness on the end palate
|Rosa dei Frati, C
dei Frati - Italy
Fresh, delicate and incisive, green apple, white almond and wild cherry, savoury taste which whets the appetite - great apperitif or with more delicate foods like risottos or cured meats.
|Sancerre Ros, Domaine Daulny - Loire
Serious rose - dry lean and delicate - fabulous
|Dry . Fresh . Mineral
|2015 Cepage Colombard, Plaimont - COTES DE GASCOGNE
A dry easy drinking fresh wine with citrus tones.
|2014 Muscadet Svre et Maine, Sur Lie, Domaine de la Mortaine - Loire
Fantastic with all types of seafood ? exceptional balance
|2014 Bourgogne Aligoté, Perraud BURGUNDY
A lovely well-made Aligote, delicate on the nose, elegant on the palate
|2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Reuilly la Raie, Lafond - Loire
Sancerre without the price tag
|2014 Pinot Blanc, Trimbach - Alsace
Plenty of lovely lemony fruit ? another highly regarded producer.
|2014 Pinot Grigio Vigneti Delle Dolomiti, Castello della Rosa- Italy
100% Pinot Grigio, flavours of citrus melon and pears, great with fish!
|2015 Gavi di Gavi, Giustiniana - Italy
A great example of just how good Gavi can be if made by the right winemaker.
|2015 Lugana, Felugan Feliciana - Veneto, Italy
From the scenic shores of Lake Garda in the Veneto comes this delicious Lugana. Made from Trebbiano di Lugana - a delicately floral nose which belies its complex palate. There is a real weight here, unctuous almost, but balanced and with pinpoint acidity.
|2015 Sancerre, Francois Millet ? Loire
Delicious fresh fruit, ripe gooseberries and tropical aromas
|2014 Pouilly-Fum, Andre Dezat & Fils - Loire
Grass, currants, citrus fruits all with a vibrant acidity and a fruity finish
|2011 Pouilly-Fum Silex, Didier Dagueneau - Loire
Something of a maverick Didier Dagueneau had been single-mindedly dedicated to producing the "the best Sauvignon Blancs in the world," until his untimely and tragic death in September 2008. Didier was by no means afraid of experimentation, one of the few to ferment his Sauvignon's in oak barrels.
|Aromatic - Dry Fruitiness
|2015 Regaleali Bianco, Tasca d?Almerita ? Sicily
A deliciously refreshing wine; attractive floral nose, hints of sage and blueberry, palate very appealing richness of melon and pineapple, but with a balanced acidity ? great value!
|2015 Saumur Blanc, Cave de Saumur - Loire
A cornerstone Saumur - Quaffable, consistent Chenin blanc - lovely, zesty, un-oaked Chenin Blanc with bags of ripe fruit and a clean, dry finish. A refreshing, fruity, bon march crowd-pleaser that I?m sure will become a firm favourite.
|2014 Riesling Mitchell - Clare Valley, Australia
Crisp acidity and a long lingering fruit finish. Classic Riesling ?petrolly? nose.
|2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Nika Tiki - Marlborough, Kiwi
Outstanding find from the latest batch of fresh sauvignon blanc from down-under; everything you would expect from this Marlborugh classic.
|2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Greywacke - Marlborough, NZ New Vintageÿ!
A modern classic from the maker of Cloudy bay ? Kevin Judd. Sets the benchmark for new world sauvignons!
|2014 Riesling, Hospices De Colmar - Alsace , France
These old vines are set in 4.5 hectares of soft clay soil. Its wonderfully fresh and vibrant. Amongst the typical petrol nose, it hints white peach, blossom and citrus fruits. Beautifully balanced
|2014 Julius Riesling, Henschke, - Eden Valley Hill, Australia
Green gold in colour. Floral and perfumed with rose petals, lime lemon zest, and excellent length.
|2014 Riesling, Greywacke - Marlborough, NZ
Bursting aromas of a tropical fruit salad, mandarin segments, white fleshed peaches, crisp apples and a dollop of honey! Outstanding
|2012 Reserve Riesling, Trimbach - Alsace
Great for a light lunch! Lovely balance of fruit and floral characteristics.
|2014 The FMC, Ken Forrester Stellenbosch, South Africa
The flagship wine of the king of Chenin Ken Forrester. This wine is still showing the exuberance and nerviness of youth and will develop well over the next few years. However it still offers seductive and sophisticated layers of dried apricot, vanilla and spice backed up gentle oak and a lovely freshness,
|Aromatic - off dry to medium dry richness
|2015 Chenin Blanc Kanu - South Africa
Crisp and full bodied, easy drinking and refined Chenin Blanc ? A must try!
|2014 Gewrztraminer rserve, Cave de Hunawihr - Alsace
Pale gold colour, Turkish delight that jumps up your nose and Lychees again dominant with a touch of sweetish rose water and seriously overripe exotic fruit. Good acidity leaving you just wanting more!
|2014 Pinot Gris Signature, Ren Mur ? Alsace New Vintageÿ!
Richly dry, with enticing flavours of spiced pear, clean citrusy balance and a good positive finish - cracking
|2014 Pinot Gris, Greywacke - Marlborough, NZ
A luxurious concoction of pears, red apples and quince make for a rich aromatic profile with hints of honeysuckle and cardamom spice, intriguing array of flavors in a supple, concentrated just off-dry style.
|2004 Pinot Gris Sonnenglanz, Domaine Bott-Geyl - Alsace (Low Stock)
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Alsace! Magic.
|Rich & Full Bodied dry Whites - Non Chardonnay
|2015 Luberon, Famille Perrin, Cotes Du Luberon
Bright pale yellow with hints of yellow fruit, hazelnuts and vine peaches.
|2015 Albari¤o Bodegas Benito Santos - Igrexario de Saiar, Spain
Rich, full of colour and gently spicy. This pale lemon-coloured wine has aromas of peach, green apple and white flowers.
|2015 Viognier, Vin de pays de la Drôme, Domaine Lombard - Rhone
100% pure Viognier offers white peach aromas, bags of character and packed with ripe tropical fruit
|2013 Marsanne, Qupé Winery - Santa Barbara, California
Leave this in the glass for a good 5 minutes, it takes a while to unwind, but then it hits its stride with hay, lemon pith, apricot and ripe pear flavours.
|2012 Rioja Blanco, Finca Allende - Rioja, Spain
A very modern style of full-bodied white Rioja, Viura and Malvasia share the honours in this spicy, rich and beautifully perfumed wine.
|2014 Terre Alte, Livio Felluga - Fruili-Venezia Giulia, italy
Elegant and intense, this wine has a very Burgundian style! A full bodied, structured and layered wine which has a refreshing minerality followed by a persistent, complex finish.
|Non Burgundy lighter Bodied
|2013 Chardonnay, Les Bnedictins - Limoux, Southern France
Clear and golden in colour - great with succulent chunky fish
|2015 Bramto del Cervo, Castello Della Sala, Antinori - Italy
Straw yellow colour with golden tinges. It has a fruity aroma and hints of vanilla and toast.
|2013 Chardonnay, Dog Point Vineyard - Marlborough, New Zealand
A lovely structured and elegant wine. The vineyard takes a ?low tech? approach which is key to the quality of this wine.
|2011 Chardonnay, Clayvin Vineyard - Marlborough, New Zealand
Clayvin Chardonnay sets the tone that flows throughout the Wheeler & Fromm range: Marlborough in mind and body, but Burgundian in spirit, A fresh, crisp and tart cox apple fruit is followed by a finish that is fresh and clean.
|2011 Chardonnay Collezione Privata, ISOLE E OLENA - TUSCANY, ITALY
Paolo De Marchi's vineyards, like those of Giovanni Manetti at Fontodi, are superbly tended. This, more than anything, yields wines of the quality that have kept them both ahead of the chasing pack for the past two decades. The wine itself has an inviting golden colour. Rich aromas of toasted almonds with buttery notes. On the palate, there is great balance between rich, ripe fruit, creamy brioche and complex minerality. A full-bodied mouthfeel extends through to a long finish.
|2010 Chardonnay, Giant Steps, Yarra Valley - Australia (Low Stock)
The nose offers aromas of fresh cream, white peaches, river stone and spearmint. The palate is long and lush with beautiful chalkiness. Alongside a backbone of crisp and punchy acidity are notes of Granny Smith apple skins, green mango, and shortbread.
|2006 Chardonnay, Bell Hill - Canterbury, New Zealand (Low Stock)
Minerally and peachy, different from 2005
|Non Burgundy Medium to fuller Bodied
|2014 Verse 1, Margaret River - Australia
Soft textured and fruit full chardonnay. Nectarine, pink grapefruit and melon fruit flavours, hints of oak and well-balanced acidity
|2013 M3 Chardonnay, Shaw and Smith - Adelaide Hills, Australia
Shows the characters of the cool summer and autumn in 2012, with primary fruit notes of nectarine and cumquat, and vivid fresh acidity that provides structure and focus.
|2014 Chardonnay, Wild Boy - Santa Barbara County, California
In 1989 and 1990 Au Bon Climat was on Robert Parker's short list of Best Wineries in the World, and in 1991 was selected by Oz Clark as one of fifty world-wide creators of Modern Classic Wines. The winery has cultivated an international reputation for its wines, and recognised worldwide for classically styled wines. Pale straw with a green hue. The nose has lemon, lime and sherbet notes, ripe apple fruit with a viscous, mouth coating texture but with a zesty, medium finish to leave the mouth clean. Oak notable but not overwhelming.
|2014 Heintz Vineyard, Kesner Wines - Sonoma Coast, USA
50 years ago there were just 400ha of vineyards in Chablis, today there are 4,900ha. The generic and premier cru vineyards have doubled since 1970. Being further north than the rest of Burgundy, and on a different version of limestone - Kimmeridgian, and some Portlandian the wines are subtly but fundamentally different in style - fresh minerality and steeliness which makes them so good with seafood. Allow the wines time to settle and relax in the glass, and enjoy it as it develops in the glass.
|2014 Petit Chablis, Domaine du Colombier
|2015 Chablis, Domaine Seguinot-Bordet
|2014 Chablis 1er Cru, Vau De Vay, Domaine Des Malandes
|2010 Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu, Dom. William Fèvre
|2009 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, Domaine, Dauvissat-Camus
|2005 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, Domaine William Fèvre
|2005 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, Billaud-Simon
The Mconnais is a most dynamic region. In the past Pouilly Fuiss, rich and ripe white wines, stood out from the crowd, but a new generation of growers are now producing some excellent Mcon Villages.ÿThese wines used to be cheap and simple, rarely lasting more than a year or two after the vintage, but now one or two growers in each village are making proper, oak aged, complex and reasonably concentrated wines which will develop well in bottle. The Cte Chalonnaise is south of the main Cte d'Or, the vineyards are interspersed with other forms as agriculture, with just the more favoured slopes being dedicated to vineyards. These wines are fuller and richer wines, more intensity of fruit but with that glorious burgundian overtone of substance and style.
|2014 Macon Villages, Domaine Terres Secretes
|2015 Pouilly Fuisse Sur La Roche, Domaine Gilles Morat
|2015 Saint-Vran, Les Chailloux, Domaine Des Deux Roches
|2014 Saint Romain, Domaine Olivier Leflaive
|2013 Vire Cessé, DOMAINE SEGUIN MANUEL
|2013 Montagny 1er cru, Les Chaniots, Vignerons de Buxy
|2013 Mcon Chardonnay, Les Hritiers des Comtes Lafon
|More Affordable Burgundy
The cost of Burgundy just goes in one direction, UP! Making it less and less affordable for wine lovers, as world-wide demand for these wonderful wines carries on unabated. What we have tried to do on this page, in addition to having a fabulous selection of wines from the Macon/Chalonais regions, is introduce wines from the classic villages from top producers but listing their generic wines, where the grapes used are from vines deemed to be too young, or from vineyards next door to the village classified wines but perhaps on the lower slopes. Whatever the reason, the wines listed below are delicious on the palate, and more palatable on the pocket!
|Village of Gevrey-Chambertin
|2014 Bourgogne Blanc `Les Grands Champs, Domaine Duroché
What a success story this domaine has been. Recently married Pierre Duroché took over from his father, Gilles, in 2005. His father had built up an impressive array of vineyards, all in Gevrey-Chambertin which provided the ingredients but it has been Pierres natural talent and ambition that have cooked up a storm. All his wines show real vineyard definition, thanks in part to their purity
|Village of Meursault
|2013 Bourgogne Blanc, Domaine Patrick Javillier
of fruit, his reputation has been built on the reds terrific but we thought just show the extroadinary diversity of the terroir of burgundy to list his white Bourgogne. For those that enjoy the flintiness of Chablis, this shows similar characteristics, but with richer greener fruit finish.
|Village of Savigny-Les-Beaune
|2012 Bourgogne Blanc, Les Champlains, Domaine Simon Bize et Fils
The estate was founded in 1880 with a few vineyard parcels by the first of three generations of Simon Bize. The wines were labelled and bottled by the estate from 1950. Patrick Bize, the fourth generation, began working at the estate over in 1972 at the age of 20, taking over in the 1980s, and developed winemaking facilities, extended the cellars, and bought further parcels. He sadly died during the 2013 harvest at the age of 61, and the estate is now led by his wife and sister. The grapes are pressed on arrival at the winery, the must is cooled, and the wine is racked off the heavy lees after around 12 hours. The juice on its fine lees is fermented in barrel for four to six weeks, then the wines are aged in barrel. There is between 15 to 30 percent new oak, with the other barrels ranging between one and five years. Bourgogne Blanc receives around six months ageing, the wines are then blended, fined, filtered and aged for a few more months in tank to integrate the oak.
|Village of Montrachet
|2013 Bourgogne Blanc, Domaine Etienne Sauzet
The original Etienne Sauzet (1903-75) put together a wine domaine of around 12 hectares and established the Sauzet name as one of the top two or three addresses in the village. The vineyards have been farmed organically since 2006 and after two years of experimentation all switched to biodynamic cultivation from 2010. The grapes are sorted to remove grey rot where necessary, then pressed without crushing and fermented in oak until racking into tank before the next harvest, for a further six months lvage on the fine lees. Very aromatic, with more white flowers than yellow fruit. The palate has a good balance of acidity and concentrated fruit flavours. A lovely wine, elegant and tasting far above its AOC.
|White Burgundy - Corton & Nuit-Saint-Georges
These wines are the furthest north in Burgundy apart from the Marsannay on our list of white wines. As a rule they are more subtle and have greater minerality than their counterparts further south. Nuit St Georges lies in the south of the Cote de Nuits, whilst Corton-Charlemagne lies astride three villages at the northern end of the Cte de Beaune - Ladoix, Aloxe-Corton ÿand Pernand Vergelesses. The main body of the hill of Corton faces due south, with an extended flank exposed to the east, and another facing westwards. The white wines mostly come from the west and south-west expositions, along with a narrow band around the top of the hill. These are cracking wines showing the minerality one would expect.
|2007 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Marechale Blanc, Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier
|2007 Corton-Charlemagne, le Charlemagne GrandÿCru, Domaine de La Vougeraie (Low Stock)
|White Burgundy - Meursault
Meursault is probably the most famous and popular of the great white appellations. Its wines are typically rich and savoury with nutty, honeyed hints and buttery, vanilla spice from the oak.ÿ
|2014 Meursault, cuvée Fernand Boyer, Boyer-Martenot
|2014 Meursault, Domaine Ballot-Millot
|2012 Meursault, Clos des Ambres Domaine Arnaud Ente
|2011 Meursault, Grands Charrons Domaine Michel Bouzereau & Fils
|2011 Meursault, 1er Cru Les Charmes Domaine Jobard
|2008 Meursault, 1er Cru Charmes, Domaine Matrot
|2007 Meursault-Perrières 1er Cru, DOMAINE DARVIOT-PERRIN
|2007 Meursault, Donaime Pierre Morey
|2006 Meursault Tête de Murgers, DOMAINE PATRICK JAVILLIER
|White Burgundy - Saint Aubin
Not the most famous of the Cote d'Or villages, but Saint-Aubin is one of Burgundy's top-performing wine communes in terms of both volume and vineyard quality; nearly three-quarters of its sites have Premier Cru status. Though Saint-Aubin wines are rarely considered to be among the region's finest, they are known for offering excellent value for money and can provide a good introduction to Burgundy wines of both colours.
|2013 Saint Aubin, Princée, Domaine Hubert Lamy
|2013 Saint Aubin 1er Cru En Frionnes, Domaine Hubert Lamy
|White Burgundy - Montrachet
When it comes to the world's greatest white wines, the border between Chassagne and Puligny is it! So what is the difference you may ask?
Chassagne's style is perhaps between that of Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault: less fine than Puligny, less rich and intense than Meursault but contains both. Chassagne is minerally yet succulent, often floral with hints of hazelnuts.
|2014 Chassagne-Montrachet, Dom. Michel Neillon
|2013 Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru "Les Chenevottes", Bruno Colin
|2011 Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru "Les Chenevottes", Jean-Marc Pillot
|2011 Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru "Les Chenevottes", Morey & Fils
|2009 Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru Clos St Jean, Paul Pillot
Puligny produces wines that are more striking than any, portraying an elegance alongside a stylish, steely concentration.ÿThey are very different to Meursault: more refined and delicate, and less rich.
|2014 Puligny Montrachet, Jean-Louis Chavy
|2012 Puligny Montrachet, Pernot-Belicard
|2010 Puligny Montrachet, Alain Chavy
|2009 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Folatierès, PHILLIPPE CHAVY
|2009 Puligny Montrachet, Louis Carillon
|2008 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Garennes, Olivier Leflaive
|2007 Puligny Montrachet, 1er Cru Chalumeaux, Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet
|Lighter & medium bodied
|2015 Carignan/Merlot, Mon Roc - Languedoc/Roussillon
Good depth of colour, and a good balance between the opulent fruit and full, robust tannins. Stunning for the price.
|2012 Corbires, Les Forts de Bories-Azeau - Languedoc
Deeply coloured, with a soft, silky texture and ripe, supple tannins. Bramble fruits and spice are to the fore here, with a lingering finish.
|2015 Monastrell, Bodegas Castano - Spain
Intense aromas of ripe red fruit. Wonderful with cheese
|2014 Merlot, Montes Classic - Colchagua Valley, Chile
Spicy black pepper full of harmony and soft on the palate.
|2015 Dolcetto dAlba, GD VAJRA - PIEDMONT, ITALY
I was gobsmacked by its drinkability. If you enjoy Montepulciano or other similar reds from Italy try this - simply fantastic value.
|2013 Grace Bridge Pinot Noir, Scotto Cellars - Sonoma, California
I was gobsmacked by its drinkability. If you enjoy Montepulciano or other similar reds from Italy try this - simply fantastic value.
|2014 Chianti Colli Aretini, Mannucci Droandi - Montevarchi, Tuscany
|2014 Julinas, Domaine du Clos du Fief, Michel Tte - Beaujolais
One of my favourite producers, and this does not let me down. Beautifully balanced, graceful style of Gamay. Stunning value.
|2013 Palazzo Della Torre, Allegrini - Verona
Deep ruby red in colour, with perfumes ofÿcherry and black forest gateaux. It has a smooth and velvety character, with mature, pulpy fruit and delicious raisin flavours. A Blend of 70% normal fermented wine, and 30% made from grapes that have been allowed to gently dry for around 100 days. This intensifies the flavour and colour of that portion of the wine and adds an extra ?kick? to the final blend. Rich dark chocolate flavours mingle with juicy, ripe red and black cherry flavours - a savoury yeasty note that will add extra complexity to the wine. Try it with roast duck or a mushroom risotto.
|2014 Ribeo, Azienda Agricola Roccapesta - Tuscany
|2014 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Domaine Coillot
|2015 Fleurie, Domaine de Fa Beaujolais
This wine represents the Graillots' inaugural vintage of Fleurie from the 3 hectares of vines that they own in this evocative appellation. Elegant and perfumed, it's a debut vintage that has setting a very high standard!
|Heavy Fuller-bodied succulent Reds
|2014 Chateau Malbat - Bordeaux
Hard stone berry fruit, laden with layers of different fruit, starts hard finishes very elegantly.
|2014 Tempranillo, Willunga 100 McLaren Vale, Australia
Aromatics of black cherry, sweet plum and hints of all spice are evident, whilst the palate is a little more serious with blackberries, spice and an earthiness that gives the wine a savoury note. The tannins are persistent and promote great length, backed up by a balanced acid structure.
|2014 Shiraz, Jester Mitolo - Australia
Deep, dark red. The nose is bright, lifted and aromatic,with raspberry, blackberry and mint chocolate characters. The palate is concentrated with a luscious rolling texture and packed with fresh blackberry and plum, dark chocolate, liquorice and a hint of white pepper spice. The wine is juicy and plush with silky tannins that linger, providing a drying, savoury finish.
|2013 Meerlust Red, Meerlust Estate - Stellenbosch, South Africa
Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv. An intense cassis and mocha nose, hints of creamy oak and baking spice with earthiness and minerality. Juicy plum-cassis fruit, fine silky tannins and excellent length. Hannes Myburgh is the 8th generation of Myburghs to own Meerlust since they bought the estate in 1756. They are most well-known for the iconic Bordeaux blend - Rubicon - first introduced in 1980. Meerlust produced largely from younger vines in the same vineyard, is excellent value, having a lot of the class of the Rubicon at a far more attractive price. A bargain some might say.
|2013 Malbec/Corvina, Passo Doble, Masi - Tupungato, Argentina
A blend of malbec and corvina from Argentina with Italian styling from the Verona house of Masi. The wine has been made in the Venetian ripasso style provding a delicious seductive style. We have been trying this wine for many years ? following different vintages, and every time it has had the thumbs down, this time however - without doubt for us - the best vintage of Masi's foray into Argentina. Dry and with good depth, a real sexy beast.
|2010 Malbec, Chteau de Chambert - Cahors, Southern France
Not Argentinian or south American so don?t expect big plummy luscious fruit, More subtlety, but still delightful aromas of plum and blackberries wrapped around velvety tannins. Perfect with red meat or anything spicy, definitely more of a food wine rather than its new world counterparts!
|2014 LA 50/50, DOMAINE ANNE GROS & JEAN-PAUL TOLLOT - Southern France
Yes its Vin de Table - yes the price tag is correct! Anne Gros and Jean Paul Tollot, two highly regarded Burgundian winegrowers for over 20 years, purchased the fine terroirs of Cazelles, in Minervois! Cazelles provided diversity of soil - limestone, clay and sandstone, quality and age range of its vines, and the environment - at the foot of the Black Mountains, at an altitude of 220 metres - identical to Vosne- Romane! Remarkably refreshing and fresh, glass after glass... one of our finds of the year.
|1999 Rioja Crianza, Bodegas Urbina - Rioja
Full and deep with black cherry, raspberry and plum fruits ? a fantastic Rioja at this price
|2013 Henry Seven, Henschke - Australia
When I first tried this wine I described it as voluptuousÿ& curvaceous! My opinion has not changed but will add ? it is a really powerful luscious red driven by sweet cherry red berry fruit that explodes when it arrives in your mouth ? you have been warned!
|2010 Bandol, Domaine de Terrebrune - Provence
A lovely mix of Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault with great ageing potential.
|Classic Rhone & European varietals - New World
|2013 Plexus, John Duval, Barossa Valley Australia
Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre blend - are sourced from old Barossa vines aged between 50 and 100 years old. Deep crimson, the 2013 Plexus has an attractive red and black fruit character with savoury undertones. Generous on the palate, with a soft texture and fine soft tannins.
|2012 Syrah, Gimblett Gravels, Trinity Hill - New Zealand
Sweet berry fruit with notes of black pepper on the nose, while on the palate there is a dense core of blackberry fruit with fine-grained, ripe tannins in support.
|2012 Entity Shiraz, John Duval - Barossa Valley Australia
Dense ruby purple in colour with blackberry and blueberry fruit with subtle savoury French oak. A fine example of full on Oz Shiraz
|2011 Syrah, Clayvin Vineyard - Marlborough New Zealand
Unlike anything else currently emerging from Marlborough. A vivid, inky purple in colour, the intensity of the bouquet enlivens the senses.
|2010 Le Cigare Volant, Bonny Doon Vineyard - Monterey, California
The composition of this cracker is based on traditional use of Southern French grapes, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre & Cinsault. Decant ? as should breathe before drinking.
|2009 Sangiovese, Greenstone Vineyard - Heathcote, Victoria Australia
Spiced cherry nose typical of Sangiovese, and a lovely depth of fruit on the palate
|2005 Alexander Laing Old Vine Grenache, Colonial Estate - Barossa Valley, Australia
Really elegant and classy from 100% Grenache old bush vines- has a sumptuous, silky quality. Alluring, well textured and long.
|2005 Shiraz, Bellas Garden, Two Hands - Barossa Valley, Australia
This has been given 93/100 points by some of the best known MWs of the world! At 14.8% is one to watch, with rich, fleshy fruit in abundance, but not the least jammy; indeed, borders on outright elegance; good balance and structure
|2000 Shiraz, The Dead Arm, DArenberg - Mclaren Vale, Australia
Yet another outstanding Aussie Shiraz, this is red-purple in colour with masses of dark plum, prune and licorice fruit on the bouquet, then a palate flooded with the same fruit characters plus a generous dash of bitter chocolate. Stunning!
|The Rhone Valley - Old World
|2013 Coudoulet de Beaucastel, FAMILLE PERRIN
The 30 hectares of Coudoulet are located just east of the vineyard of Beaucastel. 2013 is a juicy, forward and textured example of this cuvee, the 2013 Coudoulet de Beucastel Ctes du Rhne has juicy blueberry, garrigue and lavender notes to go with a fleshy, medium to full-bodied on the palate. Soft, with low acidity and a hard-to-resist feel.
|2013 Gigondas, Domaine Raspail
A solid, quality effort, it gives up pretty red and black fruits, classic Gigondas spice and garrigue, medium-bodied richness and notable purity of fruit. Enjoy it over the coming decade.
|2012 Lirac, Moulin Des Che¤es, Famille Brchet - Rhone Valley
Bursting red and black fruit, complex undercurrent of spice, tobacco, earth, pepper which will develop and come more prominent in the glass. Harmonious & elegant.
|2012 St Joseph, Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
Famous for their fastidious and skilful blending - this is pure Syrah grown on steeply terraced slopes in Saint-Joseph's historic heartland. Exhibits terrific blackberry, ground pepper, and its medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and has an open, sexy appeal!
|2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Omnia, Rotem & Mounir Saouma
Omnia is Latin for all or everything as all of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is represented in this wine thanks to the inclusion of numerous grape varieties, especially Grenache noir, from across the appellation.
|2009 Côte-Rôtie, Ampodium, DOMAINE ROSTAING
I have long been a great admirer of the Rostaing?s wines ? seriously elegant, handcrafted wines produced by a master craftsman
|2009 Crozes Hermitage, La Guiraude, Alain Graillot
The Graillots' principal wine, in volume terms, is the classic, red Crozes-Hermitage 'Alain Graillot'. Made from pure Syrah it is a relatively accessible and forward drinking wine, with lots of bright berry scents and flavours supported by supple tannins, peppery notes and a fresh acidity. This more complex and age-worthy 'patron's cuvée', called 'La Guiraude', is produced in superior vintages and rapidly disappears from the market place.
|2007 Cornas, Domaine Clape
The family's wine-making philosophy is simple to make wines that are as true to their terroir as possible within the context of the vintage. The flagship Cornas, which, to many observers represents the Gold Standard of the appellation, typically displays a wealth of stewed red and black fruit aromas preceding a complex palate of dark berries and cherries offset by cooler granitic notes and a fine acidity, the whole supported by rugged tannins that will support (at least) a decade's bottle age.
|2007 PIGNAN Chteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve, Chteau Rayas
A unique wine ? extraordinarily elegant with fantastic complexity.
|2001 Chteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Tlgraphe
Strawberry, kirsch and earth, rustic and peppery, full bodied and structured, Lightly animal nose and fully melded. Lots of sweetness. Spice and something quite medicinal
|Smooth, Silky elegant red wines - Fine Italian - Piedmont
|2013 Langhe Nebbiolo Montegrilli, Elvio Cogno
The Cuvée Montegrilli used to be a 50/50 blend of Barbera and Nebbiolo but from the 2012 vintage it has become a straight Nebbiolo. Made without oak, this is a brilliantly pure example!
|2013 Barbera d`Alba `Gisep`, Massolino
Produced in tiny quantities, and was first produced in 1998.ÿ A plummy, blackberry and vanilla nose. Intense palate of ripe and concentrated fruit, the characteristic smooth, relatively low tannins of good Barbera.
|2012 Barolo, Massolino
This 23 hectare estate has been in the Massolino family since 1896. Since 1994 the style of the wines has undergone a subtle transformation. Winemaker Franco Massolino has done a wonderful job of marrying change with a respect for tradition, something that sets him apart from most of the younger producers in Barolo today - in part dictated by the nature of the vineyards that the family owns in the commune of Serralunga d?Alba ? the source of some of the greatest, most structured, robust and long-lived Barolo wines. 2010 was an exceptional vintage, although very forward this wine still needs time to develop some more fruit!
|2010 Barolo, Brovia
This cuvée is a blend of the younger vines found in the various crus. Since its inception, the Barolo has offered a stylish take on the Brovia approach to this appellation. There is never excess here, no attempt to showboat or to flaunt an image of power. Above all, balance is the key element in faithfully rendering a Barolo of great stature.
|2011 Il Favot, Langhe Nebbiolo, Poderi Aldo Conterno
100% Nebbiolo - a serious wine with superb concentration and balance.
|2011 Langhe Rosso, Roagna
Based in the village of Barbaresco, the Roagna family have been producing wine for generations, in the tiny hamlet of Paglieri, which houses the famous vineyard of Pajé (see below bin 1125) that produces one of their great wines. Alfredo and his son, Luca, now run the estate, and operate in a very traditional way. Sam and I recently tried this separately at a tasting - he circled it with the simple word outstanding. I likewise circled it and wrote agreed.
|2011 Barolo Cascina Nuova, Elvio Cogno
Valteris Fissore, son in law of Elvio, now runs this fabulous estate. He is an unabashed lover of Burgundy and his wines have a finesse running through them more often associated with the Côte de Nuits than Piedmont. New to our list we have decided to list his house Barolo. Full of bright accessible fruit, plenty of juiciness very sexy!
|2011 Barolo Bricco Viole, VAJRA
Packed elegant fruit, goes on and on - high class modern Barolo
|2011 Barbaresco Pajè, Alfredo & Luca Roagna
One of our finds of the year for certain, but make sure it has been decanted. Macerations and fermentations are long and large oaks casks rather than barriques are the order of the day. Most of the estate is run organically. The vineyards are old and the wines are left un-manipulated to reflect the complexity of the soils and the old vine fruit. As recent blind tasting noted cracking wine, no one guessed what it was - calcaire minerality is this burgundy?
|2006 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Case Maté, ELIO GRASSO
And will keep going ? truly one of the great Barolo?s!
|2005 Barolo, Vigna Rionda, Massolino
More traditional style, aged Barolo at its best silky almost burgundian!
|2001 Barolo, Vigna Cicala, PODERI ALDO CONTERNO (Low Stock)
I have been very privileged to have not only visited the cellars of Conterno and witnessed first-hand the passion that has created one of the great wineries in the world, and try the 2001 ?Vigna Cicala?. If you enjoy burgundy this will not disappoint.
|Pinot Noirs - New World
The red Burgundy grape, but is grown to mixed affect outside France. New Zealand seems to be leading the way in terms of truly emulating the qualities that we so admire from Burgundy.
|2013 Saintsbury, Caneros - California
A ripe and textured palate. Red fruit and spice with a weighty finish.
|2013 Greywacke - Marlborough, New Zealand
Yet another award winning wine From Kevin Judd! Imagine a black forest gateaux made with marinated black cherries and very ripe blackberries. The palate is dense and generous with ripe cherry-plum richness, some soft liquorice and clove and a fine but voluptuous tannin structure.
|2013 The Great Hector, Palliser Estate - Marlborough, New Zealand
Palliser Estate owner Richard Riddiford began this naming tradition for exceptional vintages in 2002, in honour of his much-loved black Labrador Bear, self-appointed meeter, greeter and winery guide. 2013 has been barrel-aged using 50% new oak casks for 16 months, and has excellent colour, layers of ripe, classic Pinot Noir flavours, structure and texture. The best Pinot Noir will charm you in its youth and gently seduce you in its age.
|2012 Moa Ridge - Marlborough, New Zealand
15 year old Clayvin vineyard vines producing great structure and luscious fruit.
|2012 Outerlimits, MONTES ZAPALLAR VINEYARD - CHILE
Bright fruit, silky tanins and a lingering cherry finish.
|2012 Judd, Ten Minutes By Tractor - MORNINGTON PENINSULA, AUSTRALIA
|2012 Isabelle, Au Bon Climat - Santa Barbara, California
A dark rich Pinot Noir with a length finish. Typifies how California differs from the other New World producers.
|2012 Old Weka Pass Road - Canterbury New Zealand
The sibling to Bell Hill, mostly from younger fruit giving it accessibility early on. Spicy, juicy fruit with textured, supple tanins. In 2012 only 1000 bottles were produced.
|2012 Bell Hill - Canterbury New Zealand
Bell Hill uses the Burgundian model of vineyard architecture. This method encourages smaller yields and higher quality. The 2012 is very youthful with lovely brooding dried herb, savoury and spicy notes moving to briar and blueberry, only 1800 bottles were produced. A sleeper, take time with it!
|2011 Domain Road - Central Otago, New Zealand
From South New Zealand. An excellent Pinot with ripe strawberries and plums.
|2011 Clayvin Vineyard - Marlborough, New Zealand
Clayvin Vineyard draws its name from the clay soil which lies beneath the vineyard, and is characterised by its beautiful, ripe dark-fruit flavours, richness, elegance and fine texture. Tried recently, and this wine is maturing very elegantly but retains a depth of fruit with a chewiness nor mally associated with Burgundy ? not the sweet cherry fruit usually found in new world pinot?s. Derived from whole bunch pressing, as practiced at Domaine de la Romane Conti no less!
|Pinot Noirs - Affordable Burgundy
More Affordable Burgundy - delicious on the palate, more palatable on the pocket! The cost of Burgundy just goes in one direction, UP! Making it less and less affordable for wine lovers, as world-wide demand for these wonderful wines carries on unabated. What we have tried to do on this page, in addition to having a fabulous selection of wines from the Macon/Chalonais regions, is introduce wines from the classic villages from top producers but listing their generic wines, where the grapes used are from vines deemed to be too young, or from vineyards next door to the village classified wines but perhaps on the lower slopes. Whatever the reason, the wines listed below are delicious on the palate, and more palatable on the pocket!
|Village of Vosne-Romane
|2013 Bourgogne Rouge Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, Domaine Anne Gros
When Anne Gros succeeded her father in 1988 the domaine covered three hectares. Since then it has grown to cover 6.5 hectares. The Bourgogne blanc was added in 1996, Anne Gros' first go at white wines. Four years later came the Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits and in 2007 the grand cru of Echezeaux
|Village of Nuit-St-Georges
|2013 Bourgogne Rouge Les Grands Chaillots, Dom. Thibault Ligier-Belair
Thibault set up his domaine at the start of the century and then a couple of years later established his négociant venture to work alongside it. Both are run organically with biodynamic practices. For Thibault it is virtually all about the vineyard and what he does in the cellars is done merely to enhance what the vineyards are imparting. Thibault is both passionate and meticulous. He even chooses which trees he wants his barrels to be made from, even though new oak is not a big player in his cellar. But this attention to detail and fine tuning is what has helped Thibaults wines progress so quickly on an upward trajectory. The Bourgogne comes from a parcel of vines almost thirty years old that lie just in front of Nuits best vineyard, Les St-Georges. He has just under a hectareand it is a very serious Bourgogne.
|Village of Pommard
|2008 Bourgogne Rouge, Domaine Lucien le Moine
The domaine is one of the largest holders of Pommard 1ers Crus and includes a huge five hectares of the excellent Grand Clos des Epenots. Yves likes to pick late to ensure maximum ripeness, no bad thing in an appellation where phenolic ripeness is key. The grapes undergo a cold soak before a low temperature fermentation. The Bourgogne is a serious wine that will rival many village Pommards. It has an ability to achieve great ripeness and intensity and the aromatics can be so seductive. Its not cheap but then its not your average Bourgogne.
|Pinot Noirs - Burgundy
Unlike Bordeaux, Burgundy has a continental climate, and grows just one grape variety ? Pinot Noir; There are no myriad of Chateaux with their own vineyards, but here in this roll-call of evocative sounding names, are blocks or strips of vines tended by a multiplicity of owners, some grand but mostly modest. It is not enough to know the village and vineyard names, more important to Burgundy, is the name and reputation of the producer.
|Cote de Nuit travelling from the north to south
In general are weightier, firmer and more deeply-coloured than Cte de Beaune. The vineyards of Cte de Nuits are spread throughout 8 villages, from Dijon to Corgoloin, with 3000 hectares under production. The red wines represent 92% of production and are made up of Pinot Noir. The white wines, produced from Chardonnay, represent only 8% of production.
|2011 Marsannay Rouge, Domaine Jospeh Roty
|2013 Fixin, Domaine Denis Berthaut
|2011 Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Jospeh Roty
|2009 Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Humbert Frères
|2005 Charmes-Chambertin, Nicolas Potel
|2011 Morey-St-Denis, Domaine Stéphane Magnien
|2008 Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru, Les Millandes, Domaine Arlaud
|2006 Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru Cuvée des Alouettes, Domaine Ponsot
|2009 Chambolle Musigny, Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot
|2000 Vougeot Les Cras 1er Cru, Domaine de la Vougeraie
|2007 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Domaine de Montille
|2003 Vosne-Romane 1er Cru En Orveaux, Domaine Sylvian Cathiard
|2003 Vosne-Romane 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts, Maison Champy
|2010 Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru, Clos de Forets Domaine LArlot
|2003 Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Aux Gras, Dom. Bruno Clavelier
|Cote de Beaune travelling from the north to south
Cte de Beaune has a more expansive feel and gentler slopes than the Cte de Nuits. Its Pinot Noirs generally have softness and finesse.
|2014 Aloxe Corton 'Les Valozières Domaine Gérard Julien
|2008 Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru, Domaine Tollot-Beaut
|2011 Chorey-Lès-Beaune, DOMAINE TOLLOT-BEAUT
|2013 Savigny-lès-Beaune `Aux Grands Liards, Domaine Lebreuil
|2013 Pommard, Chanterêves - (one to watch - Jancis Robinson)
|2006 Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens, Domaine de Montille
|2002 Pommard, Le Petit Noizons Domaine de la Vougeraie
|2014 Volnay `Les Petits Poisots` Domaine Jean Guiton
|2010 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots, Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
|2008 Volnay 1er Cru, Clos de la Cave des Ducs, Benjamin Leroux
|2009 Blagny La Piece sous le Bois 1er Cru, DOMAINE MATROT
|2012 Auxey Duresses, Domaine Prunier-Bonheur
|2008 Auxey Duresses, Domaine Coche-Dury
|2010 St Aubin 1er Cru, Chez Edouard, Domaine Hubert Lamy
|2013 Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière, Domaine Bertrand Bachelet
|Deeper, stronger more intense flavours Fine Italian - Tuscany
|2013 Rosso di Montalcino, Ginestreto Fuligni
A textbook example of the early drinking Sangiovese alternative to big brother Brunello made in the Montalcino zone, this has such keen and succulent cherry fruit, a touch of nut and autumnal earthiness, a subtle rasp of tannin, and bags of fresh acidity. Fuligni's wines have reached international recognition for their purity of expression, strong backbone of acidity and polished tannins. This winery represents simply some of the finest wines of Brunello, epitomising all that is great from the region.
|2012 Le Sondraia Bolgheri Superiore, Poggio al Tesoro
Sondraia has quickly become a classic in the Bolgheri area. Perfectly ripe grapes and painstaking work in the cellar yield a wine with intense notes of fresh fruit and herbs which follow through on the palate, where the wine opens up with great class and silky smoothness.
|2011 Il Carbonaione, Poggio Scaletti
The 2011 Carbonaione is another gorgeous wine in a line of successful vintages that goes all the way back to 1992. Blackberry jam, cloves, menthol, licorice, new leather and sweet spices flesh out in a voluptuous, racy wine that beautifully expresses the personality of the vintage.
|2010 Calestaia, Azienda Agricola Roccapesta, Morellino di Scansano
Alberto Tanzini worked in finance in London for several years before heading back to his native Italy to become a vigneron. He bought what is now the Roccapesta estate in 2003. From day one he was anxious to focus on Sangiovese and 90% of the vineyards are planted with 8 different clones of this variety. Calestaia which has the potential to age for many years, is full of character and personality. Complex and refined.
|2010 Scrio, Le Macchiole
Scrio was born in 1994, from the desire of Eugenio Campolmi to produce a wine with the purest possible vision of the grape variety he loved: Syrah. This is one of the few Syrah wines made in Bolgheri which expresses itself differently from classic French Syrah. A limited production, never exceeding 5,000 bottles, this wine is a result of a rigorous selection of the best grapes attainable, harvest after harvest, from our vineyards. The word Scrio has Tuscan origins meaning: pure, sincere, upright. It is typically used to refer to people and indicating a purity of mind.
|2009 Montevertine, Azienda Agricola Montevertine
Firm yet well-integrated tannins support expressive sweet red cherries, freshly cut flowers and mint. The 2009 is a highly attractive, pointed Montevertine that oozes class and elegance.
|2006 Le Cupole, Tenuta di Trinoro, Maremma
Predominantly Cabernet Franc, Spicy, lively palate of strawberry, black cherry and plum. Excellent length. Refreshing acidity. Supple tannins.
|2004 Flaccianello Della Pieve, Fontodi
Dark, rich & powerful, wraps around the palate with serious density. The aromas and flavours are totally alive in the glass. Smoke, tobacco & savoury herb notes add complexity over time. Initially quite muscular, but develops finesse with time in the glass. Exceptional, the sensation of tannin is virtually non-existent this is all about elegance and pure refinement.
|1997 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Costant
Brunello is usually a medium full-bodied wine with both strong acidity and tannins that support leathery, subtly spicy tones of coffee and tobacco that add depth to the classic plum and dark cherry fruits.
|1995 Solengo, Tenuta di Argiano
Solengo (meaning to go it alone) is a superb blend of Sangiovese and Syrah. A stunning nose of blackcurrants, chocolate, smoke and floral. Dense and rich, with full body but exceptional purity, fleshy, powerful, silky-textured wine impressively conceals some serious tannin.
|Deeper, stronger more intense flavours Fine Italian ? Verona
|2013 Amarone, La Giuva
50% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 25% Rondinella and 5% Oseleta. The balance, concentration and intensity mark this wine out from the crowd in Valpolicella!
|2011 Amarone Classico, Allegrini
Intense ruby red. Warm and spicy bouquet, with aromas of raisins. This is due to the fact that the grapes are allowed to partially dry prior to fermenting. Well-structured, complex, elegant and velvety. An extremely important wine in Italian viticulture, Amarone is an exclusive and unique symbol of the Valpolicella region.
|2009 Amarone Pietro Dal Cero, Ca dei Frati
Deep ruby red colour with black cherries, chocolate and sweet spices, aromas of balsamic notes emerge to reveal aniseed and wild mint aromas, This wine has great body and acidity, prominent yet supple tannins. The finish is long and rounded with delicate hints of coffee and sweet tobacco.
|2009 Amarone Riserva di Costasera, Masi
Masi wines have always kept us smiling, and this is no exception! With notes of cooked cherries, plums and hints of coffee, ILLY coffee most definitely! Enjoy this with your roast Pork on a Sunday or simply with strong cheese.
|2008 La Poja, Allegrini
A full bodied, intense and elegant red from 100% Corvina. Gorgeous cherry and tobacco notes on the nose with Christmas cake overtones and some sweet oak
When the Crown reopened its doors in November 2003, I remember being particularly nervous about my desire to create a wine list of difference. Looking back now, I wish I had been even bolder - more eclectic! Easy to say now - with money dramatically dwindling at the time! One area affected was Spain ? sticking to names and my own comfort zone. I have now started building a collection that truly matches the great strides this country has made in modernising their wine industry. A recent article read, typifies my personal approach to buying Spanish wine ??after Switzerland, the most mountainous country in Europe. Furthermore for over 2,700 years all Spanish regions have grown vines?.this helps to explain the glorious complexity of this country?s wine styles?. I have tried ? or at least started - to reflect the originality, diversity that makes Spain today the most exciting wine country in Europe.
|2013 Monastrell, Bodegas Castano
Intense aromas of ripe red fruit. Wonderful with cheese
|2010 Gratallops Vi di Vila, Alvaro Palacios, Priorat
An exciting winemaker! Some of the most sought after wines in the Old World. A staunch believer in bio-dynamism, the power of the terroir, his wines offer distinct, delicious character from the region?s indigenous variety, Menc¡a. Attractive on the nose - notes of dark berries, on the palate - more restrained, concentrated dark fruit, and finely honed tannins, adding a sense of elegance and refinement to what is a big bold wine.
|2004 Imperial Reserva, CVNE, Rioja
This wine is dominated by Tempranillo, Maturation in new French and American oak and one has to wait patiently for 24 months prior to bottling. The nose is impressive in both depth and elegance, The palate continues the theme of black fruit with plum and morello cherry in evidence, but a warmth akin to spice-box on the finish is a welcome surprise.ÿ
|2003 Numanthia, Bodegas Numanthia, Toro
Beautiful nose of mocha, cherry and spices. Full bodied with silky tannins, dusty mouth feel and flavors of black cherry and cocoa powder lingering throughout the finish. Excellent Tempranillo.
|1999 Gueta-Lupia Tinto Crianza, Bodegas Bordelàs Garcia, Priorat
This is an exceptional wine from an estate that deserves serious attention. The wine is superb, combining power and elegance with good spice and great length. Old vines and tiny yields
|1999 Rioja Crianza, Bodegas Urbina - Rioja
Full and deep with black cherry, raspberry and plum fruits ? a fantastic Rioja at this price
|1995 Vina Bosconia Gran Reserva, Lopez de Heredia, Rioja
Its nose is persistent, with complex tertiary aromas. Round in the mouth, smooth and elegant with a very long finish.
|1994 Gran Reserva 904, La Rioja Alta, Rioja
La Rioja Alta continues to be one of the benchmarks for traditionally produced Rioja. This estate is renowned for the quality of its Gran Reservas, 904 and 890, which are only produced in exceptional years. The superb 1994 vintage is just beginning to unfurl and, with aeration, it shows notes of wild strawberry, charcoal and cigar smoke. This is a complex and intense in an understated way, needs decanting and ideally two or three more years in the bottle.
|Bordeaux blends - non Bordeaux
|2012 Malbec Gran Cru, Bianchi Enzo - Mendoza, Argentina
Impressive combination of sweet red fruit, cedar, spicy oaky cigar box and raisin aromas. Dense and focused ? exceptional concentration
|2005 Merlot, Kennedy Point - Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Fruit flavours of dark berry and plum fruit, bitter chocolate, herbs and earth show the inherent quality of the fruit.
|2012 Mai, Kaiken Malbec - Mendoza, Argentina
This attractive Malbec comes from 100 year old vines, giving it a more of an ?old world? feel. It?s no surprise it has powerful intensity and vibrant purple colour. On the nose it has clear mineral and spicy notes. Aromas of black fruits, mature cherry, hints of vanilla and coffee An elegant, powerful wine with great structure, roundness and persistence
|2012 Lytton Springs, Ridge Vineyards - California
Bramble, raspberry, cassis, toasted oak, and floral aromas; layered black cherry and currant, full bodied with well coated tannins and notes of liquorice and black olive on the finish.
|2008 Dominus Napanook, Christian Mouiex - Napa Valley
Owned by Christian Mouiex of Chateau Petrus fame, produced in the oldest vineyard in Napa first planted in 1836. Easy drinking, ripe silky tannins and lively fruit expression.
|1997 Mas de Daumas Gassac, Aime Guibert - Haute Vallee du Gassac
Needs little introduction these producers pionerred the high end style of vin de pays
|2002 Le Sommet, Mont du Toit - South Africa (Low Stock)
Produced only in exceptional years, in very limited quantities. Cabernet based but the exact blend of this wine remains undisclosed, but impresses every time. Powerful, deliciously complex wine, with a fine balance of fruit, structure and freshness.
|2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Phelps - Napa Valley
Rich, creamy and very ripe, with high-toned black fruit flavors nicely framed by sound acidity. Quite substantial for this bottling. Finishes with building tannins and a sizable structure.
|1978 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cyril Henschke - Eden Valley, Australia
After five generations of wine making these guys really know how to do it! This 70% Cabernet Sauvignon is wonderfully red-purple in colour, some subtle charred oak notes with brings it to life. The palate is full of red berries, spice and mint. This wine must be decanted to be enjoyed at is best!
|2009 Chteau Moulin Pey-Labrie, Canon-Fronsac
|2005 Chteau La Garricq, Moulis, Medoc
|2000 Chteau La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet, Haut-Medoc (Low Stock)
|Bordeaux ? Left Bank
|2009 Chteau Tronquoy Lalande, St Estephe
|2003 Chteau Cos Labory, Grand Cru Class St Estephe
|2009 Chteau Moulin-Riche, St-Julien
|2005 Chteau Beychevelle, Grand Cru Class St. Julien
|2004 Les Fiefs de Lagrange, St Julien (Chteau Lagrange 2nd wine)
|2003 La Croix de Beaucaillou, St. Julien (Ducru-Beaucaillou 2nd wine)
|2009 Vivens, Margaux
|2008 Reserve dAngludet, (Château dAngludet 2nd wine)
|2000 Chteau La Gurgue, Cru Bourgeois Margaux
|2000 Chteau Durfort-Vivens, Grand Cru Class Margaux
|2009 Prélude à Grand-Puy Ducasse (Grand-Puy Ducasse 2nd wine)
|2005 Chteau Grand Puy Lacoste, Grand Cru Class Pauillac
|2003 Chteau Pontet Canet, Grand Cru Class Pauillac
|1978 Chteau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Grand Cru Class Pauillac
|Bordeaux ? Right Bank
|2011 Chteau La Croix Bonneau, Montagne St-Emilion
|2009 Chteau La Tour du Pin, Grand Cru Class St-Emilion
|2009 Chteau Petit-Figeac St-Emilion (Chteau Figeac 2nd wine)
|1993 Chteau Canon la Gaffeliere, Grand Cru Class St-Emilion (Low Stock)
|2006 Chteau Bourgneuf, Pomerol
|2005 Chteau La Grave, Pomerol
|1999 Penses de Lafleur, Pomerol
|En Magnum, Jeroboam & Methuselah
|2013 Pinot Noir, The Great Hector, Palliser Estate, Martinborough
|2012 Merlot Rutherford, Frog's Leap - Napa Valley
|2010 Chateux le Crock, Bordeaux
|2010 Crozes Hermitage, Alain Graillot - Rhone
|2010 Pinot Noir, Moutere Home Vineyard, Neudorf Vineyards - Nelson
|2009 Mercurey En Sazenay, Domaine de Suremain Burgundy
|2009 Chambolle Musigny, Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Cote de Nuits
|2007 Beaune, 1er Cru Sizes de Montille Cote de Beaune
|2008 Vina Izardi - Rioja Reserva - Big Boy - 5 litres
|2006 Barbaresco Rabaja, Bruno Rocca - Piedmont, Italy
|2005 Château Cap de Mourlin - St Emilion Grand Cru
|2005 Château Haut Bages Liberal, Grand Cru Classé - Pauillac
|2005 Gevrey Chambertin, Nicolas Potel - Cote de Nuits
|Ramos Pinto Reserva - also available by the glass
|1998 Fonseca, Guimaraens
|2011 Moscato dAsti, CONTERO ITALY (½ bottle - 375ml)
A delicious grapey sparkling wine, low in alcohol - 5.5% - glorious as an aperitif as much as a digestif.
|2011 Monbazillac, Christian Roche - Midi (« bottle - 375ml)
Certified Organic. A great all-rounder ie Foie Gras/Blue Cheese/Dessert, but not too cloying, lovely beguiling bouquet of candied fruits and luscious, taffeta-textured palate of honeyed peaches.
|2011 Maury Expression - Mas de Lavail (« bottle - 375ml)
Red pudding wine great with chocolate, berry fruit & blue cheese, whiff of summer pudding about it, not over powering sweetness, lovely refinement about it.
|2008 Chateau Raymond, Lafon - Sauternes (bottle - 750ml)
A classic sauterne perfect for blue cheese and sponge based puddings
|Chambers Rutherglen Muscat VICTORIA, OZ (½ bottle - 375ml)
Layers of intense raisin and fig, orange peel and dried fruit. A vibrant fruit-driven palate, to be enjoyed with creamy cheeses and rich desserts.
|2014 Noble Semillon, Mitchell - Oz (½ btl - 375ml)
Classic botrytis affected dessert wine displaying characteristic honey and marmalade concentrated sweet fruit, balanced by crisp acidity on a lingering luscious finish.
|2011 Soave Recioto, Le Colombare, Pieropan Italy
Recioto di Soave has a perfectly balance palate, with just the right level of delicate sweetness offset by a fresh acidity. Lovely, rich, almost exotic fruit on the palate, with a baked peach character and a long perfumed finish.
|2012 Valpollicella Recioto, Tesauro, Cantina Valpantena Italy
Intense ruby red colour, with delicate aromas of blackberry jam and spicy hints on the nose. Absolute heavenly match with a rich cholate dessert