|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 Rose
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 cuvee
Possibly the finest non-vintage champagne of them all. An explosion of flavours in the glass.
|Billecart Salmon Rose
One of my favourites! A blend of all three Champagne grapes to produce a perfectly balanced and refined Champagne.
|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 rose - Burgundy
Made using the traditional method, this salmon pink ros is soft and creamy-textured with delicate bubbles.
|Domaine Mas Belles Eaux Rosé, Languedoc - France
Crisp, dry wonderfully clean rode with a hint of dry herbaceous dryness on the end palate
|Chiaretto Rosé, Cadei Fratti - Veneto
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 Rosé, Domaine Daulny - Loire
Serious rose - dry lean and delicate - fabulous
|Dry . Fresh . Mineral
|2016 Cepage Colombard, Plaimont - COTES DE GASCOGNE
A dry easy drinking fresh wine with citrus tones.
|2016 Soave, Alpha Zeta - VERONA, ITALY
A pale lemon coloured wine, with clean, bright aromas of almond blossom. With fresh acidity, the palate is ripe and concentrated, full of apple and pear flavours. The finish is lively and crisp.
|2015 Muscadet Sévre et Maine, Sur Lie, Domaine de la Mortaine - Loire
Fantastic with all types of seafood ? exceptional balance
|2015 Bourgogne Aligoté, Perraud BURGUNDY
A lovely well-made Aligote, delicate on the nose, elegant on the palate
|2016 Pinot Grigio Vigneti Delle Dolomiti, Castello della Rosa- Italy
100% Pinot Grigio, flavours of citrus melon and pears, great with fish!
|2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine de La Baume, Languedoc - Loire
Fresh and vibrant with hints of cut grass, gooseberries and fresh melon
|2015 Pinot Blanc, Trimbach - Alsace
Plenty of lovely lemony fruit ? another highly regarded producer.
|2016 Gavi di Gavi, Giustiniana - Piedmont
A great example of just how good Gavi can be if made by the right winemaker.
|2016 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 Pouilly-Fume, Andre Dezat & Fils - Loire
Grass, currants, citrus fruits all with a vibrant acidity and a fruity finish
|2016 Sancerre, Francois Millet - Loire
Delicious fresh fruit, ripe gooseberries and tropical aromas
|2011 Pouilly-Fume 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
|2016 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!
|2016 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.
|2016 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.
|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
|2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Greywacke - Marlborough, NZ
A modern classic from the maker of Cloudy bay ? Kevin Judd. Sets the benchmark for new world sauvignons!
|2015 Julius Riesling, Henschke, - Eden Valley Hill, Australia
Green gold in colour. Floral and perfumed with rose petals, lime lemon zest, and excellent length.
|2013 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
|2016 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!
|2015 Pinot Gris Signature, Ren Mure - Alsace
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
|2016 Luberon, Famille Perrin, Cotes Du Luberon
Bright pale yellow with hints of yellow fruit, hazelnuts and vine peaches.
|2015 Ribeiro Blanco V Finca Viñoa - Ribeiro, Spain
With the 2013 vintage awarded a Gold Medal in the International Wine Challenge 2015 and the 2012 vintage recommended by Jancis Robinson in her Top Holiday Whites article in the Financial Times (December 2013), you can be in no doubt that Ribeiro Blanco V Finca Viñoa is a special wine. The Galician region of Ribeiro is not as well known in the UK as neighbouring Rías Baixas, but its dashing mineral whites are equally good at matching the abundant local seafood. Made principally from treixadura coming from a blend of grapes indigenous to Ribeiro, it is long and creamy on the palate with captivating aromas of peach and citrus blossom. This exceptional white wine pairs superbly with seafood.
|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
|2014 Lias Albariño, Bodegas Martin Códax - Rias Baixas, Spain
Martín Códax is a modern and dynamic co-operative, situated in the Salnés Valley, to the north of Rías Baixas, in the north-western region of Galicia. It was founded in 1986 by 50 families and has since grown to over 550 members. The co-operative was named Martín Códax after the medieval poet and minstrel who lived in Galicia. The co-operative was instrumental in the creation of the Rías Baixas DO in 1988 (the statutes were signed at the winery) and has championed the Albariño variety, now the most widely planted in the region.
|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 Pinot Bianco, Illivio Livio Felluga - Fruili-Venezia Giulia, italy
There are few producers who have been more important in defining the quality image of Italian white wines than Livio Felluga. Their landmark 'Terre Alte' see below bin 321 - was first produced in 1981, and they have continued to make innovative and consistently high quality wines ever since. The way in which winemaker Andrea Felluga has embraced Stelvin is another example of his forward-thinking approach. Intense straw yellow. The nose is fragrant, elegant and intense with aromas of sweet fruit, pineapple, candied orange, acacia flowers, rose and vanilla. Full and compact on the palate it shows exotic, mineral and persistent flavours with pleasant notes of pear and cream.
|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.
|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
|2016 Bramito del Cervo, Castello Della Sala, Antinori - Italy
Straw yellow colour with golden tinges. It has a fruity aroma and hints of vanilla and toast.
|2015 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.
|2014 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.
|2013 Les Bénedictins - Limoux, Southern France
Clear and golden in colour - great with succulent chunky fish
|2006 Bell Hill - Canterbury, New Zealand (Low Stock)
Minerally and peachy, different from 2005
|Non Burgundy Medium to fuller Bodied
|2015 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 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
|2014 M3 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 Frog's Leap, Napa Valley, California
My wife and I had a most enjoyable time tasting older vintages from the fantastic Frog's Leap Winery estate in the NAPA valley this September. Associated with John Williams owner and wine maker for many years, Sacha's father Richard Wheeler, first knocked on his door in 1986 and struck up an immediate rapport, and so started importing these wines of great elegance and finesse to the UK. So, to visit the winery for the first time was a truly magical and wonderful experience. John has a simple philosophy which is emulated throughout his wines, of keeping things as natural as possible, let nature do the talking, something I wholeheartedly support - no irrigation, no fertilizers, no pesticides - is not a recent phenomenon that John has recently jumped on but one he has been practicing since he first started making wines at Frog's Leap in 1981..
|2014 Heintz Vineyard, Kesner Wines - Sonoma Coast, USA
Jason Kesner started his winemaking career as a grape grower. `Quality wine is made in the vineyard, not in the winery` is Jasons mantra and his passion to grow perfect and healthy grapes translates directly into his wines. Founded in 2002, Kesner Wines started with only a single barrel of wine. The inaugural vintage received great reviews and was served in some of Californias best restaurants, for example Thomas Kellers French Laundry. Tasted and purchased recently exceptionally well made and although fuller bodied still emulates a more restrained steely style.
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.
|2016 Petit Chablis, Domaine du Colombier
|2015 Chablis, Domaine Seguinot-Bordet
|2015 Chablis 1er Cru, Vau De Vay, Domaine Des Malandes
|2012 Chablis 1er Cru, Mont de Milieu, Domaine Billaud-Simon
|2010 Chablis 1er Cru, Montée de Tonnerre, Domaine William Fèvre
|2009 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, Domaine, Dauvissat-Camus
|2005 Chablis Grand Cru, Les Preuses, Billaud-Simon
|2005 Chablis Grand Cru, Les Clos, Billaud-Simon
The Maconnais 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 Côte Chalonnaise is south of the main Côte 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.
|2015 Macon Villages, Domaine Terres Secretes
|2015 Saint-Veran, Les Chailloux, Domaine Des Deux Roches
|2015 Montagny 1er cru, Les Chaniots, Vignerons de Buxy
|2015 Pouilly Fuisse Sur La Roche, Domaine Gilles Morat
|2014 Saint Romain, Domaine Olivier Leflaive
|2013 Macon 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
This cuvee comes from different parcels in the Bourgogne Blanc appellation situated in the territory of Meursault les Herbeux and les Vaux next to Volnay. The brown soils of les Herbeux and a part of les Vaux are on silt covering ancient alluvium or villa franchian. The nose of this wine is expressive with notes of white and yellow fruits, succulent flowers and touches of toast. The nose is elegant and powerful. The attack is round and vivacious. On the palate, the wine displays fine balance and a lovely body with crisp acidity. The same aromas are found as on the nose. This is an expressive and fresh wine with a long 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 Grand Cru, 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
|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 Tête de Murgers, DOMAINE PATRICK JAVILLIER
|2007 Meursault, Domaine 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
|2011 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
|2009 Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru Clos St Jean, Paul Pillot
|2009 Chassagne-Montrachet, La Grande Montagne, Olivier Leflaive Frères
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
|2009 Puligny Montrachet, 1er Cru Champs Canet, Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot
|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.
|2015 Merlot, Montes Classic - Colchagua Valley, Chile
Spicy black pepper full of harmony and soft on the palate.
|2014 Chianti Colli Aretini, Mannucci Droandi - Montevarchi, Tuscany
The name of the estate derives from two families, the Droandis and the Mannuccis, although it is the Mannucci family, led by Roberto and his wife Maria Grazia, who run the estate today. The main part of the estate lies in Campolucci, on the eastern slopes of the Chianti mountains in the sub zoneof Colli Aretini. The Chianti Colli Aretini is made from 90% Sangiovese, 5% Cannaiolo and 5% other local varieties. Its aged for a year in French barriques and then released a further year post bottling. Its full of fruit with an ideal mix of teasing structure and juiciness and delivers an awful lot for the money.
|2015 Ribeo, Azienda Agricola Roccapesta - Tuscany
Maremma lies in the southern part of Tuscany and consequently is a little warmer than the more established regions Alberto Tanzini therefore has to work hard to maintain the balance and freshness of his Sangiovese the stylish, very easy to drink Ribeo with its distinctive label.
|2016 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.
|2015 Julienas, Domaine du Clos du Fief, Michel Tête - Beaujolais
One of my favourite producers, and this does not let me down. Beautifully balanced, graceful style of Gamay. Stunning value.
|2014 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.
|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 sets a very high standard!
|Heavy Fuller-bodied succulent Reds
|2015 Jumilla, Bodegas Olivares - Jumilla, Spain
Made from a blend of old vine Monastrell, Grenache and Syrah, is well-balanced, medium bodied with enticing aromas and flavours of ripe blackberries, black cherries, earth and black pepper spice. Paco Selva and his family have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of their wines at Bodegas Olivares. Blessed with a high proportion of some of the worlds largest collection of ungrafted old Monastrell vines, their vineyards also benefit from the coolness brought by the higher altitude. A judicious use of French oak barrels brings just the right amount of tightness and gives another dimension to the rich and spicy wines produced here.
|2015 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 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.
|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.
|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.
|2015 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, Chateau 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!
|2011 Bandol, Domaine de Terrebrune - Provence
A lovely mix of Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault with great ageing potential.
|2015 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!
|Classic Rhone & European varietals - New World
|2015 Zinfandel, Frog's Leap Vineyard, Napa Valley
To try the 1986 Zinfandel and the 1998 Cab Sauv over lunch outside in the winery whilst this year's harvest (2017) of chardonnay was being delivered was a true privilege. I have always enjoyed Zinfandel at this 2015 is a lovely example of what it should be! Whilst it is still relatively young I will kepp it under the Classic Rhone style but as it ages I will probably move it to more of a Bordeaux style.
|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.
|2013 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
|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
|2014 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.
|2014 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 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 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve, Chateau Rayas
A unique wine - extraordinarily elegant with fantastic complexity.
|2001 Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau, Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe
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
|2012 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?
|2010 Barbera DAlba, Bricco dei Merli, Elvio Cogno
Spends about a year in large Slavonian barrels (not new) and is full of rounded yet structured fruit. The vines are planted high up (520 metres above sea level) in Berri, near La Morra on sandy chalky soil where there is excellent exposure. Yields are low and the wine is very concentrated but the acid is concentrated too and there is great freshness and precision running through the wine.
|2010 Barolo Vigna del Gris, Conterno Fantino
Conterno Fantino is a wine producer based in Piedmont in northwest Italy. It was established by Claudio Conterno and Guido Fantino in 1982, and is based on a hillside close to the village of Monforte d'Alba. The focus of the estate falls to four key grape varieties: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Chardonnay. The estate makes three Barolo DOCG wines from the Ginestra and Mosconi cru vineyards.
|2008 Boca, Le Piane
Christoph Kunzli, originally a Swiss wine importer, was introduced to the tiny and little known region of Boca by Paolo di Marchi, owner of the famous Chianti estate, Isole e Olena in 1998. Located in the highest and most north-eastern part of Piedmont the region has a rich history of winemaking up until the 1950s when investment turned from vineyards to textiles. In the 19th century the Boca region boasted almost 40,000 hectares of vines, but by the 1990s had dwindled to less than 10, leaving it all but abandoned and largely forgotten, with most of the area returning to woodland. Vineyard practices are leading towards becoming biodynamic, as well as non-interventionist in the winery, to make the wines 'by his mouth' rather than by science. Sweet black cherries, grilled herbs, menthol, spices and liquorice all blend together in this beautiful, totally vibrant wine. The balance of focus and power is simply stunning. A small estate that seems to be ratcheting up quality with each passing vintage, and rave reviews. One of the attributes of Nebbiolo-based wines from northern Piedmont is that they are often easy to drink when young, yet also age effortlessly for years, sometimes decades.
|2006 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Case Maté, ELIO GRASSO
And will keep going ? truly one of the great Barolo?s!
|2006 Barolo, Margheria, Massolino
More traditional style, aged Barolo at its best silky almost burgundian!
|1995 Barbaresco, Gaja
A saturated deep ruby colour. This is a stellar Barbaresco and yet another testament to Angelo Gaja's winemaking skills.
|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.
|2014 Outerlimits, MONTES ZAPALLAR VINEYARD - CHILE
Bright fruit, silky tanins and a lingering cherry finish.
|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.
|2012 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 Romanée Conti no less!
|2012 Emma's Block, Rippon Vineyards - Central Otago, NZ
Savoury aromas of redcurrant, spices, cedar and wild herbs. Plush and nicely concentrated, conveying a faintly wild quality to its slightly liqueur-like red berry, spice and earth flavours. This fine-grained Pinot finishes with dusty tannins and good spicy persistence.
|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 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.
|2009 `Tout Pres` By Farr - Geelong, Australia
From their base in Geelong, around 80 kilometres southwest of Melbourne, Gary Farr and his son Nick make small quantities of single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that rank with Australia's best. Gary Farr has made wine in Australia (at Bannockburn) and Burgundy (he worked 10 vintages at Domaine Dujac) since the early 1980s. Classic nose of well-integrated fruit, earth, whole bunch and oak characters. Very fine tannins are supported with plum and spiced fruit with a super long and fine palate. It is tight at the time tasting, well-structured with layer after layer of flavour. This wine speaks of not only its unique site but of the Farr's thumbprint: a steel fist in a velvet glove.
|2009 Old Weka Pass Road - Canterbury, New Zealand
For those avid followers of this wine yes, I have found some 2009 stashed away and my reaction was a bit like a kid at Christmas opening his presents all at once. The sibling to Bell Hill, mostly from younger fruit giving it accessibility early on. Mid ruby red but not especially sweet fruit on the nose. Possibly a hint of leather. Deep fruited on the mid palate but savoury too. Little bit of pepper and hint of stems. Juicy acidity and rounded finish and the fruit comes back at the end. In 2009 only 924 bottles were produced.
|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
Anne Gros has a very simple philosophy, "The goal of the game is to obtain ripe and healthy grapes. I then strive to bring everything together while respecting the integrity of our grapes." This 0.73 hectare single block parcel is situated in the commune of Concoeur just above the village of Vosne-Romanée. Originally bare of any vines, it was planted in stages. (96, 97, 98). Planted on the lower, flatter part, where fossiliferous lava is in great abundance and assures excellent drainage. Stunning!
|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
|2010 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Domaine de Courcel
The domaine is one of the largest holders of Pommard 1er 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
|2009 Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Humbert Frères
|2005 Charmes-Chambertin, Nicolas Potel
|2011 Morey-St-Denis, Domaine Stéphane Magnien
|2002 Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru Riotte, Domaine Taupenot-Merme
|2011 Chambolle Musigny, Domaine Taupenot-Merme
|2011 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru, Domaine François Bertheau
|2000 Vougeot Les Cras 1er Cru, Domaine de la Vougeraie
|2007 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Domaine de Montille
|2003 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts, Maison Champy
|2003 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru En Orveaux, Domaine Sylvian Cathiard
|2013 Nuits-St-Georges Domaine Henri Gouges
|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
Côte de Beaune has a more expansive feel and gentler slopes than the Côte de Nuits. Its Pinot Noirs generally have softness and finesse.
|2014 Aloxe Corton 'Les Valozières' Domaine Gérard Julien
|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 Fremiets, Domaine Comte Armand
|2008 Volnay 1er Cru, Clos de la Cave des Ducs, Benjamin Leroux
|1999 Volnay 1er Cru, Clos Des Chênes, Domaine Potinet-Ampeau
|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.
|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.
|2007 Terriccio, Castello del Terriccio
The 2007 Castello del Terriccio is another striking wine from Terriccio. Blackberries, spices, liquorice, violets and tar are woven together in a seamless fabric of notable elegance and sheer class. The perception of tannin is barely noticeable. You will be tempted to drink this young, but my sense is that the wine will go on for much longer! The blend is 50% Syrah, 25% Petit Verdot and 25% other red grapes. Highly rated in the Wine Advocate Robert Parker.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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
|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.
|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 Petit Verdot, Snowden Vineyards - Napa Valley
Diana Seysses (Snowden) winemaker at Domaine Dujac no less took over the reins at the family estate in 2005. Whether Burgundy influence or feminine touch these wines have a sense of place, not the blockbusters that some produce in Napa and perhaps appeal more to a European palate than to their own domestic market. Whatever it is - there is an undeniable elegance to these wines. The other vital factor is the hillside of this St Helena property. The steepness of the slopes would not ripen the grapes to the level of those on the valley floor, hence these grapes have always been sought after - during the early 1990s they were sold off to Silver Oak, Caymus and Stags Leap. Bottling under the Snowden name began in 1993 but the rapid improvement in quality has happened in the past ten years. Petit Verdot, of which only 66 cases were made is very much in its infancy. This is a massive wine, rich, round and velvety.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|2000 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cyril Henschke - Eden Valley, Australia
Not necessarily the greatest vintage, but still decent, and when it comes to Henschke youre on very safe ground. When last tried the bouquet was flooded with clean, fragrant blackcurrant and cassis fruit; quite lush fruit marks the entry through to the mid palate, then becomes much finer and more elegant towards the finish. A significant success for the vintage. Please let us know your thoughts on this!
|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 Château Moulin Pey-Labrie, Canon-Fronsac
|2005 Château La Garricq, Moulis, Medoc
|2000 Château La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet, Haut-Medoc (Low Stock)
|Bordeaux - Left Bank
|2009 Château Tronquoy Lalande, St Estephe
|2003 Château Cos Labory, Grand Cru Class St Estephe
|2006 Château Tronquoy Lalande, St Estephe
|2005 Château Lafon Rochet, Grand Cru Classé, St Estephe
|2009 Château Moulin-Riche, St-Julien
|2005 Château 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)
|1995 Château Branaire Ducru, Grand Cru Classé
|2009 Vivens, Margaux
|2008 Reserve dAngludet, (Château dAngludet 2nd wine)
|2000 Château La Gurgue, Cru Bourgeois Margaux
|2000 Château Durfort-Vivens, Grand Cru Class Margaux
|2009 Prélude à Grand-Puy Ducasse (Grand-Puy Ducasse 2nd wine)
|2005 Château Grand Puy Lacoste, Grand Cru Class Pauillac
|2003 Château Pontet Canet, Grand Cru Class Pauillac
|1978 Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Grand Cru Class Pauillac
|Bordeaux Right Bank
|2011 Château La Croix Bonneau, Montagne St-Emilion
|2009 Château La Tour du Pin, Grand Cru Class St-Emilion
|2009 Château Petit-Figeac St-Emilion (Chteau Figeac 2nd wine)
|2000 Château Magdelaine, Grand Cru Classé
|2008 Château Les Cruzelles
|2006 Château Bourgneuf, Pomerol
|2005 Château La Grave, Pomerol
|1999 Pensées 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
|2008 Vina Izardi - Rioja Reserva - Big Boy - 5 litres
|2007 Beaune, 1er Cru Sizes de Montille Cote de Beaune
|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
|Sandeman 20 Year Old Tawny Port
|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.
|2015 Jurançon, DOMAINE BELLEGARDE (½ 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 (½ 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.
|2013 Château Doisy-Vedrines, Grand cru Classe SAUTERNES (½ bottle - 375ml)
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 (½ bottle - 375ml)
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 (½ bottle - 375ml)
Intense ruby red colour, with delicate aromas of blackberry jam and spicy hints on the nose. Absolute heavenly match with a rich cholate dessert