Dr Loosen – Riesling Beerenauslese, 2013 (18.7cl)
Dr Loosen – Riesling Beerenauslese, 2013 (18.7cl)
Dr Loosen – Riesling Beerenauslese, 2013 (18.7cl)

The hand-selected, botrytised grapes (affected by ‘Noble Rot’) are grown only in estate-owned vineyards. The resulting extremely concentrated juice makes luscious, ripe, racy, mineral-inflected wine that, though sweet, remains crisp and lively.

 

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E. Guigal – Côtes du Rhône Rouge, 2012
E. Guigal – Côtes du Rhône Rouge, 2012
E. Guigal – Côtes du Rhône Rouge, 2012

Deep and dark red. Shiny. Aromas of fresh fruits with red berries and spices. Full, round and racy. Rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensely aromatic wine.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“A perennial favorite, it’s reassuring to see that the quality continues to remain high even from Guigal’s least expensive cuvée. Red fruits—cherries and raspberries—marry easily with hints of clove, cracked pepper, black olive and espresso. It’s round on the midpalate, showing more focus and ample length on the finish.” J.C.  (2/1/2015)

Soil type Varied soil, sediment, limestone, granite. Pebbles and Alluvia.

Grape variety 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre.

Average age of vines 35 years.

Winemaking Traditional winemakeing methods, temperature controlled fermentation. Long soaking on the skins.

Ageing 1 ½ years in oak foudres.

Average yield 41 Hl / hectare.

Average annual production 3.500.000 bottles.

Tasting Eye : Deep and dark red. Shiny.
Nose : Fresh fruits with red berries and spices.
Palate : Full, round and racy. Rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensly aromatic wine.
Overall : Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit.

E Guigal.

The Guigal Estate was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, a small ancient village and cradle of the Côte-Rôtie appellation. It shelters a unique vineyard where the vines and the wines have been famous for 2,400 years. Arriving in 1924 at 14 years old, the founder vinfied 67 harvests in Côte-Rôtie and, at the beginning of his career, took part in the development of Vidal-Fleury establishment.

In 1961, although still very young, Marcel Guigal took over management of the Establishment beside his father who was stricken suddenly with total blindness. In 1973, his wife Bernadette joined him and they worked together to develop the family business. In 1975, their son Philippe was born. Today he is the Estate’s winemaker. With his wife Eve by his side, he represents the third generation and continues the family work in the service of the Great Wines of the Rhône Valley.

Since 1946, hard work and perseverence have born fruit and certain events attest to this, notably the purchase of the Vidal-Fleury Establishment in the mid ‘80s. Although belonging to the Guigal Estate, Vidal Fleury maintains commercial and technical autonomy.

Ten years later in 1995 the estate acquired the famous Château d’Ampuis, an important historic and oenological monument whose long history is directly linked to the Côte-Rôtie appellation. An ancient fort built in the 12th century, it was transformed into a Renaissance château in the 16th century. The château is situated amongst the vines and bordered by the king of rivers: the Rhône.

The Château d’Ampuis has become the headquarters of the Guigal Estate whilst the offices and the cellars remain in the ancient small village of Ampuis.

In 2001, the Guigal Estate expanded through the purchase of both the Jean-Louis GRIPPAT Estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage and the VALLOUIT Estate in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

The GUIGAL Estate vinifies and ages the wines of the Southern Rhône appellations in its cellars in Ampuis. The wines of the great Southern appellations Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône are also aged in these cellars.

In 2006, the Guigal family acquired the Domaine de Bonserine and supports its development although it remains independent from the GUIGAL Estate.

We are not very far from the first few square metres of the small cellar where Etienne Guigal first laboured, but today there are 3 hectares of cellars and galleries which house barrels, tanks and vats. The history and the soul of the Guigal family are clearly present in these cellars which discretely house the most exceptional wines.

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Echeverria – Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Curicó Valley, 2015
Echeverria – Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Curicó Valley, 2015
Echeverria – Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Curicó Valley, 2015

Deep black cherry. Intense fruit aromas with notes of spices and delicate toast. Excellent balance and round structure. Soft and mature tannins provide a great finesse to the palate. Spicy and toasty flavours combine with hints of vanilla and chocolate.

89 Points Wine Enthusiast (2012 vintage)

Aromas of cheesy oak, jammy berry and cassis are ripe and a touch raisiny. A wide, full-bodied palate shows scratchy tannins, while core flavors of blackberry and cassis feature mild but present oak in front of a tannic finish. Drink through 2020. M.S.  (3/1/2015)

Product Information (2009 vintage)

Viña Echeverria is a long established Chilean estate winery fully owned and managed by the Echeverria family. Our vineyards and winery are located on the outskirts of the town of Molina, Curicó Valley, the wine heartland of Chile. We produce fine wines with a commitment to quality and excellence attainable only in a truly family run enterprise.

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Echeverria – Unwooded Chardonnay Classic Collection, 2016
Echeverria – Unwooded Chardonnay Classic Collection, 2016
Echeverria – Unwooded Chardonnay Classic Collection, 2016

A Chardonnay unlike any other in the New World. This is a hand-crafted wine without any trace of oak influence. Aromas of tropical fruits and pears intermingle with mouth-watering acidity, while the wine retains a lovely round feel on the palate.

86 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“Apple and peach aromas are dusty and lightly tropical. With no oak, fruit is all you get in this Chardonnay; flavors of apple, nectarine and melon run clean, sweet and ripe, while the finish is mellow and lands smack in the middle of the fairway.” M.S. (8/1/2014)

Product Information (2012 vintage)

Viña Echeverria is a long established Chilean estate winery fully owned and managed by the Echeverria family. Our vineyards and winery are located on the outskirts of the town of Molina, Curicó Valley, the wine heartland of Chile. We produce fine wines with a commitment to quality and excellence attainable only in a truly family run enterprise.

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Esporão Branco Reserva DOC Alentejo 2015
Esporão Branco Reserva DOC Alentejo 2015
Esporão Branco Reserva DOC Alentejo 2015

Intense aromas of ripe tangerine and apricot with subtle notes of toast and smoke from barrel fermentation. Complex, creamy, well balanced palate showing full fruit flavours and mineral notes with a long and fresh finish.

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Esporão Tinto Reserva DOC Alentejo 2014
Esporão Tinto Reserva DOC Alentejo 2014

Deep dark red colour. Intense spicy aroma of mature red berry fruits with discrete oak complexity. Compact, elegant, dense and creamy. Firm tannins offering structure for bottle maturation.

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Fairfields – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2015
Fairfields – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2015
Fairfields – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2015

A delicious crisp dry white wine with vibrant fresh herbal aromas with ripe gooseberry overtones.

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Familia Schroeder – Malbec Alpataco, 2015
Familia Schroeder – Malbec Alpataco, 2015
Familia Schroeder – Malbec Alpataco, 2015

Deep, saturated blackish-ruby hue. Ripe licorice and plummy black fruit aromas carry an integrated, sweet-vanilla oak accent. A firm entry leads a structured, full-bodied palate with grippy, ripe tannins and god depth of fruit. A pure, balanced style with a lengthy finish.

86 Points Wine Enthusiast (2011 vintage)
“A purple tint and aromas of black fruits, graphite, toast and minerally crispness set the bar high, but in the mouth and on the palate things are less impressive. There’s a raw, acidic bite despite oaky creaminess, while flavors of wild berry and herbs finish a bit green.” M.S.  (12/31/2013)

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Familia Schroeder – Malbec Saurus Select, 2013
Familia Schroeder – Malbec Saurus Select, 2013
Familia Schroeder – Malbec Saurus Select, 2013

This Malbec features an intense dark purplish red that shows maturity. On the nose it is complex – ripe red fruit aromas such as currants, plums and sour cherries melt with some spicy hints. Due to ageing in oak casks some vanilla, bitter chocolate and coffee notes are shown. The mouth-feel is pleasant and well balanced. The long, lingering finish is dominated by sweet, velvety tannins.

89 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (2010 vintage).
“The 2010 Saurus Select Malbec is a little reticent on the nose despite coaxing. The palate is medium-bodied with a terse, saline-tinged entry. It does not really build in the mouth, although there is a keen thread of acidity and pleasant smoky notes towards the controlled, reserved finish.” Drink now-2016.

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Familia Schroeder – Pinot Noir Alpataco, 2014
Familia Schroeder – Pinot Noir Alpataco, 2014
Familia Schroeder – Pinot Noir Alpataco, 2014

Deeply perfumed aromas with notes of black cherry, redcurrant, summer fruit and plenty of power, spice and a silky balance. Sweet tannins and balanced acidity with fine notes of vanilla and cocoa powder.

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Familia Schroeder – Rosa de los Vientos Rosé Nature, NV
Familia Schroeder – Rosa de los Vientos Rosé Nature, NV
Familia Schroeder – Rosa de los Vientos Rosé Nature, NV

Boutique winery producing top fizz. Vibrant pink colour with tiny persistent bubbles. Delicate ripe red fruits and complex yeasts aromas. Dry, fruity, fresh, with good body and persistent aftertaste.

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Familia Schroeder – Saurus Barrel Fermented Malbec, 2012
Familia Schroeder – Saurus Barrel Fermented Malbec, 2012
Familia Schroeder – Saurus Barrel Fermented Malbec, 2012

Deep red colour with some hint of violet. Full ripened fruit aromas with strong plum and cassis gently backed with floral and spiced nuances. Delicate hints of vanilla and chocolate, a soft and elegant wine with a long lingering finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“Dark, piercing, crusty black fruit aromas suggest burnt toast and lemon, and although there’s a lemony bite to the palate, once it airs out chunky black fruit flavors take over. Not a thriller but it’s pure and clean. Textbook mid-to-upper-level Malbec with some flair. M.S.”  (8/1/2010)

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Familia Schroeder – Saurus Select Pinot Noir, 2014
Familia Schroeder – Saurus Select Pinot Noir, 2014
Familia Schroeder – Saurus Select Pinot Noir, 2014

Deep red tones to the eye and the nose has plenty of floral aromas, like roses and violets combined with red fruit scents such as red currants, raspberries and strawberries. Mushrooms and mineral aromas stand out together with some vanilla and cocoa notes. This medium-bodied Pinot Noir presents ultra fine tannins and fruity nuances that wave through a finish of superior depth and dimension.

88 Points Wine Spectator
“This red shows good concentration to its dried cherry and roasted plum flavors, extending with mocha notes. Milk chocolate and sandalwood details chime in on the finish. Drink now.” – Kim Marcus, Apr 30, 2014

Commended, Decanter World Wine Awards (2013 vintage)
“A fruit forward wine with sour cherries and red berries nose and a clean finish.”

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Floc de Gascogne AOC Blanc, Marquis de Papolle
Floc de Gascogne AOC Blanc, Marquis de Papolle
Floc de Gascogne AOC Blanc, Marquis de Papolle

Nose of red fruits, mature, pronounced color.
Smooth mouth revealing in a fine Armagnac.

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Guiseppe Campagnola – Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore, Veneto 2014
Guiseppe Campagnola – Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore, Veneto 2014
Guiseppe Campagnola – Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore, Veneto 2014

Deep ruby red colour. Elegant, complex aromas of ripe fruit. In the mouth, soft, rich flavours typical of the best Valpolicella, lengthening into a pleasantly bitterish finish.

89 Points Wine Enthusiast (2011 vintage)
“Mouthfuls of black cherry, raspberry, nutmeg and cinnamon abound in this wine. It boasts a beautiful structure coupled with elegant freshness. Drink now through the next few years.” K.O.  (11/1/2013)

87 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“The 2011 Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore shows a delicate and almost ethereal side to Ripasso that is otherwise very difficult to find in this category of hearty Italian red wine. Leather, tobacco, spicy oak and molasses frame lighter nuances of forest berry and cassis. The mouthfeel is crisp and lean.”

Product Information

Region
Valpolicella, Verona, Veneto.

Grapes
Corvina Veronese and Corvinone Veronese 80%, Rondinella 20%. Bunches are hand picked.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“The Giuseppe Campagnola brand has existed since 1907 and has seen five generations at the helm of its winemaking operations. Today, the estate buys fruit from more than 50 growers who collectively farm 80 hectares in the area, 30 of which are located in Valpolicella. The Campagnola brand refers to various wines made in the Verona area and the Caterina Zardini brand is specifically for wines made in Valpolicella.”

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Gwin Gwyn, White Castle Vineyard, 2015
Gwin Gwyn, White Castle Vineyard, 2015
Gwin Gwyn, White Castle Vineyard, 2015

A dry delicate white wine made from a selected blend of Phoenix & Siegerrebe grape varieties. Floral aromas of elderflower and ripe citrus fruits on the palate.

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Heights of the Charge Rueda DO Verdejo & Viura, 2014
Heights of the Charge Rueda DO Verdejo & Viura, 2014
Heights of the Charge Rueda DO Verdejo & Viura, 2014

This wine is made with traditional grape varieties of Verdejo and Viura; it has a lemony freshness and tropical fruit character with a complexity and creaminess from 50% oak fermentation in a mix of American and French barrels.

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Herdade do Esporão – Quatro Castas, Alentejo, 2014
Herdade do Esporão – Quatro Castas, Alentejo, 2014
Herdade do Esporão – Quatro Castas, Alentejo, 2014

Deep colour and intense. Aroma scented with berries, ensnared in subtle spicy notes.Solid and dense palate with creamy texture, highlighting the ripe fruit wrapped in fine tannins give it structure and a long and elegant finish.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast.

“Still young and showing fresh fruitiness, this wine needs time to calm down and broaden out. Made of four classic varieties in the Esporão vineyard, it’s dense, stalky and still full of tannins. Give this wine until 2016.”

 

Product Information (2012 vintage)

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Herdade do Esporão – Verdelho “V”, Alentejo, 2015
Herdade do Esporão – Verdelho “V”, Alentejo, 2015
Herdade do Esporão – Verdelho “V”, Alentejo, 2015

Brilliant pale lemon yellow. Fruit forward wine showing notes of citrus fruits, mango and passion fruit. Well balanced, elegant and intense.

86 Points Wine Spectator

“As fresh as can be, this is a bright, lively and lightly perfumed wine. It has grapefruit, apricot fruit and a touch of minerality. Drink through 2015.”

This unique, balanced, aromatic varietal expresses the true potential of this variety allied to the Estate’s complex soil geology and climatic conditions. Clear, pale straw with green hues. Vibrant grassy aroma with tropical and citric fruit notes of lime and grapefruit. The palate is fresh and elegant with mineral notes and a clean acid finish which is long and persistent.

 

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Herdade do Esporão – Duas Castas, Alentejo, 2015
Herdade do Esporão – Duas Castas, Alentejo, 2015
Herdade do Esporão – Duas Castas, Alentejo, 2015

Pale lemon colour. An elegant and refreshing white wine with notes of citrus fruits and green apples. Lovely concentration and a pleasant finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast

“Duas Castas, two grapes, is a blend of Gouveio and Antão Vaz. Together they give a smooth, fruity wine, tangy in orange zest and bright acidity. The wine has weight and richness, with delicious hints of white peach to finish.”

Located in the heart of the Alentejo region, the Herdade do Esporão Estate was established in 1267. Having passed through various families and Counts of the region, the property has been owned by the Roquette family since 1973.  Their first wine was bottled in 1985.

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Koshu Kayagatake, Grace, 2015
Koshu Kayagatake, Grace, 2015
Koshu Kayagatake, Grace, 2015

Bright, transparent lemon yellow with a tinge of green. Impression of cool climate green apples and herbs  on the nose, with a yeasty and dried leaf nuances wrapping at the back. Refreshing acidity balanced by a hint  of sweetness.

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L’Instant K, AC Côtes de Provence, Vignoble Kennel, 2015
L’Instant K, AC Côtes de Provence, Vignoble Kennel, 2015
L’Instant K, AC Côtes de Provence, Vignoble Kennel, 2015

Fine and delicate floral notes. Cherries and blackcurrants on the palate with a hint of spice. Enjoy lightly chilled.

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La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Branco Terra Alta (organic), 2015
La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Branco Terra Alta (organic), 2015
La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Branco Terra Alta (organic), 2015

Catalan Eagle white is 70% Garnacha Blanca, 20% Viognier and 10% Roussanne. Pale straw colour with an aromatic nose of peach, pear and hints of spice. On the palate, the wine is medium to full bodied, with a refreshing acidity and elements of peach, apricot and lime zest.

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