Chateau Rousseau de Sipian, Cru Bourgeois, 2008
Chateau Rousseau de Sipian, Cru Bourgeois, 2008
Chateau Rousseau de Sipian, Cru Bourgeois, 2008

This wine has a nose of bramble fruit, cedar and a touch of tobacco. A deep red appearance, firm rich dry tannin and good length on the palate. Soft and rounded. A lovely elegant claret.

The Grand Vin of Château Rousseau de Sipian is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot coming from the parcels with the best exposure.   The grapes are picked by hand when they reach optimal maturity then vinified in accordance with the quality potential of each vintage.   Afterwards the blended wines are aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months.  Finally, at the end of this period a meticulous selection of the different lots is made and the wine now finished is bottled.

Production: 60.000 bouteilles
“Deep red colour, classic style. Notes of rich fruit cake and forest fruits on the palate with integrated ripe tannins and a long finish.” – Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Award 2013 

Silver Medal – Concours de Bordeaux 2011
Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge 2011

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Chateau Rousseau de Sipian, Cru Bourgeois, 2011
Chateau Rousseau de Sipian, Cru Bourgeois, 2011
Chateau Rousseau de Sipian, Cru Bourgeois, 2011

This wine has a nose of bramble fruit, cedar and a touch of tobacco. A deep red appearance, firm rich dry tannin and good length on the palate. Soft and rounded. A lovely elegant claret.

The Grand Vin of Château Rousseau de Sipian is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot coming from the parcels with the best exposure.   The grapes are picked by hand when they reach optimal maturity then vinified in accordance with the quality potential of each vintage.   Afterwards the blended wines are aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months.  Finally, at the end of this period a meticulous selection of the different lots is made and the wine now finished is bottled.
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Chocolate Box “Dark Chocolate” Shiraz by Rocland, 2015
Chocolate Box “Dark Chocolate” Shiraz by Rocland, 2015
Chocolate Box “Dark Chocolate” Shiraz by Rocland, 2015

On the nose there are strong aromas of coffee chocolate, blackberries and spice which is supported by sweet vanilla oak. On the palate, this wine is textured, powdery tannins and dark chocolate beneath a pastiche of coffee, apricot and liquorice.

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Clarendelle inspired by Haut-Brion, Bordeaux AOC, 2010
Clarendelle inspired by Haut-Brion, Bordeaux AOC, 2010
Clarendelle inspired by Haut-Brion, Bordeaux AOC, 2010

A rich, ripe core of dark fruit, tobacco, leather and spices, cassis, plum and cedar too. A wonderful blend of classic Bordeaux styling with modern fruit purity.

Impressive generosity of flavour (delicious, rich dark fruits) with elegant structure, the greatness of the vaunted 2010 vintage is confirmed at every point from the succulent entry to the long, fine finish. Supported by a velvety bed of fine ripe tannins with a spine of juicy acid and liquorice spice, it’s approaching its very best drinking – released at 5 years old, it will only improve over the next 5 years.

90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“This wine, which is a blend of the three basic varietals planted in Bordeaux – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc – is a major sleeper of the vintage and far exceeded my expectations, and that, of course, is all good news. Lots of red and black currant fruit, licorice, spice and soft tannins have resulted in a silky, opulently styled wine that far exceeds its humble origins and appellation. Drink it over the its first decade of life, although the position of Prince Robert is to release this wine only when it is showing some maturity, as their target market is largely consumers desiring immediate gratification and restaurants seeking similar qualities. (RP)”

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Clos Louis – ‘Louison & Leopoldine’, Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon, France 2014
Clos Louis – ‘Louison & Leopoldine’, Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon, France 2014
Clos Louis – ‘Louison & Leopoldine’, Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon, France 2014

A tiny organic vineyard with pre-phylloxeric vines owned by Pascal and Sophie Lucin Douteau. ‘Louison & Leopoldine’ is their second wine; with a high proportion of Cabernet Franc it has a charm and elegance and is drinking wonderfully right now.

Red cherry with hints of mint, creamy and smooth on the palate. Expressive and with fine depth of flavour – a good find.’ – www.bordeaux.com

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Domaine Faiveley – La Framboisiere, Mercurey 2015
Domaine Faiveley – La Framboisiere, Mercurey 2015
Domaine Faiveley – La Framboisiere, Mercurey 2015

Domaine Faiveley

Domaine Faiveley is located in France, at the heart of Viticultural Burgundy, between Dijon and Beaune in Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Historically based in the Côte de Nuits capital, the Faiveley family has progressively extended its domaine and today owns vineyards in the finest climats in Burgundy – Gevrey-Chambertin, Pommard, Volnay, Puligny-Montrachet, Mercurey and others.
The Wine

To maintain all the freshness and quality of the grapes they were pressed and vinified on site in Mercurey. The wine was then taken to Nuits-Saint-Georges to be matured, in part, in oak barrels for 12 to 14 months, in nineteenth century vaulted cellars which provide ideal conditions for raising wines. The barrels come from high quality barrel makers and have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast.

An aromatic nose which mixes red and black fruit with spice and a touch of smoke. Round and fleshy in the mouth (medium body) with velvety tannins and a lively freshness; flavours of raspberry and other very ripe red fruits. An early-drinking style. Enjoy with charcuterie, ham or game.

‘Cask sample. Mid cherry red. Deliciously fragrant with red fruit. It may be auto-suggestion but there’s raspberry fruit in here. A touch smoky but fine with freshness to the end. Juicy, lively.’16.5/20, Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, January 2017

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Domaine Octavie – Touraine Sauvignon, 2016
Domaine Octavie – Touraine Sauvignon, 2016
Domaine Octavie – Touraine Sauvignon, 2016

Full-flavoured and clean Sauvignon Blanc, made natures’ way. The producers strive to keep everything in balance thus limiting the need for artificial controls. The quality rivals most Sancerre but this wine is a fraction of the price-tag.

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

The Mosel Region

The Mosel’s steep, southfacing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the sun. Generally cool conditions allow the grapes to ripen slowly for maximum flavor development while retaining bright acidity.

 

Riesling Beerenauslese “BA”

Beerenauslese (“berry select”) is a rich, honeyed dessert wine made from grapes that have been partially shriveled by the botrytis fungus, also known as “Noble Rot.” These extremely concentrated, moldy grapes are painstakingly separated from the unaffected fruit and vinified to make one of Germany’s most prized vinous treasures.

 

The legal minimum for BA must weight is 110° Oechsle, but at Dr. Loosen it usually starts with a minimum of 120° Oechsle (28 Brix). This Beerenauslese, exclusively from estate-owned vineyards, has a juicy mouthful of ripe fruits with a finish that is long and satisfying, but never heavy. It is perfect as an aperitif, with rich foods like foie gras, or with creamy desserts featuring fresh fruits.

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Dr. Loosen – Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany 2015
Dr. Loosen – Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany 2015
Dr. Loosen – Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany 2015

Bernkasteler Lay (pronounced LIE) is situated between the Dr. Loosen estate house and the village of Bernkastel. The soil is predominantly slate, but is heavier and deeper than in the neighboring villages of Wehlen and Graach. This site also has a slightly gentler slope than the estate’s other vineyards. It produces richly textured, assertive wines.

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Dr. Loosen – Red Slate Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2015
Dr. Loosen – Red Slate Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2015
Dr. Loosen – Red Slate Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2015

THE MOSEL REGION

Located in far western Germany, the Mosel valley’s steep, southfacing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the sun. The cool climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly while retaining bright acidity.

RIESLING DRY RED SLATE

This dry Riesling is produced with fruit from estate-owned vineyards in the red slate soils found in the villages of Ürzig, Erden, Lösnich and Kinheim. It is fermented in the traditional style in 3,000-liter, neutral oak casks and kept on the full lees for 12 months. The extended lees contact stabilizes the wine naturally and gives it time to develop a harmonious balance.

THE 2015 VINTAGE

‘Under close to perfect conditions, we were able to harvest grapes with optimal must weights and acidity levels, producing wines in all quality levels. The vintage also gave us excellent yields, with a beautiful balance of ripeness and acidity. The wines are dense and concentrated, but with the delicate and graceful style of the Mosel.’

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Dr. Loosen – Sekt, Mosel, Germany NV
Dr. Loosen – Sekt, Mosel, Germany NV
Dr. Loosen – Sekt, Mosel, Germany NV

Sparkling wine has a long, rich tradition in Germany, where it has been called “Sekt” since the late 1800s. Germans are the biggest consumers of sparkling wine in the world, and most of the Sekt they produce is sold at home.

Dr. L Sparkling Riesling is 100% pure Riesling — the crisp, fruity grape that has made German wine famous for centuries. It is made using the Charmat method, where the second fermentation is done in a pressurized tank to keep the bubbles in the wine. This method produces bright, clean sparkling wines in a more affordable way, which makes it possible to offer this charming bubbler at a very nice everyday price.

 

FROM THE PRESS

“Exuberant green floral perfume, melon and peach abound on this profoundly aromatic

sparkler. It’s delicate in mousse with soft, persistent bubbles and deeply penetrating flavors

of stone fruit and tangerine. Vibrant and spine-tingling, it’s a remarkably elegant sekt with a

gentle price tag.” — 91 pts, Wine Enthusiast, April 2016.

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E. Guigal – Côtes du Rhône Rouge, 2013
E. Guigal – Côtes du Rhône Rouge, 2013
E. Guigal – Côtes du Rhône Rouge, 2013

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, 2016
Echeverria – Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Curicó Valley, 2016
Echeverria – Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Curicó Valley, 2016

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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Esk Valley – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2016
Esk Valley – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2016
Esk Valley – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2016

This is a very intense and powerful wine. True to its Marlborough origins, its flavours are a mix of ripe tropical fruits, citrus and cooler notes of green fruits and fresh herbs. It is rich and full bodied but a crisp dry finish provides freshness and length.

Enjoy with fish, shellfish, salads and oriental dishes.

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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, 2016
Fairfields – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2016
Fairfields – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2016

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

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Familia Schroeder – Malbec Alpataco, 2016
Familia Schroeder – Malbec Alpataco, 2016
Familia Schroeder – Malbec Alpataco, 2016

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, 2015
Familia Schroeder – Pinot Noir Alpataco, 2015
Familia Schroeder – Pinot Noir Alpataco, 2015

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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