Faugères AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/17
Faugères AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/17
Faugères AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/17

Beautiful cherry red hue with dark black tints. Aromas of undergrowth, garrigue and a touch of mint on the first nose. The wine is honest and clean on entry, with notes of game and mushrooms. Spicy notes of thyme, rosemary and lavender come through after the glass is swirled a few times. The tannins are prominent and reveal ripe fruit aromas. This wine has a very strong personality yet expresses itself with finesse and elegance.

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Finca La Emperatriz – Reserva, Rioja DOC, Spain 2012
Finca La Emperatriz – Reserva, Rioja DOC, Spain 2012
Finca La Emperatriz – Reserva, Rioja DOC, Spain 2012

A ruby red wine, very brilliant, with medium to high colour intensity and slightly tinted legs. Very intense on the nose, with initially complex, mineral aromas originating from the soil. This is followed by notes reminiscent of cigar boxes and sweet dairy products, with a hint of black fruits and orange peel; very elegant. Very intense in the mouth; a spirited wine with good acidity and medium strength on the palate. A friendly, enveloping sensation in the mouth, with a fruity and mildly spiced finish. Enjoy with Stews and casseroles.

Bodegas la Emperatriz
Bodegas la Emperatriz is great find. A picturesque estate in the heart of Rioja Alta which has been winning awards since the Paris Universal Exposition of 1878, when it was owned by the last empress of France, Eugenia de Montijo. Now owned by the Hernaiz family since 1996, the estate boasts 67 years old vine Garnacha and Viura, and produces Rioja’s only single estate Crianza. Their wines have proved a huge hit with wine critics across the globe and are widely listed in Madrid’s Michelin starred restaurants.

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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 2016
Guiseppe Campagnola – Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore, Veneto 2016
Guiseppe Campagnola – Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore, Veneto 2016

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, 2017
Gwin Gwyn, White Castle Vineyard, 2017
Gwin Gwyn, White Castle Vineyard, 2017

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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Haut-Montravel AC Cuvée Eloi (50cl), 2011
Haut-Montravel AC Cuvée Eloi (50cl), 2011
Haut-Montravel AC Cuvée Eloi (50cl), 2011

This is Hanaé younger brother Eloi. Produced in a similar style but somewhat lighter with 115grams of residual sugar rather than 170. Still absolutely delicious and will marry fruit tarts to perfection.

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Herdade do Esporão – Quatro Castas, Alentejo, 2016
Herdade do Esporão – Quatro Castas, Alentejo, 2016
Herdade do Esporão – Quatro Castas, Alentejo, 2016

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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La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Branco Terra Alta (organic), 2017
La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Branco Terra Alta (organic), 2017
La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Branco Terra Alta (organic), 2017

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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La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Red, Terra Alta, 2016
La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Red, Terra Alta, 2016
La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Red, Terra Alta, 2016

Savoury, minerally flavours from old vine Garnacha and Cariñena are complemented by the smokiness and backbone of the Syrah and Cabernet. A month’s contact with French Oak staves adds a touch of vanilla and complexity.

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La Bascula – The Charge Rioja DOC, 2014
La Bascula – The Charge Rioja DOC, 2014
La Bascula – The Charge Rioja DOC, 2014

The Charge red is made from grapes from all over the Rioja region – 75% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha. Aromas of berries and warm spices which leads to a palate with beautifully complex dark and spicy fruit and refreshing acidity, balanced by fine vanilla flavours from oak maturation, as well as hints of coffee.

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La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2015/16
La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2015/16
La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2015/16

Purple-red robe. A very expressive nose that opens with notes of chocolate and spice, followed by citrus fruit and white flower aromas. There are also hints of pure fruit, reminiscent of freshly-picked, crushed grapes. On the palate this is a clean and lively wine with subtle notes of small red berries and scrubland herbs. The tannins are elegant, discreet and well-integrated. The balance and originality of this wine gives it its “cuvée rare” status.

Terroir

Clay limestone and blood-red “ruffes” soil typically found in the Terrasses du Larzac.

Jancis Robinson 201617 + / 20 : A sleeping dragon

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Le G de Château Guiraud, 2016
Le G de Château Guiraud, 2016
Le G de Château Guiraud, 2016

– Château Guiraud is one of the few properties to be located within the village of Sauternes itself (the only other being its illustrious neighbour Château Yquem). Alongside sweet wines they also produce an organic dry white.
Fermented in barrel and aged for 7 months on its lees, this wine has great texture and depth. Crisp gooseberries, honey and just a touch of blossom.

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Le G de Château Guiraud, 2017
Le G de Château Guiraud, 2017
Le G de Château Guiraud, 2017

– With its rich expression and assertive personality, the G de Château Guiraud 2017 embodies with brilliance the style and charm of the Château Guiraud brand.
Certified as an estate practicing Organic Agriculture since 2011, Château Guiraud reigns over a prestigious terroir with a wide variety of soils. This rare complexity helps build the style of great wines that seduce each year with their consistently excellent quality.
– Along with an intense aromatic expression, complexity and elegance, the palate also offers the perfect balance of textural density and a zippy, refreshing tension. A beautiful vintage full of flavour, which will radiate in its youth but blossom fully only with age.

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Louis Latour – Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres”, 2016
Louis Latour – Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres”, 2016
Louis Latour – Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres”, 2016

Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.

90 Points James Suckling.

“This is a bright and crisp chardonnay that makes you feel France with sliced lemon, apple and mineral character. Medium-bodied, crisp and delicious. Drink me.”

The village of Lugny is located high up in the South of the Mâcon region. It has a great reputation for its white wines which has made Mâcon famous. It is well known that the village of Lugny, with its limestone soils and warm climate, produces the most coveted white wines of the region. The vineyard of « Les Genièvres » is one of the best. Maison Louis Latour selects the best grapes of this village, which thanks to its terroir, was the only village planted with Chardonnay 30 years ago.
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Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/16
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/16
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/16

The colour is an intense crimson with purple hints. In the mouth it is powerful but with a soft finish. Notes of ripe fruits, prunes and dried figs cover the taste buds after the first mouthful.

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Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“Some leathery, clove-like notes spice up this solidly built Pinot. Hints of briar add more complexity to the cherry fruit, before some drying tannins take over on the finish. Rather than aging this to mellow the tannins, try it alongside beef or lamb instead.” J.C.  (7/1/2015)

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2013
This wine highlights the slightly cooler season with lovely perfumed dark red forest berries and cherry fruits along with a hint of dried herb, adding complexity. The wine has a sweet berry entry which displays these same characters in abundance. Lovely ripe textural tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine. These are balanced by the wine’s acidity and fruit, to produce a long fruit-driven finish.

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Mt Difficulty Wines
Established in 1992, Mt Difficulty Wines is home to some of Central Otago’s oldest and most revered vineyards. Situated along Felton Road in the famous sub-region of Bannockburn, Central Otago, this unique area of extremes is ideally suited to crafting wines that speak with a sense of place. “Our philosophy combines ethical viticulture with minimal intervention allowing the wine to express its personality and reflect its home.”

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Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2016/17
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2016/17
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2016/17

This wine has aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of stonefruit, melon and green mango. These characters are richly replicated on the palate, with a full textured mid palate and an off-dry finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast (2011 vintage)
“Loaded with fruit—apricot, pineapple and passion fruit—this is an attractive, medium-bodied Pinot Gris with just a hint of sweetness. Enjoy it over the next year.” J.C.  (8/1/2012)

Product Information

Mt Difficulty Wines
Established in 1992, Mt Difficulty Wines is home to some of Central Otago’s oldest and most revered vineyards. Situated along Felton Road in the famous sub-region of Bannockburn, Central Otago, this unique area of extremes is ideally suited to crafting wines that speak with a sense of place. “Our philosophy combines ethical viticulture with minimal intervention allowing the wine to express its personality and reflect its home.”

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NePriCa PugliaI GT, Tormaresca, 2016
NePriCa PugliaI GT, Tormaresca, 2016
NePriCa PugliaI GT, Tormaresca, 2016

Named after the grapes in the blend (Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon), this easygoing, savory wine doles out juicy blackberry, black currant, black cherry and a hint of licorice with soft, round tannins.

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No Stone Unturned, 2015
No Stone Unturned, 2015
No Stone Unturned, 2015

The wine comes from the very best plots of our friend Pepe Fuster’s stone covered 26 hectare vineyard in Terra Alta in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain. The Garnacha vines are nearly 50 years old and this age gives the wine great concentration an complexity of dark, spicy, blackberry fruit which has been seasoned and enhanced by 10 months in the finest new Dargaud & Jaegle oak barrels from France.

£16.75 Add to cart
Petit Chablis Domaine du Colombier 2016
Petit Chablis Domaine du Colombier 2016
Petit Chablis Domaine du Colombier 2016

The Petit Chablis 2016 from the Domaine du Colombier vineyards, in Burgundy, France is a fine example of affordable Chardonnay. Crisp, mineral, green and flinty the Petit Chablis 2016 is everything you want from this region.Unoaked, lively and light, with the purity of all good Chablis, partner this fruity and slightly buttery release with seafood – particularly shellfish and crab – or mild, soft cheeses.A growing and successful Domaine that is making some great Chablis, Guy Mothe and son Thierry make wine with the greatest of respect for traditional Burgundian methods, allied to the advantages of modern techniques. Add to that great passion and love of the work, and the result is white Burgundy of the highest quality at an affordable price.

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Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013
Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013
Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013

Intense yellow color with gold tints. The nose is very expressive and reveals intense aromas of honey, gingerbread and wood. The palate is rich with deep and intense aromas. Exotic fruits mixed with spices and a touch of sweet liqueur. Very fresh.

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Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013

A well balanced, vibrant Pinot Noir, showing a complexity that belies the age of the vines. Garnet in colour, the wine offers aromas of raspberries and strawberries.

The palate is smooth, medium bodied, with bold fruit characters balanced well with the subtle oak influence.

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