Faugères AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015
Faugères AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015
Faugères AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015

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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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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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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Krug Grande Cuvée NV
Krug Grande Cuvée NV
Krug Grande Cuvée NV

A gleaming gold colour, an extravagantly expansive bouquet, an almost creamy texture. Then, an explosion of flavours, at once mellow and mature, crisp and clean. Notes of toast, soft spices, dried fruit and candied fruits.

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

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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Merlot VdP du Périgord Domaine de Mayat, 2015
Merlot VdP du Périgord Domaine de Mayat, 2015
Merlot VdP du Périgord Domaine de Mayat, 2015

Francis Lagarde, close to Bergerac, makes truly great wines. Warm, garnet colour enhanced by soft plumy fruits. Medium to full bodied displaying smooth and round overtones and a lingering finish.

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Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016
Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016
Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016

Plummy dark fruit flavours combine with subtle toasty notes. A medium to full bodied wine, displaying smooth overtones and a lingering finish.

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Merlot, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2016
Merlot, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2016
Merlot, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2016

Soft and elegant with ripe damson fruit character, subtle tannin and a long elegant finish.

£7.95 Add to cart
Meursault AOC “Les Luchets” Domaine Coche-Bizouard, 2011
Meursault AOC “Les Luchets” Domaine Coche-Bizouard, 2011
Meursault AOC “Les Luchets” Domaine Coche-Bizouard, 2011

Beautiful yellow color with emerald rim. Fine wine with a rich, full-bodied taste. After decantation gradually revealed bright mineral shades, tones of juicy fruit, honey, flowers and spices. Superb finish stunning length.

£37.50 Add to cart
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014/15
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014/15
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014/15

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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Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010
Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010
Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010

Maison Louis Jadot Monthélie is a very fruity wine developing red fruits and cherries aromas. It is a well structured wine with good tannins. It is quite a powerful yet still very delicate wine. It will be a perfect partner for red meats (roasted, grilled or in sauce) as well as cheeses.

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Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1971
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1971
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1971

Deep orange gold. This has an attractive and complex baked apple nose with hints if spice and caramel. The palate is complex, powerful and concentrate and is distinguished by the high level of acidity. Highly textured, with a russet-apple and quince like presence, this is still positively youthful.It has been preserved by the acidity and will continue to hold for years to come. It deserves to be in the cellar of all true Chenin lovers.

£61.95 Add to cart
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1996
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1996
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1996

Polished, deep yellow-gold. The nose is muted and withdrawn, we suspect this showed some reduction in its youth, but has since emerged. The palate is light on entry but builds well to a relatively powerful finish. There is some complexityhare, with the wine developing some calvados like flavours.

£37.50 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.

£15.95 Add to cart
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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Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche Calmel & Joseph 2016/17
Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche Calmel & Joseph 2016/17
Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche Calmel & Joseph 2016/17

Tasting Note
A clean, bright appearance, with the lightest hint of green. The nose is intense, with notes of white blossom, citrus fruit (kiwi) and fresh mint. On the palate it is generous, mouth-filling and well-balanced, with a mineral finish. Elegant and easy-drinking in its youth, this wine will age well, developing notes of spice and a certain iodine/saline character. A Picpoul de Pinet that could grace a dining table or be enjoyed as an aperitif, with seafood or cheese.

 

Jancis Robinson 2016 15 / 20 : Crisp and clean, melon and papaya!

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Pouilly-Fuissé AOC, Louis Jadot, 2016
Pouilly-Fuissé AOC, Louis Jadot, 2016
Pouilly-Fuissé AOC, Louis Jadot, 2016

Emerald gold tones which reflect a wine of finesse and distinction; the tasting is harmonious, fresh, full of flavours with hazelnuts, toasted almonds, grapefruit and lemon aromas.

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Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015

Tasting Note
This wine is made from a blend of grapes, 70% of which come from vines planted on a clay-limestone soil and 30% from vines planted on schist. Deep red hue. Intense on the nose with harmonious ripe aromas: cherries mingling with plums and slightly peaty notes. It is clean and straightforward on the palate with a nice hint of bitterness which lifts the finish which has an iodized touch. The wine is tauter than the preceding vintage. Lovely overall balance and a gorgeous tannic grain. A lovely vintage best appreciated in the next 7-8 years.

 

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Saint-Joseph Blanc, E. Guigal, 2014
Saint-Joseph Blanc, E. Guigal, 2014
Saint-Joseph Blanc, E. Guigal, 2014

Light yellow. Ripe citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complicated by suggestions of dusty minerals and white flowers and ginger. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering intense, nicely concentrated tangerine and bitter pear skin flavors and a hint of honeysuckle. Shows very good energy and lift on the finish, which repeats the floral and ginger notes

£22.50 Add to cart