Champagne Gruet Brut Cuvée Tradition (37.5cl)
Champagne Gruet Brut Cuvée Tradition (37.5cl)
Champagne Gruet Brut Cuvée Tradition (37.5cl)

Mainly Pinot Noir. Generous and well structured, elegant with soft full flavour and very good length. A classic example of how a small Champagne house can produce a quality bubbly.

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Champagne Gruet Brut Cuvée Tradition (Magnum)
Champagne Gruet Brut Cuvée Tradition (Magnum)
Champagne Gruet Brut Cuvée Tradition (Magnum)

Mainly Pinot Noir. Generous and well structured, elegant with soft full flavour and very good length. A classic example of how a small Champagne house can produce a quality bubbly.

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Champagne Mandois – Blanc de Blancs Brut Premier Cru, 2010
Champagne Mandois – Blanc de Blancs Brut Premier Cru, 2010
Champagne Mandois – Blanc de Blancs Brut Premier Cru, 2010

100% Chardonnay, this is a crisp Champagne with fantastic depth of flavour and a long, biscuity finish. Light yellow with green tints. Refined, mature nose blending brioche, mineral and toast notes backed by delicate fruit. The palate shows seductively refined texture, ethereal fullness, freshness and minerality.

 

Product Information (2010 vintage)

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Champagne Mandois – Brut Rosé Grande Réserve, NV
Champagne Mandois – Brut Rosé Grande Réserve, NV
Champagne Mandois – Brut Rosé Grande Réserve, NV

Wonderful salmon colour, bouquet of red fruits with strawberries abundant, delicate but full on the palate.

Dressed in a white bottle, the Brut Rosé Grande Réserve is elaborated with a blending of “rosée de saignée” and traditional rosé.

On one side, the “rosée de saignée” adds an aromatic and generous bouquet to the red fruits’ notes on the palate. On the other side, the traditional rosé demonstrates the finesse and elegance of the greatest Champagne Rosés.

60% Pinot Noir,
30% Chardonnay,
10% Pinot Meunier.

Product Information.

Situated in Pierry, a village in the “Cote des Blancs” and classified as Premier Cru in Champagne, the Mandois estate vineyard is 35 hectares, and represents 70% of the fruit for production. The vineyards are spread among 12 villages, and include parcels in the Cote des Blancs, the slopes of Epernay, and the region around Sezanne. Sourced grapes come form such prestigiuos villages and terroirs as Chouilly, Vertus, Pierry, and Epernay. Mandois’ vineyard is comprised of 70% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier and 15% Pinot Noir.

The property was established in 1735 by Jean Mandois. The estate is led by Claude Mandois (born in 1961), representing the 9th generation since Jean. Claude Mandois is now in charge of following the constant policy of the house and of the continuity of the family philosophy. Independent, Mandois can continue to take the right decisions over the long run, ensure the continuity and the consistency of the style and the quality of its wines. Bringing together tradition and modernity, the family Mandois is faithful to the values of the Champagne houses.

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Champagne Mandois – Cuvée Victor Vieilles Vignes, 2005
Champagne Mandois – Cuvée Victor Vieilles Vignes, 2005
Champagne Mandois – Cuvée Victor Vieilles Vignes, 2005

Flagship of the Mandois range, this “Cuvée” was made in the honour of Victor Mandois the founder of the Mandois Champagne House back in 1905. It is made exclusively from the Chardonnay grapes. Older vines, from 50 years and more are selected for this “Cuvée”. Naturally low yielding, these vines bring concentration which is also acquired by partial oak ageing. The nose is typically Chardonnay, with citrus notes, elegance and power. On the palate we find a good body with complexity, structure and the perfect balance. The length is simply amazing equalled by an incredible freshness.

Victor 2002, a 100% Chardonnay symphony to honour the old vines from Chouilly and Vertus. Vinified in oak casks, as Victor Mandois used to do more than a century ago. A Blanc de Blancs vintage with an extraordinary ageing potential.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast (2000 vintage).

“A Champagne that is very much wine. The structure and the richness are just right for a food wine, showing ripe acidity, flavors of plums and apricots, and balancing these primary fruits with a dense, complex structure that takes in yeast, maturity and a tight apple skin finish.” 12/1/2008

Product Information (2005 vintage)

 

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Champagne Mandois Brut Origine, NV
Champagne Mandois Brut Origine, NV
Champagne Mandois Brut Origine, NV

Fruity with fine bubbles give this classic champagne its special character, light on its feet but very expressive with notes of baked bread, lemon peel, roasted nuts. The finish is long and delicious.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast.

“Mandois seems to go for a creamy style. With its NV cuvée, this works well, the touch of richness and toast balancing attractively with the soft, mouth-filling texture. The wine shows some bottle age, giving a delicious, yeasty aftertaste.” 12/1/2008

Champagne Mandois.

Situated in Pierry, a village in the “Cote des Blancs” and classified as Premier Cru in Champagne, the Mandois estate vineyard is 35 hectares, and represents 70% of the fruit for production. The vineyards are spread among 12 villages, and include parcels in the Cote des Blancs, the slopes of Epernay, and the region around Sezanne. Sourced grapes come form such prestigiuos villages and terroirs as Chouilly, Vertus, Pierry, and Epernay. Mandois’ vineyard is comprised of 70% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier and 15% Pinot Noir.

The property was established in 1735 by Jean Mandois. The estate is led by Claude Mandois (born in 1961), representing the 9th generation since Jean. Claude Mandois is now in charge of following the constant policy of the house and of the continuity of the family philosophy. Independent, Mandois can continue to take the right decisions over the long run, ensure the continuity and the consistency of the style and the quality of its wines. Bringing together tradition and modernity, the family Mandois is faithful to the values of the Champagne houses

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Champagne Veuve Clicquot Brut
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Brut
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Brut

Fine balance between fruity aromas and more subtle toasty notes. Initial flavours of white fruits and raisins develop into notes of brioche and vanilla with bottle ageing.

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Chardonnay “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2015
Chardonnay “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2015
Chardonnay “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2015

Very beautiful yellow colour with a discreet gold touch, shimmering with green reflections. The nose opens up onto delicate notes of flowers : lime tree, elder, then some fruits appears : peach, fresh grapes, apple. Mineral in the mouth, it’s filled with fat, adorned with a beautiful liveliness highlighting aromas of white flowers. A wine endowed with finesse and complexity that will perfectly match a seafood platter, dessert and fresh fruit.

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Chardonnay Grand Ardèche, Louis Latour, 2012
Chardonnay Grand Ardèche, Louis Latour, 2012
Chardonnay Grand Ardèche, Louis Latour, 2012

Shimmering pale yellow in colour. On the nose it reveals aromas of vanilla and brioche with hints of honey and acacia. This is a well-balanced wine, ample and generous in the mouth with flavours of almond paste and vanilla.

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Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014
Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014
Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014

Rich and smooth, with an abundance of fresh white peach and melon. It has a beautifully balanced palate with rich concentrated tropical fruits, a zesty acidity and a hint of gentle toasted oak. The long finish will leave you wanting more.

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Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015

Lightly tropical fruity aromas marry with soft buttery notes. Dry and rounded on the palate with texture, richness and finesse that gives this wine charm and completeness.

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Château Brane-Cantenac, Margaux, Grand Cru Classé, 2005
Château Brane-Cantenac, Margaux, Grand Cru Classé, 2005
Château Brane-Cantenac, Margaux, Grand Cru Classé, 2005

This wine (a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc) has a stunning nose of forest floor, licorice, blackcurrants, plums and spring flowers. Soft tannin, full-bodied opulence and beautifully textured, lush richness, make for a brilliant wine from this large, 180-acre vineyard. In spite of the wine’s stunning forward fragrance and lushness, the color still looks as if it is 3-4 years old, rather than a decade. This is a big-time winner in 2005 and should drink well for at least another 25+ years.

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Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, 2009
Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, 2009
Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, 2009

Soft and silky on the palate with an almost Right Bank feel, the 2009 Ch. Cantemerle is full if generous, mulberry fruit and supple tannins. The fruit is well balanced by the refreshing acidity, leading to a crisp, clean finish.

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Château Carbonnieux, Grand Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan, 2009
Château Carbonnieux, Grand Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan, 2009
Château Carbonnieux, Grand Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan, 2009

A classic Pessac-Leognan, the 2009 Carbonnieux possesses aromas of sweet black currants and cherries intermixed with hints of roasted herbs, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal and licorice. Medium to full-bodied with more concentration than many vintages, this surprisingly fleshy effort has more poundage and glycerin than this normally light-styled Bordeaux has offered in the past. Harmonious sweet tannins and low acidity give the wine a fleshy mouthfeel and immediate appeal, but most of its aromatic complexity will not emerge for another 5-7 years. It should keep for two decades or more.

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Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2008
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2008
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2008

Soft and approachable, this fruit forward claret has immediate appeal. Concentrated black cherry aromas dominate the nose alongside herb and sweet spice hints. The palate shows earthy and more savoury characters and is rounded with a pleasing mouthfeel, all very well balanced.

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Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2009
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2009
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2009

Beautiful blueberry, black raspberry and cassis fruit as well as incense and graphite jump from the glass of this inky ruby/purple-colored wine. Ripe, medium to full-bodied, dense and rich, this is one of the stars of Moulis in 2009.

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Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2010
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2010
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2010

A beautiful effort from Chasse-Spleen, this dense purple wine exhibits plenty of black currant and black cherry fruit with some licorice, roasted herbs and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and supple, the final blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot has produced a fleshy, succulent style of Chasse-Spleen to drink over the next 15+ years.

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Château d’Agassac, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois, 2010
Château d’Agassac, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois, 2010
Château d’Agassac, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois, 2010

A superb wine from the Southern Medoc, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc is a real sleeper of the vintage. Floral notes intermixed with forest floor, black currant and some subtle smoke and truffle are all present in this seriously endowed, full-bodied wine that is performing beautifully.

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Château d’Aiguilhe, Comtes von Neipperg, Côtes de Castillon, 2010
Château d’Aiguilhe, Comtes von Neipperg, Côtes de Castillon, 2010
Château d’Aiguilhe, Comtes von Neipperg, Côtes de Castillon, 2010

One of the best-run estates in the underrated and undervalued appellation of Cotes de Castillon is Chateau d’Aiguilhe, which is owned by Stephan von Neipperg. As with all of von Neipperg’s wines, Stephane Derenoncourt is the consulting winemaker. The blend is usually 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, although I did not see the statistics on this particular vintage. The 2010 (10,000 cases produced) achieved 14% natural alcohol from modest yields of 34 hectoliters per hectare. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue, lots of cassis, crushed rock and floral characteristics, a round, generous, savory, broadly textured style and sweet tannins. Drink it over the next decade.

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Château d’Issan, Margaux, 2005
Château d’Issan, Margaux, 2005
Château d’Issan, Margaux, 2005

From 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the wine was aged in 55% new oak. Still deep in color, the wine opens with floral, black cherry, forest floor, cassis, tobacco and spicy aromas. With supple, refined textures, concentration of fruit and a long, elegant, blackberry finish, this continues to develop perfectly.

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Château de Rayne Vigneau, Sauternes, 2007
Château de Rayne Vigneau, Sauternes, 2007
Château de Rayne Vigneau, Sauternes, 2007

Three grape varieties are planted: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle. Sémillon is the principal grape, because it is especially susceptible to noble rot, Sauvignon is used for its naturally high acidity, whilst tiny proportions of the capricious Muscadelle are used for aromatic qualities. Sweet wine has been made here at least since the late 18th century. Its position is unique, close to two rivers, the broad Garonne and its small tributary, the Ciron. In autumn, the cool Ciron waters flow into the warmer tidal Garonne, evening mists develop that envelop the vineyards until late morning the following day, after the sun has burnt the mist away all that is left is moisture on the grapes that encourages noble rot or Botrytis cinerea. This fungus attacks grapes, causing them to shrivel, concentrating flavour sugars and acids.

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Château Filhot, Sauternes, 2009 (375ml)
Château Filhot, Sauternes, 2009 (375ml)
Château Filhot, Sauternes, 2009 (375ml)

– Intense aromas of beeswax and honey combine with a luscious, full-bodied palate of ripe tropical fruit, bitter orange and quince with lovely fresh acidity to balance the richness of this delicious sweet wine.
– Classified a Second growth Cru Classé in 1855, Château Filhot is a famous Sauternes property producing wonderful sweet wines from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The vineyard originally dates back to the seventeenth century and the Château was built in 1709. Now covering 62 hectares on deep gravel, sand and clay soils, Filhot displays the classic characteristics of Sauternes produced from low-yielding, nobly-rotted grapes individually picked by hand. The long, dry growing season of 2009 produced extremely healthy grapes and this wine, although beautiful to drink now, has the capability to age for well in excess of 20 years.

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Château Fourcas Hosten, Listrac Médoc, 2009
Château Fourcas Hosten, Listrac Médoc, 2009
Château Fourcas Hosten, Listrac Médoc, 2009

Fourcas-Hosten has long had a reputation as one of the best Châteaux in the commune of Listrac in the Médoc. This vintage is very classically profiled with a nose of cassis, cocoa, and cedar followed by a complex array of black and red fruits on the palate. Exceptionally well-balanced, this is a wine that can improve over the next couple of years, but is already a joy to drink. Jancis Robinson MW said “…quite an intriguing nose, full, firm and dramatic. Nicely balanced with polished tannins and very appetising, the type of wine that could be a pleasure to drink all its life.”

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