Bodegas Escorihuela – High Altitude Malbec-Syrah, 2016
Ripe, peppery spicy fruit on the nose. Full flavoured with plum, blackberry and oak characters with soft tannins.
Bodegas Escorihuela Gascon – 1884 Estate Grown Viognier, Mendoza, 2016
Fresh white wine with intense floral aromatics and flavours of stone fruits on the mouth.
Calmel & Joseph – Chardonnay Villa Blanche, 2016
Very expressive with white flowers and fruity aromas of apricot and vineyard peach, along with dried fruit and nut overtones. Straightforward, clean, full and well-balanced on the palate, with a fresh and fruity finish revealing mango and citrus overtones. The oak is subtle and very smooth. This vintage shows lovely acidic tension: elegant.
Chardonnay are aged for three months in oak barrels (30% of the vintage).
Top 100 The Wine Merchant
Highly Recommanded by The Wine Merchant
Calmel & Joseph – Vieux Carignan, IGP Côtes du Brian, 2016
Ruby red robe with highlights. 2014 was a good, sunny vintage. On the nose, this wine has aromas of fig and garrigue herbs typical of ancient Carignan vines grown on hillsides. The palate is delicate, with a fine balance between taste and tannins, suppleness and acidity. A wonderfully rich, elegant example of this Languedoc grape variety.
Jancis Robinson 2016 17 / 20
Calmel & Joseph, Corbières, 2016
Ruby-red robe and a pronounced nose of black fruit, fresh figs and prunes. Clean and crisp on the palate, with notes of garrigue scrubland, spices and quince. Fine tannins, ending with a hint of truffle. Well-balanced and elegant, with very good ageing potential.
16.5/20 Jancis Robinson.
“Syrah, Grenache and a bit of Cinsault. Pure delicious red fruit on the nose. Sweet rounded cherry and plum swathed in a sinewy, slightly rugged, leather strap of tannins. The taut refined acidity, that is such a hallmark of Calmel & Joseph, strims through the sweetness of the fruit like a blade, leaving freshness and just a hint of earthy spice in its wake. Just a little Cinsault, and yet it brings it distinctive soprano note into the deeper alto and bass tones of the Syrah and Grenache.”
Cantina di Custoza – Bardolino Chiaretto, 2016
Pale pink with brilliant reflections and white rim. The bouquet is fairly bright, with sour cherry and wild strawberry fruit. On the palate it’s fairly rich with a moderate mineral acidity.
Bardolino is produced in the province of Verona to the east of Lake Garda. Chiaretto is the rosé version.
The blend of grapes here is similar to that of Valpolicella, typically including Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara.
Cantina di Custoza – Val dei Molini, Custoza DOC, Veneto, 2016
A rich, full bodied wine with flavours of honeydew melon and other tropical fruits. Finish is delightful, with a pleasant length.
Chardonnay Puglia IGT, Tormaresca, 2016
- This Chardonnay is Tormaresca’s signature label from its namesake estate. Being a symbol of Apulia’s intrinsic nature, with its high-quality standards, is a source of pride for Tormaresca and its close connection to the territory is made evident through the etymology of the name itself. “Tormaresca” is a creative name that evokes the 580 historical fortified towers built to defend the Apulian coastline from pirates that for centuries threatened the local populations. These same invaders proved to be sources of important cultural contributions that left their mark in the area.
- Bright, fruity, medium-bodied Chardonnay showing the purity and richness of Puglian fruit.
Chateau du Fauga – AC Grand Vin Blanc, Montravel, 2016
Lively, fruity aromas. In clayey-limestone soils, the grapes are very ripe and thus give off aromas of candied fruit. Château Fauga is made with 90% Sauvignon, or 100% according to the vintage. Fermentation is carried out at a low temperature with a skin maceration of 24 hours – adding weight and complexity to the wine. Suggested dishes: Seafood platter, raw vegetables, fondue Savoyarde.
Chateau du Fauga
Chateau du Fauga is an 18th century castle listed as a historical monument, located 200 meters from the banks of the Dordogne in the town of Port Sainte Foy.
Cusumano – Merlot IGT Terre Siciliane, 2016
Rich spicy and plumy flavours on the nose, classic Mediterranean notes on the palate with hints of tobacco and black pepper. Full bodied wine.
85 Points Wine Spectator.
“There’s a wild edge to this medium-bodied red, which sports spicy plum, cherry, underbrush and licorice notes. Drink now. 12,500 cases made.“
Domaine des Jeanne – Rosé, Luberon 2016
Domaine des Jeanne was formed when Welshman Lord Mervyn Davies of Abersoch was introduced to winemaker Alexandre Samour, whilst sourcing the perfect rosé for his daughter’s wedding in 2011.
The Vineyard in Oppède, in the Luberon region of Provence, is situated between the mountains and the sea, close to the legendary wine-producing commune of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The domaine’s first harvest was in 2012, releasing their first rosé in 2013, named ‘Jeanne’ after his Mervyn’s wife and Alex’s daughter. Jeanne appropriately means ‘divine gift’, and represents the importance of family to both founders.
Lovingly produced from grenache, syrah and clairette grape varieties, its rose petal colour precedes a red and white fruit bouquet highlighted with citrus notes; a well-balanced crisp palate, full of freshness, with a subtle fruity finale.
This wine works well on its own or partnered with fish, spicy foods and lamb. Enjoy over the next couple of years.
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.