“Esprit” Domaine des Jeanne – Rosé, Luberon 2017
“Esprit” Domaine des Jeanne – Rosé, Luberon 2017
“Esprit” Domaine des Jeanne – Rosé, Luberon 2017

The Domaine

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.

The Wine

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.

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Arché – Sangiovese Rubicone IGT, 2017
Arché – Sangiovese Rubicone IGT, 2017
Arché – Sangiovese Rubicone IGT, 2017

This medium-bodied wine has a pleasant, fresh bouquet with a dark cherry and plum nose. Very easy on the palate with light tannins and a smooth finish.

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Arché – Trebbiano Rubicone IGT, 2017
Arché – Trebbiano Rubicone IGT, 2017
Arché – Trebbiano Rubicone IGT, 2017

A beautiful tropical fragrance entices you in whilst the palate is fresh and crisp with lovely citrus fruits.

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Bodegas Escorihuela – 1884 Malbec, Mendoza, 2017
Bodegas Escorihuela – 1884 Malbec, Mendoza, 2017
Bodegas Escorihuela – 1884 Malbec, Mendoza, 2017

Deep red purple colour. Intense black fruit aromas combined with a hint of mocha. Tannins are smooth and sweet. Round and persistent finish.

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Bodegas Escorihuela – High Altitude Malbec-Syrah, 2017
Bodegas Escorihuela – High Altitude Malbec-Syrah, 2017
Bodegas Escorihuela – High Altitude Malbec-Syrah, 2017

Ripe, peppery spicy fruit on the nose. Full flavoured with plum, blackberry and oak characters with soft tannins.

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Bodegas Escorihuela Gascon – 1884 Estate Grown Viognier, Mendoza, 2017
Bodegas Escorihuela Gascon – 1884 Estate Grown Viognier, Mendoza, 2017
Bodegas Escorihuela Gascon – 1884 Estate Grown Viognier, Mendoza, 2017

Fresh white wine with intense floral aromatics and flavours of stone fruits on the mouth.

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Cabernet Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2017
Cabernet Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2017
Cabernet Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2017

Dazzling garnet ruby colour with a good intensity. Plenty of ripe blackcurrant and green-pepper flavours on the palate to balance the generously rich tannins.

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Caleo – Primitivo IGT Salento, 2017
Caleo – Primitivo IGT Salento, 2017
Caleo – Primitivo IGT Salento, 2017

Deep in color with a bright berry fruit nose. The palate is rich and spicy, full-bodied with a long velvety finish.

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Calmel & Joseph – Chardonnay Villa Blanche, 2017
Calmel & Joseph – Chardonnay Villa Blanche, 2017
Calmel & Joseph – Chardonnay Villa Blanche, 2017

Tasting Note
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.

Ageing

Chardonnay are aged for three months in oak barrels (30% of the vintage).

Top 100 The Wine Merchant

Highly Recommanded by The Wine Merchant

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Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2017
Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2017
Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2017

Tasting Note
Deep purple red colour. This vintage is fresher than the 2013 with aromas of red fruits, blackcurrant, blackbery and spices. The mouth is well balanced, round and fruity. Notes of truffles and gunflint. Tannins are soft with a generous finish of spices. Very nice balance on this vintage clearly elegant.

Ageing
10% of the wine is aged for three months in oak barrels of 2 vintages. The remaining 90% is raised in tanks on fine lees.

 

Top 100 The Wine Merchant
Highly Recommanded by The Wine Merchant

 

Guide Gilbert & Gaillard 2016
Gold Medal

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Calmel & Joseph, Corbières, 2017
Calmel & Joseph, Corbières, 2017
Calmel & Joseph, Corbières, 2017

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.”

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Cantina di Custoza – Bardolino Chiaretto, 2017
Cantina di Custoza – Bardolino Chiaretto, 2017
Cantina di Custoza – Bardolino Chiaretto, 2017

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.

Product Information

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.

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Cantina di Custoza – Val dei Molini, Custoza DOC, Veneto, 2017
Cantina di Custoza – Val dei Molini, Custoza DOC, Veneto, 2017
Cantina di Custoza – Val dei Molini, Custoza DOC, Veneto, 2017

A rich, full bodied wine with flavours of honeydew melon and other tropical fruits. Finish is delightful, with a pleasant length.

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Carmenere Reserva “Aura”, MontGras, 2017
Carmenere Reserva “Aura”, MontGras, 2017
Carmenere Reserva “Aura”, MontGras, 2017

– Deep purple/red in colour with a full bouquet of spice, oak and black fruit and a firm but juicy palate. Offers plum, damson and currant characters alongside well integrated toasty oak and layers of vanilla.

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Chardonnay Puglia IGT, Tormaresca, 2017
Chardonnay Puglia IGT, Tormaresca, 2017
Chardonnay Puglia IGT, Tormaresca, 2017
  • 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.
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Chateau du Fauga – AC Grand Vin Blanc, Montravel, 2017
Chateau du Fauga – AC Grand Vin Blanc, Montravel, 2017
Chateau du Fauga – AC Grand Vin Blanc, Montravel, 2017

 

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.

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Chenin Blanc Klippenkop, 2017
Chenin Blanc Klippenkop, 2017
Chenin Blanc Klippenkop, 2017

An appealing light straw colour. Full bodied wine with powerful varietal flavours of pineapple, granadilla, melon and green apple. Good structure with lovely balancing acidity.

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Cloudy Bay – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2017
Cloudy Bay – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2017
Cloudy Bay – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2017

A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passionfruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish.

91 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“Classic gooseberry and pink grapefruit notes feature gentle herbal nuances on the nose. There’s ample weight and texture on the palate, with a burst of mouthwatering citrus on the finish.” — J.C.  (7/1/2015)

90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough is intensely scented of gooseberries, elderflower and fresh lemon with hints of white asparagus and sage. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with vibrant vegetal and citrus notes held up by a lively acid backbone and good long finish.”

17/20 Jancis Robinson.
“Herbal and pungent, with a sort of saline, iodine character – reminds me a bit of some single match scotch, in fact. Wet hay too. This is certainly complex, and better than the 2013, for sure.”

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Cusumano – Merlot IGT Terre Siciliane, 2017
Cusumano – Merlot IGT Terre Siciliane, 2017
Cusumano – Merlot IGT Terre Siciliane, 2017

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.

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Domaine Octavie – Touraine Sauvignon, 2017
Domaine Octavie – Touraine Sauvignon, 2017
Domaine Octavie – Touraine Sauvignon, 2017

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 – Red Slate Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2015/17
Dr. Loosen – Red Slate Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2015/17
Dr. Loosen – Red Slate Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2015/17

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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Echeverria – Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Curicó Valley, 2017
Echeverria – Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Curicó Valley, 2017
Echeverria – Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Curicó Valley, 2017

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, 2017
Echeverria – Unwooded Chardonnay Classic Collection, 2017
Echeverria – Unwooded Chardonnay Classic Collection, 2017

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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El Colectivo Malbec, 2017
El Colectivo Malbec, 2017
El Colectivo Malbec, 2017

– This wine has the typical deep, dark violet colour of Argentine Malbec. The nose offers intense aromas of black stone fruit interwoven with notes of chocolate and sweet spice. Balanced acidity leads into a long, velvety finish.

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