Blanc de Noirs, Ancre Hill Estate, N/V
Blanc de Noirs, Ancre Hill Estate, N/V
Blanc de Noirs, Ancre Hill Estate, N/V

Beautiful floral nose and rich melon and lemon. Buttery and crisp. Lovely mousse

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Domaine de la Pousse d’Or – Santenay 1er Cru “Les Gravieres”, 2008
Domaine de la Pousse d’Or – Santenay 1er Cru “Les Gravieres”, 2008
Domaine de la Pousse d’Or – Santenay 1er Cru “Les Gravieres”, 2008

91 Points Allen Meadows’ Burghound
“Outstanding, top value… there is good energy to the attractively textured middle weight flavors that offer good richness and volume as well as a somewhat softer mouth feel… I like the complexity and overall sense of balance here.”

88-89 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“From tank – on the eve of its bottling – the Pousse d’Or 2008 Santenay Les Gravieres smells of game, leather, and humus; offers dark berries and bitter chocolate on a polished, almost plush palate; and finishes with satisfying if not striking length. It should merit the better part of a decade of attention, though its gamey element may well become more pronounced and not prove every taster’s cup of Pinot.”

About Domaine de la Pousse d’Or
Domaine de la Pousse d’Or is a 40-acre estate in Volnay that traces its history to the 15th century. In old French the estate’s name meant “golden earth,” a testament to the reputation of its terroir. It was run for many years by the legendary Gerard Potel, whose wines were considered some of the best of Burgundy. Potel died in 1997 at age 61, and the estate was purchased by Patrick Landanger, who added vineyards and updated the facilities. Today the estate produces Grand Cru and Premier Cru, notably Volnays, a Pommard, a Santenay and Cortons. And it is still highly regarded by Burgundy collectors. Its wines often earn ratings of 95 pts and above.

About Santenay
Santenay is the southernmost appellation in the Côte d’Or. The appellation includes the communes of Santenay and Remigny and it has 813 vineyard acres. Both red and white wines can be made within the Santenay appellation, though in practice about 85% of the wine produced here is red. Pinot Blanc may be used in white wines, though most white Santenays are 100% Chardonnay. Though there are no Grands Crus, Santenay boasts 12 Premiers Crus. Among the best Premiers Crus vineyards are Clos de Tavannes, La Comme, Les Gravières and Le Passe Temps. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “good Santenays share a robust, tannic, earthy character with a bouquet that suggests cherry and strawberry fruit intertwined with the smell of sautéed almonds.” Clive Coates has noted that the white wines of Santenay “should be crisp, medium-bodied and fruity, less racy but fuller than Saint-Aubins, perhaps with a touch of spice…”

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Domaine Faiveley – La Framboisiere, Mercurey 2017
Domaine Faiveley – La Framboisiere, Mercurey 2017
Domaine Faiveley – La Framboisiere, Mercurey 2017

Domaine Faiveley

Domaine Faiveley is located in France, at the heart of Viticultural Burgundy, between Dijon and Beaune in Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Historically based in the Côte de Nuits capital, the Faiveley family has progressively extended its domaine and today owns vineyards in the finest climats in Burgundy – Gevrey-Chambertin, Pommard, Volnay, Puligny-Montrachet, Mercurey and others.
The Wine

To maintain all the freshness and quality of the grapes they were pressed and vinified on site in Mercurey. The wine was then taken to Nuits-Saint-Georges to be matured, in part, in oak barrels for 12 to 14 months, in nineteenth century vaulted cellars which provide ideal conditions for raising wines. The barrels come from high quality barrel makers and have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast.

An aromatic nose which mixes red and black fruit with spice and a touch of smoke. Round and fleshy in the mouth (medium body) with velvety tannins and a lively freshness; flavours of raspberry and other very ripe red fruits. An early-drinking style. Enjoy with charcuterie, ham or game.

‘Cask sample. Mid cherry red. Deliciously fragrant with red fruit. It may be auto-suggestion but there’s raspberry fruit in here. A touch smoky but fine with freshness to the end. Juicy, lively.’16.5/20, Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, January 2017

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Domaine M. Noellat et Fils – Chambolle-Musigny, 2005
Domaine M. Noellat et Fils – Chambolle-Musigny, 2005
Domaine M. Noellat et Fils – Chambolle-Musigny, 2005

Domaine Michel Noëllat & Fils

The Domaine Michel Noëllat & Fils is located in the heart of Vosne-Romanée. The Domaine extends over 25 hectares from Marsannay-la-Côte (Côte de Nuits) to Pommard (Côte de Beaune) and remains dedicated to traditional winemaking methods. It is currently managed by brothers Alain and Jean-Marc Noëllat. The Domaine produces 2 Grands Crus and 8 Premiers Crus as well as Village and Regional appellations.

 

Vines, harvest and vinification

The vines are on average 40 years old. Rigorous disbudding controls yields and harvest time is decided on by regularly checking the vineyards, periodic analysis and tasting the fruit.

 

The grapes are harvested manually, sorted and then taken to the winery in small crates to avoid crushing the fruit and causing premature oxidation. The stalks are removed completely from the fruit; the grapes are then put into open stainless steel vats where the temperature is thermo-regulated. Pressing is undertaken carefully using a pneumatic press.

 

The reds are steeped at a low temperature for 3 days then fermentation is undertaken in vats for about 2 weeks. The cap is punched 4 or 5 times during the vinification period. The wines are aged in French oak casks, with approximately 30% new casks for Village wines and 50% new casks for Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines. Bottling takes place after between 15 and 18 months of aging.

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Familia Schroeder – Pinot Noir Alpataco, 2017/18
Familia Schroeder – Pinot Noir Alpataco, 2017/18
Familia Schroeder – Pinot Noir Alpataco, 2017/18

Deeply perfumed aromas with notes of black cherry, redcurrant, summer fruit and plenty of power, spice and a silky balance. Sweet tannins and balanced acidity with fine notes of vanilla and cocoa powder.

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Felton Road – Pinot Noir Bannockburn, Central Otago 2014
Felton Road – Pinot Noir Bannockburn, Central Otago 2014
Felton Road – Pinot Noir Bannockburn, Central Otago 2014

The nose leads with cinnamon, vanilla and more red fruits than the typical dark cherry from this warmer 2013 vintage. A soft and comforting mouthfeel that is broad and expansive. Being a blend of our three Bannockburn vineyards, this contributes various layers of generous ripe fruits and creamy textural elements. The wine has a pleasant rusticity to the structure adding complexity and depth. Hints of liquorice on the long enveloping finish. Can be enjoyed now for a more youthful expression but will evolve and develop over the next 10 years.

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Pinot Noir “Buis d’Aps” Vignerons Ardéchois, 2017
Pinot Noir “Buis d’Aps” Vignerons Ardéchois, 2017
Pinot Noir “Buis d’Aps” Vignerons Ardéchois, 2017
  • Its expressive nose, typical of Pinot Noir, discloses notes of Morello cherry, small, ripe red fruits and spices. The rounded, ample palate reveals fruit and generous substance devoid of hardness.
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Pinot Noir, Ancre Hill Estates, 2018
Pinot Noir, Ancre Hill Estates, 2018
Pinot Noir, Ancre Hill Estates, 2018
– Fragrant strawberry, cherries and liquorice with sweet spice

– Light but intense – fragrant strawberry and cherries merge with liquorice and sweet spice. The grapes underwent 100% whole bunch maceration for between 30 to 50 days. Fermentation was finished in oak and stainless steel for ageing on gross lees for a minimum of 10 months, with natural MLF, no filtration or fining. Ancre Hill Estates is located in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire. The 12 hectares of vineyards are perfectly positioned on south facing slopes close to the border town of Monmouth and the Wye Valley. The estate utilises traditional Biodynamic and Organic Viticultural practices to produce the best possible fruits from carefully sourced and selected varieties with excellent heritage. The wines produced at Ancre Hill express the terroir of ancient mudstone and sandstone soils, giving the wines their character and natural flavours, with no external intervention or manipulation in the winemaking process.

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Pinot Noir, Parva Vineyard, 2017
Pinot Noir, Parva Vineyard, 2017
Pinot Noir, Parva Vineyard, 2017

– A nicely balanced, light, fruity red. Red cherries and raspberries with a hint of gooseberry. Lovely red to chill for the summer.

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Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, David Bruce, 2015
Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, David Bruce, 2015
Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, David Bruce, 2015

– Red fruits on the nose, complemented by subtle notes of leather, coffee and cedar. A long and complex wine with ripe dark fruits, a hint of tea leaf and silky, integrated tannins.

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Rosé, Ancre Hill Estates, 2018
Rosé, Ancre Hill Estates, 2018
Rosé, Ancre Hill Estates, 2018

– Wild strawberry, red cherry and tart redcurrant freshness make this an outstanding choice for a summer’s afternoon outdoors. Made from the final 10/15% out of the press from their Blanc de Noirs production, the skins left on juice for 4-6 hours. This was followed by fermentation in stainless steel and concrete egg, then aged on gross lees for 6 months minimum, with natural MLF, no filtration or fining. Ancre Hill Estates is located in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire. The 12 hectares of vineyards are perfectly positioned on south facing slopes close to the border town of Monmouth and the Wye Valley. The estate utilises traditional Biodynamic and Organic Viticultural practices to produce the best possible fruits from carefully sourced and selected varieties with excellent heritage. The wines produced at Ancre Hill express the terroir of ancient mudstone and sandstone soils, giving the wines their character and natural flavours, with no external intervention or manipulation in the winemaking process.

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Sparkling Rosé, Ancre Hill Estates, 2013
Sparkling Rosé, Ancre Hill Estates, 2013
Sparkling Rosé, Ancre Hill Estates, 2013
– Delicate red berries on the nose, real zing and energy on the palate

– A beautiful balance of delicate red fruit and brioche notes from the 4 years lees ageing, this pale coloured sparkling rosé with a fine mousse has real zing and energy to it, feeling much younger than its vintage would suggest. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and concrete with an elevage of over 12 months for the base wine, then ageing for 4 years on lees. Ancre Hill Estates is located in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire. The 12 hectares of vineyards are perfectly positioned on south facing slopes close to the border town of Monmouth and the Wye Valley. The estate utilises traditional Biodynamic and Organic Viticultural practices to produce the best possible fruits from carefully sourced and selected varieties with excellent heritage. The wines produced at Ancre Hill express the terroir of ancient mudstone and sandstone soils, giving the wines their character and natural flavours, with no external intervention or manipulation in the winemaking process.

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