Aventura Branco, Susana Esteban, Regional Alentejano DOC 2014
Yellow straw color. Lovely and perfumed hints of lavender and peach with a well-defined mineral finish. Bold but fresh, dry and citreous finish.
Aventura Tinto, Susana Esteban, Regional Alentejano DOC 2013
Fresh, fruity and elegant, with a lovely floral hint. Soft and velvety, fruity and balanced with vibrant freshness and soul. Elegant and polished with good aging potential.
Bergerac AC Vieilli en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2015/16
Made from 100% Merlot, deep garnet red wine with powerful aromas of black fruits. A round, velvet taste with a rich structure of tannins. Showing some bottle age and drinking very well now.
Blanquette de Limoux Brut Calmel & Joseph
A pale yellow wine with lively, harmonious bubbles and a nose that opens with floral notes, developing after a few seconds in the glass into more fruity aromas dominated by white peach and green apple. On the palate it is creamy and well-balanced, with a pleasantly bitter finish. Perfect as an aperitif or with a meal.
Bodegas Escorihuela Gascon – 1884 Estate Grown Viognier, Mendoza, 2016/17
Fresh white wine with intense floral aromatics and flavours of stone fruits on the mouth.
Bodegas Navajas – Rioja Crianza, 2015
Navajas get their hands on some of the finest fruit from region’s best vineyards and make an excellent traditional Rioja which combines attractive oaky, leathery flavours with fresh, bright fruit and supple palate.
Harpers (30th Jun 2014) (2010 vintage)
“Textbook smooth and sleek Rioja.”- Heather Dougherty
A family winery originally founded in 1918 as Bodegas Arjona but in 1983 the Navajas family become the sole stockholders, changing its name to Bodegas Navajas
The year 2000 was a turning point in the Bodegas history when they invested in enlarging and improving the winery and cellars with a new barrel-aging area and new modern facilities equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The Navajas family believe that the quality of the wine begins in the vineyards and for this reason they monitor and control the vineyards which belongs to their growers in Rioja Alta and Baja.
Bordeaux AC Elevé en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2014/15
This classic and well vinified Bordeaux wine has a pleasant nose of ripe red fruits, a very expressive, fruity mouth with a fresh finish. 10-12 months in barrel. Enjoy from 2-3 from vintage up to 8-10 years. Pair with games dishes.
Domaine de Mayat
Family farm for 3 generations, Domaine de Mayat is located on the plateau of Fougueyrolles, and dominates the Dordogne valley at 90 meters altitude.
With a southern exposure, the soil is clay-siliceous and clayey-limestone with a high iron content.
The vineyard therefore benefits from the best criteria for the elaboration of its fine wines.
Cabernet Merlot Cape Mentelle, Margaret River, 2013
Opaque black dark purple colour with dark purple red hue. The nose is a little subdued with aromas of blackcurrant, mulberry, cedary tobacco and spice emerging. Medium weight the palate is a little closed at present with flavours of ripe mulberry, cedar, a touch of tobacco and spice. Fine grained, slightly dryish tannins. Aftertaste of blackcurrant, mulberry, tobacco and spicy cedar.
Calmel & Joseph – Chardonnay Villa Blanche, 2017/18
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).
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Calmel & Joseph, Corbières, 2016/17
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.”
Cannonau di Sardegna Costera, Argiolas, 2017
Made from the Sardinian clone of Grenache called Cannonau, Carignan & Bovale Sardo, it is a chunky, robust, meaty effort revealing scents of garrigue, kirsch liqueur, white chocolate, pepper, and spice. Full-bodied, with terrific fruit as well as loads of personality.
Cantina di Custoza – Val dei Molini, Custoza DOC, Veneto, 2018
A rich, full bodied wine with flavours of honeydew melon and other tropical fruits. Finish is delightful, with a pleasant length.
Champagne Gruet Brut Cuvée Tradition
Aromas of green apple and citrus mineral notes make for a delightful start to this traditional sparkler. The Brut NV offers bright, crisp acidity complimented by a touch of yeast on the delightfully long finish. Aged en Tirage for a minimum of 24 months
Chardonnay Puglia IGT, Tormaresca, 2018
- 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.
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.
Château de Chantegrive “Caroline”, 2014
– The Caroline cuvée is the flagship of the wines produced by Chateau de Chantegrive. This top of the range dry Graves Blancs gets its good reputation from its airy thickness, always enhanced by an accurate acidity. This wine’s freshness and volume on the palate are due to the cold soak that then ended by an ageing process on lees in French oak barrels (50% new barrels) with regular stirring of the lees. The 2014 Caroline offers an intense nose on citrusy (lemon and grapefruit) notes followed by white flower hints (lilac and acacia). Aromatic freshness and clearness are expressed on swirling. The attack is frank and releases a few surprising (for a dry wine) pineapple, mango and litchi notes. This wine offers good volume, and its balance is assured by minerality and accurate acidity.
Château Filhot Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, 2011 (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.
Chocolate Box “Dark Chocolate” Shiraz by Rocland, 2015
On the nose there are strong aromas of coffee chocolate, blackberries and spice which is supported by sweet vanilla oak. On the palate, this wine is textured, powdery tannins and dark chocolate beneath a pastiche of coffee, apricot and liquorice.
Clos Louie – ‘Louison & Leopoldine’, Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon, France 2014
A tiny organic vineyard with pre-phylloxeric vines owned by Pascal and Sophie Lucin Douteau. ‘Louison & Leopoldine’ is their second wine; with a high proportion of Cabernet Franc it has a charm and elegance and is drinking wonderfully right now.
‘Red cherry with hints of mint, creamy and smooth on the palate. Expressive and with fine depth of flavour – a good find.’ – www.bordeaux.com