Bergerac AC Vieilli en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2015/16
Bergerac AC Vieilli en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2015/16
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.

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Bordeaux AC Elevé en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2015
Bordeaux AC Elevé en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2015
Bordeaux AC Elevé en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2015

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.

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Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Villa Antinori, 2015
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Villa Antinori, 2015
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, Villa Antinori, 2015

An intense ruby red in color, Villa Antinori 2013 shows aromas of red fruit well amalgamated with spicy and balsamic notes. The palate is ample and enveloping and features firm and supple tannins. The wine is very persistent and the aftertaste brings back the notes first felt on the nose.

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Domaine de Mayat -Vieilli en Fut de Chene,  Bergerac AC, 2015/16 (Magnum)
Domaine de Mayat -Vieilli en Fut de Chene,  Bergerac AC, 2015/16 (Magnum)
Domaine de Mayat -Vieilli en Fut de Chene, Bergerac AC, 2015/16 (Magnum)

Made from 100% Merlot, deep garnet red wine with powerful aromas of black fruits. A round, velvet taste with a rich structure of tannins.

Enjoy with duck breast, leg of lamb or brie de Meaux.

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Dr. Loosen – Erdener Treppchen Spatlese, Mosel, Germany 2015
Dr. Loosen – Erdener Treppchen Spatlese, Mosel, Germany 2015
Dr. Loosen – Erdener Treppchen Spatlese, Mosel, Germany 2015

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.

ERDENER TREPPCHEN RIESLING SPÄTLESE

The Spätlese designation means that the grapes get an extra week or two of hang time, which helps them develop higher ripeness and deeper flavors. The Erdener Treppchen Spätlese is a fruit-driven Riesling that combines extraordinary concentration and length with bracing minerality.

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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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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E. Guigal – Côtes du Rhône Rouge, 2015
E. Guigal – Côtes du Rhône Rouge, 2015
E. Guigal – Côtes du Rhône Rouge, 2015

Deep and dark red. Shiny. Aromas of fresh fruits with red berries and spices. Full, round and racy. Rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensely aromatic wine.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“A perennial favorite, it’s reassuring to see that the quality continues to remain high even from Guigal’s least expensive cuvée. Red fruits—cherries and raspberries—marry easily with hints of clove, cracked pepper, black olive and espresso. It’s round on the midpalate, showing more focus and ample length on the finish.” J.C.  (2/1/2015)

Soil type Varied soil, sediment, limestone, granite. Pebbles and Alluvia.

Grape variety 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre.

Average age of vines 35 years.

Winemaking Traditional winemakeing methods, temperature controlled fermentation. Long soaking on the skins.

Ageing 1 ½ years in oak foudres.

Average yield 41 Hl / hectare.

Average annual production 3.500.000 bottles.

Tasting Eye : Deep and dark red. Shiny.
Nose : Fresh fruits with red berries and spices.
Palate : Full, round and racy. Rounded and smooth tannins. A full-bodied, rich and intensly aromatic wine.
Overall : Full with a long finish and plenty of elegance and finesse due to the well balanced tannins and fruit.

E Guigal.

The Guigal Estate was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, a small ancient village and cradle of the Côte-Rôtie appellation. It shelters a unique vineyard where the vines and the wines have been famous for 2,400 years. Arriving in 1924 at 14 years old, the founder vinfied 67 harvests in Côte-Rôtie and, at the beginning of his career, took part in the development of Vidal-Fleury establishment.

In 1961, although still very young, Marcel Guigal took over management of the Establishment beside his father who was stricken suddenly with total blindness. In 1973, his wife Bernadette joined him and they worked together to develop the family business. In 1975, their son Philippe was born. Today he is the Estate’s winemaker. With his wife Eve by his side, he represents the third generation and continues the family work in the service of the Great Wines of the Rhône Valley.

Since 1946, hard work and perseverence have born fruit and certain events attest to this, notably the purchase of the Vidal-Fleury Establishment in the mid ‘80s. Although belonging to the Guigal Estate, Vidal Fleury maintains commercial and technical autonomy.

Ten years later in 1995 the estate acquired the famous Château d’Ampuis, an important historic and oenological monument whose long history is directly linked to the Côte-Rôtie appellation. An ancient fort built in the 12th century, it was transformed into a Renaissance château in the 16th century. The château is situated amongst the vines and bordered by the king of rivers: the Rhône.

The Château d’Ampuis has become the headquarters of the Guigal Estate whilst the offices and the cellars remain in the ancient small village of Ampuis.

In 2001, the Guigal Estate expanded through the purchase of both the Jean-Louis GRIPPAT Estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage and the VALLOUIT Estate in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.

The GUIGAL Estate vinifies and ages the wines of the Southern Rhône appellations in its cellars in Ampuis. The wines of the great Southern appellations Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône are also aged in these cellars.

In 2006, the Guigal family acquired the Domaine de Bonserine and supports its development although it remains independent from the GUIGAL Estate.

We are not very far from the first few square metres of the small cellar where Etienne Guigal first laboured, but today there are 3 hectares of cellars and galleries which house barrels, tanks and vats. The history and the soul of the Guigal family are clearly present in these cellars which discretely house the most exceptional wines.

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Esporão Tinto Reserva DOC Alentejo 2015/16
Esporão Tinto Reserva DOC Alentejo 2015/16
Esporão Tinto Reserva DOC Alentejo 2015/16

Deep dark red colour. Intense spicy aroma of mature red berry fruits with discrete oak complexity. Compact, elegant, dense and creamy. Firm tannins offering structure for bottle maturation.

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Fattoria le Maestrelle, Toscana Rosso IGT, Santa Cristina, 2015
Fattoria le Maestrelle, Toscana Rosso IGT, Santa Cristina, 2015
Fattoria le Maestrelle, Toscana Rosso IGT, Santa Cristina, 2015

Ruby red with purple highlights in color, the wine shows intense and ample aromas of red fruit, chocolate, and mint. The palate is balanced, of good body with velvety tannins, and the finish and aftertaste recall the aromas first felt on the nose.

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Faugères AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/17
Faugères AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/17
Faugères AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/17

Beautiful cherry red hue with dark black tints. Aromas of undergrowth, garrigue and a touch of mint on the first nose. The wine is honest and clean on entry, with notes of game and mushrooms. Spicy notes of thyme, rosemary and lavender come through after the glass is swirled a few times. The tannins are prominent and reveal ripe fruit aromas. This wine has a very strong personality yet expresses itself with finesse and elegance.

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La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2015/16
La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2015/16
La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2015/16

Purple-red robe. A very expressive nose that opens with notes of chocolate and spice, followed by citrus fruit and white flower aromas. There are also hints of pure fruit, reminiscent of freshly-picked, crushed grapes. On the palate this is a clean and lively wine with subtle notes of small red berries and scrubland herbs. The tannins are elegant, discreet and well-integrated. The balance and originality of this wine gives it its “cuvée rare” status.

Terroir

Clay limestone and blood-red “ruffes” soil typically found in the Terrasses du Larzac.

Jancis Robinson 201617 + / 20 : A sleeping dragon

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Macán Clásico, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia, Rioja DOC 2014/15
Macán Clásico, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia, Rioja DOC 2014/15
Macán Clásico, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia, Rioja DOC 2014/15

– 2015 – The sweetness of the 2015 vintage is evident in this Macán Clásico with its ripe bramble nose but there is an intriguingly scented note to the bouquet which makes it extremely attractive. Full of crunchy, fresh red fruit, this is a refreshing, elegant and moreish Rioja. The tannins are all in evidence; they are pert yet incredibly fine suggesting that, whilst this can be enjoyed now, it has the structure of a much more serious wine.

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Merlot VdP du Périgord Domaine de Mayat, 2015
Merlot VdP du Périgord Domaine de Mayat, 2015
Merlot VdP du Périgord Domaine de Mayat, 2015

Francis Lagarde, close to Bergerac, makes truly great wines. Warm, garnet colour enhanced by soft plumy fruits. Medium to full bodied displaying smooth and round overtones and a lingering finish.

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Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/16
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/16
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015/16

The colour is an intense crimson with purple hints. In the mouth it is powerful but with a soft finish. Notes of ripe fruits, prunes and dried figs cover the taste buds after the first mouthful.

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Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2015
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2015
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2015

Tasting Note
Aromas and flavours of ripe yellow fruit, especially peach and loquat, with floral touches and a hint of vanilla from the French oak casks. A rich white wine with body and balancing acidity.

 

Gastronomy
Baked fish, Mediterranean traditional dishes, White meats with aromatic herbs.

 

Vinification
The grapes were manually harvested and placed separately in 18-kg boxes. They were then pressed in long and short cycles in the mornings. After the musts were clarified, the fermentation in new and 2nd-use French oak casks followed. The wine aged on fine lees for 8 months using the batonnage method. After the final cuvée was prepared, the wine was stabilised and filtered before being bottled.

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Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Tinto, Tejo, Portugal 2015
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Tinto, Tejo, Portugal 2015
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Tinto, Tejo, Portugal 2015

Awards
‘Dried cranberries and pomegranate are fruity yet demure on the nose. Bold flavors mimic the fruity aromas on the palate, juicy and tart. A well integrated vanilla and toasty coconut flavor perfumes the finish, with a slightly leathery kick.’ – 92pts. Excellent, Highly Recommended, Ultimate Wine Challenge 2017.

Tasting Note
Aromas of blackberry and raspberry fruit with a touch of fragrant wild flowers, vanilla and spice from its ageing in French oak. The palate reflects the nose with a silky texture, a richness of flavour and good freshness.
Gastronomy
Serve at 16-18ºC. Serve with roasted meats such as game or beef.

Vinification
Crushing and total destalking of the grapes. Pre-fermentative maceration at controlled temperature of 15 ºC; Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 23ºC and maceration for 2 weeks. Before being bottled, the wine ages in new French oak barrels for 12 months.

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Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Branco, Douro, 2015/18
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Branco, Douro, 2015/18
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Branco, Douro, 2015/18

Clear & bright, it is golden in colour with traces of green. It has a sweet bouquet of white & yellow roses, peaches and apricots followed by complex hints of minerals. On the palate it’s full & rounded with notes of citrus fruits and minerals, a structured & fleshy with elegance & finesse.

86 Points Wine Enthusiast

“Soft, earthy and gentle, this is already developing and drinkable. It has fresh lemon flavors along with bright pineapple. Finished with bright acidity, it is lightly mineral and crisp at the end. Drink now.”

Duas Quintas is a white wine from the Upper Douro, more specifically from Quinta de Ervamoira (150 metres altitude) and Quinta dos Bons Ares (600 metres altitude), and is a
blend of traditional grape varieties that expresses the potential of this most extreme region. It is a structured, unctuous white wine but also fine and elegant.
2013 was an excellent year for our production of white wines on the Upper Douro. Its climatic characteristics, namely a wet winter and dry summer, as well as the perfect conditions that occurred during harvest (between August 13th and September 18th), provided very well balanced grapes with great aromatic expression

 

Product Information

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Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2015

Tasting Note
This wine is made from a blend of grapes, 70% of which come from vines planted on a clay-limestone soil and 30% from vines planted on schist. Deep red hue. Intense on the nose with harmonious ripe aromas: cherries mingling with plums and slightly peaty notes. It is clean and straightforward on the palate with a nice hint of bitterness which lifts the finish which has an iodized touch. The wine is tauter than the preceding vintage. Lovely overall balance and a gorgeous tannic grain. A lovely vintage best appreciated in the next 7-8 years.

 

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Highly Recommanded by The Wine Merchant

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Set, Vino Tinto Artesano, 2015
Set, Vino Tinto Artesano, 2015
Set, Vino Tinto Artesano, 2015

This wine is a 100% Garnatxa from vineyard just outside the village of Torroja in the Priorat region of Catalonia. the word SET mean thirst in Catalan and is a reference to the fact that, because of the landscape, the roots of the vines have to dig deep to find water resulting in really low yields of characterful, amazing quality grapes. Only 842 bottles of this wine exist in the world!

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Simon Hackett – Cabernet Sauvignon “Hills View”, McLaren Vale, 2015
Simon Hackett – Cabernet Sauvignon “Hills View”, McLaren Vale, 2015
Simon Hackett – Cabernet Sauvignon “Hills View”, McLaren Vale, 2015

Plum and cherry flavours and long, soft dusty tannins combine to make a warm, rich yet balanced elegant wine

Varieties:100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Viticulture: Machine Harvested in the cool of the early morning

Vinification: De-stemmed,roller crushed, cold soaked for 24 hours.The juice is inoculated with selected yeast for fermentation to begin. Fermentation in small open tanks for 5/6 days on skins.Juice run off with the skins being airbag pressed. The wine is transfered to Tank with oak inserts to finish fermentation,racked of gross lees back onto oak for 10 months maturation, filtered and bottled.

Simon Hackett was born and raised in the Barossa Valley where his family have been connected with the wine trade for many generations. – four generations of the Hackett family followed agricultural pursuits in South Australia. Simon worked at Saltram’s, in the Barossa, before moving to McLaren Vale in 1973 where he cut his teeth working at Southern Vales Cooperative Winery (now Tatachilla) eventually becoming senior wine maker. Simon’s privately owned winery is situated at the entrance to McLaren Vale in Budgen road and it is here where he hand crafts his wines in small open top fermenters and gently nurtures them in a combination of French and Oak barriques. Much of his fruit is sourced from dry grown vineyards with ancient, gnarled vines. Yields are very small and his entire annual production rarely exceeds 10,000 cases. Today Hackett sources grapes from the McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills regions of South Australia. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 10 months in 2nd fill American oak barrels.

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Simon Hackett – Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, 2015
Simon Hackett – Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, 2015
Simon Hackett – Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, 2015

Upbeat, bright, sun drenched fruit dominated, fills the corners of the mouth but at the same time is not heavy.

90 points Wine Enthusiast, “Best Buy” (2005 vintage)
“A top-notch offering for current consumption, this wine boasts a complex bouquet of black cherries, cinnamon, clove, coffee, vanilla, herbal notes and hints of green peppercorns—it’s a wine you can sit and sniff almost endlessly. The flavors are more straightforward—black cherry and spice—while the texture is delicate, almost soft. Drink now.” (06/07)

Simon Hackett was born and raised in the Barossa Valley where his family have been connected with the wine trade for many generations. – four generations of the Hackett family followed agricultural pursuits in South Australia. Simon worked at Saltram’s, in the Barossa, before moving to McLaren Vale in 1973 where he cut his teeth working at Southern Vales Cooperative Winery (now Tatachilla) eventually becoming senior wine maker. Simon’s privately owned winery is situated at the entrance to McLaren Vale in Budgen road and it is here where he hand crafts his wines in small open top fermenters and gently nurtures them in a combination of French and Oak barriques. Much of his fruit is sourced from dry grown vineyards with ancient, gnarled vines. Yields are very small and his entire annual production rarely exceeds 10,000 cases. Today Hackett sources grapes from the McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills regions of South Australia.

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