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France

FRANCE

Arguably the most important wine-producing country in the world, France produces a huge variety of styles of wine from simple vin de pays to the most sought after wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Champagne region.

Even today, with wine produced all over the globe, the wines of France are still often seen as the yardstick that other producers aspire to emulate.

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  • Château de Ricaud 2014, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux, 14% vol, 37.5cl

    Château de Ricaud 2014, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux, 14% vol, 37.5cl

    CL06

    To the south of Bordeaux city, near Cadillac, Château Ricaud boasts an exceptionally diverse array of soils. Impressed by its quality potential and the architectural splendour of the château, Alain Thiénot (of Champagne fame) bought the property in 1980 and has subsequently put in place a remodelling plan to transform the estate into a benchmark Loupiac and to create a Côtes de Bordeaux worthy of the finest wines.

     

    Château de Ricaud Cadillac is a blend of 90% Merlot,  8% Cabernet Sauvignon & 2% Petit Verdot from vines with an average age of 25 years. The wine was vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel, followed by ageing in oak barriques, 20% of which were new, for 12 months.

     

    With its appealing dark ruby appearance, the wine is complex on the nose offering initial notes of strawberry and blackberry. Beautifully structured on the palate, full and generous with rounded, fleshy tannins.  Perfectly integrated oak character accompanies the long, delicately spiced finish.

     

     

    **   Half Bottle  **

    £8.04

  • Vieille Grange, “Les Rocailles” Rosé 2016, Calmel & Joseph, Vin de France, 12% vol, 75cl

    Vieille Grange, “Les Rocailles” Rosé 2016, Calmel & Joseph, Vin de France, 12% vol, 75cl

    RS09

    Sourced from a family run estate near Beziers, the “Vieille Grange” wines from Calmel & Josephof offer excellent value – as the sign at the property says, “Vins de plaisir…..Enjoyable wines.”

     

    “Les Rocailles” rosé is a light and elegant pink very much in the Provençal style. Made mainly from Grenache, the wine has a lovely pale pink colour and a clean, fresh nose with lifted fruit aromas. On the palate it is dry with soft fruit and elegant, balancing acidity.

    £9.18

  • Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Vieille Grange, “Les Fines Roches”, Calmel & Joseph, IGP d’Oc, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Vieille Grange, “Les Fines Roches”, Calmel & Joseph, IGP d’Oc, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    FR15

    Sourced from a family run estate near Beziers, the “Vieille Grange” wines from Calmel & Joseph of offer excellent value – as the sign at the property says, “Vins de plaisir…..Enjoyable wines.”

     

    The Sauvignon Blanc is bright with aromas of white fruits, cut grass and citrus. The palate is dry and zesty with hints of lemon and green apples. Very refreshing.

     

     

    £9.18

  • Merlot 2017, Vieille Grange, “Les Fines Roches”, Calmel & Joseph, IGP d’Oc, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Merlot 2017, Vieille Grange, “Les Fines Roches”, Calmel & Joseph, IGP d’Oc, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    OR50

    Sourced from a family run estate near Beziers, the “Vieille Grange” wines from Calmel & Josephof offer excellent value – as the sign at the property says, “Vins de plaisir…..Enjoyable wines.”

     

    The Merlot is dark in the glass with a rich nose full of plum aromas. The palate is full and soft with ripe, juicy fruit.

     

    £9.18

  • Picpoul de Pinet 2016, Domaine Delsol, 12% vol, 75cl

    Picpoul de Pinet 2016, Domaine Delsol, 12% vol, 75cl

    FR07

    From the south of France near Sète, just down the motorway from Montpellier, Picpoul de Pinet is a refreshing, crisp, dry white wine.

     

    Very pale straw in the glass, the floral aromatics on the nose lead to a crisp dry palate with fruit nicely balanced by acidity and fresh, citrus zest. There is almost a salty tang to the finish. A perfect seafood wine – the Muscadet of the south if you like.

     

    Domaine Delsol has 5 hectares of vineyards next to the Etang de Thau producing definitive Picpoul.

     

    The front label of the bottle and the gates to the domaine depict a pair of armoured war elephants that commemorate the passage of Hannibal, through what was to become the vineyards of Domaine Delsol, in 218 BC on his way from Carthage to sack Rome.

     

    Bottled in the traditional “Neptune” bottle.

     

     

    £10.62

  • Chardonnay 2017, “Villa Blanche”, IGP Pays d’Oc, Calmel & Joseph, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Chardonnay 2017, “Villa Blanche”, IGP Pays d’Oc, Calmel & Joseph, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    FR11

    Founded in 1995, Calmel & Joseph is a négociant house specializing in Languedoc-Roussillon wines from private wineries from across the region. Over the years, they have built close personal relationships with a large number of growers from all appellations. Convinced of the extraordinary potential of this region, oenologist, Laurent Calmel, and Jerome Joseph work together on the vinification, blending and ageing of wines with the common purpose of demonstrating the little known, yet unique quality of these Mediterranean terroirs.

     

    With its attractive pale straw colour, Villa Blanche Chardonnay has a very expressive nose of white peach and dried fruits.  Full and round in the mouth, it is well-balanced with floral notes combining with  apricot flavours. The finish is spicy, with the lightest touch of wood.

     

    The grapes are picked at night, in two stages. The first harvest is done at a relatively early stage in maturity, to keep freshness in the wine. Then 15 days later a second harvest is done, to get good concentration and varietal aromas.  Fermentation is temperature-controlled  at 15°C (no malolactic fermentation). A third of the wine is aged for three months in old oak.

    £10.80

  • Grenache Rosé 2017, “Villa Blanche”, IGP Pays d’Oc, Calmel & Joseph, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Grenache Rosé 2017, “Villa Blanche”, IGP Pays d’Oc, Calmel & Joseph, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    RS06

    Founded in 1995, Calmel & Joseph is a négociant house specializing in Languedoc-Roussillon wines from private wineries from across the region. Over the years, they have built close personal relationships with a large number of growers from all appellations. Convinced of the extraordinary potential of this region, oenologist, Laurent Calmel, and Jerome Joseph work together on the vinification, blending and ageing of wines with the common purpose of demonstrating the little known, yet unique quality of these Mediterranean terroirs.

     

    100% Grenache.

     

    The grapes are picked at night in two passes. The first harvest is done at a relatively early stage in maturity, to keep freshness in the wine. Then 15 days later a second harvest is done, to get good concentration and varietal aromas.

     

    Grapes are destemmed and then macerated at 5°C for 6 hours. Fermentation is temperature-controlled at 17 ° C. No malolactic fermentation takes place.

     

    A very pale pink colour, bright and elegant. Discreet on the nose, with subtle aromas of roses. The palate is dry and refreshing with notes of red fruit and citrus. The finish is long with fine fruit and good balancing acidity.

     

     

    £10.80

  • Sauternes “Gold Reserve” 1998, Château Filhot, 13.5%vol, 37.5cl

    Sauternes “Gold Reserve” 1998, Château Filhot, 13.5%vol, 37.5cl

    BB06

    A mature wine from the renowned Sauternes property of Château Filhot.

     

    “Gold Reserve” 1998 is a light and elegant style. Not the sweetest of Sauternes but full of dried fruit and marmalade flavours. It is well suited as an aperitif or to partner rich savoury dishes such as foie gras or other rich pâtés, or cheeses (especially Roquefort). If you want to use it as a dessert wine choose a light, fruit dish.

     

    HALF BOTTLE

    £10.92

  • Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2015, Ch. du Coing de St. Fiacre, 12% vol, 75cl

    Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2015, Ch. du Coing de St. Fiacre, 12% vol, 75cl

    LV03

    Château du Coing is located in the village of Saint Fiacre, in the Sèvre et Maine district of Muscadet.

     

    Sèvre et Maine is acknowledged to be the best district in which to grow Muscadet, or Melon de Bourgogne as the variety is also known. These two rivers moderate the cool temperatures which is important at this northerly latitude and the distinctive gneiss soils give a particularly racy, fragrant style of Muscadet. The vines are on average 65 years old.

     

    Only stainless steel was used to ferment and age this wine. However, it qualifies as Muscadet `Sur Lie` due to the six months` ageing on its fine lees after the fermentation. This adds body, richness and longevity to the pure, citrus fruit; a serious wine with firm structure and good depth results.

     

    This wine is appreciated for its young, vivid, dry and fruity side that makes it the perfect companion to seafood. A delicate, pale lemon colour with light floral aromas of jasmine, pear and lightly toasted bread. The palate is juicy with pure, citrus fruit character and a long, fine-textured finish.

    £11.10