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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Vieille Grange, “Les Rocailles” Rosé 2017, Calmel & Joseph, Vin de France, 12% vol, 75cl

    Vieille Grange, “Les Rocailles” Rosé 2017, 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

  • “Pietas” 2017 Vieilles Vignes Carignan, IGP Pays d’Hérault, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    “Pietas” 2017 Vieilles Vignes Carignan, IGP Pays d’Hérault, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    FR09

    Produced by Les Producteurs Réunis co-operative in the Languedoc.

     

    Made from carefully selected fruit from 40 year old Carignan vines this wine is a lovely balance of traditional and modern. The Carignan is very typical of this part of southern France but is rarely seen on its own – it is more usually used in blends with other varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault etc.

     

    Modern wine making techniques, particulary the use of temperature-controlled stainless steel in fermentation, results in a very fruit driven style with hints of spice and tobacco amid the ripe red berry aromas. The palate is soft and silky with masses of juicy fruit and only a touch of the earthiness so typical of wine from this area.

     

    Look past the slightly wacky label, this is a really impressive and excellent value red wine!

     

     

    £9.42

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Domaine l’Herré, I.G.P. Côtes de Gascogne, 12% vol, 75cl

    Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Domaine l’Herré, I.G.P. Côtes de Gascogne, 12% vol, 75cl

    FR06

    This 130-hectare vineyard is located at the foot of the Gascogne Pyrenees and  specialises in white varietals. Warm weather during the day and cool nights give ideal conditions to produce fresh, characterful Sauvignon Blanc.

     

    Very pale in appearance, the wine has a lovely fresh and zesty nose with white fruit and citrus aromas. The palate is dry and searching with plenty of fruit and mouthwatering acidity.

     

     

    £10.80