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  • Gigondas 2013 “Les Racines”, Domaine Les Pallières, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Gigondas 2013 “Les Racines”, Domaine Les Pallières, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    RR16

    Perhaps the finest estate in Gigondas and certainly one of the finest estates in the Southern Rhône. 25 hectares of vines, with an average age of 65-70 years, sitting in its own elevated hidden bowl, facing north west and surrounded by 100 hectares of wild garrigue.

     

    Originally in the hands of the late Pierre Roux,  Daniel and Frédéric Brunier (of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieux Télégraph fame) purchased the Domaine in 1998. Huge improvements and investments have been made both in the vineyards and the cellars and temperature control. A ring of small fermentation vessels have been installed, both wooden and concrete, so they can pick very small parcels at optimum ripeness. Little new oak is used and the wines are matured in large foudres.

     

    “Les Racines” (the roots) is a cuvée made from very old vines (60 + years), grown around the house at the lower part of the domaine. Here the soils are clay and limestone.

     

    80% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 7% Cinsault &  5% Clairette.

     

    The 15 hectares of vineyards are situated on terraced land from the lieu-dit, “Les Pallières”, located around the winery and cellars (at 250 metres in altitude). The grapes are hand picked followed by a traditional fermentation that lasts for 25-30 days in temperature-controlled cement cuves and wooden vats.

     

    The wine is aged in cuves for 10 months, then in foudres for 7-9 months before being bottled unfiltered.

     

    “It displays the velvety, deep and harmonious expressions generated by old Grenache grown on the finest terroirs. Very high ageing potential.”

    £30.24

  • Gigondas 2012 “Terrasse du Diable”, Domaine Les Pallières, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Gigondas 2012 “Terrasse du Diable”, Domaine Les Pallières, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    RR15

    Perhaps the finest estate in Gigondas and certainly one of the finest estates in the Southern Rhône. 25 hectares of vines, with an average age of 65-70 years, sitting in its own elevated hidden bowl, facing north west and surrounded by 100 hectares of wild garrigue.

     

    Originally in the hands of the late Pierre Roux,  Daniel and Frédéric Brunier (of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vieux Télégraph fame) purchased the Domaine in 1998. Huge improvements and investments have been made both in the vineyards and the cellars and temperature control. A ring of small fermentation vessels have been installed, both wooden and concrete, so they can pick very small parcels at optimum ripeness. Little new oak is used and the wines are matured in large foudres.

     

    “Terrasse du Diable” (Devil’s Terrace) is a blend of 90% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% Clairette  from grapes grown on the higher terraces where the vines are an average of 45 years old. The soil is a mix of clay, chalk and volcanic schistes.

     

    The grapes are hand picked from lieux-dits “Poncet”, “Thomas”, “Les Pallières”, and “Terrasse du Diable”. A traditional fermentation that lasts for 25-30 days takes place in temperature-controlled cement cuves and wooden vats.

     

    The wine is aged in cuves for 10 months, then in foudres for 7-9 months before being bottled unfiltered.

     

    Terrasse du Diable,” encompasses the low-yielding vines from the higher altitudes that express great structure and intense minerality”

    £30.24

  • Saint-Romain 2017, Domaine Alain Gras, Saint-Romain, 13% vol, 75cl

    Saint-Romain 2017, Domaine Alain Gras, Saint-Romain, 13% vol, 75cl

    Alain Gras has long been acknowledged as the pre-eminent vigneron in Saint-Romain – a village of wonderfully sited vineyards and a greater proportion of limestone than any other commune in Burgundy. It has also benefited greatly from recent climate change – meaning that previously overly cool sites, due to their high altitude, are now routinely achieving full ripeness and physiological maturity.

     

    His stunningly situated domaine comprises 12 hectares of Saint-Romain (8ha planted to Chardonnay and 4ha to Pinot Noir). He has 42 separate parcels in all, but prefers blending the grapes from the individual sites to ensure complexity and consistency. The Saint-Romain Blanc, from vines which average 40 years old, displays an impressive ripe core of white stone fruits, expressive minerally, elegance, finesse and tingling acidity. After a gentle pressing, it is vinified in a combination of 80% stainless steel and 20% new oak and bottled after 11 months.

     

    There are presently 26 restaurants in France with 3 Michelin stars and Alain’s wines are listed in 21 of them.

     

    £30.36

  • Bourgogne Rouge 2016, Domaine Marc Roy, 13% vol, 75cl

    Bourgogne Rouge 2016, Domaine Marc Roy, 13% vol, 75cl

    RB10

    This small, 4 hectare, domaine has, since 2003, been run  by the ambitious and young Alexandrine Roy, the fourth generation to assume the reins at the family domaine “Marc Roy”.

     

    Her attentive approach to the vineyard work includes aeration of the vines through a careful thinning of leaf cover as the growing season progresses, and reduction of yields through green harvesting. Consequently, she produces fruit which is uniformly ripe from vineyards which are clean and vines which are incredibly healthy.  Only the best grapes make it to the winery, any suspect fruit gets left on the vineyard floor.

     

    All the fruit here is 100% destemmed, with daily pigeage (punching down the cap) during the relatively brief fermentation in stainless steel, and a delicate application of new oak during the also brief elevage of only 12 months. The results speak for themselves – soft, silky, supple and always very pure with the emphasis on elegance and balance rather than power.

     

    Alexandrine’s Bourgogne Rouge is from 50-60 year old vines from the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin. A wonderfully approachable red Burgundy with the emphasis on fruit and finesse. Red fruits (cherry and raspberry) are to the fore supported by gentle tannins and fine, balancing acidity.

    £30.36

  • Château de Ricaud 2014, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux, 14% vol, 150cl

    Château de Ricaud 2014, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux, 14% vol, 150cl

    CL11

    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.

    £30.60

  • Château La Gurgue 2014, Margaux, Claire Villars Lurton, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Château La Gurgue 2014, Margaux, Claire Villars Lurton, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    CL17

    Run today by Claire Villars Lurton, daughter of the late Bernadette Villars, this has become one of Margaux’s best Cru Bourgeois.

     

    The vineyards are situated just to the west of Château Margaux and cover 10 hectares. They are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) with a lesser quantity of Merlot (35%) and a splash (5%) of Petit Verdot. The vines have an average age of 35 years.

     

    The harvest is manual with careful grape selection both in the vineyards and at the winery. Fermentation, in stainless steel vats takes about three weeks followed by ageing for 12 months in oak barriques, 25% of which are new.

     

    Châtea La Gurgue combines elegance with concentration giving wines with excellent fruit – blackcurrants and blackberries – supported by polished oak and gentle tannins.

    £31.08

  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2016, Domaine de la Charbonniere, Michel Maret, 14% vol, 75cl

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2016, Domaine de la Charbonniere, Michel Maret, 14% vol, 75cl

    WR05

    Michel Maret has now been joined by his two daughters, Véronique, helping with the wine making, and Caroline, running the office with Madame Maret.

     

    With 12 hectares of prime vineyard in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and 4.5 in Vacqueyras, this is a serious,  established,  top quality domaine.

     

    Vinification is traditional, in stainless steel and concrete vats, and now open-top wooden fermenters. Elevage is in a mixture of new barriques, foudres and demi-muids.


    There is now a temperature controlled cellar which gives Michel more room and the ability to bottle when he wants and all in one go.


    The Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc, made from Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette grown on the pebble strewn plateau des Brusquières is now one of the best in the region.

     

    A pale straw colour the nose is very dry with spice and pepper and subdued fruit in the background. The palate is big and rounded with warm textured fruit, poised acidity and a long finish.

    £31.32

  • “Le Télégramme” Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016, Famille Brunier, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Le Télégramme” Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016, Famille Brunier, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    RR22

    Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, established in 1891, has been run by the Brunier family for five generations. The estate’s vineyards are situated on the famous “Plateau de la Crau” the stony terrace where there is nothing but “galets roulés”, or rounded stones, as far as the eye can see. This special terroir imparts a highly distinctive minerality to the wines.

     

    Télégramme comes from the younger vines of Vieux Télégraphe, less than 30 years old, and older parcels not located on the plateaux of La Crau or Piedlong. The blend is 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre and 4% Cinsault. Ageing is in vats for 10 months followed by foudres for a further 7 months before bottling. The result is a delicious, fruit driven Châteauneuf du Pape which drinks very well in its youth.

    £33.96

  • “Piedlong” 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Famille Brunier, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Piedlong” 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Famille Brunier, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    RR13

    Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe, established in 1891, has been run by the Brunier family for five generations. The estate’s vineyards are situated on the famous “Plateau de la Crau” the stony terrace where there is nothing but “galets roulés”, or rounded stones, as far as the eye can see. This special terroir imparts a highly distinctive minerality to the wines.

     

    The Brunier brothers have produced this special Châteauneuf du Pape from two distinct parcels since the 2011 vintage. It is a blend of 90% Grenache (70 year old vines) and 10% Mourvèdre (50 year old vines).

     

    The Grenache is from the stony Piedlong plateau (full of galets roulés) in the heart of the Châteauneuf appellation, north of the village and the highest point in the production area (128m).

     

    The Mourvèdre comes from the sandy Pignan lieu-dit, east of Piedlong. The wine is aged for 20 months in large French oak foudres and there is no filtration or fining. This is a classic Brunier wine with the mineral expression dominating the character although there is plenty of richness and depth too.

    £38.46