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  • Château Siaurac 2010, Lalande de Pomerol, Baronne Guichard, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Château Siaurac 2010, Lalande de Pomerol, Baronne Guichard, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    CL43

    This fine right bank property has been in the Guichard family since 1832 and at 42 hectares (110 acres), situated next to the Pomerol plateau, it is the largest estate in Lalande. The imposing château is surrounded by parkland and vineyards. The soils are a mixture of gravel and clay.

     

    85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

     

    After a traditional fermentation the wine is aged for 12 months in French oak, 15% of which is new.

     

    Dark in appearance the nose is richly perfumed and very enticing. The palate is full and generous with plenty of ripe fruit – cherry and blackcurrant-  and gentle tannic strucure – very attractive claret from a great vintage.

    £28.50

  • Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru 2013 “Clos des Montaigus”, Domaine Vincent Dureuil-Janthial, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru 2013 “Clos des Montaigus”, Domaine Vincent Dureuil-Janthial, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    RB05

    The Dureuil-Janthials are one of the oldest families in the village of Rully, and they can be traced back to 13th century. Vincent Dureuil has today firmly established himself as one of the top growers in this village, being equally at home with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. His first vintage was in 1994 and in just a few years, he has gained a great reputation for top quality wines. His whites are mineral and expressive, and his reds are juicy and fruit-laden.

     

    Domaine Dureuil-Janthial comprises 17 hectares, mainly in the Côte Chalonnaise, but also with holdings in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. They produce wine in 20 appellations and have been certified organic since the late 2000’s.

     

    Vincent’s cellars are very deep and cold and all fermentations, malolactic processes and stabilizations take much longer than is ordinarily the case. This, together with low yielding, old vines contributes to the great richness and complexity which all of his wines demonstrate.

     

    The Mercurey Rouge is from a 0.9 hectare vineyard planted with 40 year old vines. After careful sorting the grapes are cold-macerated for 8 days followed by fermentation using natural yeasts. The wine is aged for 18 months in oak, a third of which is new.

     

    The wine shows good colour with a nose full of dark fruit aromas, hints of spice and “forest floor.” The palate is full and rounded with excellent fruit – cherry, red berries – and spicy flavours. The finish is long.

    £28.50

  • Sancerre “Pieuchaud” 2017, Domaine Paul Prieur et Fils, 13% vol, 75cl

    Sancerre “Pieuchaud” 2017, Domaine Paul Prieur et Fils, 13% vol, 75cl

    LV07

    This wonderful family domaine has been in the Prieur family for 11 generations and is today run by Luc and Philippe Prieur.

     

    The estate comprises 13.5ha of Sauvignon Blanc in the village of Verdigny, just to the north west of the town of Sancerre. Here the soils are mainly limestone based but the family also have 5ha of flinty, “silex” soil in the village of Thauvenay. The silex soil adds a distinctive smoky edge to the wines. The domaine also has 5ha of Pinot Noir.

     

    Although not currently certified organic, the domaine bans the use of weedkillers and insecticides and the harvest is manual with several sweeps through the vineyards.

     

    Fruit for the lieu dit Pieuchaud cuvée is from the eponymous vineyard on the silex soils of Thauvenay. The grapes are carefully pressed in a pneumatic press before fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The wine is then aged for 14 months in a combination of old 1,600 litre wooden vats (80%) and 600 litre barrels.

     

    Production is small at around 5,000 bottles.

     

    Dry and fresh with layered flavours of grass and smoky flint notes, the ageing in barrel adds depth, richness and complexity rarely seen in Sancerre.

     

    £28.62

  • Chablis 1er Cru “Fourchaume” 2017, Gilles et Nathalie Fèvre, 13% vol, 75cl

    Chablis 1er Cru “Fourchaume” 2017, Gilles et Nathalie Fèvre, 13% vol, 75cl

    Gilles and Nathalie Fèvre met at university where they both qualified as oenologists. Gilles’ great grandfather began growing grapes and making wine in and around the village of Fontenay-Près-Chablis over a hundred years ago.

     

    Today, they own 40 hectares of vines – all planted on Kimmeridgian limestone – throughout the region. The vines are mainly aged between 25 and 35 years although some date back to when Gilles’s greatgrandfather ran the domaine.

     

    Gilles is in charge of viticulture. The finest possible grapes are grown with a fastidious, environmentally conscious approach to quality, lower yields and scrupulous selection. Nathalie oversees winemaking, where small, temperature controlled stainless steel tanks are used to vinify each parcel separately.

     

    The wine is aged on its lees for 12 months – 85% in steel and 15% in old oak.

     

     

    The resulting wines are beautiful expressions of classic, fine, concentrated, pure, steely, minerally Chablis.

     

     

     

    £29.22

  • 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.

     

    £30.24

  • 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

  • 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