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  • Puligny-Montrachet 2016, Domaine Bzikot Père et Fils, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Puligny-Montrachet 2016, Domaine Bzikot Père et Fils, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    WB08

    Sylvain Bzikot’s grandfather arrived in the village of Puligny from Poland just before the start of WWII with pretty much nothing to his name. Over the years, however, the family has acquired four hectares of vineyards within the Puligny-Montrachet appellation and a further nine hectares of Bourgogne.

     

     

    Pale straw yellow in appearance, the nose is rich and buttery with plenty of ripe melon notes and a touch of oak. The palate is full and rounded with layered fruit supported by integrated oak, fresh acidity and a good mineral backbone.

    £46.80

  • Gevrey-Chambertin 2014, Domaine Arlaud, Morey-St-Denis, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Gevrey-Chambertin 2014, Domaine Arlaud, Morey-St-Denis, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    RB07

    This fine Morey-St-Denis domaine was created by Joseph Arlaud just after WWII and today extends to some 15 ha. Whilst his son Hervé is still involved he leaves most of the work these days to his children Cyprien and Bertille. The Arlaud family have farmed organically for several years and today they also follow a biodynamic regime in the vineyards and winery.

     

    They always harvest manually and since 2004, under the guidance of Bertille, have used horses to plough the vineyards. Soil compaction can be a real problem and heavy machinery only adds to the problem whereas the horses have a lighter touch. Currently there are two horses working the Domaine, “Nougat” and “Okapi”.

     

    Once harvested, the grapes are carefully sorted and de-stemmed but not crushed. Fermention is carried out using indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled cement tanks. The wines are aged in French oak barrels (15% of which is new wood) for 14 to 16 months before being bottled, unfined and unfiltered, according to the lunar cycle.

     

    Arlaud’s Gevrey-Chambertin is from a 1 hectare vineyard and has a deep ruby / ​​purple colour with a nose full of plum and black fruit aromas with hints of earth and leather. The palate is full and rounded with notes of strawberries and raspberries supported by fine tannins, lovely freshness and elegant acidity.

    £47.46

  • Côte-Rôtie 2017 “Madinière”, Yves Cuilleron à Chavanay, 13% vol, 75cl

    Côte-Rôtie 2017 “Madinière”, Yves Cuilleron à Chavanay, 13% vol, 75cl

    RR10

    Yves Cuilleron took over the reins as the 4th generation vigneron of this top domaine in 1987. He is based in Chavanay, just south of Condrieu, and has built up a formidable reputation in recent years. He now owns and leases over 75 hectares, 8 of which are in Côte-Rôtie.

     

    The steeply terraced nature of the vineyards is such that all work must be done manually. This is very labour intensive but reflects the Domaine’s policy of ensuring that the vines produce the finest fruit possible.

     

    Careful control of the vines vegetative cycle is exercised to maintain quality; a “green” harvest takes place in August to provide the vines with maximum aeration and reduce the risk of disease. Great respect is paid to the soil balance – no insecticides are used and only organic fertilizer, applied sparingly, is used.

     

    For decades, the estate has focused on traditional and simple winemaking. A manual harvest, a careful sorting of the grapes, an alcoholic fermentation made solely from natural yeasts and ageing in wood are the main ingredients of the Cuilleron method.

     

    Yves Cuilleron‘s approach to winemaking is “Make it as simple as possible”. For his reds he ferments in open vats for 3 weeks with pigeage (punching down the “cap”) and regular pumping over followed by ageing in a mix of new and old wood for 18 months.

     

    This wine is from 4 ha of vineyards facing South / South-East, located in the north of the appellation. “Madinière” comes from the name of the stream located at the bottom of the hill.

     

    100% Syrah. Dark in the glass, the nose is full of spice and pepper with soft wood tannins in the background. The palate is round and fleshy with soft tannins and fresh acidity giving the wines length and elegance.

    £49.02

  • Château Bouscaut 2013 Blanc, Grand Cru-Classé de Graves, Pessac-Léognan, Sophie Lurton & Laurent Cogombles, 13% vol, 75cl

    Château Bouscaut 2013 Blanc, Grand Cru-Classé de Graves, Pessac-Léognan, Sophie Lurton & Laurent Cogombles, 13% vol, 75cl

    The origins of this estate date back to the 17th century, but more recently, Bouscaut was acquired in 1979 by Lucien Lurton, a well known Bordeaux winemaker who already owned at least ten other prestigious châteaux throughout Bordeaux. Today the estate is run by Sophie Lurton, Lucien’s daughter and her husband Laurent Cogombles. Laurent  is also the present president of the appellation Pessac-Léognan.

     

    There are 47 hectares under vine.  The barrel fermented white is a mix of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Sémillon, from 150 year old rootstock grown on clay and gravel soils.

     

    The grapes were picked by hand and carefully sorted in the vineyard before arriving at the winery. Vinification was in oak barrels, 40% of which were new, with regular batonnage (stirring of the lees) to add depth and integration of the wood into the wine. The finished wine was then aged for 12 months in wood – 30% of which was new.

     

    Light golden in colour with a fresh and intense nose with flinty mineral notes, fine oak, roasted nuts, grapefruit, peaches and citrus notes. The palate is fresh and vibrant with juicy fruit and fine balancing minerality in the long finish.

    £50.88

  • Chablis Grand Cru “Vaudésir” 2016, Domaine Christian Moreau, Père et Fils, 13% vol, 75cl

    Chablis Grand Cru “Vaudésir” 2016, Domaine Christian Moreau, Père et Fils, 13% vol, 75cl

    WB11

    Moreau’s “Vaudésir” is from vines aged between 40 and 65 years old.

     

    Fermentation is is stainless steel and 65% of the wine stays in steel whilst the remaining 35% is aged in oak – 90% is 1-3 year old wood and only 10% is new. This gives a very restrained expression of oak – it seasons rather than flavours.

     

    Rich and ripe with a lot of weight and power.

    £53.52

  • Chassagne-Montrachet 2014 “Les Pierres”, Jean-Marc Pillot, 13% vol, 150cl

    Chassagne-Montrachet 2014 “Les Pierres”, Jean-Marc Pillot, 13% vol, 150cl

    WB28

    Jean-Marc Pillot is a young and talented winemaker who runs the 10 hectare domaine started by his great grandfather.

     

    The white wines of the domaine mature quickly and are at their peak 3-4 years after the vintage.

     

    Ripe fruit is set off by a wonderfully elegant mineral core.

    £88.20

  • Château Caronne Ste. Gemme 2014, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc, 13% vol, Double Magnum, 300cl

    Château Caronne Ste. Gemme 2014, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc, 13% vol, Double Magnum, 300cl

    CL41

    A very reliable Cru Bourgeois property, Château Caronne Ste. Gemme is located in the Haut-Médoc adjacent to St.Julien. Owned by Jean and Francois Nony, the property consists of 45 hectares of vineyards and produces over 20,000 cases a year.

     

    Caronne Ste. Gemme 2014 is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel before being transferred for maturation in oak barriques (20% of which are new, the rest being 2nd or 3rd fill) for 12 months.

     

    A rich nose of red fruit, cedar and spices leads on to a powerful palate that is full of red fruit flavours, herbs and oak  balanced by firm  tannins and subtle oak.

    **A Double Magnum – 3 litres, or the equivalent to 4 bottles – in an individual, branded wooden box.**

    £123.60

  • Vieux Château Gaubert 2009, Graves, 13% vol, Double Magnum, 300cl

    Vieux Château Gaubert 2009, Graves, 13% vol, Double Magnum, 300cl

    CL59

    The Haverlan family bought the property in 1988 and the wines made here are delicious. Very sound reds, fleshy with plenty of solid black fruit, mature tannins and creamy oak.

     

    The cépage is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot from 16 hectares of vineyards on classic Graves gravel soils. The harvest is carried out by hand followed by a careful selection of the fruit before a temperature controlled fermentation and lengthy maceration period.

     

    The wine is ages for 18 months in oak, 40% of which is new. 2009 was a superb vintage.

     

    **A Double Magnum – 3 litres, or the equivalent to 4 bottles – in an individual, branded wooden box.**

    £134.40

  • Château Caronne Ste. Gemme 2015, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc, Jeroboam, 13% vol, 500cl

    Château Caronne Ste. Gemme 2015, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc, Jeroboam, 13% vol, 500cl

    CL38

    A very reliable Cru Bourgeois property, Château Caronne Ste. Gemme is located in the Haut-Médoc adjacent to St.Julien. Owned by Jean and Francois Nony, the property consists of 45 hectares of vineyards and produces over 20,000 cases a year.

     

     

    Caronne-Ste.Gemme is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel before being transferred for maturation in oak barriques (20% of which are new, the rest being 2nd or 3rd fill) for 12 months.

     

     

    A rich nose of red fruit, cedar and spices leads on to a powerful palate that is full of red fruit flavours, herbs and oak  balanced by firm  tannins and subtle oak. A lovely wine from a fine vintage.

     

    **A Jeroboam – 5 litres, or the equivalent to 6 2/3 bottles – in an individual, branded wooden box.**

     

    £176.40