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  • Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2015, Domaine des Bernardins, 15% vol, 37.5cl

    Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2015, Domaine des Bernardins, 15% vol, 37.5cl

    WR02

    The wines from the Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise appellation are created by adding a neutral grape spirit to the partially fermented grape juice of the Muscat grape to produce what the French call a vin doux naturel (naturally sweet wine). The addition of the spirit kills off the yeasts and leaves the wine high in alcohol (15%) as well as high in residual sugar.

     

    The house and cellars of Mme Castaud-Maurin’s lovely property are in the village of Beaumes de Venise itself, while the 17 hectares of Muscat à petits grains, 25% of which are in fact ‘noirs’, are on the lower slopes of Mont Ventoux – a quite beautiful situation.

     

    The wine has a fine delicate character of almonds and apricots, and the use of black Muscat gives it a lovely orange tint in the glass.

     

    Half Bottle

     

     

     

     

    £11.52

  • Beaujolais-Villages 2017, Domaine André Colonge et Fils, 13% vol, 75cl

    Beaujolais-Villages 2017, Domaine André Colonge et Fils, 13% vol, 75cl

    BJ14

    The Colonge family have been making wine in this part of the Beaujolais region since 1789. Lying in the heart of the northern, Cru, area of the region, they are based in the commune of Lancié.  The estate comprises  37 hectares divided between 4 appellations: Fleurie, Brouilly, Beaujolais-Villages and Beaujolais.

     

    Colonge’s Beaujolais-Villages is the epitome of what Beaujolais is all about. Light, fresh and full of juicy fruit.

     

    A lovely deep crimson in appearance, the nose is bursting with crunchy red fruit and sweet spice, backed up by a touch of pear drop and strawberry. The palate emphasizes the ripe red fruit flavours backed up by good acidity and silky tannins that give way to a finish of strawberry jam notes.

     

    £11.88

  • Côtes du Roussillon Villages “Les Terroirs”, 2015, Calmel & Joseph, 14% vol, 75cl

    Côtes du Roussillon Villages “Les Terroirs”, 2015, Calmel & Joseph, 14% vol, 75cl

    FR12

    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.

     

    Low yielding vines, Syrah (60%), Grenache (30%), Carignan (10%).

     

    Grapes are picked by hand and benefit from a long maceration period. The Carignan is vinified by semi-carbonic maceration which consists of destemming without crushing the grapes. The Grenache and the Syrah are fermented traditionally with regular punching down to maximise colour and flavour extraction. No wood is used, the wine being aged in concrete tanks.

     

    Crimson in colour with black olive and tapenade nose. The palate is full and fruity with spice and good minerality. The integrated tannins are extremely elegant.

    £12.30

  • Saint Chinian 2015 “Les Terroirs”, Calmel & Joseph, Languedoc, 14% vol, 75cl

    Saint Chinian 2015 “Les Terroirs”, Calmel & Joseph, Languedoc, 14% vol, 75cl

    FR13

    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.

     

    A blend of Syrah (50%), Grenache (30%) and  Carignan (20%).

     

    The wine is vinified in the traditional manner in concrete tanks. The grapes are destemmed; 50% are crushed. Fermentation temperatures are 28°C (Syrah) and 30°C (Grenache Noir and Carignan). The cap is regularly punched down until mid-fermentation to ensure elegant tannins.

     

    Ageing is for 18 months in concrete tanks.

     

    “Purple-red in appearance with ruby hints. The nose opens with truffle notes which develop into deeper richer aromas of black olive paste, prunes and figs. The palate is redolent of wild herbs, spice and dried figs. The tannins are elegant and well-integrated. This is a balanced, poised wine that ends on a pleasing mineral note.”

    £12.30

  • Côtes du Rhône 2016, Domaine la Soumade, Frédéric Roméro, 14% vol, 75cl

    Côtes du Rhône 2016, Domaine la Soumade, Frédéric Roméro, 14% vol, 75cl

    RR03

    André Roméro is a most characterful and talented grower. He founded Domaine la Soumade in 1979 and was joined by his son Frédéric in 1996 on completion of his oenology studies. Today the estate covers 26 hectares, including a new plot of 2.5 hectares of the finest land in Rasteau – pure ‘Argile bleue’ with 60 year old vines.

     

    Domaine la Soumade practices  “agriculture raisonée” (sustainable winemaking) in all of  their vineyards, only treating the vines where absolutely necessary.

     

    They use organic compost which is only applied when soil deficiencies are revealed, following analysis of the soil and vine vegetation. When climatic conditions dictate they use organically permitted treatments (sulphur and copper) to protect the vines from mildew and oidium.

     

    Domaine la Soumade Côtes du Rhône is  80% Grenache Noir and 20% Syrah from low yielding (45 hl per ha) vines varying in age from 8 -15 years.

     

    The grapes are harvested by hand with the best grapes selected on a sorting table in the vineyard.

     

    Traditional winemaking with punching down of the skin cap and a regular pumping over of juice in open stainless steel tanks.

     

    Maceration of the skins lasts between 14 and 18 days with a temperature controlled fermentation.

     

    This is followed by an 18 month maturation of the wine on fine lees in stainless steel followed by a light filtration and bottling.

    £12.60

  • Château Villefranche 2015, Sauternes, Henri Guinabert et Fils, 14% vol, 37.5cl

    Château Villefranche 2015, Sauternes, Henri Guinabert et Fils, 14% vol, 37.5cl

    BB01

    A 17 ha property just to the south of the village of Barsac that has been in the Guinabert family for over 350 years.

     

    85% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle.

     

    Pale golden straw in appearance, the nose is fresh with characteristic Botrytis honey and hints of apricots and marmalade. The palate is middle weight, not too sweet but very elegant. A delicious and very well balanced Sauternes.

     

    Half Bottle

    £13.86

  • Riesling Réserve 2017, Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Riesling Réserve 2017, Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    AL06

    This small co-operative, founded in 1954, has 110 members and 200 hectares of vineyard in the Haut-Rhin, nine kilometres from Colmar.

     

    Grapes for the Riesling Réserve are grown in vineyards running along the South and South-East facing hillside slopes of Hunawihr, at an altitude of 250-320 metres above sea level. The average age of the vines is over 25 years old.

     

    Wine maker Nicolas Garde selected each parcel individually to ensure the best quality for this Réserve wine. The temperature controlled fermentation took place at around 17°C for three weeks with local Alsace yeasts. The wine was then aged on its fine lees in stainless steel tanks for three months before careful filtration. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place.

     

    A bright and elegant straw yellow with delicate silver tints. The nose is nicely complex with citrus, pear and white flower notes.The palate shows lively attack and is rich in the aromas of the bouquet, especially citrus. A long-lasting wine with a refreshing finish.

     

    £14.52

  • Mâcon-Bussières “Le Vieux Puits” 2017, Domaine Thiery Drouin, Vergisson, 13% vol, 75cl

    Mâcon-Bussières “Le Vieux Puits” 2017, Domaine Thiery Drouin, Vergisson, 13% vol, 75cl

    WB20

    Based in the village of Vergisson the Drouin family domaine comprises some 11 hectares and is run by Thierry and son Charles-Edouard. Established for several generations it comprises 6ha of prime Pouilly Fuissé vineyards and 3ha of Macon Villages.

     

    The grapes for the Mâcon-Bussières are from low-yielding 35 year old vines planted with a north-west exposure.

     

    The wine is aged for 8 months in 500-litre oak barrels on fine lees to extract maximum flavour and texture.

     

    Pale straw yellow in appearance, the nose of the wine has rich aromas of vanilla, pear and pineapple as well as white flowers. On the palate, the expression is elegant, middle-weight and pure with a touch of citrus/mineral flavour on the finish.

    £14.64

  • Chiroubles “La Forge” 2017, Domaine de la Chaponne, Laurent Guillet, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Chiroubles “La Forge” 2017, Domaine de la Chaponne, Laurent Guillet, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    BJ04

    We always felt that Laurent Guillet was a star in the Beaujolais and now that he has his father’s old vines in the Côte de Py the results are stunning. He is also making delicious Chiroubles from his wife’s family vineyard.

     

    Chiroubles is the most westerly and highest (up to 1,500 ft) of the Cru villages of Beaujolais.

     

    “La Forge” is a wonderfully elegant, fragrant wine. Soft and silky with lovely juicy summer berry fruit and a fine backbone of soft acidity and gentle tannins.

     

    Served lightly chilled it is a perfect partner to tuna and salmon dishes.

    £14.94