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.
Hervé Dubourdieu makes impeccable wine from the 13 hectares of 40+ year old vines at his Graves property of Château Graville-Lacoste. Here the combination of a stony soil and Hervé’s great attention to detail in both the vineyards and the winery result in a dry white wine with great character and a lovely fresh minerality.
Hervé blends a high proportion of Sémillon (75%) and a splash of Muscadelle (5%) with Sauvignon Blanc (20%), creating a rich, full, aromatic mid-palate to complement the clean finish.
Vinification and ageing is in temperature controlled stainless steel and the wine is bottled without filtering.
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.
“Le Paradou” Côtes de Provence Rosé is a joint project between Alex and Fred Chaudière of Château Pesquié in Ventoux and US wine shipper Eric Solomon.
A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Rolle (Vermentino) from 20-30 year old vines from a vineyard at 250 m altidude in the shadow of Montagne Sainte-Victoire in the heart of Provence.
The fruit is hand picked in the cool of early morning and transferred to the winery where it is cooled before a short, gentle maceration to extract the lightest possible colour. Fermentation and ageing is in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats to maximize freshness.
Very pale in colour the nose is fresh and clean with notes of red berries – raspberries and strawberries – with a touch of spice. The palate is dry and refreshing with soft fruit and a lovely supporting acidity that leads to a long, lingering finish.
Domaine La Bouïssière has been run by brothers Thierry and Gilles Faravel since the death of their father in 1990. The family has been farming the 30-50 year old, low-yielding vine organically since the late 1980’s.
Nine hectares of vines are situated at the base of the famous Dentelles de Montmirail making them some of the highest vineyards in Gigondas. This elevation permits a long growing season, adding elegance and freshness to the wines.
Unusually for this part of France, “Les Amis” contains 40% Merlot from a vineyard planted by Thierry next to the river Ouvèze. The Merlot adds a juicy, fruit driven style to the rich and spicy Grenache and Syrah that make up the rest of the blend. Merlot is not a permitted grape variety within the Gigondas appellation which is why the wine is designated vin de France.
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.
Situated in Davayé, at the foot of the rock of Solutré, the Chavet family have 12 hectares under vine, 10 of which are in the appellation of St Véran. The current custodian, Christophe, is the sixth generation of Chavets to manage the Domaine.
The vines, which average around 30 years old, are planted on stoney, clay-limestone soils facing south-east to south-west. The planting density is an unusually high 8,000 vines per hectare.
After a combination of machine and hand-picking, a stringent selection and gentle pressing, the wine is simply fermented in cuve at around 18 °C for 6-7 weeks. Once the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are completed, the wine spends a further 4-5 months in cuve, sur lie, prior to bottling the following spring.
The resulting wine is fine, crisp, clean, and soft with fresh minerally.
A great introduction to white Burgundy, or, for the already converted, a lovely, affordable treat!
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.
The Morgon is from 50-60 year old vines. Fermentation is in a mixture of steel and cement vats with 8 months ageing in both vats and foudre (1000+ litre barrels).
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 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon & 3% 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.
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