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  • Bourgogne Aligoté 2018, Ballot Millot, Meursault, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Bourgogne Aligoté 2018, Ballot Millot, Meursault, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    WB22

    This top division, 12 hectare property, based in the heart of Meursault, is run by the young and talented Charles Ballot. The Ballot & Millot families began acquiring vineyards in Meursault in the mid 17th century. When Charles’s parents married, they brought together some exceptional holdings.

     

    An extremely stringent form of viticulture is practiced in the vineyards, with no herbicides and minimal use of other treatments. In fact everything is now organic but he will not become certified as such.

     

    His exceptional Aligoté is from low yielding, 50 year old vines and is barrel fermented and nothing like the lean wines often associated with this overlooked variety.

    £15.18

  • 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.

    £15.30

  • Mâcon-Bussières “Le Vieux Puits” 2019, Domaine Thiery Drouin, Vergisson, 13% vol, 75cl

    Mâcon-Bussières “Le Vieux Puits” 2019, 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.

    £15.36

  • Morgon “Côte du Py” 2017, Domaine de la Chaponne, Laurent Guillet, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Morgon “Côte du Py” 2017, Domaine de la Chaponne, Laurent Guillet, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    BJ06

    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).

     

    Fragrant with juicy fruit and a solid structure.

     

     

    £15.42

  • Saint-Véran 2018, Domaine Michel Chavet, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Saint-Véran 2018, Domaine Michel Chavet, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    WB32

    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!

    £15.42

  • Château de Ricaud 2015, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux, 15% vol, 75cl

    Château de Ricaud 2015, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux, 15% vol, 75cl

    CL10

    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.

     

    £15.48

  • Fleurie 2018, Domaine André Colonge et Fils, 13% vol, 75cl

    Fleurie 2018, Domaine André Colonge et Fils, 13% vol, 75cl

    BJ13

    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 have 7.3 hectares of Fleurie vineyards on south/south eastern facing slopes.

     

    Fermentation is by semi-carbonic maceration combined with whole bunch fermentation. Maceration lasts around 10 days. This allows the wine to get the tannic structure required for ageing. Bottling is after the Easter following the harvest, for a cellaring potential of 5 to 6 years.

    Deep ruby red in appearance with crimson tints. The nose is floral with spice aromas at the fore giving way to red fruits and vanilla. The palate is complex, fleshy and creamy with silky tannins and very ripe black fruit.

    £15.72

  • Riesling Réserve 2018, Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr, 12% vol, 75cl

    Riesling Réserve 2018, Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr, 12% 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.

     

    £15.78

  • “Le Pigeoulet” 2017, Frédéric et Daniel Brunier, Vin de pays de Vaucluse, 14% vol, 75cl

    “Le Pigeoulet” 2017, Frédéric et Daniel Brunier, Vin de pays de Vaucluse, 14% vol, 75cl

    RR19

    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.

     

    With the Bruniers’ expansion into the satellite appellations, Daniel and Frédéric have produced some delightful fruit driven, crunchy wines.

     

     

    “Le Pigeoulet” comes from two separate parcels, 10 hectares on the lower southwest facing slopes of Mont Ventoux and 3 hectares on the east bank of the Rhône, 15km north of Avignon. The blend is 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Cargnan and Cinsault and ageing is in foudres for 12 months.

    £16.26