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  • Mercurey “Vieilles Vignes” Rouge 2018, Domaine Theulot-Juillot, Mercurey, 13% vol, 75cl

    Mercurey “Vieilles Vignes” Rouge 2018, Domaine Theulot-Juillot, Mercurey, 13% vol, 75cl

    RB12

    Natalie Theulot inherited her share of the Juillot family domaine in 1987and is today ably assisted by her husband Jean-Claude Theulot. Their estate comprises 10 hectares of red and white Mercurey. Harvesting is by hand, the fruit is 100% destemmed, given a light crushing and cooled to 10°C for 4-5 days before being fermented at a maximum of 30°C. Ageing is for 12-15 months in barrels from Tonnellerie de Mercurey and Seguin-Moreau.

     

    The Vieilles Vignes is from three lieux-dits; Clos Laurent, Vaux & Montelons. It is rich and generous with lovely red and black fruits, a sumptuous texture and sweet finish.

    £27.54

  • Saint-Aubin “Champ Tirant” 2018, Domaine Gérard Thomas & Filles, 13% vol, 75cl

    Saint-Aubin “Champ Tirant” 2018, Domaine Gérard Thomas & Filles, 13% vol, 75cl

    WB12

    Saint-Aubin is a real hidden gem tucked up the valley behind the Montrachets, Puligny and Chassagne.

     

    The day-to-day running of this fine 12 hectare domaine is now in the highly capable hands of Gérard’s two daughters, Anne & Isabelle. Their technical training has resulted in fresher, purer wines with precise flavours. All the wines are barrel-fermented.

     

    Champ Tirant is a splendid vineyard on the edge of the village adjacent to 1er Cru “Les Castets” and is vinified with the same care and attention in 25% new barrels. It has ripe, honeyed fruit, a fine, generous texture and excellent balancing acidity.

     

     

     

    £28.56

  • Chablis 1er Cru “Fourchaume” 2018, Gilles et Nathalie Fèvre, 13% vol, 75cl

    Chablis 1er Cru “Fourchaume” 2018, 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.

     

     

     

    £29.52

  • Château Filhot 2011, 2ième Cru Classé Sauternes, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Château Filhot 2011, 2ième Cru Classé Sauternes, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    BB07

    This magnificent estate lies just to the south of the village of Sauternes and extends to some 350 hectares, 62 of which are vineyards lying with a mainly south-west exposure.

     

    Founded in 1709 by Romain de Filhot the property is today run by one of his descendants, Count Henri de Vaucelles.

     

    The 2011 Filhot is 60% Semillon, 36% Sauvignon Blanc & 4% Muscadelle.

     

    The grapes were hand harvested by skilled pickers making several sweeps through the vineyards. Fermentation was in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and lasted for between 10 – 30 days depending on the variety. After a gentle filtration and blending the wine spent 2 years in oak, a third of which was new.

     

    A rich golden colour, the nose has hints of apricot, zesty spice and fresh acidity (from the Sauvignon Blanc), together with botrytis honey notes. The palate is round and full with layered rich fruit supported by a taut, acidic backbone.

     

    £30.00

  • Gigondas 2014 “Les Racines”, Domaine Les Pallières, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Gigondas 2014 “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

  • Saint-Romain Rouge 2017, Domain Alain Gras, Saint-Romain, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Saint-Romain Rouge 2017, Domain Alain Gras, Saint-Romain, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    RB05

    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.

     

    His Saint-Romain Rouge, from 35 year old vines, offers an abundance of beautiful, vivid, bright, juicy red and dark cherry fruit. The grapes are 100% destemmed then fermented on the skins for 12-14 days before maturation for 12 months in 80% lined cement tanks and 20% new oak.

     

    There are presently 26 restaurants in France with 3 Michelin stars and Alain’s wines are listed in 21 of those gilded establishments.

    £30.36

  • Saint-Romain 2017, Domaine Alain Gras, Saint-Romain, 13% vol, 75cl

    Saint-Romain 2017, Domaine Alain Gras, Saint-Romain, 13% vol, 75cl

    WB10

    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.

     

    £30.36

  • Château La Gurgue 2014, Margaux, Claire Villars Lurton, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Château La Gurgue 2014, Margaux, Claire Villars Lurton, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    CL17

    Run today by Claire Villars Lurton, daughter of the late Bernadette Villars, this has become one of Margaux’s best Cru Bourgeois.

     

    The vineyards are situated just to the west of Château Margaux and cover 10 hectares. They are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) with a lesser quantity of Merlot (35%) and a splash (5%) of Petit Verdot. The vines have an average age of 35 years.

     

    The harvest is manual with careful grape selection both in the vineyards and at the winery. Fermentation, in stainless steel vats takes about three weeks followed by ageing for 12 months in oak barriques, 25% of which are new.

     

    Châtea La Gurgue combines elegance with concentration giving wines with excellent fruit – blackcurrants and blackberries – supported by polished oak and gentle tannins.

    £31.32

  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2016/17, Domaine de la Charbonniere, Michel Maret, 14% vol, 75cl

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2016/17, Domaine de la Charbonniere, Michel Maret, 14% vol, 75cl

    WR05

    Michel Maret has now been joined by his two daughters, Véronique, helping with the wine making, and Caroline, running the office with Madame Maret.

     

    With 12 hectares of prime vineyard in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and 4.5 in Vacqueyras, this is a serious,  established,  top quality domaine.

     

    Vinification is traditional, in stainless steel and concrete vats, and now open-top wooden fermenters. Elevage is in a mixture of new barriques, foudres and demi-muids.


    There is now a temperature controlled cellar which gives Michel more room and the ability to bottle when he wants and all in one go.


    The Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc, made from Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette grown on the pebble strewn plateau des Brusquières is now one of the best in the region.

     

    A pale straw colour the nose is very dry with spice and pepper and subdued fruit in the background. The palate is big and rounded with warm textured fruit, poised acidity and a long finish.

    £32.88