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  • 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

  • “Le Télégramme” Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016, Famille Brunier, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Le Télégramme” Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016, Famille Brunier, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    RR22

    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.

     

    Télégramme comes from the younger vines of Vieux Télégraphe, less than 30 years old, and older parcels not located on the plateaux of La Crau or Piedlong. The blend is 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre and 4% Cinsault. Ageing is in vats for 10 months followed by foudres for a further 7 months before bottling. The result is a delicious, fruit driven Châteauneuf du Pape which drinks very well in its youth.

    £33.96

  • “Piedlong” 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Famille Brunier, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Piedlong” 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Famille Brunier, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    RR13

    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.

     

    The Brunier brothers have produced this special Châteauneuf du Pape from two distinct parcels since the 2011 vintage. It is a blend of 90% Grenache (70 year old vines) and 10% Mourvèdre (50 year old vines).

     

    The Grenache is from the stony Piedlong plateau (full of galets roulés) in the heart of the Châteauneuf appellation, north of the village and the highest point in the production area (128m).

     

    The Mourvèdre comes from the sandy Pignan lieu-dit, east of Piedlong. The wine is aged for 20 months in large French oak foudres and there is no filtration or fining. This is a classic Brunier wine with the mineral expression dominating the character although there is plenty of richness and depth too.

    £38.46

  • Meursault 2017, “Cuvée Charles Maxime”, Domaine Latour-Giraud, 13.3% vol, 75cl

    Meursault 2017, “Cuvée Charles Maxime”, Domaine Latour-Giraud, 13.3% vol, 75cl

    WB03

    Jean-Pierre Latour has 10 hectares under vine in Meursault. Wonderfully sited vineyards, low yields, brilliant winemaking and no fining or filtration, make this one of the most exciting domaines in the village at present.

     

    The Meursault Cuvée Charles Maxime (a blend of Les Vireuils, Les Corbins and Les Pelles) is plump, rich and generous, fermented and matured in barrel (around 1/3 new) for 15-16 months.

     

    £45.72

  • Meursault 2016, Domaine Ballot Millot & Fils, Meursault, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Meursault 2016, Domaine Ballot Millot & Fils, Meursault, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    WB30

    Domain Ballot-Millot is a 12 ha., family estate located in the heart of Meursault and now run by the young and talented Charles Ballot.

     

    All the wines are barrel fermented, with around 25% new oak.

     

    His Meursaults are chiselled, fine, pure and minerally – top class wines from a talented young vigneron.

     

    Their village Meursault is from a total of just under 2ha of Chardonnay vines with an average age of 33 years. Dry and creamy, the nose has aromas of almond, hazelnut and butter. The palte is rich and generous with ripe fruit, taut minerality and butter and vanilla flavours from the oak.

     

    £46.32

  • Gevrey-Chambertin 2017 “La Justice”, Domaine René Bouvier, 13% vol, 75cl

    Gevrey-Chambertin 2017 “La Justice”, Domaine René Bouvier, 13% vol, 75cl

    RB02

    Bernard Bouvier has 17 hectares under vine in and around Gevrey and Marsannay.


    He has recently moved to new state of the art cellars just north of Gevrey and the quality of his wines has improved even further.


    Yields are extremely low and never exceed 30 hl/ha and no chemical sprays are used in the vineyards and everything is hand picked. Fermentation of the reds involves a long, cold maceration and a gentle extraction – what Bernard calls an infusion. About one third new barrels are used. They are bottled without fining or filtration and are fine, pure, concentrated and subtle.


    He is currently undergoing organic conversion.


    The site of the vineyard “La Justice” is, in theory, on the wrong (east) side of the RN74. However, the soil of small stoney scree, gives a wine of pure, elegant, fine minerality from 45-50 year old vines.


    Deep ruby red in appearance with hints of purple – clear, bright and strong.  The elegant nose is of ripe black fruit with floral hints of violet, and a delicate touch of spice.  The palate is ripe, supple and full with lively fruit and gentle tannins. The finish is long and persistent with excellent balancing acidity – very elegant.

    £46.44

  • Chassagne-Montrachet “Les Pierres” 2017, Jean-Marc Pillot, 13% vol, 75cl

    Chassagne-Montrachet “Les Pierres” 2017, Jean-Marc Pillot, 13% vol, 75cl

    WB14

    Jean-Marc is the fourth generation of this branch of the Pillot family to be in charge of this excellent, 10 hectare domaine. He took over the reins from his father Jean in 1991 and is assisted by his wife Nadine and sister Beatrice.

     

    Jean-Marc’s number one priority is to respect the terroir he has inherited. The soil is ploughed all year long. Organic fertilisers are adapted to the needs of each vine and the specific nature of each plot. Sustainable methods are used to fight against fungal diseases with maximum respect for the vines and their environment. A true believer in the saying that “great wine is made in the vineyard”, Jean-Marc lavishes great care and attention on his vines: March pruning, green harvesting, and manual picking account for quality grapes that are absolutely essential for making great wine.

     

    The harvest is done by hand. As soon as they are cut, the bunches are brought to the vat room and put whole into the pneumatic press. The juice goes from there to the underground cellar via gravity flow and is put into oak barrels, 30% of which are new. The wines age there under ideal conditions for 12 months after alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Starting in 2005, Jean-Marc decided that the wines would benefit from longer ageing. They now spend 6 months in stainless steel vats before bottling for improved stabilisation and efficient natural clarification.

     

    Rich ripe concentrated fruit (pear, apple, apricot and peach).  Elegant and mineral. Good acidity and oak balance, peachy and toasty aromas, soft and creamy. Wonderfully long.

     

     

    £46.74

  • 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

  • Meursault 2017, “Cuvée Fernand Boyer”, Boyer-Martenot, 13% vol, 75cl

    Meursault 2017, “Cuvée Fernand Boyer”, Boyer-Martenot, 13% vol, 75cl

    WB25

    This long established Meursault domaine is run today by Vincent Boyer-Martenot, whose father, Yves, was renowned for his elegant, mineral driven wines. Vincent has followed in his illustrious footsteps and makes equally alluring wines.

     

    Cuvée Fernand Boyer is named in honour of Vincent’s grandfather and is a wine that leads with finesse rather than power.

     

    In the glass the wine is pale gold in colour with faint green hints. The nose is very expressive with fresh lifted notes of apricot, floral aromas and exotic fruits. The palate is rounded and layered with great length. Wood is held in the background.

    £49.20