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  • Gigondas 2016, Domaine Raspail-Ay, 15% vol, 75cl

    Gigondas 2016, Domaine Raspail-Ay, 15% vol, 75cl

    RR08

    Raspail Ay is one of the most celebrated, traditional Gigondas estates. Owner Dominique Ay has now been joined by his son, Christophe and daughter, Anne-Sophie. The 18 hectares of vineyards are perfectly positioned all around the house and are a mix of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre with an average vine age of 40 years.

     

    The grapes are hand picked and then 100% destemmed, vinified in cement tanks and aged in a mix of large foudres and old barriques.. The wines are never fined and rarely filtered. These are wines packed with fruit, and age admirably.

     

    A deep ruby red appearance the nose of the wine has black fruit aromas together with hints of cherry and raspberry as well as pepper and warming spice. The palate has a lovely structure with gentle tannins supporting a melange of fruits, leather and spice. The finish is long and persistent.

    £24.66

  • Mercurey Blanc 2017, “La Brigadière”, François Raquillet, Mercurey, 13% vol, 75cl

    Mercurey Blanc 2017, “La Brigadière”, François Raquillet, Mercurey, 13% vol, 75cl

    WB07

    François Raquillet, the 11th generation of grape growers in Mercurey, has 10 hectares of superbly sited, mostly old, vines. He believes in low yields, mature (rather than super-ripe) fruit and a severe selection at the sorting table. The depth, richness and concentration which characterise his wines are a result of this, rather than any over extraction.

     

    The Mercurey Blanc “La Brigadière” is a delicious revelation, from 25 year old vines and vinified in 400ltr. demi-muids (20% new).

     

    The wine is pale straw in appearance with a taut, mineral driven nose reflecting the limestone soils of the vineyards. The palate is full and dry with notes of dried fruits and honey. A wine of great finesse rather than power.

    £25.98

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    Vieux Château Gaubert 2009, Graves, 13% vol, 75cl

    Vieux Château Gaubert 2009, Graves, 13% vol, 75cl

    CL08

    Dominique Haverlan’s family have been making wine in the Graves for generations. Since taking over the estate in 1985 Dominique has built up a forty hectare estate (34 hectares of which is vineyards) and continues to improve quality by investing in the winery and the vineyards with an ongoing replanting scheme. The low-yielding vineyards have an average age of 30 years . They rest on a classic gravel topsoil above deep clay.

     

     

    The red wines of the estate are a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, and see 40% new wood for 12 months.

     

     

    The style is one of concentrated fruit with an elegant acid profile and balanced oak input playing a supporting role. These are wines that start to hit their peak around 6 years from vintage.

     

    £26.40

  • Château Grand-Pey-Lescours 2015, St.Émilion Grand Cru, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Château Grand-Pey-Lescours 2015, St.Émilion Grand Cru, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    CL33

    A 21 hectare property at St-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens on the hillside to the south west of the town of St.Émilion. In recent years new owners (the Escure family) and significant investment has allowed the property to improve and it is now producing very sound wines at sensible prices.

     

    Predominantly Merlot (80%) with 10% each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is dark purple/red in the glass with a nose full of ripe plum and prune notes with hints of cedar wood and spice. The palate is round and fleshy with flavours of bramble and plum supported by gentle tannins.

     

     

    £26.76

  • Pouilly-Fuissé “L’Ame Forest” 2016, Domaine Eric Forest, 13% vol, 75cl

    Pouilly-Fuissé “L’Ame Forest” 2016, Domaine Eric Forest, 13% vol, 75cl

    WB16

    Eric is a young vigneron, based in the village of Vergisson, and currently has 4.8 hectares of vines planted between 1930 and 1979. He has inherited a great knowledge of nature and biodynamics from his grandfather and this has been a major influence in his approach to viticulture and winemaking.

     

    All grapes are hand picked and fermented and matured for ten to fifteen months in barriques and demi-muids. The wines are hand bottled and are, usually, unfiltered.

     

    The Pouilly Fuissé L’Ame Forest is a blend of two complementary, individual vineyards – “Les Tilliers” and ” La Côte” located on the northern slope of the Vergisson hill.  The resultant wine is full, rich and minerally with great length.

     

    Pale straw in appearance, the fresh nose displays citrus and stone fruit aromas. Elegant on the palate, with a lively attack.  A saline and mineral wine with subtle and harmonious oak flavours. A very long finish.

    £27.84

  • 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.

     

     

     

    £29.22

  • Gigondas 2013 “Les Racines”, Domaine Les Pallières, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Gigondas 2013 “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

  • Gigondas 2012 “Terrasse du Diable”, Domaine Les Pallières, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Gigondas 2012 “Terrasse du Diable”, Domaine Les Pallières, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    RR15

    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.

     

    “Terrasse du Diable” (Devil’s Terrace) is a blend of 90% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% Clairette  from grapes grown on the higher terraces where the vines are an average of 45 years old. The soil is a mix of clay, chalk and volcanic schistes.

     

    The grapes are hand picked from lieux-dits “Poncet”, “Thomas”, “Les Pallières”, and “Terrasse du Diable”. A traditional fermentation that lasts for 25-30 days takes place 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.

     

    Terrasse du Diable,” encompasses the low-yielding vines from the higher altitudes that express great structure and intense minerality”

    £30.24

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

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

    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