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Rhône Valley

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  • Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2017, Domaine des Bernardins, 15% vol, 37.5cl

    Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2017, Domaine des Bernardins, 15% vol, 37.5cl

    WR02

    The wines from the Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise appellation are created by adding a neutral grape spirit to the partially fermented grape juice of the Muscat grape to produce what the French call a vin doux naturel (naturally sweet wine). The addition of the spirit kills off the yeasts and leaves the wine high in alcohol (15%) as well as high in residual sugar.

     

    The house and cellars of Mme Castaud-Maurin’s lovely property are in the village of Beaumes de Venise itself, while the 17 hectares of Muscat à petits grains, 25% of which are in fact ‘noirs’, are on the lower slopes of Mont Ventoux – a quite beautiful situation.

     

    The wine has a fine delicate character of almonds and apricots, and the use of black Muscat gives it a lovely orange tint in the glass.

     

    Half Bottle

     

     

     

     

    £12.06

  • Côtes du Rhône 2016, Domaine la Soumade, Frédéric Roméro, 14% vol, 75cl

    Côtes du Rhône 2016, Domaine la Soumade, Frédéric Roméro, 14% vol, 75cl

    RR03

    André Roméro is a most characterful and talented grower. He founded Domaine la Soumade in 1979 and was joined by his son Frédéric in 1996 on completion of his oenology studies. Today the estate covers 26 hectares, including a new plot of 2.5 hectares of the finest land in Rasteau – pure ‘Argile bleue’ with 60 year old vines.

     

    Domaine la Soumade practices  “agriculture raisonée” (sustainable winemaking) in all of  their vineyards, only treating the vines where absolutely necessary.

     

    They use organic compost which is only applied when soil deficiencies are revealed, following analysis of the soil and vine vegetation. When climatic conditions dictate they use organically permitted treatments (sulphur and copper) to protect the vines from mildew and oidium.

     

    Domaine la Soumade Côtes du Rhône is  80% Grenache Noir and 20% Syrah from low yielding (45 hl per ha) vines varying in age from 8 -15 years.

     

    The grapes are harvested by hand with the best grapes selected on a sorting table in the vineyard.

     

    Traditional winemaking with punching down of the skin cap and a regular pumping over of juice in open stainless steel tanks.

     

    Maceration of the skins lasts between 14 and 18 days with a temperature controlled fermentation.

     

    This is followed by an 18 month maturation of the wine on fine lees in stainless steel followed by a light filtration and bottling.

    £13.20

  • “Les Amis de la Bouïssière” 2017, Domaine la Bouïssière, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Les Amis de la Bouïssière” 2017, Domaine la Bouïssière, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    RR07

    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.

     

     

     

     

    £15.06

  • “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

  • Rasteau 2016, Domaine La Soumade, Frédéric Roméro, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Rasteau 2016, Domaine La Soumade, Frédéric Roméro, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    RR01

    André Roméro is a most characterful and talented grower. He founded Domaine la Soumade in 1979 and was joined by his son Frédéric in 1996 on completion of his oenology studies. Today the estate covers 26 hectares, including a new plot of 2.5 hectares of the finest land in Rasteau – pure ‘Argile bleue’ with 60 year old vines.

     

    Whilst Frédéric has assumed responsibility for most of the day to day work on the domaine, André is still actively involved, that is when he is not following the fortunes of F.C. Barcelona!

     

    Domaine la Soumade practices  “agriculture raisonée” (sustainable winemaking) in all of  their vineyards, only treating the vines where absolutely necessary.

     

    They use organic compost which is only applied when soil deficiencies are revealed, following analysis of the soil and vine vegetation. When climatic conditions dictate they use organically permitted treatments (sulphur and copper) to protect the vines from mildew and oidium.

     

    The Domaine la Soumade Rasteau is  80% Grenache Noir, 10% Syrah,  and 10% Mourvèdre from low yielding (38 hl per ha) vines varying in age from 10 – 30 years.

     

    The grapes are harvested by hand with the best grapes selected on a sorting table in the vineyard.

     

    Traditional winemaking with punching down of the skin cap and a regular pumping over of juice in open stainless steel tanks. Maceration of the skins lasts between 14 and 18 days with a temperature controlled fermentation.

     

     

    £16.56

  • Lirac 2018, Domaine Roger Sabon, 15% vol, 75cl

    Lirac 2018, Domaine Roger Sabon, 15% vol, 75cl

    RR20

    The Sabon estate has 16 hectares of vineyards in some of the best sites of Châteauneuf – but they also have 17 hectares on the western side of the river in Roquemaure where this fine Lirac is produced.

     

    The wine making is today handled by Didier Negron, the son-in- law of the late Jean Jacques Sabon. The vineyards  are managed by Jean Jacque’s brother Denis and his son Julien.

     

    Grenache is predominant as with all the wines of the Domaine. It is blended with Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan.

     

    The young wine is aged in large oak foudres for about six months. Very dark in the glass the nose has aromas of black and red fruits as well as spice and tobacco hints. The fruit flavours follow through to the palate that is full and round with soft tannins and warming spice.

     

     

    £16.86

  • “Megaphone” 2017, Frédéric et Daniel Brunier, Ventoux, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Megaphone” 2017, Frédéric et Daniel Brunier, Ventoux, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    RR21

    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.

     

    “Mégaphone”, Ventoux AOC, comes from a number of plots on the southern slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail. The blend is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah and the vines are 25 years old. Ageing is in foudres for 10 months.

    £19.02

  • Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2018, “Friandise”, Domaine Melody, 14% vol, 75cl

    Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2018, “Friandise”, Domaine Melody, 14% vol, 75cl

    RR23

    This 16.5ha property is situated near Mercurol. The vineyards are highly fragmented and spread over many sites within the appellation. The grapes are hand picked with careful selection both in the vineyard and on the sorting table in the winery. Low yields give a great concentration of flavour in the wine.

     

    100% Syrah, the wine is dark and opaque in the glass. The nose is rich with fruit and spice in the background with a full and rounded palate. Strong flavours of blackberries and blackcurrants, hints of pepper and leather over a soft, but well structured, tannin base.

    £19.74

  • Saint Joseph “Hedonism” 2017, Domaine Lionel Faury, Chavanay, 13% vol, 75cl

    Saint Joseph “Hedonism” 2017, Domaine Lionel Faury, Chavanay, 13% vol, 75cl

    Based in Chavanay, Lionel Faury makes lovely wines and has definitely moved his 17 hectare family domaine to the top of the first division of Northern Rhône growers.

     

    The steeply terraced vineyards are on granite soils and have a south/south east aspect. The grapes (100% Syrah from some of Lionel’s younger vines – 10-35 years old) are hand picked and taken to the winery where they undergo a 15-20 day maceration period in steel followed by fermentation, again in temperature controlled stainless steel, with regular pumping over 2-3 times daily. The wine is then aged for 12 months in wood, a mixture of 2,400 -,3,500 litre foudres, 570 litre demi-muids and 220 litre barriques, 155 of which are new. After pressing the wine is bottled without filtration.

     

    The wine is deep, ruby red in appearance with a rich nose full of black fruit (blackcurrant and blackberry) and cherry aromas. The palate is ripe with good fruit flavours and warming spice supported by a firm, yet not obtrusive, tannin structure.

    £22.74