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  • Côtes du Rhône 2018, Domaine la Soumade, Frédéric Roméro, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Côtes du Rhône 2018, Domaine la Soumade, Frédéric Roméro, 14.5% 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.

    £13.44

  • Rasteau 2017, Domaine La Soumade, Frédéric Roméro, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Rasteau 2017, 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.

     

     

    £16.74

  • Lirac 2019, Domaine Roger Sabon, 15% vol, 75cl

    Lirac 2019, 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

  • Tavel 2019, Château d’Aqueria, Jean Olivier, Tavel, 14% vol , 75cl

    Tavel 2019, Château d’Aqueria, Jean Olivier, Tavel, 14% vol , 75cl

    RS13

    For three generations the Olivier family has owned and run Château d’Aqueria. The estate is 98 hectares of which 68 hectares are vineyards, planted on a single tract of land surrounding the Château.

     

    A blend of Grenache, Clairette & Syrah. A gorgeous deep pink colour, rich and fruity nose and a palate showing depth and elegance – perfect with rare roast lamb!

     

    £17.10

  • “Megaphone” 2018, Frédéric et Daniel Brunier, Ventoux, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Megaphone” 2018, 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

  • “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

  • 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