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  • 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.

    £12.72

  • “Terrasses” Rouge 2016, Château Pesquié, Ventoux, 14% vol, 75cl

    “Terrasses” Rouge 2016, Château Pesquié, Ventoux, 14% vol, 75cl

    RR12

    Château Pesquié is a family domaine located at the foot of Mont Ventoux.

     

    Although the AOC Côtes du Ventoux is a relatively new appellation, it was not created until 1973, there is evidence of vine cultivation at Château Pesquié that dates back two thousand years.

     

    Today the estate is run by Alexandre and Frédéric Chaudière the third generation of the family to be winemakers.

     

    The vineyards for the Terrasses Rosé are at about 300m altitude.

     

    60% Grenache and 40%Syrah.

     

     

    The wine has a very deep ruby colour and a nose full of spice and red fruit aromas. Full and rounded in the mouth with red fruit and spicy flavours supported by clean, fresh tannins.

    £14.40

  • “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.

    £16.08

  • 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.

     

     

    £16.08

  • “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

  • Vacqueyras 2015, Domaine de la Charbonnière, Michel Maret et Filles, 15% vol, 75cl

    Vacqueyras 2015, Domaine de la Charbonnière, Michel Maret et Filles, 15% vol, 75cl

    RR14

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

     

    Always a top Domaine and making rich succulent wines of great style.

     

    Domaine la Charbonnière has 12 hectares of prime vineyard in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and 4.5 in Vacqueyras – this is a serious, established, top quality Domaine.

     

    The Vacqueyras is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah from vines aged between 20 – 35 years.

     

    No destemming takes place. Vinification is traditional, in stainless steel and concrete vats, and now open-top wooden fermenters.  Élevage is in a mixture of new barriques, foudres and demi-muids for 6-8 months.


    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.

    £21.00

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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