Founded in 1821, Barbadillo is the largest producer of Manzanilla in the whole of the Jerez region.
Barbadillo is currently run by the seventh generation of the family and owns 500 hectares of vineyards spread over two estates, Gibalbín and Santa Lucía, both of which are located in the Jerez Superior area. The Gibalbín estate has an extensive winemaking plant fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Barbadillo’s seventeen wine cellars are strategically distributed over the best areas of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The cellars occupy a total area of more than 75.000 m² and have an overall capacity of 35 million litres (around 65.000 casks), the largest in Sanlúcar.
Manzanilla Solear is from a solera aged between six and seven years old. Intense and bright in appearance with a pale straw colour. The nose is intense and wonderfully fresh with a hint of saline that carries through to a palate that is very dry with a smooth elegance and great persistence.
A classic Manzanilla, pretty much the standard Manzanilla in the bars of Sanlúcar.
This fine property comprises a beautiful 19th century house, parkland and some 15 hectares of vineyard. Under British ownership for the past 15 years a huge amount of investment has gone in to restoring not only the house but also the vineyards and cellars. the results of this are plain to see.
The 2008 has a nose of bramble fruit, cedar and a touch of tobacco. A deep red appearance, firm rich dry tannin and good length on the palate. Soft and rounded. A lovely elegant claret.
The late Deen De Bortoli created his Vat Series with the idea of developing a range of delicious, full-flavoured wines at an affordable price. Deen personally selected the blends and chalked the numbers on the vats to identify them.
Light golden in appearance, the nose has citrus, peach, pear, nectarine and honey and just a touch of oak.
The palate is rich, sweet and rounded with peach, citrus and a slight touch of refreshing acidity to give this wine a beautifully balanced and lingering finish.
Bodegas Argüeso was founded in 1822 by León de Argüeso y Argüeso. Initially he set up a small grocer’s shop, called Almacén del Reloj (Calle Bolsa), which gradually prospered. In order to establish his wine business, León de Argüeso purchased some ols soleras and the San José bodega in el Callejón de Santo Domingo, which is thought to be over 250 years old.
A dry Manzanilla par excellence; naturally dry on the palate with a clearly defined aroma and an underlying subtle marine bouquet. After 5 years of ageing this remains a very elegant wine with good yeasty complexity. A sublime match for seafood.
The Pieropan family has been producing wines in Soave since the 1860s. Indeed, they were the first to bottle a wine with the name Soave on the label, in the early 1930s. Nino Pieropan took over from his father in 1970 and was the first to make a single vineyard wine, Calvarino, in 1971. Nino’s two sons, Andrea and Dario, now work with him running the estate.
The soil is clay-basalt and volcanic in origin. Yields are low and the vines south facing. No pesticides or chemicals are used. With the recent changes to DOC law this wine can now be closed under screwcap and labelled as Soave Classico.
The grapes, 85% Garganega & 15% Trebbiano di Soave, were hand picked over several passes in the vineyard and then pressed and the juice separated from the skins. The must settled and clarified before a slow fermentation in temperature controlled cement vats at 20ºC. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks until bottling under stelvin closure in the spring.
A fresh and expressive Soave, with classic white flower, almond blossom and a touch of citrus. Rounded, ripe fruit is perfectly balanced by a fresh, clean acidity. Long and fragrant, it has a note of fine, almond pastry on the finish.
All of Allegrini’s impeccable wines are produced from estate-grown fruit from their 90 hectares of vineyard in the communes of Sant’ Ambrogio and Fumane. Across the range and from vintage to vintage, they have superb fruit, balance, intensity, length, elegance, tipicity and, above all, drinkability.
Each wine has winemaker Franco Allegrini’s distinct stamp of quality, but every one has its own distinctive character. They are among the elite of the world’s best producers of red wines.
The south-east facing vineyards are located in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico region at 150-250 metres above sea level. The soil there is very varied but mostly chalky, of volcanic origin. The vines are 32 years old on average.
The grapes were de-stalked before crushing, after which fermentation occurred at 25-31ºC in temperature-controlled stainless steel. Maceration lasted nine days and malolactic fermentation took place in December. The wine was held in stainless steel tanks until bottling in mid-February where it spent a further two months before release.
Ruby red in colour, with purplish-blue highlights. Fragrant fruit with prominent notes of dark cherries are echoed by fresher hints of pepper and aromatic herbs, typical of Corvina and its genetic cousin Corvinone, the historic varietals of this appellation. Whilst young, the Valpolicella is impressively lively and fresh and with age it takes on a fuller, rounder character.
Montagne-Saint-Émilion is one of the “satellites” of Saint-Émilion, situated just to the north of the main Saint-Émilion vineyard area. In this part of Bordeaux the main grape is Merlot.
Château Roudier is a 30 ha property planted 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines have an average age of 35 years.
Fermentation is in thermo-regulated, epoxy-lined cement vats and usually takes a minimum of 3 weeks to complete. Ageing is in French oak 250 litre barriques (one third of which are new) for 12 months.
Dark and brooding in appearance, the wine has a rich and warming nose full of black and red fruits, spice and cedar wood. The palate is full and rounded with good weight and rich fruit flavours balanced by spice (liquorice and cloves) and firm tannins.
A mature wine from the renowned Sauternes property of Château Filhot.
“Gold Reserve” 1998 is a light and elegant style. Not the sweetest of Sauternes but full of dried fruit and marmalade flavours. It is well suited as an aperitif or to partner rich savoury dishes such as foie gras or other rich pâtés, or cheeses (especially Roquefort). If you want to use it as a dessert wine choose a light, fruit dish.
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