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Benoît Courault has a small 5-acre vineyard in the heart of Anjou that. The grapes for this wine, Cabernet Franc and Grolleau, were hand harvested, destemmed and fermented in concrete tanks. The resulting wine has charming fresh red cherry and floral notes with good acidity and fine tannins.
Dominique and Catherine Derain definitely adopt a minimalist approach. They farm biodynamically, hand harvest, do not chaptalize or acidify and use the barest amount of sulphur in their winemaking approach. All the fruit is hand-picked and they destem 90% of their red grapes before fermentation, which occurs in wooden vats. After fermentation the wine is aged in old oak casks for 12-18 months. The couple never use SO2 during the winemaking process, adding only a small amount at bottling for stabilization. The thrilling Mercurey from old biodynamically-tended vines (100 years old) reaches an altogether different level. It is a blend of 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Beurrot (related to the Pinot Gris). There is a silky nature to this Mercurey giving it a supple mouthfeel and a detailed range of raspberry and cherry fruit with a touch of pomegranate. It has lovely spice notes and touch of lavender on the nose. Striking elegance, complexity and length.
Bright ruby in the glass. Fresh berry aromas layered with subtle spice and smoky notes. Light to medium bodied with young juicy berry flavours, fine integrated oak and smooth tannins. A beautifully balanced wine with a soft finish.
Deep ruby-garnet colour with a youthful rim. Fresh plum fruit marks the nose, along with notes of fine herbs and spices and a hint of orange zest. The palate is juicy with fine red berry fruit tones that deliver good sweetness and a pleasant structure. Nicely woven, with medium length and very approachable already.
Brilliant ruby red in colour. The bouquet offers vibrant cherry and red fruit notes with just a hint of spice coming through. The structure of the wine supports the fruit-driven style and soft supple tannins make it approachable and ideal for early drinking.
Typical aromas of Syrah from the Northern Rhône dominate; red fruits & blackcurrant characters balanced with rich spicy notes. The wine is well structured with good grip from the tannins. With discreet oak characters it is smooth and balanced and can be enjoyed straight away for its fruit or could be aged for 3 or 4 years depending on personal preference.
The wine has an intense opaque deep ruby colour very slight gradation to the rim. Bright and vivacious in the glass very youthful. The nose is expressive with lifted dark fruit cassis plum chocolate and black cherry. There is a pronounced minerality on the nose with graphite cedar smoke and cigar box bouquet. On the palate the Red is open textured with a rich juiciness and savoury quality already. The perfectly formed ripe round tannins are densely packed and tightly woven but remain lithe and almost powdery giving the wine a generous opulence even at this early phase of its development. Venison game pot roast and noble cheese.
Blackberries, black pepper mixed with jasmine and spice on the nose, whilst the palate has flavours of stewed stone fruits, fruitcake and spices ending on a savoury note with a hint of white pepper and integrated tannins.
Sourced from Mendoza's Primera Zona of Maipu and Lujan de Cuyo the Mendoza blend is meant to showcase the exceptional value and approachable profile of Malbec. The wine's soft, drinkable style is accompanied by light oak aging for additional complexity.
Once decanted the appearance is a deep ruby colour.
Aromas of vanilla, plums, dried prunes, blackcurrant, pungent spices, vanilla, blueberries, and some floral notes fill the nostrils.
The palate is rich and lush, with flavours of ripe black cherries, blackcurrants, liquorice, vanilla, sweet and pungent spices.
An excellent accompaniments to French poetry; we recommend Baudelaire or possibly Verhaeren.