Here at Exel Wines we are proud to be a team of dedicated and passionate individuals who love what we do. We want our customers to enjoy the world of wines and spirits as much as we do. We source products from every far flung corner of the globe to ensure that we offer an extensive range encompassing everything from the perennial favourites to the slightly more unusual. You are welcome to browse our range in peaceful contemplation but should you wish to talk to us or if there is a particular wine you’ve been struggling to find elsewhere, please feel free to get in touch. You can call us on 01738 493535 or email us atand we will do our very best to help you.
Exel Wines is an independent company based in Perth, Scotland where we have a shop as well as our main warehouse and offices. The shop at 47 South St is a small but perfectly formed Aladdin’s Cave of fine wine, rare whisky, all manner of spirits and liqueurs as well as some carefully selected Scottish beers and ciders. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly – they relish the opportunity to spend time chatting to like-minded people and are always happy to help.
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Awarded 98 points and ultra-rare Exceptional status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Grower Champagne (see blue links below).
This is quite some Champagne and remarkable for the price. The varietal mix is equal thirds of the classic trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Grapes are grown only on vineyards of Premier Cru villages (you'd easily clear £30 a bottle for this privilege normally) on the Coteaux de Cumières and Hautvillers in the Marne Valley, yielding great intensity and concentration.
One expects exhilarating acidity and and citrus zing in almost any Champagne - this does these in spades - but what makes it really stand out are both the ripeness of fruit flavours and the delicate florality of the nose. Pierre Bertrand see that fruitiness as “damson and pear” while we at Exel thought more “peach and nectarine”; either way, this is one seriously fruity mouthful. Florally, the makers go with “hawthorn flower” and we are not botanically inclined to disagree. At 7g/l of dosage/residual sugar, this is a drier Brut, but the fruit ripeness adds an exciting extra sensation of sweetness. Finally, Pierre Bertrand are rightly proud of their mousse onctueuse – smooth mousse – and we concur: it makes for a truly delicious Champagne experience.i
Awarded 96 points and rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2017 edition review of New World Cabernet Sauvignons (see blue link below) in which it emerged as the runaway Number One.
Sourced from vineyards in the prized Terra Rossa region of Coonawarra: here the warm days are moderated by offshore breezes and the rich red loam over well-draining limestone soils are the foundations for Coonawarra's justified reputation for producing premium-quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
This Coonawarra beauty (97% Cab Sauv) has an intense, ripe berry bouquet with hints of chocolate and liquorice. The palate is brimming with crushed blackcurrant fruit flavours enhanced by subtle eucalyptus and mint notes characteristic of this region and is beautifully complemented by elegant French oak notes.
Awarded 98 points and ultra-rare Exceptional status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs (see blue link below).
A complex and elegant wine with intense aromas of blackcurrant, crushed lemongrass and thyme, which mingle with passionfruit and melon highlights. On the palate, underlying ripe fruit and mineral notes from grapes grown in the Blind River sub-region of Malborough combine well with the more tropical notes of passionfruit and melon from the Wairau Valley vineyards.
The ripeness and tropicality - subtle and never overpowering - are the hallmarks of this excellent 2016 vintage. This is a stylish and pleasingly rich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with vibrant aromatics and a fine balance of acidity leading to a lingering finish
Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of 2015 Côte de Beaune reds (see blue links below)....
... and awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition article: The Most Exciting Wines of 2017 (see blue link below).
It was Paul and Henriette Chevrot who gave their blood sweat and tears to establish the family domaine. In 1973, the management was passed to son Fernand and wife Catherine: their passion and love for wines from this region have shaped the domaine. The passion for wine has also been passed onto sons Pablo and Vincent. Pablo started working for the domaine in July 2002 having completed his studies. Pablo married Kaori, a Japanese wine taster in August 2003. Vincent the younger of the sons joined the family domaine in 2007 after completing his studies and gaining winemaking experience in France and around the world. But the history stretches back further: the cellar located under the house was constructed in 1798 and holds the French oak barrels in which the Chevrot wines are aged. The property has its own winery, bottling facility and storage facility. This allows for control over the wine from start to finish. The bottle store room is therm- regulated allowing the wine to mature in the best way possible. This is a classic, Burgundian family domaine in every sense.
"Sur le Chêne" is a lieu-dit (ie a defined named plot) at the extreme south-western edge not only of the Maranges AC area, but also of the entire Côte de Beaune (and thus Côte d'Or) delineations, just on the outskirts of Cheilly-les-Maranges. Exposed to the south on a hill of mixed gravelly limestone and granitic sands, the 3-hectare parcelle is planted with fifty-year-old vines.
Grapes are manually harvested to ensure optimum quality and 30% of the wine is made with whole grape bunches.
The vinification process is conducted without recourse to sulphur (dioxide), helping the wine to demonstrate fully the expressiveness of its terroir. Fermentation was with natural yeasts only and occured between 15 and 34 degrees C, over 12 days,with cap mixing occuring only by punching down/pigeage (the gentlest of cap mixing techniques, most classically used with Pinot Noir). Malolactic fermentation was conducted on all fractions of the blend.
Ageing occured over a total of 15 months: 14 months in 228-litre futs/barriques - 10% of which were new Frenchoak - and a final month in stainless steel before bottling.
Chevrot's viticulture is biodynamic, and no use of sulphur is made in the winemaking process, solely in bottling. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.
On the nose, the Sur le Chêne Maranges offers classic Côte de Beaune red fruits (redcurrants, strawberries, raspberries) plus, more unusually, gooseberry, cherry and scents of mocha and cocoa. In the mouth, there is a great intensity and depth to these same flavours, reflecting the resplendance of the excellent 2015 harvest, with very light vanilla hints of the oak.
Ageing potential is some 6-8 years from vintage. Depending on your view on when to drink Pinot Noir, this can be drunk immediately.