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Albert Bichot Meursault Domaine Du Pavillon 2015 (1x 75cl)

"We are committed to showcasing know-how and talent by bringing together the new generation with centuries-old Burgundian traditions. Wood, a never-ending source of inspiration, is a part of all of the steps that go into the crafting of our wines."

Located in the heart of the Côte de Beaune, Meursault is one of the flagship villages and among the most reputed in Burgundy. In fact, Meursault is often referred to as the capital of Burgundy’s great whites. 

The grapes are handpicked and fermentation takes place in oak barrels (35% of which are new) for between 3 weeks and 2 months. The wine is then aged in oak (20% new barrels) for 12 to 15 months. 

This white Meursault is bright, luminous straw yellow in colour. The nose boasts a discrete touch of toast followed by elegant floral notes underpinned by fruity, light plum and pear aromas. The palate is powerful, well balanced and dense, with delicious flavours of brioche. The finish is long and very aromatic. This is ideal with fine fish, shellfish, white meats, poultry in sauce and full-flavoured cheeses.

£52.75

Cave de l Aurore Macon-Villages 2016 (1x75cl)

Cave de l''Aurore have been producing good quality, consistent Mâcon-Villages since 1926, sourced from vineyard sites that were established by the clergy between the years 875 and 910. The vineyards are situated around the village of Lugny and benefit from a predominantly southern exposure. The wine is vinified and aged in stainless steel tanks to retain the fresh, delicate flavours of the grapes.

Pale gold in colour with a subtle nose of tropical fruit and refined oak. The palate is well balanced with ripe fruit and fresh well balanced acidity. The finish is long and concentrated with hints of apples and a touch of creaminess.

This wine is a great match with grilled sea bass, mango, grapefruit and avocado salad, potato, spinach and red bell pepper salad with warm bacon vinaigrette or steamed fish fillets with scallion-ginger oil.

£12.95

Chateau de Chaintre Pouilly-Fuisse 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2018 edition review of the 2016 vintage of the Maconnais village appellations (see blue link below)

Chateau De Chaintre Pouilly-Fuisse 2016 - June 2018 Decanter review

Château de Chaintré is run by young winemaker Yannick Paquet. Yannick is the son of Jean-Paul and Monique Paquet, who established themselves in Pouilly-Fuissé in 1959. Together the family owns three Pouilly-Fuissé domaines and have been making wines since 1971.

Yannick's domaine, Château de Chaintré, consists of four hectares of Pouilly-Fuissé vines with an average age of 35 years. It is located in Chaintré, with the altitude of the vineyard at 200-300 metres, providing lifted perfumes and crisp acidity. The south and south-west exposure on the limestone and clay soils gives the wine the ripeness and weight that is characteristic of Pouilly Fuissé. The Paquets practice sustainable viticulture or la lutte raisonnée; they apply organic fertiliser annually according to the needs of every plot. Meticulous leaf plucking to increase airflow and exposure to sunlight is employed to combat fungal diseases instead of using sprays. 

After the grapes are hand-harvested, they are sorted to ensure only the healthiest and ripest grapes are vinified. The grapes are pressed gently with a pneumatic press before being put into stainless steel tanks to settle and ferment using indigenous yeasts. The wines are then aged in 90% stainless steel and 10% oak barrels (50% new and 50% second- and third-fill) for 11 months on their fine lees to add depth and complexity. 

Fresh and fruity, this Pouilly-Fuissé has an excellent balance between ripe stone fruit aromas and delicate mineral characters from the limestone clay soil.

£21.20

Chateau de Citeaux, Philippe Bouzereau, Auxey-Duresses Blanc 2015 (1x75cl)

Intense floral notes and generous fruit aromas combine with hints of almond, spice and a linear minerality. This sunny vintage has produced a rich and concentrated style of wine, with intense apple fruits supported by a full bodied palate and a long finish.

£23.15

David Moret Rully 2016 (1x75cl)

David Moret makes top quality white Burgundy from his small cellar in Beaune. David studied winemaking at school, but didn't have a family domaine to work in when he graduated, so he began his career in wine by selling winery equipment to local vignerons. His personable character ensured success in this endeavour, as well as friendships with some of the top growers of the Côte de Beaune. He purchased his first barrels in the late 1990s, and since then, he has continued to buy small parcels of grapes from the top growers to press and ferment in his cellar, always from the same plots of vines, since he knows the ones he wants.

Fruit is sourced exclusively from the Rully appellation, the northern most village in the Côte Chalonnaise. Here, slopes, soils and appellations are quite varied, with those situated on the higher sites producing fruit to rival that of the nearby Côte de Beaune. Grapes for this wine are grown on limestone and clay, producing wines which are round and appealing. The grapes were all handpicked into small boxes, which ensured the berries remained intact and healthy for their arrival at the winery.

Grapes were brought straight to the winery and were pressed immediately via an air press, to preserve the precious Chardonnay aromas and flavours. The wine went through alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels, then ageing for a total of 15 months, before being bottled and resting in the cellars for approximately six months.

Pale golden in appearance. The nose is full with a varying bouquet of flavours; elderberry, lemon, white peach and hints of flint. The palate strikes the characteristically Burgundian balance between acidity and richness, with bright fruit, nuts, oatmeal and notes of honey, a rounded palate and a long finish.

£30.00

Domaine Alain Chavy Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2015 (1x75cl)

Alain Chavy produces restrained, structured, and long-lived white Burgundies from 17 acres of vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet, with small holdings in the neighbouring villages of Chassagne and Meursault. Alain established Domaine Alain Chavy in 2003 with vineyards inherited from his father and includes some of Puligny's top premier crus.

Les Folatières is the largest Puligny premier cru and one of the best-known thanks to its size and the quality of its wines. Folatières sits high up on the hill above Clavoillons with meager soil. The result is a full-bodied wine with plenty of minerality and grip. This is Alain’s favorite Puligny-Montrachet premier cru.

Alain inoculates for fermentation and believes in keeping bâtonnage to a minimum. He uses a combination of 400-liter oak puncheons and up to 30% new Burgundian pièce for the premier crus. “We’re looking for a balance between the fruit and oak character,” explains Alain. “We want the wines’ minerality to show through.”

Wines from Puligny-Montrachet are typified by aromas and flavours of green apple and lemon and tend to be tauter and firmer on the palate compared to wines from neighbouring villages. Ageing in a small percentage of new French oak barrels lends accents of toast and vanilla to this wine. As it is a well-structured white wine with high acidity and grip, this Puligny-Montrachet is destined for long aging. This wine pairs well with white fish and shellfish and its naturally high acidity can counterbalance cream-based sauces.It also lends itself well to grilled fish served with melted butter and toasted nuts.

£51.10

Domaine Alain Chavy Puligny Montrachet 2015 (1x 75cl

For many, Puligny-Montrachet is the ultimate white wine location thanks to its perfect aspect and well-drained limestone soil. Alain Chavy’s Puligny-Montrachet comes from several parcels around Puligny from vines planted between 1965 and 1974. Parcels near Meursault have heavier soils, bringing body and power, while the gravel-limestone soils around Chassagne contribute elegance and minerality.

Alain’s cellar is located in the basement of an outbuilding adjoining his house. Whilst vinification is traditional, with all the wines being fermented and matured in traditional French oak barriques,  Alain has installed ambient temperature control throughout his cellar to ensure optimum maturation conditions.

Alain inoculates for fermentation and believes in keeping bâtonnage to a minimum. He uses a combination of 400-liter oak puncheons and up to 25% new Burgundian pièce for the village-level wines. “We’re looking for a balance between the fruit and oak character,” explains Alain. “We want the wines’ minerality to show through.”

This Puligny-Montrachet is bursting with ripe tropical fruit characters, balanced by a concentrated limey acidity and lick of spicy oak. 

£35.90

Domaine Antoine Olivier, Santenay Clos des Champs Carafe 2015 (1x 75cl)

Domaine Antoine Olivier was founded at the end of the 1960s, from a few vineyards left by Antoine Chevalier Moreau to his grandson, Hervé Olivier. Hervé began extending the estate by purchasing historic, old vineyards across Santenay, some of which had not been used for a century, paying particular attention to famous white wine vineyards. The quality of these soils is now recognised in a series of brilliant wines, in particular the exceptional white Santenay, something of a rarity in what is predominantly a red wine growing area. Today, Hervé’s grandson Antoine Olivier and his sister Rachel manage the estate. They are dedicated growers and follow organic practices in the vineyard. Their philosophy is to combine modernity with respect for the Burgundian soils and their stunning collection of white Santenay wines really showcases this.

The warm 2015 vintage saw excellent conditions throughout the growing cycle and resulted in healthy fruit with very good maturity levels and flavour concentration. “2015 is one of the best vintages since 2009, resulting in rich, delicate and elegant wines, with great acidity and minerality in the whites”, confirms Antoine.

The grapes come from 'Clos des Champs Carafe', a walled vineyard at the highest elevation in the village. As a result of the elevated site, the wines are always well balanced with a refreshing acidity. The vineyard is managed with respect for the unique attributes of each site’s terroir and is farmed sustainably and organically, although it is not certified. Some biodynamic philosophies are also followed. The grapes are hand-picked and carefully sorted prior to vinification.

The grapes were gently pressed and racked to barrel where fermentation took place using natural yeasts. The wine was kept on its fine lees and underwent bâtonnage to impart texture and complexity to the wine. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was 100% barrel-aged for 12 months, in 350-litre barrels, of which 25% were new oak. The wine was then transferred to tank where it spent a further six months, prior to being lightly fined, filtered and estate bottled.

A cool climate expression, with grapefruit and mineral flavours coming through on this full-flavoured wine finishing on a long, saline note.

£28.25

Domaine Antoine Olivier, Santenay Les Coteaux sous la Roche 2015 (1x 75cl)

Domaine Antoine Olivier was founded at the end of the 1960s, from a few vineyards left by Antoine Chevalier Moreau to his grandson, Hervé Olivier. Hervé began extending the estate by purchasing historic, old vineyards across Santenay, some of which had not been used for a century, paying particular attention to famous white wine vineyards. The quality of these soils is now recognised in a series of brilliant wines, in particular the exceptional white Santenay, something of a rarity in what is predominantly a red wine growing area. Today, Hervé’s grandson Antoine Olivier and his sister Rachel manage the estate. They are dedicated growers and follow organic practices in the vineyard. Their philosophy is to combine modernity with respect for the Burgundian soils and their stunning collection of white Santenay wines really showcases this.

The warm 2015 vintage saw excellent conditions throughout the growing cycle and resulted in healthy fruit with very good maturity levels and flavour concentration. “2015 is one of the best vintages since 2009, resulting in rich, delicate and elegant wines, with great acidity and minerality in the whites”, confirms Antoine.

The grapes come from a single vineyard ‘Coteaux Sous la Roche’, which translates as ‘under the rocks’. The south facing plot has a very stony soil which imparts a distinctive mineral character to the wine. The vineyard is managed with respect for the unique attributes of each site’s terroir and is farmed sustainably and organically, although it is not certified. Some biodynamic philosophies are also followed. The grapes for this cuvée were harvested early to retain acidity. They were hand-picked and carefully sorted prior to vinification.

The grapes were gently pressed and then racked to barrel where fermentation took place using natural yeasts. The wine was kept on its fine lees and underwent bâtonnage to impart texture and complexity to the wine. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was 100% barrel aged for 12 months, in traditional Burgundian barrels of 228 litre barrels, of which 25% were new oak. The wine was then transferred to tank where it spent a further six months, prior to being lightly fined, filtered and estate bottled.

A powerful wine with a lively salty, mineral character and a hint of liquorice. Rich and creamy on the palate with a lingering finish.

£29.10

Domaine Antoine Olivier,Santenay le Biévaux l'Air de Rien 2015 (1x 75cl)

Domaine Antoine Olivier was founded at the end of the 1960s, from a few vineyards left by Antoine Chevalier Moreau to his grandson, Hervé Olivier. Hervé began extending the estate by purchasing historic, old vineyards across Santenay, some of which had not been used for a century, paying particular attention to famous white wine vineyards. The quality of these soils is now recognised in a series of brilliant wines, in particular the exceptional white Santenay, something of a rarity in what is predominantly a red wine growing area. Today, Hervé’s grandson Antoine Olivier and his sister Rachel manage the estate. They are dedicated growers and follow organic practices in the vineyard. Their philosophy is to combine modernity with respect for the Burgundian soils and their stunning collection of white Santenay wines really showcases this.

The warm 2015 vintage saw excellent conditions throughout the growing cycle and resulted in healthy fruit with very good maturity levels and flavour concentration. “2015 is one of the best vintages since 2009, resulting in rich, delicate and elegant wines, with great acidity and minerality in the whites”, confirms Antoine.

The vines are grown in a singe vineyard plot 'Le Bievaux l’air de Rien', which is one of the best plots in Santenay for Chardonnay. The characteristics of the soil and subsoil are very close to those of several Grand Crus from the Côte de Beaune nearby. The specific microclimate here provides ideal conditions to produce complex wines. The vineyard is sustainably and organically farmed, although it is not certified. Some of the biodynamic philosophies are also followed. The grapes are hand-picked and carefully sorted prior to vinification.

The grapes were gently pressed and then racked to barrel where fermentation took place using natural yeasts. The wine was kept on its fine lees and underwent bâtonnage to impart texture and complexity to the wine. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was 100% barrel aged for 12 months, in traditional Burgundian barrels of 228-litre barrels, of which 25% were new oak. The wine was then transferred to tank where it spent a further six months, prior to being lightly fined, filtered and estate bottled. 

A vibrant and terroir expressive white Santenay showing balanced oak and mineral purity finishing on a peppery note.

£30.40

Domaine De Vauroux Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2015 (1x75cl)

Brillant wine, mineral and frank in taste. Although its nose is a little closed-in, the wine has an important richness and enough of complexity. Due to its acidity, it has very good aptitudes for ageing. Its suppleness and freshness go along with a powerful bouquet of citrus fruits.

£22.50

Domaine De Vauroux Chablis 2014 (1x 75cl)

Aromatic with clean mineral notes and hints of citrus. The palate is medium bodied with crisp, appley acidity, tight, pure fruit flavours of white peach and pears finished with a classic, steely, dry finish. Stylish.

£15.30

Domaine De Vauroux Chablis 2017 (1x 75cl)

This Chablis is medium bodied with crisp, apple acidity, pure fruit flavours of white peaches and pears and a classic, steely, dry finish. Try it with any white meats or seafood, such as; boiled lobsters with tarragon butter, sauteed langoustine with Chardonnay reduction or pork medallions with mustard cream sauce.

£17.25

Domaine De Vauroux Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2009 (1x 75cl)

The vines used to make this wine face south southwest. The average age of the vines vary between 3 and 40 years. The soil type is limestone, which is typical of the area.

To ensure only the highest quality fruit goes into the final wine, all the grapes are hand harvested. The wine is also aged in oak barrels.The Grand Cru Bougros of Domain Vauroux needs some ten to fifteen years of ageing to express its typical character.

This is quintessential Grand Cru Chablis from an outstanding vintage. Intense and elegant on the nose the palate is immensely concentrated and complex with layers of green apple and restrained minerality. The finish is amazingly long.

Try it with boiled lobsters, sautéed langoustine with Chardonnay reduction or pork medallions with cream sauce.

£36.05

Domaine De Vauroux Chablis Oliver Tricon 2017 (1x 75cl)

Sourced from 27 hectares of vineyards selected for their south-easterly and south-westerly aspects, the soils possess a good concentration of stones within the Kimmeridgian clay typical of Chablis, which helps drainage, reduces yields and increases the quality of the grapes. After a light pressing, the juice is allowed to flow by gravity through the winery floor to the cellar. Fermentation is controlled in tank, where the wine ages for a year before bottling, and ages for a further year in bottle before release.

Bright, elegant crisp minerality and refreshing citrus-like acidity. Beautifully balanced, this is benchmark Chablis.

Try it with any white meats or seafood, such as; boiled lobsters with tarragon butter or pork medallions with mustard cream sauce.

£18.55
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