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Domaine Riefle Alsace Grand Cru Steinert Pinot Gris 2015 (1x 75cl)

We also highly recommend the rest of the Domaine Rieflé range, click here. 

For our article on Alsace, Pinot Gris and Domaine Rieflé, click here.

Awarded 95 poiints and Outstanding status in the May 2018 edition of Decanter article: World's Best Pinot Gris Buys.

Domaine Riefle Alsace Grand Cru Steinert Pinot Gris 2015 - May 2018 Decanter review

The Rieflé family is deeply rooted in the history and culture of the Rhine. Six generations have built the family's winemaking tradition since it began in 1850. From the 1980s, Annick and Jean-Claude Rieflé (and their team of dedicated winemakers) made the most of the new opportunities created by the EU and globalisation, introducing the domaine's Alsatian wines to new consumers. They were joined at the domaine by their sons, Thomas and Paul, in 2009 and 2010. Thomas manages the vineyard and Paul is responsible for building the business.

They developed and certified the entire vineyard in accordance with Organic Agriculture specifications. As well as respecting the soil, flora, fauna and health in general, Organic Agriculture is also a useful means of bringing out the different characteristics of Domaine Rieflé's numerous terroirs. As part of the domaine's humanist approach and support for the local community, manual work is outsourced to a local association for professional reintegration.

Alsace white wines can confuse the consumer by inadvertently concealing their sweetness level. This Pinot Gris has a residual sugar level of 2g/litre and is thus fully (almost bone) dry.

Elsewhere, rather then describe the wine ourselves, we can do no better than hand you to the producers and their excellent data sheet (see blue link below).

Domaine Riefle Alsace Grand Cru Steinert Pinot Gris 2015 fiche technique

£24.90

Il Palagio di Panzano Chianti Classico 2013 (1x75cl)

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For our article on Chianti Classico and Il Palagio di Panzano, click here.

Il Palagio di Panzano produces wines that mirror the unique character of the area. They are members of the Unione Viticoltori di Panzano and have made the decision to produce organic wine. For the family, sustainability for us is a synonym for “family-run”, too. They have the belief that they can guarantee the high quality of their wines by remaining as a small, family-run winery.

The grapes for this wine are always harvested by hand. 

Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a maximum temperature of  28° for 12-18 days with the cap of skins being submerged to help improve the wine's flavour.  Frequent délestages are carried out as this gently extracts tannins from the grapes by oxygenating the juice to produce a softer, less astringent wine exhibiting more fruit character.  The wine is then matured for 12-18 months in oak barrels, before spending a further 12 months ageing in the bottle

This wine is bright ruby red in colour.  It has expressive aromas, with elegant notes of cherries and red fruits, hints of oak and earth.  The palate is medium bodied as well as rounded and well-balanced. It has well-integrated acidity, strong but unostentatious tannins, a hint of spice and a long lasting finish.

£16.00

Il Palagio di Panzano Chianti Classico 2014 (1x75cl)

We also highly recommend the rest of the Il Palagio di Panzano range, click here.

For our article on Chianti Classico and Il Palagio di Panzano, click here.

Il Palagio di Panzano produces wines that mirror the unique character of the area. They are members of the Unione Viticoltori di Panzano and have made the decision to produce organic wine. For the family, sustainability for us is a synonym for “family-run”, too. They have the belief that they can guarantee the high quality of their wines by remaining as a small, family-run winery.

The grapes for this wine are always harvested by hand. 

Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a maximum temperature of  28° for 12-18 days with the cap of skins being submerged to help improve the wine's flavour.  Frequent délestages are carried out as this gently extracts tannins from the grapes by oxygenating the juice to produce a softer, less astringent wine exhibiting more fruit character.  The wine is then matured for 12-18 months in oak barrels, before spending a further 12 months ageing in the bottle

This wine is bright ruby red in colour.  It has expressive aromas, with elegant notes of cherries and red fruits, hints of oak and earth.  The palate is medium bodied as well as rounded and well-balanced. It has well-integrated acidity, strong but unostentatious tannins, a hint of spice and a long lasting finish.

£16.00

Il Palagio di Panzano Chianti Classico Riserva 2014 (1x75cl)

We also highly recommend the rest of the Il Palagio di Panzano range, click here.

For our article on Chianti Classico and Il Palagio di Panzano, click here.

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2018 edition review of the top tiers of Chianti Classico (see blue link below).

Il Palagio di Panzano Chianti Classico Riserva 2014 - May 2018 Decanter review

Il Palagio di Panzano produces wines that mirror the unique character of the area. They are members of the Unione Viticoltori di Panzano and have made the decision to produce organic wine. For the family, sustainability is a synonym for “family-run”. They have the belief that they can guarantee the high quality of their wines by remaining as a small, family-run winery.

The grapes are harvested by hand following a careful selection of the best Sangiovese grapes from the different vineyards of Il Palagio. 

Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a maximum temperature of 28° for 21 days. The wine then matures for 24 months in oak barrels of 1000 litres before further ageing in the bottle for a minimum of 6 months.

The Chianti Classico is a clear purple red with slight nuances of garnet in colour. Its aromas are expressive, with notes of red fruits and a hint of oak. The flavours are well structured, harmonious, fresh, elegant and long lasting finish.

 

£23.00

Il Palagio di Panzano Le Bambole Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013 (1x75cl)

We also highly recommend the rest of the Il Palagio di Panzano range, click here.

For our article on Chianti Classico and Il Palagio di Panzano, click here.

Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2018 edition review of the top tiers of Chianti Classico (see blue link below).

Il Palagio di Panzano Le Bambole Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013 - May 2018 Decanter review

And Andrew Jefford's additional tasting comments

Il Palagio di Panzano Le Bambole Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013 - May 2018 Decanter review - Jefford comments

Il Palagio di Panzano produces wines that mirror the unique character of the area. They are members of the Unione Viticoltori di Panzano and have made the decision to produce organic wine. They have the belief that they can guarantee the high quality of their wines by remaining as a small, family-run winery.

Only 2,400 bottles of the Le bambole 2013 were produced. This is, you see, a very low-production wine.

This is single-vineyard wine: its Sangiovese grapes (100%) come from the vineyard, Vigna delle Bambole. This is situated in the south-facing area of Il Palagio Conca d’Oro.

The grapes for this wine are harvested by hand with careful attention to detail ensuring that only the best grapes make it into the final wine.

Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a maximum temperature of 28° for 21 days.  The wine then spends 12 months maturing in 500 litre-barrels of French oak, before a further 18 months in oak barrels of 1000 litres. It is then aged in bottle for minimum of 6 months before being released for sale.

Le Bambole is ruby red with garnet red nuances and has robust aromas. There are note of ripe, red fruits, which are persistent and typical, rounded off with a soft, spicy note. The palate is powerful, with a strong structure that is well balanced, fresh with velvety, well-integrated tannins, harmonious, spicy and it has a long lasting finish.

£48.00

Il Palagio di Panzano Torgentile IGT 2015 (1x75cl)

We also highly recommend the rest of the Il Palagio di Panzano range, click here.

For our article on Chianti Classico and Il Palagio di Panzano, click here.

Il Palagio di Panzano produces wines that mirror the unique character of the area. They are members of the Unione Viticoltori di Panzano and have made the decision to produce organic wine. For the family, sustainability for us is a synonym for “family-run”, too. They have the belief that they can guarantee the high quality of their wines by remaining as a small, family-run winery

The Torgentile is an unusual wine for the very heart of Chianti Classico country. It is 100% Merlot, but made with all the same love, care and attention used for Il Palagio's Chianti Classicos. Chianti Classico must (absolutely must) be 80% Sangiovese, and although that allows for a blend light on Merlot, it does not allow for a full Merlot blend... which is a shame given how very well it grows here. Hence, the Torgentile steps outside the Chianti Classico DOCG rules and into the denominazione of IGT Toscana which allows for the use of Merlot.

The grapes for the Torgentile are always harvested by hand from Il Palagio's single hectare of Merlot. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a maximum temperature of  28° for 21 days. Malolactic fermentation is then allowed to occur before a full 24 months of maturation in French oak barriques.

The Torgentile is bright ruby red in colour with light reflections. The aromas are intense with hints of red fruits, spices and oak. The palate is well structured and harmonious with well-rounded, persistent tannins. The finish is reminiscent of spices, oak and liquorice. 

£18.00
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