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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.

£52.30

Baron De Badassiere Picpoul de Pinet 2018 (1x75cl)

Baron de Badassière is from the Picpoul de Pinet region of the Languedoc, near the coast of the south of France. The name of the wine refers to the Badassière vineyard which lies near the small town of Pomérols. In the 18th century, the vineyard belonged to Baron Charles Emmanuel, a colourful character who was rumoured to be the illegitimate son of King Louis XV. The wines are made by New Zealand winemaker Graeme Paul, with consultant Matt Thomson.

The grapes for this wine come from selected vineyards around the Etang de Thau, planted on clay and limestone soils.

The winter was marked by significant rainfall, and the rain continued into the spring. Flowering and fruit set took place in good conditions. Summer experienced very high temperatures, but there was no water stress caused to the vines because of the good water reserves supplied by the rain in winter and spring. Harvest began in the middle of August and lasted until the middle of October. Weather throughout the harvest period was excellent.

The grapes arrived in the winery in the early morning and were macerated on the skins for a few hours, then pressed by pneumatic press. The must was cold settled and then fermented at controlled temperatures of between 14-18°C for 16 days. No oak was used and the wine was bottled early to retain freshness and delicate aromatics.

100% Picpoul de Pinet.

Pale lemon in colour with a youthful rim. Crisp apple aromas are complemented by a citrus edge. On the palate, it has attractive weight, with a good balance of ripe, yellow plums and greengages and a fresh lime zest acidity that continue through the finish.

£9.90

Boulevard Napoleon Grenache Gris 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition expert review of Languedoc whites (see blue link below).

Boulevard Napoleon Grenache Gris 2015 - August 2018 Decanter review

Named after the street the winery is located on in the village of La Livinière, Minervois, Boulevard Napoléon is the partnership between restaurant owner Trevor Gulliver and winemaker Benjamin Darnault. Seeing the potential in the vineyards located by his holiday home, Trevor started making the wines and then showed them to his other partner, chef Fergus Henderson, who was more than impressed, as were we! Each wine is a classic expression of the varietal grown on the dry, stony slopes of the south of France - yet they retain a vibrancy and definition that marks them out from the crowd.

Fruit is sourced exclusively from a 75 year old single vineyard situated on stony terraces in the high hills of La Livinière, in the Minervois region. Here, soils are predominantly limestone and clay with the age of vines averaging 70 years. The wines show brightness, ripeness, definition and character - elements which can be largely attributed to these older vines. Grenache grapes are picked in two passes, as both the Noir and Gris grapes are grown in the same plot.

Grapes were all harvested by hand into small cases before undergoing a slow and gentle whole bunch pressing in a bag press. After one day resting on its skins, the juice was racked off into one and two year old 225 litre barrels for fermentation. The finished wine was then aged in barrel on its lees for one year without racking. A light filtration occurred just prior to bottling.

One of the best examples of white wines from the Languedoc region. Aromatic, with citrus perfumes, this wine is rich and supple on the palate with distinct notes of smoke and liquorice. The finish is fresh, long and lingering.

£20.60

Bourgogne Blanc, Domaine Alain Chavy 2016 (1x 75cl)

Alain Chavy produces restrained, structured, and long-lived white Burgundies from 17 acres of vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet. Alain and his brother Jean-Louis worked with their father from 1986 until his retirement in 1997. The brothers continued to work together until 2003 when they decided to equally divide the 32 acres belonging to Domaine Gérard Chavy. Alain established Domaine Alain Chavy in 2003 and moved to a grand, old house in the village of Puligny-Montrachet, where he lives with his family. Here, Alain constructed a new underground cellar—one of the few in Puligny—where he continues to refine his work in the vineyard and cellar.

This Bourgogne Blanc comes from young vines grown in Puligny where the wines typically show green and yellow fruit, firm acidity and distinctive minerality. This Bourgogne Blanc, while light in body, is taut and fresh in character.

Alain inoculates for fermentation and believes in keeping bâtonnage to a minimum. He uses a combination of 400-liter oak puncheons and up to 10% new Burgundian pièce for the Bourgogne Blanc. “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, so 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. This Alain Chavy Bourgogne Blanc, with its rich texture and toasted flavours, 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, starches, butter, and toasted nuts.

£16.15

Cailbourdin Pouilly Fume Cuvee De Boisfleury 2017 (1x75cl)

The estate was founded in 1980 by Alain Caïlbourdin and today it has of 20 hectares (approximately 40 acres) of vines planted in some of the best Pouilly-Fumé slopes. About half of the vines are "vieilles vignes" or old vines; the other half are vines planted after 1980. Grapes grown on the different slopes are vinified separately, thus permitting the production of four different cuvees, each of which represents a distinctive terroir and aromatic expression. Their constant quest for quality is evident throughout the entire winemaking process, from the vineyard to the cellar.

A wine can only be great if it has the mineral support of a quality terroir. The art of the winemaking profession consists of giving the grapes all the possible chances to reveal their qualities. 

After the grapes have been picked, they undergo immediate pressing with a pneumatic press, with no pre-fermentation maceration. There is static racking of the must. Fermentation using indigenous yeasts to highlight the qualities of our terroir is done at controlled temperatures. There is no malolactic fermentation in order to preserve this wine's freshness. It then spends a long time maturing in tanks on its fine lees. It is bottled the year following the harvest.

The special terroir of this plateau (a mixture of silica sand and limestone), brings a vivacity to the Cuvée de Boisfleury and a freshness that is fantastic in this wine when young.  Its aromas are very expressive and are essentially fruity with citrus (grapefruit), passion fruit, and floral (rose petals and white flowers). This young vineyard bestows Cuvée de Boisfleury with a light structure that marries easily with many meals: fish and seafood of course, but it is equally delicious with white meats and certain cured meats and also makes a delightful aperitif. Cuvée de Boisfleury is an easy to drink Pouilly-Fumé, fruity, elegant and beautifully delicate.

£19.70

Cailbourdin Pouilly Fume Triptique 2015 (1x 75cl)

Light, elegant soft fruit nose. Fine citrus and herbaceous notes. Pure acidity holds the wine together very well and the finish is precise and long. An incredible clean, fresh and impressively well balanced Pouilly Fume.

£29.35

Cave De Hunawihr Gewürztraminer Reserve 2017 (1x75cl)

This small co-operative, founded in 1954, has 110 members and 200 hectares of vineyard in the Haut-Rhin, nine kilometres from Colmar. Their wines are vinified using only their members' grapes, with a focus on expressing the rich diversity of Alsatian soils. Winemaker Nicolas Garde started at the winery in 2004 and his influence continues to be seen in the way the wines improve with each vintage.

Sheltered from oceanic influence by the Vosges Mountains, the Alsace wine region has a semi-continental climate which stays sunny and dry throughout the growing season, and this lengthens the ripening period for the grapes. The slopes surrounding Hunawihr, a picturesque village of half-timbered houses and a 14th century church, are some of the most celebrated in Alsace for grape-growing. Cave de Hunawihr’s fruit is sourced from 25-year-old vines grown in vineyards running along the south and south-east facing hillside slopes around the village, at an altitude of 250-320 metres. The vineyards cover an area of 36 hectares, located on a geological fault line across Ribeauvillé which gives soils composed of clayey limestone marl and chalky gravels.

Yields were low in 2017 due to the frost, but the quality of the grapes was very good. The harvest started earlier than normal, at the beginning of September.

This Gewürztraminer was made from a blend of micro-parcels from the Hunawihr vineyards, picked at optimum ripeness. The temperature-controlled fermentation took place between 16-18°C for three weeks, followed by four months in stainless-steel tanks to settle before careful filtration. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place.

This wine has a nice pale, straw yellow colour with an elegant silver tint. The nose is very complex with very delicate aromas of lychee, mango and particularly rose. Full-bodied, this off-dry wine has a refreshing acidity with roses lingering on the long finish.

£15.05

Cave De Hunawihr Pinot Blanc Klevner Reserve 2017 (1x75cl)

This small co-operative, founded in 1954, has 110 members and 200 hectares of vineyard in the Haut-Rhin, nine kilometres from Colmar. Their wines are vinified using only their members' grapes, with a focus on expressing the rich diversity of Alsatian soils. Winemaker Nicolas Garde started at the winery in 2004 and his influence continues to be seen in the way the wines improve with each vintage.

Sheltered from oceanic influence by the Vosges Mountains, the Alsace wine region has a semi-continental climate which stays sunny and dry throughout the growing season, and this lengthens the ripening period for the grapes. The slopes surrounding Hunawihr, a picturesque village of half-timbered houses and a 14th century church, are some of the most celebrated in Alsace for grape-growing. Cave de Hunawihr’s fruit is sourced from 25 year-old vines grown in vineyards running along the south and south-east facing hillside slopes around the village, at an altitude of 250-320 metres. The vineyards cover an area of 36 hectares, located on a geological fault line across Ribeauvillé which gives soils composed of clayey limestone marl and chalky gravels.

This Pinot Blanc is a blend of micro-parcels from the Hunawihr vineyards. The temperature controlled fermentation took place between 16-18°C for three weeks, followed by four months in stainless steel tanks to settle before careful filtration. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place.

Pale, almost luminous yellow, with an elegant silver tint. Very fresh and striking on the nose, with citrus aromas and a floral hint. Rich and silky, this is a full-bodied wine with good balance and fresh acidity. A lovely bouquet of lemon and pear continues on the long finish.

£12.95

Cave De Hunawihr Riesling Grand Cru Rosacker 2017 (1x75cl)

This small co-operative, founded in 1954, has 110 members and 200 hectares of vineyard in the Haut-Rhin, nine kilometres from Colmar. Their wines are vinified using only their members' grapes, with a focus on expressing the rich diversity of Alsatian soils. Winemaker Nicolas Garde started at the winery in 2004 and his influence continues to be seen in the way the wines improve with each vintage.

The 5.6 hectare Rosacker vineyard is north of Hunawihr, a small village between Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr. This is also where the famous parcel of Clos St Hune is located. It lies 260-330 metres above sea level, facing east/south-east, with heavy, clay soils rich in calcium and magnesium, with limestone pebbles. The vines are on average 35 years old.

Yields were low in 2017 due to the frost, but the quality of the grapes was very good. The harvest started earlier than normal, at the beginning of September.

All of the grapes were harvested by hand. There was a gentle cold settling of the must for 48 hours before fermentation at control temperatures of 16-18°C for three weeks, with selected yeasts. The wine aged for four months in stainless steel tanks on the lees with regular stirring and then some further time resting in tank before being filtered and bottled.

This wine is light yellow in colour with an elegant silver tint. On the nose, there are delicate nuances of lime and grapefruit. It is complex and fresh on the palate, with aromatic hints of citrus fruits with beautifully acidity and a zesty finish.

£17.65

Caves de l Ormarine Les Prades Picpoul de Pinet 2018 (1x75cl)

The 2017 vintage was Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their April 2019 Panel Tasting on the Picpoul de Pinet (see blue link below).

Caves de l'Ormarine Les Prades Picpoul de Pinet 2017 - April 2019 Decanter review

The grapes used for this wine come from one south-facing vineyard 10-30 metres above sea level in the Languedoc Roussillon region of Southern France. The 30 year old vines are planted on a chalky clay plateaux, rich in Cretaceous limestone and loaded with quartz gravel chippings. Grapes are harvested in September at night to retain freshness and acidity.

Grapes are carefully sorted in both the vineyard and winery, with analysis of ripeness being carried out before picking. At the winery, they are destemmed and crushed, with skin contact for 3-4 hours to draw out the aromatics. After pressing, fermentation lasts 10-15 days at 16°C in cement tanks. The wine remains on its lees for 1 month with twice weekly battonage. Malolactic fermentation is prevented so that the wine can retain its crisp acidity and fresh primary fruit characters. The wine is fined, filtered and bottled and released whilst young and fresh.

The Les Prades Picpoul de Pinet has a clear, brilliant yellow colour with green tints. It has fine fresh, fruity and floral aromas. The aromatic persistance is good with overtones of citrus fruit. The flavours are lively, fresh with lemon and floral touches followed by a light refreshing grapefruit finish. Serve with fresh seafood, grilled fish, salads, or drink on its own as an aperitif.

£10.85

Chante Cigale Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of Southern Rhone Whites (see blue link below)

Chante Cigale CdP 2016 - Aug 2017 Decanter review

Domaine Chante Cigale is situated on the left bank of the Rhône, between Orange and Sorgues, on a variety of soils which contain a high proportion of ‘galets.’ These are the large stones of Châteauneuf-du-Pape which heat up during the day and release their heat at night, allowing the grapes to achieve maximum ripeness. The white is fresh and attractive and an interesting alternative to the ubiquitous Chardonnay. Since taking over the running of the estate from his father over ten years ago, Alexandre Favier has transformed the quality of the wines, which now rank amongst the very best of the appellation.

The grapes for this wine are harvested manually and go through a selective sorting process to ensure that only the best quality grapes are used in the winemaking process.  The wine is fermented in both stainless steel (70%) and wood (30%).  It then spends 6 months on its fine lees before being bottled.

This wine is fragrant, with aromas that are reminiscent of almond and peach blossom. The palate is wonderfully smooth with a silky textured balance of dried apricot fruit and fresh, apply acidity.

This wine is a particularly good match for fish and also works well with smoked ham dishes.  It also compliments slightly spicy dishes as well as traditional Mediterranean cuisine.

£27.15

Chateau de Chaintre Pouilly-Fuisse 2017 (1x 75cl)

The 2016 Vintage was 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 above sea level, 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.

Burgundy was struck in 2016 with damaging hailstorms and frost which meant that yields were down across the entire region, by as much as 50%. However, what remained was considered good quality, with good balance between acid, alcohol, body and fruit concentration. Harvest began on 16th September and picked at optimum ripeness.

After the grapes were hand harvested, they were sorted to ensure only the healthiest and ripest grapes were vinified. The grapes were pressed gently with a pneumatic press before being put into stainless steel tanks to settle and ferment using indigenous yeasts. The wines was 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, the 2016 vintage has the perfect balance between ripe stone fruit aromas and delicate mineral characters from the limestone clay soil.

£22.01

Chateau de Citeaux, Philippe Bouzereau, Auxey-Duresses Blanc 2016 (1x75cl)

The Bouzereau family has been growing vines in Meursault for nine generations, dating back to the 18th century. The current Château de Cîteaux was established by Philippe Bouzereau (senior) in the 1960s. His son Philippe (junior) took over the running of the estate in 2006, having completed his studies in Beaune and worked vintages in Beaujolais, Australia and New Zealand. The 18 hectares of vines are cultivated according to the principles of la ‘Lutte Raisonnée’, or sustainable farming. Philippe passionately believes in letting the wine express its terroir, through minimum intervention in the winery and a judicious use of oak. He has certainly achieved this, as the resulting wines are rich, concentrated and showcase the terroir beautifully.

The 2017 vintage enjoyed more traditional weather patterns. Early budburst took place due to a warm spring. Favourable conditions during the growing period, with increased temperatures towards the end of the season, enabled the grapes to reach good maturity levels. Harvest commenced on 3rd September, producing aromatic grapes with wonderful balance.

Auxey-Duresses is located in a valley in the Côte de Beaune, west of Meursault. The vineyard is situated on a north facing hillside and is subject to cooler winds than other areas of the Côte de Beaune. The soil is clayey at the bottom of the hill, with a rocky superficial soil at the top. The vineyard is managed using sustainable practices; only organic fertilisers and composts are used and chemical herbicides have not been used for over 15 years. The vineyard is cultivated in the traditional Burgundian manner and the grapes are manually harvested.

The grapes were pressed pneumatically and fermented on the fine lees in oak barrels, with regular lees stirring known as bâtonnage. The wine was matured in the family cellars, spending 12 months in oak barrels. 20% to 30% of the oak barrels for this cuvée were new. The use of oak was carefully monitored to ensure a pure expression of the Auxey-Duresses terroir was captured.

Chardonnay 100%.

A rich and creamy style, with generous apple fruit aromas combined with hints of almond, spice and a linear minerality. Delicate floral notes and aromas of grapefruit and citrus notes combine with a hint of spice. This is also a rich and concentrated style, which is harmoniously balanced with a beautifully integrated oak character and delicious mineral overtones through to an elegant finish.

£23.30

Chateau de Rouillac, Blanc, Pessac-Leognan 2016 (1x 75cl)

 A complex and aromatic nose of elderberry, passion fruit, jasmine and ripe peach. The palate is steely yet luxurious,showing harmonious balance and finesse on the finish.

 
£33.60

Chateau Lamothe Bouscaut Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2017 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2019 Bordeaux supplement, in the article "My Top 20 Dry White Bordeaux" by Andy Howard MW (see blue link below).

Chateau Lamothe Bouscaut Pessac-Leognan Blanc 2017 - July 2019 Decanter review

Château Lamothe Bouscaut is located in the village of Cadaujac and dates back to the 12th century. In 1999 it was acquired by its neighbour, Château Bouscaut, owned by Sophie Lurton and Laurent Cogombles. The vineyards measure a total of nine hectares and are mainly comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.

The vines of Lamothe-Bouscaut are on average 35 years old and grow on deep, gravel soils near the Garonne River. The vineyards are planted to red with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, and for the whites 20% Semillon and 80% Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyards are managed sustainably in order to respect the environment. Labouring the soils and keeping ground cover between rows is essential, with spraying reduced to a minimum. The vines are Guyot-trained and are looked after by five vineyard workers.

The grapes were hand harvested. The bunches of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon were pressed and the juce partially racked and chilled for 24 hours. Afterwards, the must was transferred to oak barrels, of which 30% was new, where it was vinified on its fine lees. After fermentation, the wine was aged for eight months in oak with bâtonnage taking place once a month.

The nose offers fresh citrus and floral notes. On the palate, it is well-rounded, with grapefruit and pineapple flavours. The oak is subtle and well-integrated, giving the wine good body and balance, with a long and elegant finish.

£25.75
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