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Jean Claude Boisset Macon Ige Chateau London 2017 (1x 75cl)

Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from lieux-dits (or tiny plots of vines), something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

This wine is from Igé, one of the Mâconnais' top villages. Château London is the specific vineyard or lieu-dit of the grapes. Vine age is approximately 20 years and the yield is 7,000 vines per hectare. The vines are Guyot trained to a height of 1.3 metres, to ensure enough light exposure for photosynthesis. Soils are stony and clay, with a high proportion of chalk. The grape is a clone of Chardonnay, Chardonnay-Muscaté, which gives the typical structure, poise and freshness of Chardonnay together the aromatic expression of Muscat.

In 2017, Burgundy enjoyed a return to average yields. Some areas were impacted by spring frosts which reduced yields slightly. Generally the vines’ growth cycle benefitted from an early budburst at the beginning of April, followed by a very warm summer. Ripening progressed at a good pace with the first grapes being harvested across the region two weeks ahead of average.

The grapes were harvested manually into 20kg crates, then whole bunch pressed for 2.5 hours, before the juice was transferred to oak vats. Indigenous yeasts were used for a long fermentation without racking or lees stirring. The wine was then aged in 30% new French oak barrels for eight months without being racked. The barrels used are toasted at low temperatures to impart a subtle, delicate flavour to the wine. The wine was bottled by gravity in August 2017, fined with bentonite and very lightly filtered.

This 100% Chardonnay has golden nuances in the glass. There is a nice complexity on the nose with aromas of ripe yellow fruits, citrus and white rose. This wine is clean and fresh on the palate with good acidity. The finish is long and lively.

ABV = 13.0%.

£18.65

Joel Delaunay La Voute Touraine Chenonceaux 2018 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage (now all gone, alas) was awarded a Gold Medal and 96 points at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2018 DWWA winners, click here.

La Voûte comes from a relatively new appellation called Touraine Chenonceaux, which was created in 2011 after 20 years in the making. Chenonceaux is known for the majestic Château de Chenonceau, featured on the La Voûte label. The wines are from selected parcels of vines located in Touraine. The Sauvignon Blanc is often not released until May following the vintage, spending around seven months on its lees to add weight, texture and complexity.

La Voûte is situated in Touraine Chenonceaux, on the bank of the Cher Valley, 50 kilometres east of Tours near the famous Château de Chenonceau. The soil is clay and silex (a mixture of flint and sand) and the pruning method is simple Guyot.

After a hard frost in April, which had a significant impact across the Loire Valley, the end of spring and summer was relatively clement, allowing the grapes to reach optimum maturity. The harvest itself was early, starting from 1st September. Although the difficult conditions resulted in a small harvest, the small size of the grapes resulted in excellent concentration and very high quality fruit.

100% Sauvignon Blanc.

100% of the cuvée underwent skin contact for 20 hours in a pneumatic press. Alcoholic fermentation took place over 20 days at a controlled temperature of 16°C. The wine was aged on fine lees after fermentation with bâtonnage until the end of April. The wine was then filtered before bottling.

This wine is pale lemon in colour, with youthful lights. It has an intense, elegant nose combining of grapefruit, tropical fruits and blackcurrant. On the palate, it is fresh and clean, with a fine mineral character and long finish.

ABV = 13.0%.

£15.45

Joseph Drouhin (Vaudon) Chablis 2019 (1x75cl)

Founded in 1880 by the then 22-year-old Joseph Drouhin, this famous Burgundy negociant is still family-owned. Of the current (fourth) generation, Veronique Drouhin is the winemaker, Laurent is the brand ambassador in the USA, Philippe is in charge of the vineyards, whilst Frederic “conducts the orchestra”. Maison Joseph Drouhin owns extensive parcels throughout the region and in Chablis extending to 73 hectares, including the world-renowned Clos des Mouches, one of the earliest purchases made by Joseph. From Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche through to Meursault and to Corton Charlemagne in the Côte de Beaune, Echezaux to Clos de Vougeot in the Côte de Nuits, the domaines produce a wide spectrum from Laforêt Bourgogne Blanc and Rouge to Grands Crus in Musigny and Chambertin.

Drouhin’s foremost concern is to express the exact character of each terroir. Since 1993 they have worked their vineyards to organic and biodynamic principles, “bringing natural answers to natural problems”. Vine stocks are grown in their own nursery to preserve their genetic heritage and control quality, and vineyards are ploughed by horse with treatments based on herb infusions and the use of natural predators instead of synthetic products. Planting is dense and yields deliberately kept low.

Vinification is traditional using indigenous yeasts and as little technical interference as possible, varied according to the needs of each terroir. Ageing takes account of the origin of each wine: stainless steel vats to enhance fruit and freshness in Chablis and Mâconnais, oak barrels to develop complexity and finesse in Côte d’Or. New oak barrels are made from oak trees individually selected by Drouhin which are then weathered for three years so that all coarse tannins can be eliminated. Their use, and the time the wine spends in them, are determined by the appellation and the vintage.

The progress of every wine is meticulously monitored and recorded at every stage; Drouhin were one of the first houses in Burgundy to apply bar codes to the barrels to ensure total traceability and every cork is stamped with Joseph Drouhin, the appellation and the vintage, in order to guarantee the authenticity of the wine.

For more detail on this, the Chablis 2018, see blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from Drouhin themselves.

Joseph Drouhin Chablis 2019 - fiche technique

Chardonnay 100%.

A dry and fruity wine, easy to drink. Its colour is pale gold with greenish hues. Very fresh aromas reminiscent of citrus (lemon or grapefruit), small pleasant touches of fern or coriander are found as well. On the palate, dry and fruity, with mineral notes. Pleasant and long aftertaste.

ABV = 12.5%.

£18.50

Joseph Drouhin Macon-Lugny Les Crays 2018 (1x75cl)

Important note: this wine replaces Drouhin's 'standard' Mâcon-Lugny (M-L), which has been popular at Exel for some years. To be clear, 2016 was the last vintage of that wine; Drouhin no longer produce it.

This replacement is taken from a much smaller, high-quality vineyard area, the Les Crays lieu-dit (on high-limestone-content soils, hence the name) within the M-L appellation (indeed, the previous M-L drew heavily on this vineyard, but was also blended with grapes from outwith).

Depending on just what you like in your white Macon, this is almost certainly a better wine.

Founded in 1880 by the then 22 year old Joseph Drouhin, this famous Burgundy negociant is still family-owned. Of the current, fourth generation, Veronique Drouhin is the winemaker, Laurent is the brand ambassador in the USA, Philippe is in charge of the vineyards, whilst Frederic “conducts the orchestra”. Maison Joseph Drouhin owns extensive parcels throughout the region and in Chablis extending to 73 hectares, including the world-renowned Clos des Mouches, one of the earliest purchases made by Joseph. From Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche through to Meursault and to Corton Charlemagne in the Côte de Beaune, Echezaux to Clos de Vougeot in the Côte de Nuits, the  domaines produce a wide spectrum from Laforêt Bourgogne Blanc and Rouge to Grands Crus in Musigny and Chambertin.

Drouhin’s foremost concern is to express the exact character of each terroir. Since 1993 they have worked their vineyards to organic and biodynamic principles, “bringing natural answers to natural problems”. Vine stocks are grown in their own nursery to preserve their genetic heritage and control quality, and vineyards are ploughed by horse with treatments based on herb infusions and the use of natural predators instead of synthetic products. Planting is dense and yields deliberately kept low.

Vinification is traditional using indigenous yeasts and as little technical interference as possible, varied according to the needs of each terroir. Ageing takes account of the origin of each wine: stainless steel vats to enhance fruit and freshness in Chablis and Mâconnais, oak barrels to develop complexity and finesse in Côte d’Or. New oak barrels are made from oak trees individually selected by Drouhin which are then weathered for three years so that all coarse tannins can be eliminated. Their use, and the time the wine spends in them, are determined by the appellation and the vintage.

The progress of every wine is meticulously monitored and recorded at every stage; Drouhin were one of the first houses in Burgundy to apply bar codes to the barrels to ensure total traceability and every cork is stamped with Joseph Drouhin, the appellation and the vintage, in order to guarantee the authenticity of the wine.

For more detail on this, the Les Crays 2018, see blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from Drouhin themselves.

Joseph Drouhin Macon-Lugny Les Crays 2018 - fiche technique

Chardonnay 100%.

The wine reveals an appealing freshness. It combines the maturity of the fruit and freshness over an almost saline structure. It shows a shining colour, a nose reminiscent of flower and peach, and a full mouth with a mineral finish.It can be served with summer salads, raw or grilled fish, tempura, roast chicken, vegetable and prawn wok dishes and goat's cheese.

ABV = 13.0%.

£13.60

Joseph Mellot Menetou Salon Les Thureaux 2018 (1x75cl)

The yet-to-arrive-in-the-UK 2019 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2020 edition panel tasting of Loire Sauvignon Blanc (see blue link below).

Joseph Mellot Menetou-Salon Les Thureaux 2017 - June 2020 Decanter review

Deeply rooted in the heart of Sancerre, the history of Joseph Mellot spans 500 years and several generations of the Mellot family. Founded by Pierre-Etienne Mellot in 1513 the family-run estate is today one of Sancerre's largest and undoubtedly most prestigious.

Current owner Catherine Corbeau-Mellot and her team strongly believe in the notion of terroir. Holding close to 100 hectares of land spanning all the appellations of the Central Vineyards, they are committed to bringing out the extraordinary potential and individual nuances of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from the different appellations. Joseph Mellot is the only winery that owns vines and produces wines from the seven main appellations of the Central Loire region (Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Quincy, Reuilly, Menetou-Salon, Coteaux du Giennois and Châteaumeillant).

See here for an excellent (albeit 10-minute-long) video on (Domaine) Joseph Mellot (French, English subtitles).

Wine production is carried out according to the terroir, so as to respect the specific character of each vintage. The wines are produced at one of three sites, one in Sancerre, one in Maltaverne in Pouilly-Fumé and one in Quincy, giving them a firm control over the wines they make. For white wines, the pressing is slow, and is carried out in pneumatic presses in order to extract the purest juice. For certain plots of land and depending on the years, pressing may be preceded by pre-fermentation maceration.

The vineyard for Les Thureaux is situated near Bourges, south of Sancerre, on gentle slopes. The soil is composed of clay and limestone overlaying Kimmeridgian marls. All vineyard processes are carried out in an environmentally-friendly manner, adapted for each terroir.

For this Menetou-Salon, see the blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the team at Joseph Mellot.

Joseph Mellot Menetou-Salon Les Thureaux 2017 - fiche technique

Sauvignon Blanc 100%.

Pale golden colour, intense and expressive nose. Citrus an tropical fruits notes. Full mouth, steady, citrus and mango aromas. Lovely freshness and aromatic finale.

ABV = 12.5%.

£13.95

Joseph Mellot Pouilly Fume Le Chant des Vignes 2018 (1x75cl)

Deeply rooted in the heart of Sancerre, the history of Joseph Mellot spans 500 years and several generations of the Mellot family. Founded by Pierre-Etienne Mellot in 1513 the family-run estate is today one of Sancerre's largest and undoubtedly most prestigious.

Current owner Catherine Corbeau-Mellot and her team strongly believe in the notion of terroir. Holding close to 100 hectares of land spanning all the appellations of the Central Vineyards, they are committed to bringing out the extraordinary potential and individual nuances of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from the different appellations. Joseph Mellot is the only winery that owns vines and produces wines from the seven main appellations of the Central Loire region (Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Quincy, Reuilly, Menetou-Salon, Coteaux du Giennois and Châteaumeillant).

See here for an excellent (albeit 10-minute-long) video on (Domaine) Joseph Mellot (French, English subtitles).

Wine production is carried out according to the terroir, so as to respect the specific character of each vintage. The wines are produced at one of three sites, one in Sancerre, one in Maltaverne in Pouilly-Fumé and one in Quincy, giving them a firm control over the wines they make. For white wines, the pressing is slow, and is carried out in pneumatic presses in order to extract the purest juice. For certain plots of land and depending on the years, pressing may be preceded by pre-fermentation maceration.

The grapes are grown on predominantly siliceous soils. All vineyard processes are carried out in an environmental manner, adapted to each terroir.

For this Pouilly-Fumé, see the blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note (alas only the 2016 is available) from the team at Joseph Mellot.

Joseph Mellot Pouilly-Fume Le Chant Des Vignes 2018 - fiche technique

Sauvignon Blanc 100%.

Yellow pale and brilliant colour with golden hues. Complex nose, citrus fruit and exotic fruit notes. Fresh and vivid attack. Passion fruit and orange aromas. Nice aromatic persistence. 

ABV = 13.0%.

£15.50

Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Chatellenie 2018 (1x75cl)

Deeply rooted in the heart of Sancerre, the history of Joseph Mellot spans 500 years and several generations of the Mellot family. Founded by Pierre-Etienne Mellot in 1513 the family-run estate is today one of Sancerre's largest and undoubtedly most prestigious.

Current owner Catherine Corbeau-Mellot and her team strongly believe in the notion of terroir. Holding close to 100 hectares of land spanning all the appellations of the Central Vineyards, they are committed to bringing out the extraordinary potential and individual nuances of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from the different appellations. Joseph Mellot is the only winery that owns vines and produces wines from the seven main appellations of the Central Loire region (Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Quincy, Reuilly, Menetou-Salon, Coteaux du Giennois and Châteaumeillant).

See here for an excellent (albeit 10-minute-long) video on (Domaine) Joseph Mellot (French, English subtitles).

Wine production is carried out according to the terroir, so as to respect the specific character of each vintage. The wines are produced at one of three sites, one in Sancerre, one in Maltaverne in Pouilly-Fumé and one in Quincy, giving them a firm control over the wines they make. For white wines, the pressing is slow, and is carried out in pneumatic presses in order to extract the purest juice. For certain plots of land and depending on the years, pressing may be preceded by pre-fermentation maceration.

La Chatellenie is a single vineyard of 22 hectares with ancient soils from the Cretaceous period. This flint-rich siliceous clay emparts the subtle hint of gun-flint. All vineyard processes are carried out in an environmentally-friendly manner, adapted to each terroir.

For this Sancerre, see the blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note (albeit for the 2017, 2018 sheet pending) from the team at Joseph Mellot.

Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Chatellenie 2018 - fiche technique

Sauvignon Blanc 100%.

Pale gold colour with green hues. Tropical fruits (pineapple, mango) Final note of passion fruit. Delicate, supple and harmonious attack, nice fullness. Flintstone notes. Tropical and citrus fruits, long and aromatic final.

ABV = 13.0%.

£16.95

Josmeyer Riesling Dragon Single Vineyard 2014 (1x 75cl)

Josmeyer was founded in 1854 by restaurant owner Aloyse Meyer who set about building on his father’s work in the wine trade. Since then, the estate has passed through 5 generations of the Meyer family, with Jean Meyer responsible for switching the entire estate to organic and biodynamic culture. He is credited with elevating the estate to one of Alsace’s greats. After his death, his daughters Celine and Isabelle took over running of the estate.

The 28 hectare estate is situated at Wintzenheim, and benefits from low annual rainfall, some of the lowest in France. Riesling and Pinot Blanc are given the largest sections of the estate, with Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer also growing here. 5 distinct terroirs make up the estate, 2 of which have achieved Grand Cru status: Hengst and Brand.

Once hand picked, the grapes undergo gentle pressing followed by natural fermentation in 100 year old casks, where they also receive some lees ageing. Josmeyer’s wines are characterised by freshness, complexity and minerality, with each of the 5 terroirs contributing to different expressions of the grapes. These are true wines of character, and though their labels may suggest a certain playfulness, they are certainly serious wines.

100% Riesling.

Residual sugar = ~5g/litre (ie just-about fully dry, sugar just becoming detectable).

Riesling Le Dragon Domaine Josmeyer is a dry, pure, biodynamic Riesling with citrus notes, subtle texture and racy acidity. Inspired by the local legend of a dragon which fought the sun, lost and retreated to the cave at the top of the Drachenloch vineyard - where this wine is grown - to die. The cave shelters the southwest-facing slopes creating one of the warmest micro climates in the area, known as Petit Senegal. This is a dry style of Riesling characterised by citrus fruit flavours and an acidity well balanced by the body.

ABV= 12.5%. 

£25.05

La Chablisienne Chablis Le Finage 2018 (1x75cl)

La Chablisienne, founded in 1923, has been at the vanguard of the modern co-operative movement and has challenged the assumption that big (250,000 bottles/year) cannot be beautiful. Over the years, La Chablisienne has given birth to a series of wonderful, ageworthy wines that have positioned the estate at the top of the cooperative wine quality hierarchy; indeed, there are fewer cooperatives anywhere that make better wines than La Chablisienne. The grapes come from 300 winegrowers in the region and are vinified under the talented eye of Vincent Bartement, who yet again, has secured La Chablisienne the award of IWSC French Wine Producer of the Year 2018.

A signature characteristic of La Chablisienne is a mosaic of climates, or vineyard plots, making it one of the few sources from which wine lovers can truly taste the differences between the various premier cru and Grand Cru sites. The wines are made from a single grape variety, Chardonnay; therefore, the differences between the wines express phenomenal terroir diversity. The unique soils, specifically Kimmeridgian soils, and microclimates of Chablis prove an ideal place for Chardonnay cultivation. Here mineral examples are produced, as well as, wines of superb finesse unmatched by any other Chardonnay in the world. La Chablisienne’s range of Chablis offerings cover the full spectrum from Petit Chablis’ to Grand Crus. Their quality is consistently outstanding. They have established themselves as the benchmark for Chablis producers and the bar continues to be raised.

The vines used to make this wine are situated in the villages of Beines, Béru, Chablis, La Chapelle Vaupelteigne, Chemilly sur Serein, Chichée, Collan, Courgis, Fleys, Fontenay, Lignorelles, Ligny le Châtel, Maligny, Poilly, Préhy, Saint Cyr les Colons, Viviers and Villy. The vines used are on average around 20 years old.

The must undergoes cold settling before fermentation which happens in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation is also allowed to occur. The wine is then left to mature on its fine lees, in tanks.

100% Chardonnay.

This is a clear and brilliant wine with golden-yellow colour. A well-developed and mature bouquet reveals white and yellow-fleshed fruits. A very distinguished mineral note becomes more noticeable on aeration. Good aromatic length. Very pleasant volume in the mouth accompanied by freshness and crisp, well-defined fruitiness. The ripeness detected in the nose returns elegantly in the mouth. Good persistence in the finish. 

ABV = 12.5%.

£17.30

Langlois Chateau Saumur Blanc 2017 (1x75cl)

Founded in 1912 by Edouard Langlois and his wife Jeanne Château from the outset the company specialized in the sparkling wines. They suffered a major setback in 1915 when Edouard Langlois was killed during the First World War. However the business was carried on by his widow and continued to thrive.

In 1973 they were acquired by the famous champagne house Bollinger and with the financial investment that came with it were able to expand both their cellars and vineyard holdings in Saumur, Saumur-Champigny and Sancerre. In 2007 their winery at Saint-Hilare-Saint-Florent in Saumur was significantly expanded and now handles their entire production and distribution operations which are under the stewardship of the current chief winemaler and general manager, François Régis de Fougeroux. These days in addiition to their renowned Loire Valley sparkling wines their growing range of still wines is also starting to make waves.

Chenin Blanc 100%.

Saumur whites are made from Chenin Blanc and are characteristically crisp and fruity. Here the wine has a pale yellow hue and an intense nose with aromas of ripe stone fruits at first with honey and toasty notes following. Strikingly crisp at first it then shows its real fruitiness and generous, ripe structure. And it wraps up well with a pleasingly fresh and clean citrus finish.

Subtle and elegant it's the ideal companion for raw or cooked shellfish, grilled white fish and even works with asparagus.

ABV = 13.0%.

£11.80

Laroche Chablis Les Chanoines 2018 (1x75cl)

Domaine Laroche epitomises Chablis, with impeccable quality and remarkable ownership of 100 hectares of vineyards, including 30 hectares of Premier Cru and 6 hectares of Grand Cru sites. Founded in 1850, there is still a dynamism which permeates everything they do. Michel Laroche, the driving force since he took over the domaine in 1967 has now retired, but his legacy is very much alive with a young team full of energy and ideas. As part of their aim to retain purity and minerality in the finished wine, Laroche were the first Burgundian producer to move to screwcap in 2002. In addition to their own vineyards, the domaine has developed long standing purchasing partnerships with 40 small growers. The range is divided into 'Laroche', for the wines made from these partnerships and 'Domaine Laroche', for those from their own holdings. The Laroche Petit Chablis and Chablis represent excellent value and are made in exactly the same way as the Domaine wines, with utmost care to maintain the lively, pure and minerally character that typifies good AC Chablis.

The vines are cared for in the same way as the domaine's own, maintaining the lively, mineral fruit character typical of good Chablis. The Chardonnay grapes are harvested according to the ripeness of each plot; once each parcel has ripened, harvest is carried out over two days to ensure the correct levels of ripeness are maintained.

2018 was one of the best vintages for Chablis in the last 20 years. An unusually warm, dry summer encouraged optimal ripeness while warding off diseases, resulting in plentiful yields. This is welcome news after two years racked by frost.

The grapes were pressed immediately on arrival at the winery. The must was fermented in stainless steel tanks for two weeks at 16°C to retain freshness and purity. All of the wine went through malolactic fermentation and spent nearly six months on lees to give extra complexity and a smoother mouthfeel. Filtration was light to retain the natural body and fruit character.

100% Chardonnay.

The nose is fresh and youthful with complex mineral notes. The lifted, harmonious palate has flavours of white fruit and perfumes of spring blossom before a long finish.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

ABV = 12.5%.

£22.20

Leduc Viognier IGP Pays d Oc 2019 (1x75cl)

After harvesting, the grapes undergo an short skin maceration. After a gentle pressing and meticulous settling, the juice is collected and fermented. Ageing takes place in stainless steel tanks.

The Leduc Viognier has a vibrant, luminous colour with green hues. On the nose, peach, apricot and almond aromas prevail with a refreshing yet fruity palate with a smooth and round finish.

100% Viognier.

Excellent with spicy foods, grilled chicken or fish. A great match with sushi and sashimi.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

ABV = 13.0%.

£8.45

Les Mougeottes Chardonnay IGP Pays d Oc 2019 (1x75cl)

This oaked Chardonnay is from the region to the east of Carcassonne. It is presented with Burgundian packaging, yet has more natural ripeness than a Mâcon and more savoury character than the New World. 

If you are looking for a Burgundian style of white wine for less than a tenner, this is perfect for you!

The start of the 2018 growing season was blighted with frost in mid Spring and then perhaps higher than ideal rainfall but this poor start led into an ideal, long, dry period from late spring through to Harvest. Night harvested by machine in order to limit oxidative stress and maintain freshness. The producer's own comments on the vintage: "we were very happy with our ’18 vintage wines.  The winemakers just had to work a bit harder than usual to find the right quality.

Grown predominantly on calcareous clay soils around the Languedoc's St-Chinian with an average vine age of 40 years old. 

Direct pneumatic pressing followed by racking. 100% of the blend is fermented and aged with medium and med/high-toast French oak staves to produce a rich, buttery, nutty style. No use of malolactic fermentation is employed. The wine is kept on its fine lees for 4 months post-fermentation with regular batonnage to add texture and complexity.

100% Chardonnay.

Residual sugar = 2.9g/litre (ie dry).

It has lemon and vanilla on the nose with a round, fruity body and a hint of vanilla oak character. It has more ripeness than some of its Burgundian counterparts and it has more savouriness than wines that are typical of the New World; it is an intriguing wine that is sure to impress.

This is a highly versatile, lightly-oaked Chardonnay - ideal by the glass - and also fantastic with large/flake flsh, shellfish and white meats. Would also pair well with cream sauces and lightly spiced dishes.

This wine is suitable for begetarians and vegans.

ABV = 13.0%.

£8.95

Louis Jadot Ladoix Blanc Le Clou d Orge 2017 (1x75cl)

From the tip of Chablis to the toe of Beaujolais, from regional, village, 1er Cru and Grand Cru wines Louis Jadot produces Burgundy and nothing but Burgundy. The familiar Bacchus head label has become the reliable stamp of quality and consistency from what can often be a confusing region.

Louis Henri Denis Jadot founded the business in 1859. His vision was to build a business with a high quality reputation. One of his key aims, as well as to make top wines, was to build a significant vineyard base. This vision remains core to the business today. Today, the business is headed up by Pierre-Henry Gagey, son of André Gagey, who was entrusted with the management of Louis Jadot in 1962 by Madame Jadot following the tragic death of her son, Louis Auguste Jadot. Pierre-Henry is a passionate believer in terroir, allowing the wines to present the very essence of Burgundy.

Ladoix is a village located to the north of Côte de Beaune, to the north-east of the village called Aloxe-Corton, next to the famous hill of Corton. The altitude is between 220 and 360 m and the exposure is east/south-east. The soil contains clay and marls.

For this wine, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Louis Jadot, Ladoix Blanc Le Clou d’Orge 2017 - fiche technique

Chardonnay 100%.

The 2017 Ladoix Clos d’Orge Blanc has an appealing, harmonious bouquet of citrus fruit with touches of crushed granite and later, flecks of orange peel. The palate is well balanced, with quite a rich but controlled entry. This Ladoix feels as if it contains a lot of nascent energy, a touch of lemongrass and ginger emerging toward a finish that offers good persistence. Don’t overlook this fine white Ladoix from Jadot.

ABV = 13.0%.

£23.75

Marcel Martin Touraine Sauvignon La Perclaire 2017 (1x75cl)

Marcel Martin founded his family-owned wine company over 50 years ago in the Loire Valley. At that time, Loire wines weren't as popular as they are now. Along the way he found other areas, like the Cotes de Gascogne, which had not yet been recognized as wonderful wine destinations, yet the wines were fabulous. That's all Marcel needed. As he traversed France's wine regions, he met and formed relationships in many of the lesser-known appellations - ones which produced wonderful wines. He even blended wines from different regions, a practice usually frowned upon, but Marcel achieved excellent results.

100% Sauvignon Blanc. 

This floral wine is bright, crisp and zesty. It has the herbal character that is the mark of Touraine Sauvignon: ripe while also intensely green and tight. It's a Sauvi Blanc showing exotic fruit and gooseberry flavours.

ABV = 12.0%. 

£12.70
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