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David Moret Meursault 1Er Cru Les Charmes 2014 (1x 75cl)

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.

Meursault has 17 Premiers Crus, of which the highest-regarded are 'Les Charmes', 'Les Genevrières' and 'Les Perrières' (many regard these three as the unofficial 'Grand Crus' of Meursault). The 30 hectares of Les Charmes sits on the southern border with Puligny-Montrachet; the limestone and clay soils give 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, to preserve the precious Chardonnay aromas and flavours. The wine went through alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels and ageing, for 18 months before being bottled and resting in cellars for several months. David used 30% new French oak, to ensure that the fine character of his Meursault shines through.

This wine has delightful floral aromas and hints of white peach on the nose. On the palate, the wine is concentrated with lively acidity, fine, integrated oak and a creamy texture.

£59.80

David Moret Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru `Les Folatières` 2014 (1x 75cl)

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.

Puligny-Montrachet is devoted almost exclusively to the production of Chardonnay. Soils here are generally extremely thin with good levels of limestone, producing wines that are round, elegant and appealing. At 16 hectares, 'Les Folatières' is the largest 1er Cru in Puligny and shares a similar altitude and soil composition as Grand Cru Chevalier Montrachet.

Never has the phrase 'all's well that ends well' rung so true as in the case of the 2014 Burgundy vintage. Devastating hailstorms in June were followed by a cold and rainy August, where temperatures struggled to reach 20°C. These conditions meant that the threat of rot, under-ripe grapes and another low-yielding vintage hung over the growers. Just as all hope was fading, September was bathed in sunshine and rescued the 2014 vintage from the brink of disaster.

Grapes were brought straight to the winery and were pressed immediately, to preserve the precious Chardonnay aromas and flavours. Using naturally occurring yeasts, the wine went through alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. The wine was then aged for 12 months in oak, of which 40% was new, before being bottled and resting in cellars for several months.

This is a superb Premier Cru. Supremely fine and elegant with wonderful minerality and fruit levels. The palate is creamy, with lovely acidity and great fruit intensity and the finish is long and persistent.

£61.59

David Moret Rully 2015 (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.

2015 experienced a warm summer with little rainfall, which brought the harvest forward. The Chardonnay grapes were harvested at full ripeness and the resulting wines are full of stone fruit characters, with more richness and lower acidity levels than the wines of 2014.

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.

£25.65

David Moret Saint Romain 2015 (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.

The vineyards of Saint Romain are mainly located in a side valley to the west of Auxey-Duresses, in the direction of the communes and vineyards of the Hautes Côtes de Beaune. A little more than half of the production consists of white wine. There are no Grand Cru and no Premier Cru vineyards within Saint Romain.

2015 experienced a warm summer with little rainfall, which brought the harvest forward. The Chardonnay grapes were harvested at full ripeness and the resulting wines are full of stone fruit characters, with more richness and lower acidity levels than the wines of 2014.

Grapes were brought straight to the winery and were pressed immediately, 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 just over 12 months, before being bottled and resting in the cellars for approximately six months. David only used 25% new French oak, to ensure that the fine character of his wine shines through.

The David Moret Saint Romain 2015 has pale golden reflections in the glass. Lemon aromas and buttery characteristics. On the palate, balanced acidity and a mineral touch round off the citrus flavours before a lingering finish.

£29.20

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.

£27.80

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.

£28.60

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.

£29.90

Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1Er Cru Les Vaillons 2015 (1x 75cl)

After speaking to Didier and Hélène Defaix for just five minutes, you start to realise what makes their wines so special. Not only do they have holdings in some of Chablis’ best-situated vineyards; their attention to detail in vine growing and winemaking is astounding. 

Their focus has been on taking care of the vineyard through improving soil structure, biological pest control and painstaking vegetation management, and their cellar work is similarly precise. All this enables the potential of each “terroir” to fully express itself through fine, powerful and distinguished wines, which have a succulence of texture married to serious intensity of flavour that makes them delicious young yet also capable of considerable cellaring. 

There is a deft touch of wood surrounding the white orchard fruit and honeysuckle aromas that have glimpses of oyster shell poking through. The rich, forward and relatively generous flavours possess a seductive mouth feel and excellent complexity on the dry finish.

This wine works well when paired with grilled fish or white meats with cream sauce.

£21.35

Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 2015 (1x 75cl)

There is a deft touch of wood surrounding the white orchard fruit and honeysuckle aromas that have glimpses of oyster shell poking through. The rich, forward and relatively generous flavours possess a seductive mouth feel and excellent complexity on the dry for the vintage finish. This should age well for the medium term.

£16.45

Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis Grand Cru Bougros 2014 (1x 75cl)

ery pleasant with flavours of flowers, honeysuckle in particular, and mineral notes, it is also full in the mouth with good length.
£42.87

Domaine Bonnard Pouilly Fume 2015 (1x 75cl)

We are delighted to have secured a parcel of this gem of a Pouilly Fume. Lots of fresh, herbaceous fruit with a hint of liquorice on the nose. In the mouth, there are delicious Sauvignon Blanc characteristics with citrus and gooseberry flavours.

£16.08

Domaine Bonnard Sancerre 2015 (1x 75cl)

It's on our Christmas List because... Bonnard is/are our go-to producer for excellent Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre (Pascal Jolivet is the other, but these wines are less certain of supply). This is an excellent Sancerre from the equally excellent 2015 harvest. 

Domaine Bonnard is a family vineyard of 12 hectares located in the heart of Sancerre. The estate has been producing wine for over half a century and offers both Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. The founders of the estate, Bernard and Pierrette Bonnard, still work on the estate with their two daughters, Martine who takes responsibility for viticulture and Claire who is their winemaker.

Domaine Bonnard’s wines are lively and long on the finish. Their  aromas are reminiscent of a forest or woodland with citrus notes on the palate that give the wine an overall harmony. The wine is pale gold in colour. To serve these wines at their best, over chilling them should be avoided. This wine is in the style of a classic Sancerre with enticing grassy notes, zesty citrus fruit and lively acidity.

Domaine Bonnard Sancerre is the perfect match for fish, seafood, white meats and cheeses, even strong ones.

 

£15.40

Domaine Chevalier Ladoix Blanc `Bois de Mont` 2015 (1x 75cl)

Domaine Chevalier is a 15 hectare family domaine situated in Ladoix, in the north of the Côte de Beaune. Established in 1850, it is now run by Claude Chevalier and his daughters, Julie and Chloé. Claude's whites have the mealy and mineral quality that typifies great Burgundy, at a relatively modest price. The style combines the taut, steely feel of Chablis but with the fruit intensity, finesse and hints of riper stone fruit of the Côte de Beaune. His red wines have incredible purity and elegance.

Ladoix sits at the foot of the famous hill of Corton, just to the north of the town of Beaune. The south-easterly facing vineyards lie on chalky-clay soils and the vines are on average 15-years-old.

The Ladoix 'Bois de Mont' was made from Chardonnay and a small percentage of Pinot Blanc, which adds mouthfilling, stone fruit characters. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and then aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, which encouraged subtle vanilla and honey complexity.

Bright yellow in colour, with aromas of citrus, honey and hay. The palate is medium-bodied and refreshing, with firm structure but appealing lemon and stone fruit intensity to round the finish, along with gentle spice and vanilla complexity.

£28.58

Domaine Christian Binner Les Binner Saveurs 2014 (1x 75cl)

The Binner estate was established in 1770. The family owns nine hectares in Alsace but only six hectares are cultivated with vines. They are a certified organic producer and also practice biodynamic farming. They produce "natural wines" using very few additives and no technological manipulations. 

This is a highly aromatic and floral wine with spicy notes. Green apples, pear, lemon drops, peach and lychee mingle seamlessly on the palate with minerality, floral and sweet spice flavours. This is a dry style of wine which has a long finish.

£12.06

Domaine Corinne Perchaud Chablis 2014 (1x 75cl)

A clear and bright yellow colour, the nose has fresh, white fruit aromas. The palate has fine citrus and stone fruit, with rich minerality coming through on the long finish.
£16.57
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