The predominant white flower and citrus nose leads to notes of honey and dried fruit. The palate is very well balanced, skilfully blending vivacity and roundness.
Straw yellow with elegant green-silver tints. The nose is very delicate, dominated by lime and grapefruit. The attack shows the same flavours, along with great body and balance. This dry Riesling is full and refreshing with a long aftertaste typical of wines from limestone soils.
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).
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.
Awarded 87 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of Southern Rhone Whites (see blue link below).
Château La Verrerie is located in the Lubéron appellation. Jean-Louis Descours fell in love with Château La Verrerie in 1981, when he was looking at retirement estates. As a result, he purchased the 20 hectare estate and along with his son Gérard, brought it back to winemaking life. A new winery was constructed and more vineyards were acquired with the sole ambition to make a great wine. Their first vintage was released in 1985. Today, the grandson of Jean-Louis runs the estate with Olivier Adnot as the winemaker. The Descours family enjoyed their first foray into wine so much that they purchased Charles Heidsieck in 2011, when it became available for sale.
The domaine has 48 hectares of vineyard and about 70% of the production is red, 20% rosé and 10% white. Seven hectares are dedicated to Roussanne, Clairette, Grenache and Bourboulenc and 1.85 hectares located in IGP Vaucluse are planted with Viognier. The winery has recently completed its organic conversion and is certified organic from the 2013 vintage.
At the winery, the grapes were gently pressed and fermented at low temperature (16°C) to minimise the extraction of phenolics. The wine was then fermented in a combination of stainless steel and French oak casks in order to preserve the primary fruit while also adding body to the wine. The wine finally stayed on its lees for four months in stainless-steel tanks before bottling.
This wine has an appealing golden straw-yellow colour with silver-green hues. Aromas of peach, apricots and Rainier cherries on the nose, followed by precise notes of acacia and honey. On the palate, the wine is full and lush, reflecting the fruit and floral tones of the nose.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An excellent example of white St Joseph from the Northern Rhône; this is very aromatic, with floral notes combining with ripe peach and a touch of brioche on the nose. Richly textured, but beautifully balanced on the palate with a refreshing finesse on the finish.
The nose is fresh, fruity and aromatic, with ripe tropical and dried fruit characteristics. The palate is medium bodied with a succulent texture, balanced alcohol and acidity and a great concentration of dried fruit flavours, such as apricot and peach, with a honeyed, silky finish.