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Brusset Cotes Du Rhone 2017 (1x75cl)

This wine not only looks like raspberries in the glass, but it shows them on the nose as well. On the palate it is supple, elegant and harmonious, and the aromatics give it a lift which can be very moreish!

£11.40

Brusset Gigondas Les Hauts De Montmirail 2016 (1x 75cl)

Deep crimson in colour, with a rich, spicy, smoky aroma, showing hints of chocolate and blackberry and a rounded, powerful palate with mouthfilling fruit.

£30.15

Chante Cigale Chateauneuf Reserve Des Oliviers 2015 (1 x 75cl)

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 red is powerful, with defined fruit characters and supple tannins. 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 grenache character predominates on the nose with plenty of raspberry fruit. A succulent attack is balanced by fine tannins and good acidity. The finish is marked by spice and blackcurrant.

This is a very versatile wine due to its fine tannins and fresh fruitiness. Try it with chicken in mushroom or red wine sauce, or with a barbeque.

£22.80

Chateau De Vaudieu Closerie De Vaudieu Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2015 (1x75cl)

The name Vaudieu originated from 'Vallée de Dieu' (Valley of God), a reference to the beauty of the area. The Château is a splendid 18th century property, once owned by the négociant Gabriel Meffre, and now run by his grandson, Laurent Bréchet who has transformed the estate through substantial investment and an obsession with quality. This is now starting to bear fruit and will yield even higher dividends in the years to come. As at Vaudieu in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Laurent Bréchet has extended his commitment to quality to Domaine des Bosquets, his 25 hectares of vineyards in the Gigondas appellation, at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. Laurent has identified three different areas, which add to the potential for different ripeness levels and fruit characters.

Situated northeast of the town, the vineyards surround those of Château Rayas. Spread over 70 hectares the soils vary greatly, from sand to quartz (galets) and clay/limestone outcrops. This diversity of soil and exposure adds complexity to the blend, with the fruit from the sandier soils lending aromatic elegance and that from the galets giving power and intensity. The vines are over 65 years in age and the fruit gains incredible levels of concentration as a result.

2015 was characterised by a long and hot summer, which brought harvest forward and boosted high alcohol levels in the grapes. Harvest took place between 8th - 28th September and the grapes were in excellent health, with well ripened stems and tannins, set to produce rich and powerful wines.

The fruit was hand-picked, sorted, destemmed and crushed before fermentation at 25°C in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Fermentation lasted approximately 30 days, with regular pump-overs made daily. Ageing took place in stainless steel tanks to retain the maximum freshness of fruit and lasted 12 months before release.

Deep ruby red in colour, with a black cherry core. This wine has lively berry fruits on the nose, with a touch of liquorice and a hint of black pepper. On the palate, it is full-bodied and the ripe tannins gently support the cherry, cassis and herb character on the finish.

£21.05

Châteauneuf du Pape Chaupin, Domaine de la Janasse 2013 (1x 75cl)

Good ruby red colour. Ripe, serious aromas of currant, chocolate, liquorice and Provençal herbs. Fat and dense but fresh and stylish, with a lively mineral quality and solid ripe acidity. Finishes with very smooth tannins.

£47.25

Darenberg The Stump Jump Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2016 (1x75cl)

Family owned d’Arenberg is located in the breath-taking McLaren Vale in South Australia and produces an enviable range of wines. From humble beginnings, these wines quickly gained cult status amongst imbibers and judges alike – it’s a deft combination of winemaking tradition and vinous innovation. A tall order for some, but one that d’Arenberg takes in their stride as they continue to push the boundaries and get under the skin of each individual vineyard in order to get the best from the vines. This is backed up by an engaging consumer-friendly approach to the ‘deadly serious fun’ of wine.

D'Arenberg's own tasting notes for this wine are excellent, so please click the blue link below to see all this wine's details.

d'Arenberg The Stump Jump Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2016 – Fiche Technique

£10.00

Domaine De Pres Lasses Faugeres 2013 (1 x 75cl)

Sheltered by the foothills of the Cévennes, the final natural barrier before the Mediterranean, the Faugères vineyards are set on steep, south-facing schist slopes, looking over the Béziers plain. Boris Feigel is responsible for the winemaking here. He has worked with Humbrecht in Alsace and – although not officially biodynamic or organic – his approach is very sensitive to his raw materials, with use of organic fertiliser, ploughing, short-pruning and very little spraying of synthetic products in the vineyard. The small size of his new winery allows him to maintain an immediate overview of all the wines from all the plots he works with and lavish on them the care and attention they deserve.

Subtly spicy, with ripe red fruit aromas and flavours. Beautifully soft and generous texture with silky-fine tannins and characteristic Southern French 'garrigue' flavours - thyme, rosemary, marjoram and other wild herbs.

This wine is excellent when served with with grilled vegetables or tomato dishes.

£14.55

Domaine Gramenon Ceps Centenaires La Meme 2017 (1x75cl)

In December of 1978 Philippe Laurent and Michèle Aubéry-Laurent bought a barn and 12 hectares of old vines in Montbrison.  Their first harvest took place in 1979 with their first cuvee being the Ceps Centenaires. As time has passed they have extended their vineyards as well as buying new plots of land and they now have 25 hectares of land under vine. The vineyard is certified as organic and biodynamic.

The grapes for this wine have been picked by hand from vines that are more than 100 years old. They choose not to fine or filter their wine before bottling and only a minimal amount of sulphur is added if required. These wines are always produced with the aim of making them the best possible expression of the vintage as well as the vineyard. This is a wine which you can open and enjoy now but it will keep maturing and developing for between 10 and 15 years so don't be afraid to hide some away for a special occasion!

Please click on the blue link below to see an informative fiche technique / tasting note for this wine.

Domaine Gramenon Ceps Centenaires La Mémé 2017 - fiche technique

£36.85

Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Pure 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition feature on Chateauneuf-du-Pape (see blue link below).

Barroche Pure CdP 2015  - November 2017 Decanter review

This cuvée reflects a specific terroir and grape variety, as well as a hundred years of ups and downs - unstinting efforts, though crises, wars, etc... as well as years of joy and plenty. The century-old Grenache vines are deeply rooted in this mythical plot like no other, with sandy and red Comtat sandstone soil. Not only rare and unique, the resulting wine is indescribably... pure, as well as ethereal, delicate, elegant, fresh, natural, floral, silky, unctuous and absolute.   "Pure features a wonderful bouquet and texture, but so much more."

The vines undergo rigorous bud pruning and green harvesting is also undertaken to ensure the grapes that are destined for the wine are of the best possible quality. The picking is completed entirely by hand, with a meticulous double sorting in the vineyard.

Winemaking takes place in underground concrete vats.  The wine stays on the skins for over 4 weeks and there is a gentle extraction of flavours and colours from the grapes. Ageing then takes place in old foudre for approximately 18 months. The wine is not filtered before bottling.

This wine has a beautiful ruby colour and fabulous notes of framboise, wild strawberries and dried flowers with ample sandy, loamy characteristic. This beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannin and outstanding length. It’s a fabulous wine and a testament to the hard work put in by the winemakers.

This wine is particularly well suited to matching with Beef Wellington.

£68.70

Domaine Richaud Terre De Galets Cotes du Rhone 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recomended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) - in their December 2017 edition - in their Weekday Wines column (see blue link below)

Domaine Richaud Terre De Galets Cotes du Rhone 2016 - June 2018 Decanter review

Domaine Richaud might be situated closer to the Languedoc than Burgundy, but stylistically Marcel Richaud sees himself as having more in common with the Côte d'Or. He is dismissive of what he describes as the over-extracted styles of the south. The key, he says, is balance and this begins in the meticulously tended vineyards. His new winery has a range of smaller tanks, giving greater flexibility for blending smaller parcels of wine.

The vineyards cover 55 hectares outside the village of Cairanne, on the road to Rasteau in the Côtes du Rhône. The vines are bush trained and low yielding and are 30 years old on average. Yields are approximately 38-45 hectolitres per hectare. The grapes for this wine are grown in Les Garrigues, Paligot and Beauchières vineyards. The soil consists of ancient sandy, gravelly and stony soils in the valleys of Algues and Ouveze. The vineyards are certified organic by Ecocert.

2016 was a classic vintage. Drought conditions produced smaller berries with less juice meaning lower yields, but other than that there was little to be concerned. The growing season got off to an early start, without the excessive humidity. Summer arrived earlier as well, and flowering occurred in nearly ideal conditions. The second half of the season was warm and very dry. While the hot and dry conditions persisted, the cool nights helped mitigate the effects of the heat.

Traditional vinification took place in concrete tanks where the wine remained until bottling, after which it was stored in temperature-controlled underground cellars until release.

This wine is light garnet in colour, with notes of red fruits and black olive. Fresh and balanced on the palate, with hints of violets, it has good structure, rounded tannins and a long finish.

£18.70

El Circo Garnacha 2016 (1x75cl)

El Circo means 'the circus', and each of the varieties in this range is represented by a different circus performer. The wines are made by the co-operative located in DO Cariñena. A new, modern winery was built in 2002. Winemaker Marcelo Morales Calderon is Chilean, having previously worked for Carmen and Veramonte among others. He came for the 2000 vintage and stayed, as he was excited both by the quality of the fruit and the high standard of the facilities at his disposal.

The soil, where the short bush vines for this Garnacha are grown, is poor. The vines are planted on unirrigated land. The grapes ripen slowly, allowing their full potential to come through.

Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, with regular pump overs. Maceration took place for 10 to 15 days with natural malolactic fermentation.

Ruby red with purple hues, this Garnacha has intense aromas of ripe red fruit such as strawberries and cherries followed by a touch of spice. On the palate, it has smooth, firm tannins with a racy acidity and a very fruity finish.

£7.60

Henschke Henrys Seven Sgv 2016 (1x 75cl)

Aromas of red and blue fruits, ripe plums, morello cherries, and notes of exotic florals and stone-fruits. Rich, lush and juicy wild berry and satsuma plum flavours, with a hint of anise and kirsch. The texture is juicy and lush with layers of velvety tannins and great length.
£22.60

Henschke Johann's Garden GMS 2013 (1x 75cl)

Bright crimson in colour. Sweet ripe lifted spicy aromas of cherry plum, raspberry, rhubarb and anise. Hints of spicy nutmeg, clove and mace with smoky cedar nuances. The palate is rich and full with supple layered fleshy texture and ripe sweet plum/prune flavours; concentrated and complex with layers of velvety tannins, good balance, weight and length.

£25.30

Henschke Johann's Garden GMS 2015 (1x 75cl)

Bright crimson in colour. Sweet ripe lifted spicy aromas of cherry plum, raspberry, rhubarb and anise. Hints of spicy nutmeg, clove and mace with smoky cedar nuances. The palate is rich and full with supple layered fleshy texture and ripe sweet plum/prune flavours; concentrated and complex with layers of velvety tannins, good balance, weight and length.

£30.25

Ken Forrester The Gypsy Shiraz Grenache 2014 (1x75cl)

See our Ken Forrester tasting blog for details of this wine in action.

The Forrester red equivalent of the iconic FMC Chenin: a stunning New World, red Rhone blend. 65% Grenache, 35% Syrah: a hand-picked selection of the finest and ripest fruit.

Cool-soaked prior to fermentation, then taken to new French oak barrels for 12 months. At this point a further selection takes place before blending and the final blend goes back to new barrels to marry and harmonise over the following 12 months. After almost 2 years languishing in a cool cellar the Gypsy is stable with the oak and intense fruit totally harmonised. A very concentrated, focussed blend, with layers of deep fruit.

The character is somewhat 'wild' a little brambly with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, dark spices, with vanilla scents and a distinct, concentrated red-fruit focus. Great for laying down and keeping for at least ten years but already rewarding if allowed to breathe in a decanter.

£27.50
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