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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.

£18.85

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.

£28.10

Ch Du Coing De St Fiacre Muscadet Sevre Et Maine Sur Lie 2015 (1x 75cl)

Sèvre et Maine is acknowledged to be the best district in which to grow Muscadet, or Melon de Bourgogne as the variety is also known. The vineyard of Château du Coing is located in the village of Saint Fiacre sur Maine, just at the confluence of the rivers Sèvre and Maine. The soil is composed of schists and the vineyards are south-facing with slopes of 14%. Agriculture is sustainable. and the vines are on average 65 years old.

Vineyard conditions in June and July were superb, leading to excellent fruit set, both in terms of quality and quantity. The continued beautiful weather in August was a sign of an exceptional vintage, despite a slight lack of water. The weather was mainly dry and sunny throughout the harvest, which began on 9th September and ended on 18th September. The harvested grapes were healthy and ripe.

Only stainless steel was used to ferment and age this wine. However, it qualifies as Muscadet 'Sur Lie' due to the six months' ageing on its fine lees after the fermentation. This adds body, richness and longevity to the pure, citrus fruit; a serious wine with firm structure and good depth results.

This wine is appreciated for its young, vivid, dry and fruity side that makes it the perfect companion to seafood. A delicate, pale lemon colour with light floral aromas of jasmine, pear and lightly toasted bread. The palate is juicy with pure, citrus fruit character and a long, fine-textured finish.

£10.15

Chateau Du Coing De St Fiacre Muscadet Sevre Et Maine Sur Lie 2016 (1x 75cl)

For Véronique Günther Chéreau, being a winemaker is a family affair. Each new generation is driven by the same ambition: transforming what nature gives them into an exceptional Muscadet! 

Sèvre et Maine is acknowledged to be the best district in which to grow Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne). The vineyard of Château du Coing is located in the village of Saint Fiacre sur Maine, just at the confluence of the rivers Sèvre and Maine. The soil is composed of schists and the vineyards are south-facing with slopes of 14%. The vines here are on average 65 years old, giving depth and richness to the wines.

The wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel. It qualifies as Muscadet 'Sur Lie' due to the six months' ageing on its fine lees after fermentation.

Pale yellow in colour, this wine has aromas of white peach, green apples and floral notes. On the palate, the pure citrus fruit is bolstered by body, richness and structure from the lees ageing. Crisp and vibrant, it is the perfect companion to seafood.

£10.45

Clement Menetou Salon Domaine Du Chatenoy 2017 (1x 75cl)

The Clements family who are behind Domaine Châtenoy have combined their expertise, their commitment to the environment and an exceptionnal terroir to produce wines known and recognized for their finesse, clean style and intense aromas. The Clements has been wine-producers for a very long time - the family are documented as wine producers in in Menetou-Salon as early as 1560.

Menetou is the lesser known of the three towns in the world famous Sauvignon Blanc heartland of the Loire valley. Although Menetou is not as recognisable a name as Sancerre or Pouilly, you will certainly recognise the style of this mineraly, smokey Sauvignon Blanc. The average age of the vines is between 20 and 40 years old, planted on calcareous clay soil and south/southwest exposure.

After harvest the grapes are sorted, then the whole-berries are pneumatically pressed. The juice then undergoes cold stabilisation. Indigenous yeasts are used to ensure a spontaneous fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The wine is then matured on its fine lees and is bottled from spring onwards. As this wine is made in a traditional way, there is no oak contact.

Lively citrus and grassy herb aromas. The palate is medium to light in body, dry and with good limey acidity that magnifies the citrus and mineral characters. Lengthy, clean and absolutely no oak on this 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

£16.40

Croix des Champs, Sauvignon de Touraine 2017 (1x75cl)

This wine is made using automatic pressing, Then it is allowed to settle in cool temperature-controlled vats (18° to 20°C). It is matured in temperature controlled stainless steel vats under an inert gas. Then the wine undergoes ageing on fine lees for 6 months.

This Sauvignon is pale yellow in colour. It has an expressive nose with grapefruit nuances, going on to reveal overtones of ripe fruit such as mango and peach when swirled in the glass. This wine is rich, well balanced, and delicious on the palate, with white fruit and white flower nuances.

£11.15

Domaine Bonnard Pouilly Fume 2016 (1x75cl)

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.

£16.90

Domaine Bonnard Sancerre 2016 (1x75cl)

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.

 

£16.00

Domaine De Pierre Sauvignon de Touraine 2017 (1x75cl)

Dry, with bright acidity and a hint of sage leaf ... Sauvignon character without herbaceous exuberance. Crushed-stones, medium body and fresh acidity.

£11.40

Domaine Des Ballandors Quincy 2017 (1x75cl)

Quincy was the first French white wine appellation to be given AOC status in 1936. Latterly, however, it is nearby Sancerre that has grabbed the limelight. Jean Tatin, described by Decanter in 2009 as a 'pioneer' of the region, has helped put Quincy back on the map with his crystalline and classic Sauvignon Blanc. Jean and his wife Chantal have 20 hectares in Quincy, planted mainly on the freshwater Kimmeridgian limestone that gives the pure, mineral character to the Ballandors Sauvignon Blanc.

The grapes for Quincy are grown in four parcels of vines situated in the heart of the Quincy Appellation, on the left bank of the river Cher. 30% of the wine is from old vines and 60% from 20 year old vines and the remaining 10% from younger vines. Each of the parcels has a slightly different soil: 'Chaumoux' is sand over a chalky, flint and limestone base to give the characteristic minerality of this region, whereas 'Les Victoires', 'Le Pressoir' and 'Les Ballandors' are a mix of sand and clay.

Each plot is kept separate to identify the wines by their terroir. The grapes underwent low pressure pneumatic pressing and temperature controlled fermentation. The wine was aged on fine lees with bâtonnage.

Bright pale yellow in colour with lively citrus and herbs on the nose and a touch of exotic stone fruit. The palate is refreshing, with fine acidity supporting excellent lemon intensity. The finish is long and lingering with gentle mineral notes alongside the round fruit flavours.

£15.30

Domaine Des Brosses Sancerre 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2015 vintage (no longer available) was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2016 edition review of Sancerre 2015 (see blue link below). 

Brosses Sancerre 2015 - Sept 2016 Decanter review

Domaine des Brosses was established in 1875 and lies 10 kilometres south of the town of Sancerre. The Girard family modernised the winery and vineyards when they bought the estate in 1973. Nicolas Girard has now taken over his father's 11 hectare estate and together with his brother Anthony, is making wines that are fresh, modern and aromatic. Both the brothers have travelled extensively throughout the wine world and have used the knowledge and experience acquired to underpin the style of their classic Sancerre.

The Girard family have six different parcels of Sancerre vineyards. Their hillside vineyards are located on classic clay and chalk soils, giving the grippy, mineral style expected of true Sancerre. Domaine des Brosses has used a machine harvester to collect the grapes since 1989. This is so that the Sauvignon Blanc is brought to the winery in the coolness of night-time, thus retaining the classic citrus and gooseberry aromas and flavours of Sancerre.

Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to avoid oxidation. No oak was used, but the wine remained on its fine lees for several months to add weight to the palate and round the finish.

Bright and pale golden. A fresh, citrus palate with herbaceous notes of hay and nettle. Richly textured but with crisp acidity and textbook minerality. The finish is elegant with the typical purity and refreshment of excellent Sancerre.

£18.45

Domaine Des Corbillieres Sauvignon De Touraine 2017 (1x75cl)

Founded in 1905, Domaine de Corbillières has been in the Barbou family for four generations and is now run by Dominique and Véronique Barbou, who have 16 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and local red varieties. In the words of Robert Parker, they have a 'long-run track record for generating some of the consistently finest - not to mention best-value - Sauvignon Blancs on the planet'.

Planted on gentle sandy and clay slopes in Oisly, the vineyard benefits from good exposure and drainage and is steadily gaining a reputation for the finesse of its wines. Dominique keeps yields low and practises de-budding to ensure ripeness and good ventilation by leaf plucking.

The Loire Valley was plagued by spring frosts and a wet summer causing a severe reduction in yields and making the vineyard owners work hard to manage their canopies and deter fungal growth.

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were machine-harvested and gently pressed using pneumatic presses. Temperature controlled fermentation took place at 18-20°C in stainless steel tanks. The wine then remained on the lees until bottling.

Light lemon-yellow with a fresh, lively perfume of citrus and green apple with hints of sherbet on the nose. On the palate it has great balance with plenty of fresh fruit providing good weight and a zesty acidity giving it a lift. A lively mineral note gives the finish complexity.

£11.80

Domaine Des Vieux Pruniers Sancerre 2017 (1x 75cl)

Situated in the village of Bué in the heart of Sancerre, this domaine comes highly recommended. Christian Thirot’s white and rosé are classic expressions of cool-climate Sauvignon and Pinot Noir respectively.

The grapes are harvested from vineyards that are located on the slopes of Sancerre. This means the vines have natural drainage and due to their position which faces South West they have good exposure to sunlight which helps to maximise the quality of the wine.

Individual parcels are harvested and vinified separately in stainless steel, temperature controlled tanks. After blending, the wine is clarified before bottling with no oak contact.

This is a concentrated wine with a big personality. The nose is clean and fresh with enticing lemon and leafy green aromas. The palate is full of citrus and mineral fruits leading into the dry, crisp, lengthy finish.

£16.15

Domaine Franck Millet Sancerre 2016 (1x 75cl)

The Domaine Franck Millet estates benefit from the “savoir-faire” of three generations of winemakers. Their goal is to achieve the best balance and greatest typicity for each and every vintage. Grapes and musts are are rigorously selected for optimal quality. Awards and medals won in wine competitions as well as superiors reviews in the press are testament to the consistent quality of their wines.

The winemaking process begins at Domaine Franck Millet with the static racking of the must. There is then a slow alcoholic fermentation at low temperature in thermoragulated stainless steel vats for 7 to 10 weeks. The wine is stirred on its lees for 3 weeks. There is then a light filtration prior to bottling.

This Sancerre has a clear, brilliant pale gold colour.  It has a powerful nose with aromatic qualities that continue to develop over several months. It is a wine that is representative of the limestone-clay soil found in the village of Bué. It has good acidity while at the same time displaying a surprising suppleness and roundness. It is very long on the palate. 

Sancerre makes an excellent aperitif and this is a wonderful accompaniment for fish, crustaceans, white meat or goats cheese.

£16.65

Domaine Franck Millet Sancerre 2017 (1x 75cl)

The Domaine Franck Millet estates benefit from the “savoir-faire” of three generations of winemakers. Their goal is to achieve the best balance and greatest typicity for each and every vintage. Grapes and musts are are rigorously selected for optimal quality. Awards and medals won in wine competitions as well as superiors reviews in the press are testament to the consistent quality of their wines.

The winemaking process begins at Domaine Franck Millet with the static racking of the must. There is then a slow alcoholic fermentation at low temperature in thermoragulated stainless steel vats for 7 to 10 weeks. The wine is stirred on its lees for 3 weeks. There is then a light filtration prior to bottling.

This Sancerre has a clear, brilliant pale gold colour.  It has a powerful nose with aromatic qualities that continue to develop over several months. It is a wine that is representative of the limestone-clay soil found in the village of Bué. It has good acidity while at the same time displaying a surprising suppleness and roundness. It is very long on the palate. 

Sancerre makes an excellent aperitif and this is a wonderful accompaniment for fish, crustaceans, white meat or goats cheese.

£16.15
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