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Cailbourdin Pouilly Fume Cuvee De Boisfleury 2016 (1x75cl)

Aromas are very expressive from the very first year and are essentially fruity citrus (grapefruit), passion fruit, as well as floral (rose petals and white flowers).

£17.45

Cailbourdin Pouilly Fume Triptique 2014 (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.
£26.79

Cave Des Vignerons De Saumur Croix des Champs Sauvignon de Touraine, Les Vign des Coteaux Romanais 2016 (1x75cl)

A subtle, delicate expression of Sauvignon, underlined on the palate with a silky mouthfeel. Lemon, gooseberry and blackcurrant bud are detected in this fruity, elegant and racy wine. A classic expression of Sauvignon de Touraine.

£10.45

Clement Menetou Salon Blanc Domaine Du Chatenoy 2015 (1x 75cl)

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.
£15.54

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.

£16.20

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.

 

£15.40

Domaine Des Ballandors Quincy 2016 (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.

£14.20

Domaine Des Brosses Sancerre 2016 (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.

£17.15

Domaine Des Corbillieres Sauvignon De Touraine 2016 (1x75cl)

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.

£11.10

Domaine Des Vieux Pruniers Sancerre 2016 (1x 75cl)

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.
£15.46

Domaine Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Blanc Le M.D. 2015 (6x75cl)

An acclaimed producer whose exhibit the complexity of the terroir of Chavignol, being chalky with a touch of gunflint then opening on the palate with a broad array of flavours and wonderful length. The grapes for this wine are harvested from the Monts Damnes, slopes so steep that they are called cursed. A graceful and flavourful wine that will age and age. It has classic Loire characteristics of blackcurrant leaf, yellow plum and lemon with mineral and floral notes on the palate.

£138.85

Domaine Nicolas Girard Sancerre 2016 (1 x 75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2016 edition review of Sancerre 2015 (see blue link below). 

Nicolas Girard 2015 - Sept 2016 Decanter review

Nicolas' small vineyard is situated on the slopes of Veaugues, in the Sancerre appellation. Here, the vines benefit from better drainage as well as greater exposure to the sun, which is important at such a northerly latitude. The vines are 5-25 years old. Soils are typically clay and chalk, giving the structured, firm mineral style expected of Sancerre. 

Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, without the use of oak. Nicolas sealed his wine with screwcap to maximise freshness and preserve the wine's perfumes. 

Pale lemon in colour with subtle green tints. On the nose, it is fresh and aromatic. On the palate, the wine has an attractive mineral quality, with a full body and refreshing acidity. The wine has the classic purity of citrus fruit, hay and nettles that is found in top quality Sancerre.

£17.35

Domaine Saint-Nicolas Michon Haut des Clous, Fiefs Vendeens Chenin Blanc 2014 (6x75cl)

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2017 edition review of Loire Dry Chenins (see blue link below).

 

Fiefs Vendeens 2014 - February 2017 Decanter review

 

An elegant, fully dry Loire Chenin from the Fiefs Vendéens appellation; whereas much of the Loire’s better-known Chenins originate from way upstream in the Touraine or Anjou-Saumur, this comes from just where the river spills into the Atlantic below Nantes.

 

Indeed, Domaine Saint-Nicolas is precisely why Fiefs Vendéen is known. Michon are biodymanic producers and the Hauts des Clous is the epitome of their art. It has a progressive intensity with great tension and freshness, apple and peach aromas, a very smooth texture and long finish. There are not many dry Chenins like this.

 

£147.90

Domaine Sautereau Sancerre 2016 (1x75cl)

In the village of Crézancy, seven kilometres west of Sancerre, the Sautereau family has been producing wine for nine generations. The winery is now being run by David Sautereau, who is producing modern, attractive wines that offer excellent value for money.

The Domaine's 15 hectares of vineyard are situated mainly in Crézancy, with a tiny proportion located in Bué and the village of Sancerre itself. The range of soils in this area (mainly chalk, with clay, flint and pebbles depending on which parcel of vines) allows David a good spread of different blending components for the wine, giving more complex and varied flavours.

The pressed grapes were fermented at between 20-21ºC followed by three months on lees. The wine remained in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for six months before bottling. The fairly cool fermentation ensured a particularly pure, fruity style while three months on the lees provided extra complexity and richness.

A clear pale lemon colour. Floral aromas develop into fresh grass. On the palate, refreshing acidity is balanced with fruit flavours of green apple and white grapefruit.

£17.35
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