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Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2015 (1x 75cl)

Dark cherry melds with lifted red fruit aromas and hints of spice in this exotic Pinot Noir. Floral notes are present too; old-fashioned violets and a touch of rose. This vibrant wine has a sinuous, savoury spine of tannin that spreads out to a long, silky finish.
£43.47

Bachelder Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2013 (1x 75cl)

Distinctly Oregon, yet almost Burgundian in its suppleness and finesse, this 2012 Pinot has perfumed red wild forest berries mingled with nuanced blackberry fruit, distinctive soft, ripe tannins and a silky mineral finish.
£30.94

By Farr `Tout Pres` Geelong Pinot Noir 2015 (1x 75cl)

The nose is more savoury than fruit driven. Fine layered textures and flavours build on a palate of balanced rich fruit, oak, and earthy tones to form a powerful expression of a very special site. 

£58.80

Carrick Pinot Noir 2014 (1x 75cl)

Complex, rich and elegant Pinot Noir tasting of intense ripe cherries, spice and liquorice. Plenty of richness on the palate and length on the finish.
£27.66

Chambolle Musigny Les Chardannes, Domaine des Beaumont 2014 (1x 75cl)

This wine is very representative of its terroir: fine and elegant, it has a silky texture and the legendary sensuality of the Chambolle : it lines the palate with velvet and lace.
£37.70

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Domaine des Beaumont 2011 (1x 75cl)

Vivid coloration ranging from deep ruby to black-cherry. Their aromas suggest strawberry, blackcurrant, and gooseberry as well as fruit pits, liquorice, and spices. On the palate, power, opulence and elegance unite to make a full and complex body, full of sap and voluptuosness textured.
£84.89

Chateau de Santenay Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2014 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 95 points and a rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards Rhone Section  (see blue link below).

 

Chateau de Santenay Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2014- 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards

 

This magnificent property, which dates back to the 9th century, is also known as Château Philippe le Hardi, as it was once owned by the first Duc of Burgundy. Philippe le Hardi is famous as the person who banned the cultivation of Gamay in the Côte d'Or, saying in his edict of 1395 that only Pinot Noir could be used in the production of red wines from the already fabled slopes. Despite its long history, the property had fallen on hard times until it was taken over by the French bank Crédit Agricole in recent years. They have invested heavily, bringing in a new team to support the general manager, Gérard Fagnoni, and putting the emphasis on quality. The property has 98 hectares of vineyard, 72 of which are in Mercurey. These are remarkably well made and good value wines from the Côte d'Or and Côte Chalonnaise.

Château de Santenay owns 25 hectares of vineyards in the Côte d'Or. The soils here are free-draining with a mixture of clay and sand, and a subsoil which has a high limestone content. This forces the roots of the vine to dig deep to find the vital nutrients and water they need, which in turn results in a high concentration of flavour within the fruit.

2014 was a demanding vintage, requiring a lot of effort and care, which was eventually rewarded with success. The wines show a real aromatic purity, great balance and are unexpectedly deep in colour.

On arrival at the winery, the grapes were cold soaked for seven days at 8°C to extract colour and flavour from the skins. Temperature controlled fermentation lasted 12 to 14 days with daily pumping over, finishing with a rack and return, or 'délestage', to impart the grainy tannins that give the wines a lovely structure and length. The wine was then aged in oak barrels for 13 months, of which 20% were new.

A rich, dark garnet in colour, the 2014 Clos de Vougeot offers powerful and concentrated black fruit aromas with an elegant touch of oak. On the palate, flavours of black cherry and black berry fruits are complimented by a subtle spiciness with a long finish.

£109.70

Dawson & James Pinot Noir 2011 (1x 75cl)

The Pinot Noir offers delicacy with finely woven fruit and oak, a creamy texture and flavour of wild strawberries. Complex and layered, with a wonderfully long and smooth finish.
£41.85

De Loach ‘Olivet Bench’ Estate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition in Steven Spurrier's Fine Wine World column (see blue link below).

De Loach Olivet Bench RR Pinot Noir 2012 - October 2017 Decanter review

The winery and vineyards were originally owned and run by the De Loach family, with Cecil De Loach as winemaker. In 2003, the family run Burgundian estate Jean-Claude Boisset purchased De Loach and brought the focus back to the estate's original high quality winemaking philosophy, with specific emphasis on small lot winemaking, particularly of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. The winery's 17-acre estate vineyard has been completely restored and converted to organic and Biodynamic® viticulture, a tradition upheld by many foremost Burgundian vineyards. The De Loach estate vineyards are certified organic by CCOF.

All the De Loach wines are made and bottled at their estate facility. The Pinot Noir was made from fruit grown in premium vineyards throughout northern and central California, helping to achieve a unique balance of delicate Pinot characteristics and more intense fruit flavours. The vineyard is located within the Olivet bench region of the Russian River Valley on goldridge soils. The vines are cane-pruned and farmed biodynamically.

Fruit for this Pinot Noir was primarily sourced from the Delta region of California and underwent minimal handling. A pre-fermentation cold soak was followed by fermentation in closed-top fermenters. Post fermentation warm maceration took place to extract good colour and ripe tannins. A small portion of the wine was barrel aged to add some slight oak complexity, but most was kept in stainless steel in order to stay true to its lighter, food-friendly style.

The wine opens with subtle fresh fruit aromas of strawberry and blueberry heightened with hints of anise. The deep aromas lead to enticing flavours of dark, ripe fruit and plums with just a touch of white pepper on the finish.

£45.25

Delta Hatters Hill Pinot Noir 2010 (1x 1.5L)

Dense ruby in colour this wine has fragrant aromas of cherries and ripe plums, integrated with floral notes and an underlying layer of toasty oak. On the palate it is medium bodied with flavours of ripe cherries, plums and spicy oak. Elegant tannins and well balanced acidity lead on to a long, richly flavoured finish.
£35.33

Dexter Pinot Noir 2012 (1x 75cl)

A seriously well made Pinot noir with plums, chocolate and spice on the nose. The palate has gorgeous ripe plums and cherries with supporting spice, oak and integrated tannins. A truly outstanding Pinot from one of the best regions in Australia, synonymous for producing this grape variety.

£28.02

Domaine Antoine Olivier, Pommard 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", confirms Antoine.

The appellation of Pommard sits between Beaune and Volnay. The grapes for this cuvée come from Noizons terroir, which is situated on the eastern side of the Pommard appellation. 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.

Traditional Burgundian vinification took place with minimal intervention. The grapes were vinified as whole clusters. Fermentation took place with natural yeasts and without any ‘pigéage’ or punching down of the cap. The wine was 100% barrel aged for 12 months: 50% was aged in new oak, 50% in one-year-old oak. The wine then rested for a further six months in tank, prior to being bottled, without fining or filtration

A full bodied and textured Pommard, showing a lovely purity of fruit, complemented by a touch of spice from oak ageing.

£46.00

Domaine Antoine Olivier, Santenay Les Charmes 2015 (1x 75cl)

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Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of 2015 Côte de Beaune reds (see blue links below).

Domaine Antoine Olivier Santenay Les Charmes 2015 - December 2017 Decanter review

Decanter review - individual reviewer comments

For our feature/blog on that review and the 2015 vintage, click here.

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 certified 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”, confirms Antoine.

Santenay is a village located at the southern end of the Côte de Beaune, south of Chassagne-Montrachet. The vineyard of Les Charmes is situated at the foothill in Santenay, with a clayey limestone soil, which is rich in iron, on a limestone base. The 0.3 hectares of vineyard are planted with very fine clones of Pinot Noir vines, which produce rich and powerful wines. 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.

Traditional Burgundian vinification took place with minimal intervention. The grapes were vinified as whole clusters. Fermentation took place with natural yeasts and without any pigeage or punching down of the cap. The wine was 100% barrel-aged for 12 months, in a combination of oak barrels. One third was aged in new oak, one third in second-passage oak and one third in third-passage oak. The wine then rested for a further six months in tank, prior to being bottled, without fining or filtration.

Les Charmes shows generous aromas of cherries and raspberries, with subtle hints of violets. Smooth and complex on the palate with round tannins and a long finish.

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£29.90
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