The nose has plentiful aromas of black current, raspberry, spicy dark plums and suggestions of mushroom. Attractive dried herb notes are also in attendance Upfront the palate is red and dark fruits with lots of cherries and strawberries. A pleasantly textured wine with fine tannins and a medium weight. An easy drinking Pinot Noir with intensity and a very good spicy length
Opening with enticing red berry fruit, the aromas seamlessly blend with hints of cherry and forest floor. Delicate notes of anise and cola accompany the fruit. A rich palate of black cherry and strawberry is supported by medium fine-grained tannins. The finish lingers with subtle, toasty undertones and excellent balance.
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.
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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 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.
A typical Santenay red wine is more deeply colored than the wines from further north, but still retains the dark cherry color so characteristic of red Burgundy. The aromas are of licorice, red berries and violets, and the most perfumed examples also show notes of rose petals.
Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of 2015 Côte de Beaune reds (see blue link below).
Domaine Chevalier is a 15-hectare, family domaine situated in Ladoix, in the north of the Côte de Beaune. Established in 1850, it is now run by Claude Chevalier and his daughters, Julie and Chloé. Claude's whites have the mealy and mineral quality that typifies great Burgundy, at a relatively modest price. The style combines the taut, steely feel of Chablis but with the fruit intensity, finesse and hints of riper stone fruit of the Côte de Beaune. His red wines have incredible purity and elegance.
Ladoix is in the northern Cote de Beaune, adjoining the Côte de Nuits vineyards. The village lies at the foot of the Mont de Corton where the soils are chalky marl.
Low yields and warm weather in 2015 allowed for ample ripeness, small berries and an early harvest. Quality is looking extremely fine, with some people whispering comparisons with the outstanding 2005 vintage. Acid levels in individual wines may be crucial.
Vinification was done in the traditional way, with fermentation taking place in vat. The wine was aged in oak barrels, with no new wood for 12 months. It was rested and bottled in January.
The Domaine Chevalier Ladoix Rouge is a lovely ruby garnet in colour, characteristic of Pinot Noir, with soft red fruit perfumes of rasperries and red cherries and excellent depth of flavour. Fine, ripe tannins and a long, delicately perfumed finish.
We took into stock some of Debray’s 2008 offerings some years ago, have kept them perfectly and they are now in great shape for drinking. Gevrey-Chambertin requires little introduction to most as one of the Côte de Nuits' most revered appellations. As with most Côte de Nuits reds, it offers a darker and slightly more complex wine (even as red Burgundies go) featuring the earthy gamey-ness notes that typifies the reds of these stellar communes.
A deep dark ruby red with beautiful deep purple streaks. The expressive nose seduces us with its stoned fruits, spices and smoky notes. On the palate, this wine is silky, round and full, with well blended tannins. A sophisticated Nuits-Saint-Georges
The 2013 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2016 edition review of New Zealand Pinot Noir (see blue link below). The 2013 vintage has now sold out across the UK. We realise that customers may want to draw their own conclusions regarding the applicability of that review to the 2014 vintage, so include fiches techniques for the two years.
An intensely fragrant Marlborough Pinot - full of juicy black cherries and the sweet scent of homemade strawberry jam, intermingled with more savoury suggestions and a hint of sarsaparilla. The firm but finely structured palate blends red and black fruits with chary, smoky oak and rich liquorice. This is a deliciously aromatic wine with concentrated varietal character.
Darker and more broody in style to Burgundy, this Pinot Noir is bursting with cherries, vanilla balanced with soft, juicy tannins.
This wine has a fine dark colour with ruby red reflections. On the nose it has aromas of ripe blackcurrant and plenty of spice. The palate is very mineral with ripe blackcurrant fruit and soft, rounded tannins and a long finish.
Good depth of ruby red with a touch of brick on the rim. Perfumes of red fruits and some spicy, smoky notes. Concentrated and powerful on the palate, with excellent depth of ripe, rounded fruit, a solid backbone of chunky, tightly-knit tannins and a long satisfying finish.
A vibrant colour and nose exhibits perfumed violets and subtle spice. The palate delivers bright primary Pinot characters of red cherry and raspberry, through to fine tannins of well integrated French Oak.