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Brusset Cotes Du Rhone 2016 (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!


Brusset Cotes Du Rhone Cairanne Les Travers 2015 (1x 75cl)

A deep garnet colour with youthful purplish hints at the rim. It has a fresh spicy nose with aromas of Christmas cake and mulled wine. On the palate it is concentrated and very elegant with fine spicy concentrated red and black fruits, soft tannins, and real elegance on the finish.

Brusset Cotes Du Ventoux Les Boudalles 2016 (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!


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.


Brusset Gigondas Tradition Le Grand Montmirail 2016 (1x 75cl)

This family owned estate was established in 1947 and the Brusset family has managed to combine the "savoir faire" of traditional winemaking with the new techniques introduced by each generation. The founder, André Brusset (1910-1999), his son Daniel, and his grand-son Laurent: three wine-growers and wine-makers with a variety of experiences have all contributed to the distinctive character of the Domaine Brusset, where three generations have complimented each other to achieve the best results. The Domaine Brusset is located in the heart of the southern Côtes-du-Rhône valley vineyards, at Cairanne. With a total of 70 hectares, their vineyards extend over 5 prestigious appellations : Gigondas, Cairanne, Rasteau, Côtes-du-Rhône and Ventoux.

The vineyards for this wine are on well established, stony terraced, south-facing vineyards.

The grapes are hand-picked before being strictly selected according to a variety of ripeness checks. They are then crushed and destalked. No yeast is added and fermentation takes place invats for 21 days with twice daily "pigeages" or punching down of the cap of skins carried out twice daily.  The wine is then matured - 60 % in vats and 40 % in oak barrels or "demi-muids" that are between 2 and 4 years old. 

This wine has aromas of ripe red fruits with a touch of minerality and vanilla. It is  full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins. An elegant and harmonious wine. This wine has the potential to age for 8 - 10 years.


Chante Cigale Chateauneuf Du Pape 2015 (1x75cl)

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.

Deep ruby in colour with a wonderful nose of spice and dark fruits this is a real winter warmer. The palate is rich and ripe with layers of fruit and spice supported by fine tannins.

Some of our suggestions for matching food to this wine are: warm cabbage salad with roquefort and peppered bacon, roast leg of lamb with mustard and red wine sauce or spiced venison steaks with red-cabbage confit and red-wine sauce.


Chateau De Vaudieu Closerie De Vaudieu Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2011 (1x 75cl)

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.


Chateau De Vaudieu Closerie De Vaudieu Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2014 (1x 75cl)

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.

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.


Clos Saint-Michel Cotes-Du-Rhone Rouge Mathilde 2010 (1x 75cl)

Clos St Michel has been in the Mousset family for over 60 years and is currently run by brothers and fourth generation wine makers Olivier and Franck. This wine is 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah with notes of cassis, black olives and spice. It is a rich and warming wine with firm tannins, clean acidity and long enjoyable finish.


Domaine Albert Belle Crozes-Hermitage Rouge Les Pierrelles 2015 (6 x 75cl)

This wine is made traditionally in closed temperature-controlled vats, the grapes are totally de-stemmed, there is daily pumping over and punching down, followed by a final warm maceration and a  three-week fermentation with indigenous yeast. It is aged entirely in oak barrels for 14 months, divided equally between old barrels of two to five years of age.

The Domain Albert Belle Crozes -Hermitage "Les Pierrelles" is  a beautiful deep red colour, with flashes of purple. As always, the nose is full and voluble. Intense red fruit complete the sweeter spice and candy notes. The boiled sweet notes then setting off the blackcurrant syrup and the raspberry. This wine is charming, flattering and generous. It is an invitation to immediate pleasure. The palate does not disappoint, it is soft and voluptuous. The tannins are silky. The finish is long, and well balanced, with no heaviness.

This Les Pierrelles cuvée is a promise of pleasure. It goes well with all red meat dishes, casseroles and roasts, and also with poultry and summer aperitifs.


Domaine De La Janasse Cotes Du Rhone 2016 (1 x 75cl)

In 1967, Aimé Sabon came back from his military service. He took over his father’s vines, who used to take his grapes to the wine cooperative. In 1973, Aimé built his own cellar. Domaine de la Janasse was born and named after the family farm that was in Courthézon, in the locality of “La Janasse”. Aimé was ambitious. He knew he had fabulous soil and he wanted to expand the estate by acquiring new plots. From 15 hectares at the very beginning, La Janasse has now reached more than 90 hectares.

This wine comes from a single plot located to the east of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in the city of Courthézon. The vines are grown without pesticides or insecticides and  the manure used is natural. The land is worked without herbicide to maintain the health and flexibility of the soil. 

Featuring a beautiful structure, this Côtes-du-Rhône develops notes of fresh fruit (crushed strawberry, blackberry) on crisp, supported by a hint of liquorice. Moderately tannic, this wine retains its gluttony on grilled meat or fresh tomatoes pie. Drink within the next five years.


Domaine Gramenon Cotes du Rhone La Meme Ceps Centenaire 2016 (6x75cl)

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 now certified as organic.

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!


Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Pure 2014 (1x 75cl)

The subsequent 2015 vintage was 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 undergom rigorous bud pruning  and green harvesting is also undertaken to ensure the grapes that are detined 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. Aging 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.


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