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Baron De Badassiere Carignan Côtes de Thau 2015 (1x75cl)

Bright red in colour with deep purple hints. The nose is aromatic and lifted, with cassis, plum and herbs giving way to spice and a touch of game. The palate is medium to full with attractive berry fruit intensity, fresh acidity and firm but smooth tannins.

£7.85

Baron De Badassiere Syrah 2015 (1x75cl)6

Deep red in colour, with complex aromas leading to a richly structured palate, supple tannins and persistent length. Well-balanced with a freshness that lifts the finish.

£7.90

Cave De Saint Desirat Syrah IGP Ardeche 2014 (1x 75cl)

Black pepper and Parma violets on a medium-weight body with vibrant acidity and light tannins. Classic Northern Rhone.

£10.39

Cave De Saint Desirat Syrah IGP Ardeche 2015 (1x 75cl)

Black pepper and Parma violets on a medium-weight body with vibrant acidity and light tannins. Classic Northern Rhone.

£10.39

Cazes `Ego` Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2013 (1x75cl)

Domaine Cazes is situated in Rivesaltes in the Roussillon. With 220 hectares of vines planted, Domaine Cazes is the largest certified Organic and Biodynamic estate in France. It was founded in 1895 by Michel Cazes and the wines are still made by the fourth generation of winemakers, headed up by Emmanuel Cazes. The family make a range of interesting dry wines alongside the regional specialities, Vin Doux Naturels. They took the decision to move to organic and biodynamic viticulture in 1997. Based on their view that the natural environment needs natural preparation, they plough the soils and use only natural ingredients as treatments, arranging their work according to the lunar calendar.

Maison CAZES is set in the sunniest French region. Since the family started farming biodynamically, they have found that the vineyards are healthier and the vines are stronger, with longer roots. There is also more freshness and minerality in the wines. Vines grow on clay and limestone soils, covered by 'galets roulés' (the 'pudding stones' also found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape). The low yielding vines are about 30 years old, and produce 30 hectolitres per hectare.

Harvest was delayed by up to three weeks due to a late flowering accompanied by cold and wet weather. An Indian summer lasted through to the end of October and provided vital assistance to the final ripening stage given the warm days, cool nights and dry northerly winds. The wines have ripe fruit and bright, lively acidity.

The three varietals were totally de-stemmed and de-stalked before being put in separate stainless steel vats. Only naturally occurring yeasts were used; no yeast was added to the must. Fermentation was temperature controlled at 28°C. The residual matter was circulated by pump-overs and the sediment was broken up by hand twice a day to extract the best qualities. The wine was macerated for four weeks before pressing after which it underwent malolactic fermentation.

The nose reveals great aromas of ripe black and red fruits. On the palate, these melt with leather and liquorice notes, and soft, velvety tannins. This is a round and rich wine with wonderful balance as well as a pleasantly refreshing acidity. Long finish with hints of black pepper.

£15.85

Ch De Chambert Cahors Grand Vin 2012 (1x 75cl)

Château de Chambert lies 30 kilometres west of the town of Cahors, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Owned and run by Philippe Lejeune since 2007, with the additional support of consultant winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt, the estate has already garnered considerable attention in France and is top critic Michel Bettane’s ‘One to Watch’. The elegant, modern wines are made from the deep-coloured Malbec variety, which traditionally produced the ‘black wines’ of Cahors.

Vineyards are planted with 85% Malbec and 15% Merlot at the highest part of the South Quercy limestone plateau (causse), at an average altitude of 300m. The soil, mainly clay with a red iron oxide component, is ideally suited to producing refined and ageworthy wine. Located between the Atlantic and Mediterranean, the unique mesoclimate takes effect especially towards harvest when hot winds from Africa aid grape ripening. Careful leaf-thinning and green harvesting ensure well exposed fruit. The vines are 25 years old and yields are low at around 28 hectolitres per hectare. Harvest takes place by hand.

The grapes for this wine were naturally fermented at temperatures between 25-30C. The wine was left on the skin for 25 days, with daily pump overs and punch downs. The free-run and pressings were separated before malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in barrels. The wine was aged for 12 months in 2nd and 3rd used French oak barrels.

This wine is beautifully dark and intense in colour. On the nose, it has refined ripe fruit aromas of blueberry and violet. The tannins are mellow yet persistent. The mineral character on the finish balances the black fruit and ripe flavours.

£35.55

Ch De Chambert Cahors Malbec 2010 (1x 75cl)

The 2008 is deep purple in colour. The nose shows ripe, red fruit aromas, a touch of vanilla and some mineral notes. The rounded, generous palate is full of red berries and spice and is underpinned by a lovely freshness and fine-grained tannins. A wine with powerful fruit intensity yet elegant structure and the long, classy finish of the very best Cahors.
£17.00

Chateau De Pibarnon Bandol Rouge 2011 (1x 1.5L Magnum)

In 2011, a large part of the harvest was vinified with complete grapes as the maturity and concentration of flavours within the grapes was so good. The wine was aged in big oak vat from Burgundy and Austria. The origin and age of each barrel is  specifically chosen to enhance the characteristics of our different vines.

 

2011 was a great vintage in the south of France. The rainfall during the winter and spring was slightly higher than in the previous two years and has been particularly beneficial to the balance of the plant. A mild spring preceded a windy and dry summer, preserving a the crop perfectly.  The grapes were hand picked using a small team of pickers. This allows us to stretch out picking dates and to maximize the opportunity of harvesting each variety at its best moment of maturity.  There was strict selection in the vineyard and where it was felt to be necessary, individual buches of grapes were removed.

 

This wine is very expressive and "explosive", with a lot of red and black fruits, a nice spice, but without hardness. In bottles since the summer of 2013, it gives a lot of seduction, with much density as well as the softness whilst retaining this famous Mourvedre's character!

 

 

£64.67

Chateau De Pibarnon Bandol Rouge 2012 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 96 points/Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2016 edition review of Provence and 93 points/Highly Recommended status in their September 2017 edition review of Provence Reds (see blue links below). 

Pibarnon 2012 - Sept 2016 Decanter review

Pibarnon 2012 - Sept 2017 Decanter review

The vineyards overlook the valley, facing the sea, covering terraces upon terraces up to 300 metres altitude, on slopes forming a vast amphitheatre, sheltered from the mistral. The high altitude of the vineyards means cool nights and slow ripening of the grapes. The Château de Pibarnon vineyard is planted on very old and highly calcareous, Triassic ground. This limestone enhances the bouquet in the wine. It also allows the extraction of very fine and elegant tannins. Moreover it is this which causes the freshness and minerality, giving an exemplary type and flavour. Château de Pibarnon focuses on 12 main plots, all located at the summit of the estate including Bel Air, Jourdan, Pointes-Blanches and le Cirque.

The icy winter had little effect on the vines. The winter ended with a dry month in March. The months of April and May provided the necessary rainfall that the grapes need in order to thrive.  In July and August, the nights were very cool (sometimes 15°C early in the morning).  The fermentation was followed by a very long maceration (about 3 weeks) before running off. The wine was then aged in oak for 20 months.

2012 is a vintage revealing firmness as well as great elegance. It has less powerful tannins than in 2011 - these are distinguished by their velvety texture and finesse. This wine seems to offer juicy fruits from the first sip, it then reveals unexpected depths and lengths with subtle spicy and minty notes.

 

£29.80

Chateau Du Cedre Cahors 2013 (6x75cl)

The vines of Château du Cèdre are planted in two different types of soil: stony clay and limestone, producing straightforward wines with fine tannins, whereas the more powerful and dense wines come from soils composed of clay, sand and rich in pebbles. This wine is 90% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 5% Tannat.

2013 was a tricky vintage. After a rather cold winter, spring was cool and wet, with heavy rainfall. The second week of June was very warm, but the rain and the cold which followed hampered grape fertilisation. However, the warm summer months made for perfect conditions for grape maturation. The grapes are sorted in the vineyards and destemmed upon arrival in the cellar. This is followed by 30 days of maceration with daily punching down of the skin cap at the beginning of fermentation.  The wine spends between 20 and 22 months of ripening in new oak as well as in old barrels used once or twice.

Although there is a little Merlot and Tannat in the wine, it is 90% Malbec. Still firmly tannic, it is concentrated and spicy. It has a dark dry texture that is lifted by ripe blackberry fruit. With acidity cutting right through, the wine is nowhere near ready to drink.  The winemaker suggests that you should wait until 2019, although we don't have that sort of patience!

£100.15

Chateau Maris Minervois Organic 2016 (1x75cl)

This is a superb wine which jumps out of the glass with vibrant aromas of violets, plums and fresh blueberries. Crushed redcurrant and blueberry fruit characters on the palate are carried through on a wave of velvety elegance towards a soft spiciness of sprinkled white pepper on the finish. This wine has plenty of substance, combined with finesse which makes it wonderful for quaffing. Enjoy!

£12.30

Chateau Mourgues Du Gres Costieres De Nimes Rouge Les Galets 2015 (6x 75cl)

Syrah predominates in this blend of Grenache with a little Point de Marselan and Mourvèdre. The vinification is carried out without sulphur for more purity and brilliance of the fruit (but a small amount is added before bottling to ensure the stability and aging potential of the wine). Maceration takes between 15 to 21 days. Maturing takes 12 to 15 months in concrete tank for a wine combining roundness, freshness and balanced. Deep purple colours affirm its intensity.

The aromas are generous, with black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry, blueberry) licorice and cocoa.  The tannins blend in harmony with the wine where red fruit and liquorice and violets are the dominant flavours. Its mineral finish contributes to the balance of the wine. aThis wine goes particularly well with the following dishes: duck with figs, rabbit with prunes,  tajine and cheeses. Serve around 15 ° to exalt its fruit and its freshness.

£65.70

Chateau Routas Wild Boar Red Vins de Pays Du Var 2014 (1x 75cl)

90% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Carignan.  This is an unusually approachable expression of this classic varietal, deep purple in colour, exuding fruity aromas on the nose, and with the velvety character of a great Cabernet.

£9.10

Cuvee La Cloche Carignan Merlot Vin de France litre bottle Non Vintage (1x 1L)

Intense aromas of violets and almonds leap out of the glass with a hint of chocolate. As this wine is unoaked, we rely on the quality of the fruit to produce an exceptional wine that characterises the South of France. Exellent fruit content and fresh acidity and approachable tannins.

£9.40
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