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Chateau De Pibarnon Bandol Blanc 2016 (1x 75cl)

The 2015 vintage was awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2016 edition review of Provence (see blue link below). The 2015 vintage has alas now run out, but key component analysis of the two vintages shows them to be very similar - the 2016 has merely yet to be subject to review by Decanter!

Pibarnon Blanc 2015 - Sept 2016 Decanter review

Since purchasing the estate in 1975, Comte Henri de Saint-Victor and family have been producing some of the most seductively aromatic and nobly structured wines in all of Southern France.

This celebrated white - 45% Clairette, 30% Bourboulenc, 25% other - is aged in large oak casks after a long, slow fermentation, giving a wine of considerable body and geat flavour integration.

It is mellow and vinous and develops a wonderful freshness that delights the palate, accentuated with flavours of white flowers (jasmine, lime flowers and hawthorn) and fruits (such as pear and peach). It has a almost savoury-salty finish.

It is additionally suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£27.65

Domaine Louis Latour Chardonnay Grand Ardeche 2014 (1x 75cl)

It's on our Christmas List because.... it's from a Burgundy producer of great fame and does everything that a fine, rich white Burgundy does without the cost. It's wonderfully rich and creamy: a "mock Mersault", if you will. If only a real white Burgundy will cut it for you, we suggest the excellent-value Rully from Ponsot or the Santenays from Antoine Olivier (see below). If super-value, pseudo-Burgundy is your thing, you can't go far wrong with the Les Mougeottes.

Maison Louis Latour is one of the most innovative producers in Burgundy whilst maintaining its traditional image. In 1979, with a view to expanding the business, the valley of the Ardèche river with its clay and limestone-based soils was chosen as the ideal location to produce top-quality Chardonnay wines.

The Grand Ardèche comes from the best vineyards, carefully selected every year when harvesting begins. The grapes are pressed and the must is placed immediately in oak barrels made by the cooperage at Latour, where the wine will age for approximately 10 months, like the great wines of Burgundy.

The Grand Ardeche is made traditionally in oak barrels and undergoes complete malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for 8 to 10 months in oak barrels (20% new) which are from the Louis Latour cooperage, made of French oak and are medium toasted.

All the flavour and almost all the complexity of a Meursault for a third of the price! Oak-aged for 10 months, the wine has a clear, golden-yellow colour and a powerful, elegant bouquet of vanilla, exotic fruits, honey and subtle spices. Wonderfully rounded and fleshy on the palate, it displays honey and gingerbread flavours that persist in the mouth.

 

£13.25

Domaine Mourgues du Gres Terre d'Argence 2015 (6 x 75cl)

Awarded 95 points and a Platinum Best In Category (IGP Languedoc-Roussillon White) at the Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com): see their August 2017 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).

Domaine Mourgues du Gres 2015 - August 2017 Decanter review

This wine is bright with green and gold tones.  There are aromas and flavours of intense peaches and apricots as well as hints of honeysuckle and lemon verbena. It has a long finish which has mineral nuances.  This wine does benefit from being decanted or allowed to breath and goes perfectly with white meat in sauce, fish and cheese.  This wine will drink well for at least 5 years.

£86.88

Le Bel Olivier Colombard-Sauvignon Blanc IGP 2015 (1x 75cl)

Modern, fruit driven wine produced from a blend of Colombard and Sauvignon Blanc. It is light, crisp and delicate offering good value for money.
£7.80

Vignes de L`Eglise Vermentino Igp Pays Doc 2016 (1x75cl)

Clean and bright, this aromatic wine is full of vibrant fresh fruit. Aromas of peach, mango, pineapple and pear intermingle and follow through onto the palate which is balanced and long.

£7.40

Vignoble Du Sud Foncalieu Sauvignon Blanc Vin de Pays dOc 2015 (1x 75cl)

A good example of Sauvignon Blanc from the South of France. Classic flavours of refreshing citrus fruits and gooseberries balanced with a delightful acidity make this ideal with light food.

£6.90
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