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Baron De Badassiere Viognier 2015 (1x75cl)

Pale but bright, this wine has intense fruity aromas with hints of apricots and peaches, that continue through to the juicy fruity palate. The delicious fresh finish is long and scented, with stone fruit and citrus complexity.

£8.50

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

Chateau Des Eyssards Bergerac Blanc Sec Sauvignon-Semillon 2015 (6x 75cl)

A beautiful 38 ha estate to the south-west of the town of Bergerac, located on the edge of the Dordogne. Chateau des Eyssards is owned by Pascal Cuisset, who is one of the most innovative young winemakers in the region. Pascal is passionate about his wines and believes that while technology can be extremely useful in winemaking, it is the physical labour and intuitive skills of a winemaker that really count.

This Blanc Sec is made from a blend of Sauvignon and Semillon grapes cool-fermented in stainless-steel to give a crisp and fruity wine with an aromatic bouquet redolent of russet apples. This wine also has flavours of pineapple and gooseberry fruit, with refreshing lime notes. Served lightly chilled, it is delicious on its own or with a wide variety of fish, chicken and salads.

This wine is a good match for goats cheese and Caeser Salad.

£51.10

Chateau St Cosme Little James Basket Press Viognier-Sauvignon 2016 (6x 75cl)

WINERY NOTES

Little James’ White Basket Press – 2016 Pays d’Oc Viognier / Sauvignon.

Fermentation and ageing in tanks.

Long-standing experience in making white wines at Saint Cosme was a great help in defining and constantly adjusting the profile of white Little James. Whites and reds involve a very different type of expertise and culture. This year, we have a little more Viognier than usual but Little James will be very similar to the 2015s. Blending Viognier and Sauvignon is very rare, probably because the varietals are traditionally grown in different regions, except in Languedoc where they grow side by side. I like to marry the two because they have proven themselves to be complementary. Blending grape varieties and crafting them together is more than just a question of analysis, figures and theories – it is mainly about style and alchemy. Just like music is not merely a combination of notes – they have to mean something musically and be coherent – wine is the same. It is amazing to see that, irrespective of the vintage, one of the two grape varieties always provides a solution when the other is slightly under par. This year we will be bottling early because that’s always the best way. Treat yourself to some Little James – that is its sole purpose, to be the ultimate wine for indulgence. Anise, apricot, grapefruit, lychee, boxwood and mango. Bottled in January 2017.

£61.99

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

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

Domaine Vigne-Lourac Mauzac Sauvignon 2016 (1x 75cl)

Citrus aromas from a fresh young wine with light green fruits and a clean, zesty crispness.

£7.90

Domaine Vigne-Lourac Pinard Cuvee Classique Blanc 2016 (1x 75cl)

A light, crisp blend from Alain Gayrel made with fresh, vibrant grape varieties. This is an excellent aperitif wine, that will also match gracefully light dishes such as chicken salads. Excellent value for money, and a wine that very much over-delivers on its name (Pinard is the French name for 'plonk'!).

£7.20

Domaine Vigne-Lourac Sauvignon Prestige 2016 (1x75cl)

Punchy, fresh gooseberry aromas with a lingering, clean citrus fruit finish.

£8.60

Els Pyreneus La Cote Flamenc Picpoul de Pinet Coteaux du Languedoc 2016 (6x 75cl)

Medium-bodied dry white wine. Pale yellow with green hues. Fine and fruity reminiscence of citrus tropical fruits and Spring flowers. Mineral notes. Well balanced with a fresh, clean finish.

£55.85

Els Pyreneus Rivesaltes Ambre NV (1x 50cl)

Rich golden hue with a nose of honey and hazelnuts. Beautifully balanced palate bursting with candied fruit and brioche flavours.
£13.50

Foncalieu Petit Papillon Grenache Rouge Vin de Pays d'Oc 2015 (6x 75cl)

Garnet Red colour. Intense nose of fruity aromas (Cherries, blackcurrants) completed by floral notes (violets). Round and soft on the palate with a long lingering finish.
£41.74
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