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Devaux D De Devaux Vintage 2008 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition panel review of Vintage Champagne (see blue link below).

Devaux D Brut 2008 - January 2018 Decanter review

Devaux is a boutique Champagne brand located in Bar-sur-Seine in the southerly Aube region of Champagne, some 60km north of Burgundy. Thanks to this favourable southerly location, Devaux is a Pinot Noir and rosé specialist. The house was founded in 1846, and was family owned for generations. In 1987, in the absence of a family heir, ownership was passed to a united group of winegrower families, known today as the "Groupe Vinicole Champagne Devaux". Thanks to being owned by these growers, Devaux can boast total control over its grape supply which is a rarity in Champagne, a region where growers traditionally sell to the houses who control the brands.

The "D Collection" wines are Devaux's very best. The grapes come from highly select, sustainably farmed parcels across 35 hectares. The majority of the vineyards are situated in the Aube on Kimmeridgian limestone-clay soils. This continental location, on the slopes of the Côte des Bars, is important; it gives the Pinot Noir richness on the nose and a long finish, while retaining finesse. The Chardonnay in the blend is grown on the fine chalky soils of the Côte des Blancs, Vitry and Montgueux ("the Meursault of Champagne") to give liveliness and elegance.

2008 was initially a difficult year with widespread mildew. However, drier conditions in August and a fine, warm September helped to balance the ripening of the grapes. The 2008 wines have fresh acidity balanced by sound ripeness achieved towards the end of the season.

The wine was fermented in stainless steel, followed by partial malolactic fermentation to give extra suppleness. Following fermentation, the liqueur de tirage was added and the wine underwent a slow second fermentation in bottle, and extended ageing on its lees for seven to eight years. This resulted in a wine with a finer, more persistent mousse and greater potential for complexity. After disgorgement, the wine received a Brut dosage of around 6g/l and was aged for a further six to nine months before release.

Deep gold in colour. Complex and elegant aromas of white peaches and orange zest are followed by warm bready notes. The palate has a refreshing acidity and evolves with elegant citrus notes, finishing with a dried fruit character.

£55.90

Devaux Grande Reserve NV (1x 75cl)

Awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2018 edition review of Value Champagne.

Devaux is a boutique Champagne brand located in Bar-sur-Seine in the southerly Aube region of Champagne, some 60km north of Burgundy. Thanks to this favourable southerly location, Devaux is a Pinot Noir and rosé specialist. The house was founded in 1846, and was family owned for generations. In 1987, in the absence of a family heir, ownership was passed to a united group of winegrower families, known today as the "Groupe Vinicole Champagne Devaux". Thanks to being owned by these growers, Devaux can boast total control over its grape supply which is a rarity in Champagne, a region where growers traditionally sell to the houses who control the brands.

Devaux are Pinot Noir specialists. The majority of their vineyards are located in the Aube where Pinot Noir is the dominant variety. This location, on the slopes of the Côte des Bars, is important; it gives this variety a lovely Pinot Noir richness on the nose and a long finish, yet retains the finesse. Some Chardonnay is included in the blend; this is also grown in the Côte des Bar, with a proportion from the fine chalky soils of the Côte des Blancs to give liveliness and elegance. The high quality of the fruit from these vineyards ensure that the final dosage is low.

The base wine was fermented in stainless steel, followed by malolactic fermentation to give extra suppleness. The blending of wines from different vineyards and from different harvests ensures the consistency of the NV Grande Reserve. The blend comprises 20% reserve wines, half of which are aged in French oak vats. Following bottling, the liqueur de tirage was added and the wine underwent a slow second fermentation in bottle and extended ageing on its lees for 36 months (the legal minimum is 15 months). This resulted in a wine with a finer, more persistent mousse and greater potential for complexity. After disgorgement, the wine received a light Brut dosage of 9g/l.

The wine has a lovely Pinot Noir richness on the nose, with aromas of baked apples and vanilla. On the palate, it is full, rounded and well balanced, with a lively, persistent finish.

£31.00

Dom Stephane Aladame Cremant de Bourgogne Brut 2014 (1x75cl)

Stéphane Aladame is one of the stars of the younger generation of French producers. Whereas many young winemakers inherit their estate, Stéphane began from scratch in 1992, at the age of 18. He completed his studies in Beaune before renting vineyards in Montagny, in the Côte Chalonnaise. The wines of Montagny can easily rival those from the more famous Côte de Beaune, which lies immediately to the north, and often at considerably better prices. Stéphane is also a bit of an anomaly in Montagny, as the village is dominated by cooperatives (at around 75%), with only 18 independent producers. Stéphane now cultivates eight hectares, with seven hectares situated in Montagny Premier Cru.

The vineyards are farmed organically and are harvested by hand. Stéphane vinifies the grapes in a small cellar under his house, while his wife Julie takes care of the administrative side of the domaine. The soils in Montagny are calcareous, as in Chablis, which gives a similar streak of steeliness to the wines.

Never has the phrase 'all's well that ends well' rung so true as in the case of the 2014 Burgundy vintage. Devastating hailstorms in June were followed by a cold and rainy August, where temperatures struggled to reach 20°C. These conditions meant that the threat of rot, under-ripe grapes and another low-yielding vintage hung over the growers. Just as all hope was fading, September was bathed in sunshine and rescued the 2014 vintage from the brink of disaster.

The grapes from a single vintage are picked by hand in open boxes and gently pressed immediately after, using a pneumatic press. The first fermentation is carried out in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks. The wine is then bottled and put into their cellar and spends 15 to 18 months on lees. The 3g/L residual sugar results in an Extra Brut which is particularly crisp, yet balanced.

Aromas of white fruits with notes of acacia. On the palate, the Cremant is supple, attractive and dominated by peach flavours. It is fresh and crisp with good minerality and a long finish.

£17.45

Dopff Au Moulin Cremant d'Alsace, Cuvee Julien Brut NV (1x75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition expert review of French Cremant(s) (see blue link below).

Dopff Au Moulin Cremant D'Alsace, Cuvee Julien Brut NV - August 2018 Decanter review

The Dopff family has been winegrowers since 1574 and still manage the 70 hectare estate near the charming medieval town of Riquewihr. The vineyards are more than 300 metres above sea level, nestled in the foothills of the lower Vosges. As a family of pioneers, they were responsible for the use of the stemmed wine bottles, which today distinguish Alsace wines from other regions. In 1900, tenth generation Julien Dopff was so impressed by the Champagne tastings held in Paris' World Exhibition, he learnt the art of winemaking in Champagne for two years before returning to Alsace. After WW II Julien Dopff strongly believed that a Crémant made from local grape varieties and reflecting the terroir of Alsace should be produced and protected. In 1976, together with five other producers, he finally obtained official recognition for Crémant d'Alsace as an AOC.

The vineyard uses the Guyot training system with green harvest and meticulous canopy management to ensure good light penetration and air flow.

The grapes are gently crushed and pressing is limited to 100 litres of must per 150kg of grapes. The first fermentation is carried out in stainless steel and glass tanks, while the second fermentation takes place in the bottle, using the traditional Champagne method. The wine is aged for 18 months in bottle on its lees with automatic riddlings using gyropallets. This Crémant D'Alsace is mostly based on a single vintage, currently being 2012 crop.

Dry and elegant Crémant, showing hints of quince and white flowers, fine bubbles with good length and weight. Ideal as an apéritif or excellent white fish, sushi, oysters or fresh fruit.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£15.90

Ferrari Maximum Brut NV (1x 75cl)

A deep straw yellow. A gentle, yet positive and persistent bouquet, with a note of ripe fruit accompanied by hints of crusty bread, hazelnuts and variegated floral aromas. Dry, elegant and well-balanced. It displays notable personality, with the intense f
£23.85

Ferrari Maximum Rose NV (1x 75cl)

Delicately fragrant, with hints of berry fruits, yeast and a faintly balsamic undertone of considerable complexity.
£26.65

Ferrari Perle 2012 (1x 75cl)

A vintage sparkling wine from Trentodoc of indisputable quality, obtained exclusively from carefully selected Chardonnay grapes. After long maturation in the bottle, this Blanc de Blancs is a synthesis of elegance, freshness and harmonious complexity.

A strict selection of only Chardonnay grapes, picked by hand. These come from mountainside vineyards situated in the top-quality zones of Trentino.

The wine is aged for a minimum of 5 years on the yeasts, selected from their own strains.

The Ferrari Perlé Deep yellow with golden highlights. The perlage is extremely fine and persistent. A particularly elegant yet intense bouquet, with hints of almond blossom and reinette apples; slightly spicy and with a hint of bread crust. Seductive and elegant, with a very persistent velvety texture, in which one finds a light fruity note of ripe apples, pleasant hints of yeast and sweet almonds and a faintly aromatic quality that is typical of Chardonnay.

£28.65

Ferrari Perle Nero 2009 (1 x 75cl)

Inspired by the example of Champagne and informed by his winemaking studies in Montpellier, Giulio Ferrari’s vision for the products which bear his name was unstinting: to make the finest Metodo Classico sparkling wines in Italy. A bold pledge in 1902, but to this day, the wines of Ferrari remain true to their original creator, persisting through the arrival of the Lunelli family as owners of the business in 1952. It’s an approach that has persisted through two more generations, with Gino, Franco and Mauro entering the business in 1969, and Bruno’s grandchildren, Matteo, Camilla and Marcello, following suit in 2005. This consistent philosophy has turned Giulio’s dream into reality, with Ferrari today acknowledged as the finest sparkling wine producer in the country.

The first and only Blanc de Noirs ever produced by Cantine Ferrari, the Ferrari Perlé Nero is a vintage wine made exclusively from Pinot Nero grapes, carefully selected in the finest vineyards belonging to the Lunelli family on the slopes of the high hills of Trentino. It is the result of forty years of research on this delicate and unpredictable grape variety, both in the vineyard and in the winery.

The Perlé Nero is really surprising, because it is extraordinarily different from the Company’s other wines and is proud to be unique whilst remaining perfectly in line with Ferrari’s house style: it represents an innovation within a tradition of men and sparkling wines that are faithful to a particular style, yet constantly seek new directions. After at least 6 years’ maturation in the bottle, this is a Trentodoc whose complex sensations range from fruity to mineral, and even include toast-like notes.

The Ferrari Perlé Nero is bright yellow in colour, with golden highlights. Its aromatic profile is composed of bewitching scents of candied citrus fruits (predominantly oranges) and acacia honey, as well as sensations of caramelized sugar and peanut butter, all enriched with mineral tones that make it unique and distinctive. The palate displays aristocratic fruity, citrus-like elements that are perfectly balanced with each other, enhanced by suggestions of almond nougat. A finish of rare persistence: crisp and very, very long.

£46.05

Ferrari Perle Rose 2012 (1x75cl)

Inspired by the example of Champagne and informed by his winemaking studies in Montpellier, Giulio Ferrari’s vision for the products which bear his name was unstinting: to make the finest Metodo Classico sparkling wines in Italy. A bold pledge in 1902, but to this day, the wines of Ferrari remain true to their original creator, persisting through the arrival of the Lunelli family as owners of the business in 1952. It’s an approach that has persisted through two more generations, with Gino, Franco and Mauro entering the business in 1969, and Bruno’s grandchildren, Matteo, Camilla and Marcello, following suit in 2005. This consistent philosophy has turned Giulio’s dream into reality, with Ferrari today acknowledged as the finest sparkling wine producer in the country.

A vintage Rosé obtained from a blend of 80% Pinot Nero (vinified as a rosé) and 20% Chardonnay, grown in vineyards owned by the Lunelli family on the high hillside slopes of Trentino. After a lengthy maturation in the bottle, it is characterized by a delicate old rose colour, an intense bouquet with dominant notes of berry fruits, and an elegant, velvety flavour.

The Ferrari Perlé Rosé has a brilliant hue with tones that vary between salmon pink and old gold acts as a prelude to an intense, inviting and complex nose in which one finds notes of redcurrants, face powder, caramel and candied orange peel. The entry on the palate is well-balanced, characterised by excellent length and refined personality. The wine’s flavour is full-bodied and mouth-filling. On the finish it offers marked sensations of freshly-baked bread, accompanied by an attractive tanginess and a persistent, aromatically fruity note.

£34.45

Fiol Prosecco Extra Dry NV (1x 1.5L)

Pale lemon colour with a typical bouquet reminiscent of wisteria flowers, acacia and also mature crab apple. Fresh, lively and appealing with slightly sweeter notes on the palate. This inviting Prosecco is the ideal sparkling wine to bring bubbles to your
£29.70

Fiol Prosecco Extra Dry NV (1x 75cl)

After the soft pressing of the grapes, the contact of the must with the peel is minimal. Cold static settling and alcoholic fermentation with selected yeast at a controlled temperature (16-18° C). Sparkling process takes place in an autoclave for 30 days (short Charmat method) where it then remains in contact with yeasts for several weeks. It is later stabilised, filtrated and bottled where it remains for a few months, to enhance aromaticity.

Pale lemon colour with a typical bouquet reminiscent of wisteria flowers, acacia and also mature crab apple. Fresh, lively and appealing with slightly sweeter notes on the palate. This inviting Prosecco is the ideal sparkling wine to bring bubbles to your everyday life!

"A bright and perky little Prosecco, with an aromatic floral edge and enough chirpy apple flavour. A decent level of flavour for Prosecco which is notoriously, and deliberately, light in flavour." The Wine Gang, March 2013

"A bright and fruity fizz with apple and peach fruit flavours, a creamy texture, along with a touch of sweetness, nicely balanced by a zesty finish". The Drinks Business Prosecco Awards 2017 

£14.10

FONTANAFREDDA Asti DOCG NV (1x 75cl)

An aromatic, sparkling wine with notes of musk, sage and honey on the nose and a taste of just picked grapes.
£13.30

Gobillard Brut Baron De Marck NV (1x 75cl)

Gobillard is located in the heart of Champagne just 5km from Epernay. The village of Hautvillers dominates the vineyard with its abbey, where the infamous Dom Pérignon is reported to have created the first champagne bubbles. Passion, dynamism and competence define this family business, from the work in the vineyard to marketing, each step is carried out with respect for the traditions of Champagne.

The grapes are pressed very gently and varieties are vinified separately off the skins to produce a low alcohol dry white wine which is racked and allowed to mature in tank until the spring. The lots are then blended together, using some reserve wines from earlier fine vintages. The resulting wine is then bottled with special "flocculent" yeasts and sugars and is refermented under a crown cap. There follows a period of ageing, when the yeasts flavour the wine and give it characteristic brioche aromas. Gobillard then opens the bottles ("dégorgement"), removing the yeast in the process, adds a dosage of grape sugars, inserts the characteristic mushroom cork, and ships the wine.

Much of the trick in buying Champagne lies in finding a good one without being taken for a ride pricewise, often by the draw of the big names. This Baron de Marck has a beautiful and pure fruit character as well as a hint of brioche, giving it a soft rounded flavour. This is a Champagne which is perfect as an aperitif or with canapés and nibbles or with lighter dishes. Great Champagne, great price.

£25.00

Gobillard Brut Grande Reserve Premier Cru NV (1x 75cl)

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2018 edition review of Value Champagne (see blue link below).

Gobillard Brut Grande Reserve Premier Cru NV - December 2018 Decanter review

Gobillard is located in the heart of Champagne just 5km from Epernay. The village of Hautvillers dominates the vineyard with its abbey, where the infamous Dom Pérignon is reported to have created the first champagne bubbles. Passion, dynamism and competence define this family business, from the work in the vineyard to marketing, each step is carried out with respect for the traditions of Champagne.

This Champagne is made up of 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier. Around 30% of the wine used in the final blend is reserve wine that has been reincorporated during the assemblage to obtain the best quality and consistency each year. The Grand Reserve is made using grapes from Premiers Cru vineyards, mostly from Hautvillers, but also from Cumières and Dizy.

It has a powerful yet elegant nose, is round in the mouth, ample, silky, fruity and fine. This is a Champagne displaying harmony. It spent 3 years ageing in the cellar. Its aromas are redolent of citrus blossom, followed by a delicate and precise palate showing greengages and honey. The long finish is dominated by toasty brioche notes.

£31.05

Gobillard Brut Rosé NV (1x 75cl)

Gobillard is located in the heart of Champagne just 5km from Epernay. The village of Hautvillers dominates the vineyard with its abbey, where the infamous Dom Pérignon is reported to have created the first champagne bubbles. Passion, dynamism and competence define this family business, from the work in the vineyard to marketing, each step is carried out with respect for the traditions of Champagne.

Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay make up this champagne in equal parts.  It spends two years ageing in the cellar before being released to the market.

This Champagne has a subtle nose of red fruits with good body and structure in the mouth which are followed by a long elegant finish. Its salmon colour is enhanced by a transparent bottle.

£30.60
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