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Louis Bouillot Perle Daurore Cremant De Bourgogne Rose Brut NV (1x75cl)

Lovely rose pink in colour, with fine bubbles and a light mousse. Perfumes of blackcurrant and strawberry follow through to a fine, ripe fruit on the palate, balanced by a freshness and clean finish with a lingering hint of strawberries.   

£19.80

Moet & Chandon Cuvee Dom Perignon 2009 (1x 75cl)

Dom Pérignon is only ever produced as a vintage champagne. Each vintage is a singular and unique creation that expresses both the character of the year, and the character of Dom Pérignon. After at least eight years maturing in the cellars, the wine embodies the perfect balance of Dom Pérignon, the Plénitude of harmony.

The stretch of excellent weather in 2009 was unprecedented, and allowed them to explore new frontiers of grape ripeness in Champagne. This vintage offers a taste of the ripest and richest fruit, grapes in their prime, with the promise of the future wine's freshness and energy. The 2009 vintage brings a prodigious, sunny, bold and generous decade to a close. 

On the palate there are notes of guava and spicy green grapefruit zest which combines seamlessly with stone fruit: white peach and nectarine. The wine opens up and is complimented with woody vanilla and warm, lightly toasted brioche. The fruit on the palate is majestic: ripe, fleshy and profound. Beyond the richness and a certain voluptuousness is a strong impression of consistency that prevails. The wine’s power is remarkably restrained. The various sensations – silky, salty, sappy, bitter and briny – converge and persist on the palate.

£128.60

Moutard, Millésime Champagne 2007 (1x75cl)

The Moutard family has been making wine since 1642. François Moutard's 21 hectares of vines are located in Buxeuil on the Côte de Bar, the highest region in Champagne. François is one of the very few growers who can produce a Champagne - 6 Cépages - which is made up of the six permitted grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Petit Meslier and Arbane.

An unusually warm spring led to early flowering. Unfortunately the summer saw poor weather conditions, however the weather patterns improved towards September, which allowed for a fair crop. The Chardonnay generally outperformed the Pinots. The wines have above average acidity levels, leading to a very refreshing style.

The Cote de Bars in the Aube department of Champagne region, is the highest champagne producing area, in the more southern part of the appellation, closest to Burgundy. It is on these sunny slopes that the Chardonnay grapes thrive particularly well, while the Pinot Noir berries develop unique mineral characters. This terroir is unique to Champagne with Kimmeridgian chalk and clay, which imparts pure and mineral characters to the wines. The grapes are hand harvested at the optimum levels of maturity.

The grapes were harvested manually at optimum ripeness. The grapes were pressed using the traditional Champagne press. Vinified according to the traditional Champagne method, the alcoholic fermentation took place in temperature controlled tanks, with the secondary fermentation taking place in bottle.

Prolonged ageing on the lees makes this a special Champagne, full of honeyed and biscuity notes harmonised with the weight of the Chardonnay, from which this wine is made.

£40.20

Nicolas Maillart, Platine, Brut, NV (1x 75cl)

Awarded 95 points and rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Grower Champagne  (see blue link below).

Nicolas Maillart Platine Brut - July 2017 Decanter review

Golden in colour with intense aromas of fruit and toasty hazelnuts. Wonderfully fresh and fruity with great finesse.  This Champagne is a perfect match for any white fish or seafood.

Please click the blue link below to see the winemaker's tasting notes for this champagne. (English version is at the bottom of the article)

Nicolas Maillart Platine Brut NV - fiche technique

£29.60

NV BALFOUR LESLIE'S RESERVE, HUSH HEATH ESTATE (1x 75CL)

A very zingy light style of bubbly with a creamy mousse and a dry bready character behind a citrus sherbert lime, lemon and green apple flavour. Certainly comparable with NV Champagne.
£27.60

Pere Ventura Maria del Mar Gran Reserva Cava 2014 (1x75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2018 edition feature on Quality Cava (see blue link below).

Pere Ventura Maria Del Mar Gran Reserva Cava 2014 - December 2018 Decanter review

The family-based Pere Ventura Family Wine Estates produces and markets its own wines and cavas (sparkling wines), which are known worldwide for their great quality and prestige. The company works hard every day to guarantee excellence both in the winery and in its wines. The company’s maxim is to remain true to its principles, to its sales commitments and to fulfill all the duties and business challenges the twenty-first century throws at it.

See blue link below for the excellent, 2014 fiche technique / technical note from the winemakers at Pere Ventura.

Pere Ventura Cuvée Maria del Mar Gran Reserva 2014 - fiche technique

£15.50

Peter Lehmann Masters `Black Queen` Sparkling Shiraz 2012 (1x75cl)

Peter Lehmann, with 33 vintages already under his belt, started his own winery in 1979, partly as a means of helping with the glut of grapes then afflicting the Barossa. "I'll take your grapes and turn them into wine," he told the desperate growers, many of them conservative farmers of Silesian descent who regarded their old vines as part of their patrimony. "But I'll only be able to pay you when I sell the wine." They gratefully accepted. Without this deal, it is widely thought that the Barossa would have lost a huge chunk of its old vines. The 'Masters' wines are made from the parcels regarded by the winemakers as the best Semillon, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz of the vintage.

Peter Lehmann Wines works with over 140 growers across the length and breadth of the Barossa Valley region, with access to over 750 individual vineyard sites. The Black Queen is made from Shiraz grown on old, low-yielding vines in premium vineyards in the Moppa and Light Pass districts.

The 2012 vintage was characterised by a warm spring and a relatively cool summer. Vine health was very good coming out of spring and combined with only three rain events over the summer, resulted in some high quality fruit. The reds are beautifully balanced with great colour and varietal definition.

The grapes were fermented on their skins for a week to 10 days, pressed, clarified and then matured for 12 months in French oak hogsheads. The base wine was then bottle-fermented and aged on its lees for two years.

Beautifully deep in colour with a persistent fine bead. The bouquet shows hints of satsuma, plum and black cherry leading to an explosion of dark exotic fruits on the palate. A very special sparkling red for times of celebration.

£21.60

Peter Lehmann Masters `Black Queen` Sparkling Shiraz 2013 (1x75cl)

Peter Lehmann, with 33 vintages already under his belt, started his own winery in 1979, partly as a means of helping with the glut of grapes then afflicting the Barossa. "I'll take your grapes and turn them into wine," he told the desperate growers, many of them conservative farmers of Silesian descent who regarded their old vines as part of their patrimony. "But I'll only be able to pay you when I sell the wine." They gratefully accepted. Without this deal, it is widely thought that the Barossa would have lost a huge chunk of its old vines. The 'Masters' wines are made from the parcels regarded by the winemakers as the best Semillon, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz of the vintage.

Peter Lehmann Wines works with over 140 growers across the length and breadth of the Barossa Valley region, with access to over 750 individual vineyard sites. The Black Queen is made from Shiraz grown on old, low-yielding vines in premium vineyards in the Moppa and Light Pass districts.

The grapes were fermented on their skins for a week to 10 days, pressed, clarified and then matured for 12 months in French oak hogsheads. The base wine was then bottle-fermented and aged on its lees for two years.

Beautifully deep in colour with a persistent fine bead. The bouquet shows hints of satsuma, plum and black cherry leading to an explosion of dark exotic fruits on the palate. A very special sparkling red for times of celebration.

£22.60

Pierre Bertrand Brut Premier Cru Champagne NV (37.5cl)

Awarded 98 points and ultra-rare Exceptional status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Grower Champagne (see blue links below).

Champagne Pierre Bertrand Brut Premier Cru NV - July 2017 Decanter review

Decanter review - individual reviewers' comments

This is quite some Champagne and remarkable for the price. The varietal mix is equal thirds of the classic trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Grapes are grown only on vineyards of Premier Cru villages (you'd easily clear £30 a bottle for this privilege normally) on the Coteaux de Cumières and Hautvillers in the Marne Valley, yielding great intensity and concentration. 

One expects exhilarating acidity and and citrus zing in almost any Champagne - this does these in spades - but what makes it really stand out are both the ripeness of fruit flavours and the delicate florality of the nose. Pierre Bertrand see that fruitiness as “damson and pear” while we at Exel thought more “peach and nectarine”; either way, this is one seriously fruity mouthful. Florally, the makers go with “hawthorn flower” and we are not botanically inclined to disagree. At 7g/l of dosage/residual sugar, this is a drier Brut, but the fruit ripeness adds an exciting extra sensation of sweetness. Finally, Pierre Bertrand are rightly proud of their mousse onctueuse – smooth mousse – and we concur: it makes for a truly delicious Champagne experience.

£15.00

Planeta Brut Metodo Classico NV (1x 75cl)

See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Planeta Brut Metodo Classico NV- fiche technique

£21.40

Recaredo Cava Brut de Brut 2008 (1x75cl)

For almost a century, Recaredo has maintained a firm commitment to produce terroir wines that reflect the landscapes of the Alt Penedès (Barcelona) as honestly and transparently as possible. They make only vintage Brut Nature Cavas with a distinctive character marked by long ageing.

Recaredo's wines are both organic and biodynamic; they let plant cover grow spontaneously between the vines. This cover crop plays a crucial role, fostering biodiversity, loosening the soil, and regulating water retention and drainage (essential in the dry farming system practised).

Grapes were harvested from Recaredo’s Serral del Vell estate in the Bitlles Valley Highlands. Serral del Vell hillock is a mainly calcareous terrain characterised by disjointed landscapes in the county of the Alt Penedès, Barcelona.

Key winemaking features: 53% Xarel-lo, 47% Macabeu. Manually harvested; all Xarel-lo component aged in oak casks; secondary fermentation in bottle (as with all Cava and Champagne); aged in bottle for a minimum of 8 years; riddled and disgorged by hand.

Recaredo describe this as a "well-upholstered wine with green plum and apple aromas". The palate is deep, pure, structured, vinous, long and rich with resonant acidity.  Matches best with charcuterie, oysters or white meats.

£37.20

Recaredo Cava Brut Intens Rosat 2013 (1x75cl)

For almost a century, Recaredo has maintained a firm commitment to produce terroir wines that reflect the landscapes of the Alt Penedès (Barcelona) as honestly and transparently as possible. They make only vintage Brut Nature Cavas with a distinctive character marked by long ageing.

Recaredo's wines are both organic and biodynamic; they let plant cover grow spontaneously between the vines. This cover crop plays a crucial role, fostering biodiversity, loosening the soil, and regulating water retention and drainage (essential in the dry farming system practised).

Made exclusively with grapes from vineyards located on the sloping banks of the Bitlles River. The vines grow in highly calcareous soils.

Key winemaking features: 71% Monastrell, 23% Pinot Noir, 6% Garnacha. Manually harvested; macerated for 6 hours; 10% of the blend aged for 2 months in oak casks; secondary fermentation in bottle (as with all Cava and Champagne); aged in bottle on lees for a minimum of 3 years; riddled and disgorged by hand.

Fresh wild red fruit aromas along a herbaceous background and pastry notes. Flavourful and fresh attack with good long aftertaste. Ideal as an aperitif or with grilled meat, risotto or fruit desserts.

£27.55

Recaredo Cava Brut Nature Terrers Gran Reserva 2011 (1x75cl)

For almost a century, Recaredo has maintained a firm commitment to produce terroir wines that reflect the landscapes of the Alt Penedès (Barcelona) as honestly and transparently as possible. They make only vintage Brut Nature Cavas with a distinctive character marked by long ageing.

Recaredo's wines are both organic and biodynamic; they let plant cover grow spontaneously between the vines. This cover crop plays a crucial role, fostering biodiversity, loosening the soil, and regulating water retention and drainage (essential in the dry farming system practised).

Key winemaking features: 52% Xarel-lo, 32% Macabeu, 16% Parellada. Manually harvested; 9% of the blend aged in oak casks; secondary fermentation in bottle (as with all Cava and Champagne); aged in bottle for a minimum of 5 years and 5 months; riddled and disgorged by hand.

This outstanding Cava is completely dry. It has wonderful chalky minerality with notes of nutmeg and ginger. There is a wonderful fleshy texture redolent of poached pears. Matches many things, but especially shellfish, soft cheese or rice dishes.

£24.20

Reserva Brut Special Edition, Torello NV (1x 75cl)

Bright, pale straw with lime hints. Floral and white fruit aromas, like ripe apple, pear and melon with fine hints of brioche and anise. Velvety texture with fine and persistent bubbles.

£16.90

Riserva del Fondatore Giulio Ferrari 2007 (1 x 75cl)

The 2006 Vintage was Awarded a very rare 98 points by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2018 edition review of Italian Icon Wines (see blue link below).

Ferrari Giulio 2006 - Feb 2018 Decanter review

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 now persisted through two more generations. This consistent philosophy has turned Giulio’s dream into reality, with Ferrari today acknowledged as the finest sparkling wine producer in the country.

The iconic Italian sparkling wine par excellence, Giulio Ferrari is an outstanding product that is designed to stand the test of time. It is a Trentodoc obtained from the finest Chardonnay grapes from the Lunelli family’s own vineyards on the slopes of the mountainsides that surround Trento, at up to 600 meters above sea level. It matures on its lees for over 10 years, acquiring great complexity but, at the same time, maintaining balance, freshness and elegance.  It has obtained extremely high ratings in the most authoritative trade magazines, including 98/100 from Decanter and 96/100 from the Wine Advocate. Giulio Ferrari is also the only sparkler that has been selected by “Wine Spectator” as one of Italy’s top 10 wines (for its “Best of Italy Tasting” at the Wine Experience) and it has been selected by “Wine Enthusiast” for its “Top 100 Wine Cellar Selection”.

2006 was an extraordinary year for the grapes destined for making Trentodoc. The long, cold winter delayed the start of the vegetative cycle by about two weeks, but exceptionally hot, dry weather at the end of spring and the beginning of summer allowed the vines to catch up to some extent. In August, abundant rains built up the water reserves and, at the same time, created a cooler climate. The Chardonnay cultivated on our mountainside vineyards developed particularly rich aromas and an excellent level of health, both of which were preserved by the favourable weather conditions during the harvest, which began on 24th August.

It presents itself in the glass with a glowing golden hue, highlighted by extremely fine, persistent bubbles. The bouquet displays an incredible succession of sensations that continue to alternate, ranging from citrus zest to creamy eggnog, from mango to sugared almonds, and from acacia blossom to freshly baked brioche, all underpinned by an enticing hint of iodine. The entry on the palate is sumptuous in its unbridled elegance and light in its incredibly concentrated fruitiness, which offers reminiscences of ripe pineapple, dried fruits and toasted hazelnuts. The finish is very refined, revealing lingering brackish notes that give even greater length to the aftertaste.

£65.90
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