WINE LIST SUMMER WINE SPECIALS A selection of our current favourites- available in 175ml and 250ml glasses (for those who want to try but not overindulge) and bottles (for the rest of us). All bottles are 750ml, unless otherwise indicated. Sparkling Furleigh Estate Classic Cuvee, Dorset, England, 2009 £8.00/£48.00 A great sparkling white one of England’s excellent winemakers. Produced with quality as the primary focus using the classic champagne blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, this remarkable wine shows that our fair soils can make pretty good fizz after all. A creamy fizz, light yeasty character and plenty of citrus and green apple. A great wine. White Bourgogne Blanc Vielle Vignes, Maison Christophe Cordier, 2012 £9.00/£12.50/£36.00 Christophe Cordier is one of the hottest winemakers in Burgundy. Christophe believes the work begins with low yields, hand harvesting only physiologically ripe fruit and intervening as little as possible. The wine expresses intense and focused aromatics while concentrated, impeccably balanced rich, long flavours take over in the mouth. Plenty of buttery oak but with a nice counter balance of acid to provide freshness and a citrus kick. Erre Punta Blanca, Remírez de Ganuza, Rioja, 2011 £11.50/£15.00/£45.00 Founded in 1989 by Fernando Remírez de Ganuza, Bodegas Remírez de Ganuza’s quest for perfection is truly admirable and Fernando has implemented very strict selection procedures. For Fernando, quality is all that matters. Made from 40% Malvasia and 60% Viura, the Erre Punto Blanco is aged on its lees for 7 months with batonnage to build extra complexity, then 7 months in new oak. Complex, bags of texture and an excellent food wine. Red Cederberg Shiraz, Cederberg, South Africa, 2011 £10.00/£14.00/£42.00 Back to the mountain climbs of Cederberg. The winery is so isolated that the only disease or pest they need to keep out of the vineyards are the baboons, and his 3 year old daughter! Again the trade mark elegance and purity is immediately in evidence, combined with a rich chocolately palate and hints of exotic Indian spices. Les Pensees, Mas de L’Ecriture, Terrasse de Larzac, Languedoc, France, 2002 £10.50/£15.00/£45.00 Pascal Fulla left the corporate world after 20 years to pursue a dream of making beautiful wine- and we’re glad he did. The attention to detail is phenomenal- organic and terroir driven, his wines are highly regarded by critics. Les Pensees is a mature intense styled wine, but beautifully elegant. HARWOOD THE WINE BY THE GLASS Please note all glasses are available in 125ml measures upon request Sparkling Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Frizzante, Col Vetoraz, Veneto, 2012 Pol Roger NV Rosé Mon Rose de Montrose, VdP, France, 2012 Sancerre Rose, Domaine Paul Prieur, 2012 White The House White Alto Bajo Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley, Chile, 2012 Pinot Grigio, Azienda Vitivinicola Valle, Venezia Giulia IGT, 2012 Gruner Veltliner Gerlissen, Felsner, Kremstal, Austria, 2011 Picpoul de Pinet, Dom. La Comtesse, Languedoc, 2012 Terravin Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ, 2011 Schieffer Riesling, Villa Huesgen, Germany, 2012 Red The House Red Alto Bajo Merlot, Chile, 2012 Quinto do Ribeiro Santo, Dao, Portugal, 2010 Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina, 2012 Cal Pla Tinto, Mas d’en Compte, Priorat, 2011 Barbera D’Alba, Cascina Ballarin, Piedmont, 2010 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Domaine Tisserandot, Burgundy, 2010 Sweet Wine Château Haut-Bernasse Monbazillac, Bergerac, 2004 Suprême de Thou, Clos Thou, Jurançon, 2010 Sherry Lustau “Los Arcos” Dry Amontillado (Dry) Lustau San Emilio Pedro Ximenez (Sweet) Lustau Oloroso Emperatriz Eugenia Solera Gran Reserva (Dry) Lustau Anada 1990 Oloroso Special Bottling (Sweet) Lustau East India (Sweet) Lustau Anada Puerto Fino (Dry) Ports Noval Black, Quinta do Noval Quinta de la Rosa Finest Reserve Quinta do Noval Tawny, 10 year old 125ml £6.50 £8.50 £7.00 £9.50 £9.50 £13.00 175ml £4.50 £5.00 £7.00 £8.50 £8.50 £9.00 £10.00 250ml £6.00 £6.75 £9.50 £11.50 £11.50 £12.00 £13.50 £4.50 £5.00 £7.50 £8.50 £8.50 £9.50 £10.00 £6.00 £6.75 £10.00 £11.50 £11.50 £13.00 £13.50 100ml £8.00 £12.00 100ml £5.00 £5.50 £8.50 £10.00 £5.50 £5.00 100ml £7.50 £7.50 £15.00 SPARKLING Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Frizzante, Col Vetoraz, Veneto, 2012 £35.00 One of the finest Proseccos and one of the best-selling in its native Italy, this is a perfect example of the style. Dry, with a peachy fruit flavour and a lovely texture. Frizzante prosecco has extremely fine bubbles and a light fizz. Pol Roger, Brut Reserve NV £50.00 Pol Roger is one of the best (in our opinion) of the The Grands Marques (top dogs in Champagne), and Great Britain has been the primary export market for over 150 years. This is perfect apéritif champagne, made from equal proportions of chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier, with exquisitely fine bubbles that Pol is known for. Balfour Brut Rose, Hush Heath Estate, Kent, 2010 £54.00 A great sparkling rose one of England’s few excellent winemakers. Produced with quality as the primary focus using the classic champagne blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, this remarkable wine shows that our fair soils can make pretty good fizz after all. Pale, elegant rose with soft delicious red fruits. Edouard Brun & Cie, Brut Rose NV £60.00 An excellent, small production grower champagne. An elegant, fresh berry and watermelon nose with a clean fresh finish. Classy stuff. Champagne Deutz, Brut Vintage, 2006 £75.00 Champagne Deutz, Blanc de Blancs, 2007 £110.00 Critics are singing Deutz’s praises at the moment- in the recent Decanter Magazine champagne competition, their panel of Champagne experts chose the Deutz Brut 2006 as their favourite Vintage Champagne, knocking the cap off some more likely candidates, including Dom Perignon 2004, Krug 2000 and Dom Ruinart 2002. A smooth and succulent vintage Champagne from an excellent producer. Pear and stone fruit aromas precede an elegant, concentrated palate, with real vintage depth and a generous finish. Pol Roger, Cuvée Winston Churchill, 2000 £160.00 The highest cuvee in Pol Roger’s portfolio is only made in exceptional vintages, and honours the man who couldn’t get enough of the stuff. Initially quite restrained on the nose, the bouquet unfurls to reveal white flowers, stone and citrus fruit and a hint of brioche. The palate has a nervy tension and salinity that is the mark of this great cuvee. ROSE WINES Mon Rose de Montrose, VdP, France, 2012 £26.00 An excellent alternative to Provencal rose- at least as delicious and a little less expensive, Domaine Montrose’s Rosé is right up there with the best. Mainly Grenache, but with generous additions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this has a lovely freshness on the nose while the palate has strikingly pure strawberry fruit and really good length. Sancerre Rose, Domaine Paul Prieur et Fils, Loire, 2012 £38.00 Domaine Paul Prieur produces exceptional Sancerre Rose and Rouge from Pinot Noir, and the white beat off the competition to become her maj’s favourite at Buckingham Palace. The rose is equally well made, delicious and delicate. The vines -- which average 35 years old, including a 50-year-old parcel -- are mostly selection massales from old vines that were replanted after Phylloxera. Bandol Rosé, Domaine de la Suffrène, Provence, 2012 £40.00 Cédric Gravier makes this food friendly Rosé in the Provence village of Cadière d’Azur. Mostly Mourvèdre grape with crucial additions of Cinsault and Grenache it has a velvet, creamy texture with hints of peach, red berries and vanilla. Vina Tondonia Rosado Gran Reserva, Rioja, 2000 £48.00 One of the most interesting and absurd roses we’ve come across. A blend of tempranillo, viura and garnacha, barrel fermented for 4 and half years (!) creating a wine of complexity and depth unparalleled. An extremely good wine with food- in fact, food is essential. Garrus, Chateau d’Esclans, 2010 £160.00 Sacha Lichine’s renowned winery is producing groundbreaking Provencial rose. Ok, so when you’re in the local Casino you can pick up bottles of average rose for a couple of euros, but this is rose like we’ve never tasted- This is such an elegant rose that is more similar to a white Burgundy. One of the most stylish, elegant roses the wine world has to offer. WHITE WINES FRANCE, BURGUNDY Bourgogne Aligoté, Jean-Philippe Fichet, 2010 £35.00 Aligoté is about the only other white grape other than chardonnay in Burgundy. Originally mixed with cassis to make Kir, Aligoté has great potential as a standard table wine in its own right. Fichet as ever does excellent work and makes this a stylish, clean, crisp wine. Bourgogne Blanc Vielle Vignes, Maison Christophe Cordier, 2012 £36.00 Christophe Cordier is one of the hottest winemakers in Burgundy. Christophe believes the work begins with low yields, hand harvesting only physiologically ripe fruit and intervening as little as possible. The wine expresses intense and focused aromatics while concentrated, impeccably balanced rich, long flavours take over in the mouth. Plenty of buttery oak but with a nice counter balance of acid to provide freshness and a citrus kick. Macon Uchizy, Domaine Talmard, 2012 £36.00 The Talmard family produce only one Cuvée of their Macon each year, but after tasting this we can see why. This is a creamy, moreish chardonnay with exceptional value for money. Chablis Villages, Domaine Christian Moreau, 2012 £36.00 The versatile, affordable, village Chablis from Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils is bright and crisp, with the classic, taut structure and refreshing minerality that define traditional Chablis. The 2012 Chablis is a ripe, yet bone dry Chardonnay with crisp green apple, mineral and a touch of saline. Montagny “Les Crets”, Domaine Feuillat-Juillot, 2012 £42.00 Francoise Feuillat-Juillot is the daughter of the highly regarded Mercurey producer, Michel Juillot. She now has 14 hectares of wonderfully sited, mainly old vines, spread amongst 13 different premier crus in the viticultural amphitheatre that is Montagny. She practices a very strict and meticulous form of sustainable “lutte raisonee”, works the soils mechanically and all grapes are picked by hand. Macon Clesse, Domaine Guillemot-Michel, 2012 £45.00 This 17.3-acre estate in the Maconnais, owned by Marc and Pierre Guillemot, has been biodynamically farmed for 20 years. Honeyed, baked apple notes intermixed with some melon and lemon butter jump from the glass. It is fresh, with a honeyed richness and medium to full-bodied flavours. Rully Blanc 1er Cru “Mont Palais”, Dureuil Janthial, 2009 £55.00 The immensely talented Vincent Dureuil, only in his mid-30s, produces a stunning range of single- vineyard white and red Burgundies in the Cote-Chalonnaise village of Rully, where his family has been since the 1500s. His tireless vineyard work and his assured but light touch in the cellar make for some of the most surprising and incredible Burgundy values to be found anywhere. He has converted entirely to organic viticulture, and never uses chemical pesticides or herbicides of any kind on his vineyards. Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir, Domaine Christian Moreau, 2011 £60.00 Classic, complex flinty nose with some lovely white flowers and citrus fruits (lemon, quince) as well as a touch of toasted almonds & hazelnuts. Very dense, mineral, structured and a long lingering palate. Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Mourgeouts, Louis Latour, 2002 £65.00 Chassagne-Montrachet is known as one of the greatest white wine producing appellations in the world. The Latour 2003 has a clean nose of a fruity wine with some oak notes. A medium acidity leading to a rounded, fat wine with those oaky notes pushing to the fore. This is a powerful wine that also demonstrates finesse. St. Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly, Domaine Marc Colin, 2010 £65.00 This is one of the finest of the St-Aubin 1er crus, on a steep south-facing slope and effectively the continuation of Le Montrachet as the hillside swings round to the west. It is very composed, harmonious wine, from vines averaging 35 years old. Meursault, Jean-Philippe Fichet, 2010 £80.00 Jean-Philippe Fichet is one of the most meticulous winemakers in Burgundy, and his parcels in Meursault are among the finest. An immensely classy wine, the way the white burgundy experience should be- buttery, vanilla, nutty notes go on forever and seduce. Morey St. Denis Blanc, Domaine Dujac, 2007 £100.00 Morey Blanc isn’t that common but being Dujac, the wines are outstanding. The fruit is from the lower part of the slopes. Lovely wide, fresh balanced fruit with a smattering of oak. Nuits-St Georges, 1er Cru, Les Terres Blanches, P&M Rion, 2009 £120.00 Patrice Rion has produced a superb white Nuits- creamy, yet superbly balanced with a good dose of Nuit minerality, often swallowed up by oak in other white Burgundies. Bourgogne Blanc, Domaine Leflaive, 2007 £90.00 Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Leflaive, 2009 (Magnum) £180.00 Chevalier-Montrachet, Domaine Leflaive, 2000 £450.00 Domaine Leflaive is one of the finest winemakers in Burgundy, with repeated vintages of outstanding quality. The Pucelles has textbook honeysuckle nose, citrus notes and an impressive power, with wonderful length. A beautiful wine. SOUTHERN FRANCE Château Haut Rian, Bordeaux Blanc, 2012 £24.00 The often overlooked dry whites of Bordeaux are improving all the time, and this fresh, fruit-filled and lively blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon is an excellent example. Partial maceration of the skins gives a surprising depth and richness while crisp citrus fruit dominates the finish. Picpoul de Pinet, Domaine La Comtesse, Languedoc, 2012 £35.00 This old fashioned southern grape has long been due a comeback. Hints of citrus fruit, fennel and pears are buttressed by a crisp backbone of acidity. Saint Fleur Viognier, Domaine des Triennes, Provence, 2011 £40.00 Just east of Aix grow the vines of Triennes. Jacques Seysses (of Burgundy’s Domaine Dujac) and Aubert de Villaine (co-owner of Romanee-Conti) are just two of the dream team behind this epic vineyard. From such experienced and renowned vine-fingers you can really only expect something brilliant. Truffled honey, hibiscus, and papaya balance out the acid in this montage of flavours. Consolation “Juliette”, Roussanne Sauvage, Mas Christine, Collioure, 2010 £50.00 The “Consolation” range of wines has been created by the team behind Mas Christine and Coume del Mas, the superb wines of Collioure. This range is slightly experimental, from specific parcels of grapes that are exceptional. The “Juliette” is wild Roussanne, picked ripe and handled reductively to retain varietal aromas and freshness. Partly in fermented in new oak, there’s a honeyed note to the stonefruit aromas in this wine, with peach and nectarine, but overlaid by soft cashew and delicate herbs and spices. Powerful stuff. Le Soula Blanc, VdP Cotes Catalanes, 2008/2011 £64.00 Le Soula is now recognised as one of the great white wines of France. The blend in 2008 is 38% Sauvignon, 35% Macabeu and 19% Vermentino (aka Rolle) the balance made up of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and very small quantities of Marsanne, Roussanne, Malvoisie du Rousillon and even Chardonnay. If complexity is born of variety, this is complex indeed. The palate is fresh with nutty notes added to the orchard fruit and the flinty foundations. A very fine Soula. Château La Garde Blanc, Pessac Léognan, 2010 £65.00 White Bordeaux wines have a tendancy to be overlooked, but in the right hands the combinations of Sauvignon and Semillon are seductive, enchanting and delicious. La Garde is every bit worthy of these adjectives- an excellent wine. Striking white fruits nose with freshness and structure on the palate, a vigorous and elegant wine worthy of the neighbouring classed growths. LOIRE VALLEY Alain Marcadet Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, 2013 £26.00 Quality and panache is found in Alain’s classic Touraine Sauvignon. Light and fresh with fabulous flavours of elderflower and juicy lemon, there is no better wine to cool you down after a long hot day. Pouilly-Fume “La Croix Canet”, Domaine Tinel-Blondelet, 2012 £38.00 Six generations of Blondelet have been winemaking at Pouilly-sur-Loire. Since the 1980’s, Annick Tinel-Blondelet has furthered the traditions in Pouilly and Sancerre respecting the unique terroir creating authentic wines. Pale lemon in colour, the nose is aromatic and floral - citrus, white flowers and peaches. On the palate, the wine offers a flinty mineral quality, backed up with citrus fruits and light gooseberries. The wine is crisp and fresh with a lovely fruity dry finish. Sancerre, Domaine Paul Prieur et Fils, 2012 £45.00 This small family-run domaine produces a great example of the benchmark French Sauvignon Blanc- a favourite of the Queen herself, it is served in Buckingham Palace. Dry and fresh, with good acidity and excellent minerality. Ménétou-Salon “Le Charnay”, Jean-Max Roger, 2011 £46.00 This excellent sauvignon epitomizes great Menetou- fresh, dry, crisp- a great replacement for a kiwi sauv blanc, and with heaps of finesse and character. Vouvray Sec, Clos Naudin, 2010 £48.00 Getting one’s head around Chenin Blanc can be a tough challenge- its guises range from bone-dry though sparkling to intensely rich. Real talent at the helm, such as Clos Naudin’s Philippe Foreau, makes the job a bit easier though. Gentle and rounded on the palate, with a nice floral touch highlight depth and texture in this appealing wine. Savennières Fougeraies, Loic Mahé, Domaine du Gué d’Orger, 2009 £50.00 Loic Mahé’s first cuvée comes from a soil of sand and schist. Aged in a mix of cuve and 3-6 year old barrels, this is a Savennières giving immediate pleasure with ripe fruits marked by stewed lemon and marmalade and subtle bitters on the finish. Sancerre “Harmonie”, Vincent Pinard, 2011 £70.00 This is a remarkable Sancerre from a renowned producer who turned his back on Sancerre tradition by barrel fermenting a cuvee of his white in oak. All the citrusy, clean fruity goodness of Sauvignon Blanc with a healthy smooch of buttery oak. RHONE & JURA Granit Blanc, Vincent Paris, 2011 £42.00 Vincent is well known for his red Cornas wines, but his AC white (no whites in Cornas allowed) is superb. A blend of 60% Viognier and 40% Roussanne with bright, juicy, fruit, a little ginger and fresh apricot, flora, gentle oak spice. Fresh flinty, and flavoursome. Feels like springtime in a glass. Vacqueyras “Les Premices”, Domaine Roucas Toumba, 2009 £48.00 Eric Bouletin’s Domaine Roucas Toumba (falling rock) produces minute quantities of wine is a traditional style, sympathetic to his surroundings. Early morning harvesting helps develop a complex, fresh, white fruit driven wine. A dense wine with intriguing aromas. “Les Varrons”, Julien Labet, Cotes du Jura, 2008 £50.00 The wines of Jura have become somewhat forgotten over the years, but an eager new generation of young winemakers have started to bring this underrated appellation back to the fore. Julien Labet is one such winemaker, creating wonderfully harmonious wines that work superbly with food. The Varrons in particular is unusual and densely structured, with an old viney character. A match for Cote du Beaunes offerings, where the wealthier winemakers often numb the subtleties of their terroirs by a heavy hand with new oak. Chateauneuf du pape, Domaine des Saumades, 2011 £55.00 Freshness and balance define this excellent blend of clairette, bourbelenc and grenache. A diverse mélange of flavours, from citrus notes to vanilla, show off this modern-style of Chateauneuf. Condrieu “Les Ravines”, Domaine Niero, 2008 £70.00 Former banker Robert Niero took over from his father-in-law, the esteemed winemaker Jean Pichon in 1986. The estate grows excellent Viognier, the protagonist of this excellent wine. The house style is one of both freshness and richness with the oak never being allowed to dominate. SPAIN & PORTUGAL Monte Blanco Verdejo, Bodegas Ramon Bilbao, Rueda, 2013 £25.00 The fortunes of central Spain`s Verdejo grape have been rejuvinated by modern winemaking, creating fresh, light and aromatic dry wines. Its stronghold is Rueda, south of the Duero river, where Rioja house Ramon Bilbao produce Mone Blanco. It has a bright straw yellow colour with greenish hues, is a crisp fresh wine with delicate aromas of tropical fruit and hints of fennel and aniseed. A soft mouth feel with citrus and mineral notes leads to a lingering finish on the palate. Albarino, Bodegas Benito Santos, Rias Baxas, 2012 £35.00 Benito Santos helped achieve the DO status for Albarino in Rias Baxas, and his wines are superb. Albariño is a relatively thick-skinned variety which at its best, as it is here, is rich, full of colour and gently spicy. This pale lemon-coloured wine has aromas of peach, green apple and white flowers. It has a smooth, silky mouthfeel, refreshing acidity and a long finish. Po De Poiera, Quinta de la Rosa, Douro, 2010 £45.00 Jorge Moreira has identified a parcel in the Vale de Pinhao which has a more sheltered aspect and slightly deeper soils. Made from the local varietals Alvarinho and Gouveio, the wine has a pleasing floral nose with hints of dried fruit, followed by a rich and flinty palate, which is almost Burgundian in its texture but with notes of verbena and almond striking a pleasing chord of difference. Erre Punta Blanca, Remírez de Ganuza, Rioja, 2011 £45.00 Founded in 1989 by Fernando Remírez de Ganuza, Bodegas Remírez de Ganuza’s quest for perfection is truly admirable and Fernando has implemented very strict selection procedures. For Fernando, quality is all that matters. Made from 40% Malvasia and 60% Viura, the Erre Punto Blanco is aged on its lees for 7 months with batonnage to build extra complexity, then 7 months in new oak. Complex, bags of texture and an excellent food wine. Finca Allende Blanco, Rioja, 2010 £48.00 A beautifully perfumed, spicy, rich white rioja. Malvasia and Viura grapes are responsible for this excellent wine from one of Rioja’s foremost producers. The wine is barrel fermented and aged in new French oak. It is now more than 10 years since Finca Allende first released their principal cuvée Rioja Tinto and it now has a justifiably loyal following. Based in Briones in the Rioja Alta, winters are cold and summers roasting, but this strongly continental climate is tempered by the fact that the Atlantic is just 70 km away to the north-west. AUSTRIA, ALSACE & GERMANY Gruner Veltliner “Gerlisen”, Weingut Felsner, Kremstal, Austria, 2012 £34.00 A beautiful single-vineyard gruner from a top Austrian producer. Plenty of aromatic fruit, spice and pepper combine to form a delicious refreshing wine with superb food pairing potential. Pinot Blanc ‘La Cabane’, Domaine Léon Boesch, Soulzmatt, 2011 £34.00 Clean wines with terrific fruit, texture, minerality and length are the name of the game for the Boesch chaps. All biodynamically grown, the pinot blanc has zesty peachy fruit. Pinot Gris Vallee Noble, Jean-Marie Haag, Alsace, 2011 £36.00 A cracking Alsatian wine from the wine growing village of Soultzmatt. At the foot of the Vosges mountains, the vineyards are favourably located to receive perfect sunlight and protection from the wind. A luscious, velvety wine with beautiful stone fruit flavours. Gewurtztraminer Cuvee Jules Geyl, Domaine Bott-Geyl, Alsace, 2011 £38.00 A fine example of Mike’s favorite wine. 100% biodynamic, the producer Jean-Christophe believes in allowing the terroir to really shout out of his wines with brilliant liveliness and minerality. A cracking wine. Schieffer Riesling, Villa Huesgen, Germany, 2012 £40.00 A fresh juicy Riesling with clear and complex flavours reminiscent of apricots, peaches and a light citrus note. A really delicious wine for a producer unashamedly focusing on only producing Riesling, and top notch quality Riesling at that. Lorcher Riesling, Eva Fricke, Rheingau, Germany, 2012 £48.00 A bone-dry (Trocken), mouthwatering Riesling, bursting with tart citrus fruit and supported by a nice stony mineral edge for good measure. The wine’s medium-bodied palate gains strength and then lingers with a huge, penetrating finish of minerals and grapefruit. ITALY Pinot Grigio, Azienda Vitivinicola Valle, Friuli, 2012 £28.00 An excellent PG from one of the pioneering forces in cold fermentation (techniques used to keep the fermentation temperature low thus causing a slower fermentation, lending a “flinty” character to the winenow you know). Everything you’ve come to expect from Pinot Grigio, just a little bit better. Pinot Bianco, Alois Lageder, Alto Adige, 2012 £33.00 Alois Lageder is one of Italy’s foremost winemakers. Based in the mountainous Alto Adige region in the far north of the country, the vines (which were converted to biodynamics in 2004) enjoy a long, sunny growing season with warm days and cool nights that help to preserve both the grapes’ natural aromas and acidity. The wines themselves are made in a solar-powered state-of-the-art winery (which was certified carbon neutral in 2007). The house style is all about freshness, elegance and purity of fruit. A finely chiseled wine with real definition, but immense charm too. Tacchino Gavi di Gavi, Piedmont, 2012 £34.00 A truly top notch family run Gavi producer, this is the 3rd generation of the Tacchino family, and each generation seem to take the wines to a new level. The focus is on an intensely ripe yet freshly modern style of wine and talk about hitting the nail on the head! Fabulous fresh apricot depth with a delicate hint of white flowers, cool minerality streaking through the centre and a subtle elegance that seems to last forever. Soave Classico, Coffele, 2011 £38.00 A ripe and flavoursome Soave from Alberto and Chiara Coffele’s hillside vineyards. This is gently spicy and deliciously fresh. This wine really does encompass the Italian dream – it oozes charm, finesse, vitality and beauty. Verdicchio di Matelica, Casa Fosca, Enzo Mecella, 2008 £38.00 Verdicchio di Matelica is rarer and has a quite different style to Verdicchio di Castelli di Jesi. It is fresher, more delicate and intense with greater acidity and aging potential. Enzo Mecella’s Verdicchio di Matelica is a fantastic example of the region. Friulano, Azienda Vitivinicola Valle, Colli Orientali del Friuli, 2010 £48.00 Azienda Vitivinicola Valle owns vineyards in two of the most prestigious Crus areas of Friuli, Rosazzo and Ruttars in the sub districts of Colli Orientali del Friuli and Collio. The winery is owned and run by Gigi Valle, and his winemaker sons, Paolo, Marco and Ilaria. A sharp wine with excellent Tenuta di Fessina a’Puddara Etna Bianco, Sicily, Italy, 2010 £55.00 In 2007, fascinated by this extraordinary beautiful and rich island, they bought a XVIII Century palmento, a large covered fermenting vat made of lava stone, which overlooks a one hundred year old vineyard, some 17 acres of Nerello Mascalese vines. The A’Puddara is 100% carricante, an indeginous Sicilian grape, thought to have grown on the volcano side for over a thousand years. Refreshing, zesty green apple notes. THE AMERICAS Alto Bajo Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley, Chile, 2012 A lovely sharp and delicious Sauvignon, perfect with fish and salads. £20.00 Festivo Torrontés, Bodega Monteviejo, Mendoza, Argentina, 2010 £30.00 Bodega Monteviejo is owned and operated by Château Le Gay, of Pomerol. The wines made at this very special property in Argentina are treated with the same dedication and care as those produced back home in Bordeaux. A Pale, bright yellow wine with enticing aromas of Granny Smith apple, melon and hint of minerality. This wine is juicy, fresh, firm and pure. Perfect example of the pure expression of Torrontes. Pinot Gris, Eyerie Vineyards, Oregon, USA, 2009 £45.00 Home to the New World’s first Pinot Gris- a resounding success, for it is a tactile masterclass in mouth-feel and texture making it a must for food. Subtle flavours of pear and quince are perfectly balanced with a deep minerality and a wonderfully refreshing acidity which lingers tantalisingly on the finish. Like a chameleon it becomes a new and irresistible wine with every different food it is paired with. “Arthur” Chardonnay, Domaine Drohin, Oregon, USA, 2011 £55.00 Veronique Drohin has been producing spectacular wines since 1988, noted internationally for their pure expression of fruit, silky texture, classical elegance and superior balance. The Chardonnay, named after her first son, builds on the rich Chablis style she that she began on her first vintage in 2001. Le Cigare Blanc, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Santa Cruz, USA, 2008 £75.00 onny Doon vineyard really is another world. Randall Grahm has shrunk his offering to focus on biodynamics. Grahm has come through with a strong blend of Roussanne and Grenache Blanchoneysuckle, nectarine, and mango notes are present in this elegant, medium-bodied, richly fruity, fresh, lively wine. THE TRI-NATIONS Last Stand Chardonnay, Soldier’s Block, Mclaren Vale, Oz, 2011 £28.00 An elegant, easy drinking white. This vibrant, peachy Chardonnay exhibits all the rich mouth-feel, weight and generosity of fruit expected whilst retaining acidity and offering more elegant melon and citrus characters. Some oak adds a touch of weight and texture to the palate. Ephemera Viognier Pinot Gris, The Rude Mechanicals, Oz, 2011 £32.00 On the nose there are the honeysuckle and orange blossom signatures of Viognier with background fragrances of spice and ripe pear from the Pinot Gris. The fruit is tight and elegant with a crystalline quality. Poised and precise with hints of lemongrass and fresh ginger, the wine is bright and fine but has depth and a fresh, long finish. TerraVin Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2011 £38.00 Superb sauvignon from a team of kiwis bent on quality. Fruit was sourced from three Southern Valley vineyard sites within the Marlborough region. In these valleys the soils are layered with gravels and seams of clay. It is these complex layers and the cooler evening temperatures that give optimal growing conditions for a more complex, rich and riper styled Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Ghost Corner Semillon, David Nieuwoudt, Elim, South Africa, 2011 £40.00 Minute quantities of this cracking wine are made, making each bottle something just a little bit special. Fermented in barrels to add a subtle smoky veil to the rich grapefruit and lime flavours this wine has depth, complexity and a fabulous length. Bellvale Athena’s Vineyard Chardonnay, Gippsland, Oz, 2009 £45.00 The reputation of Aussie chardonnay has seen better days- after the high-volume “Jacob’s Creek” boom of the past 15 years it is easy to associate the grape with massively over-oaked mass produced plonk. Fortunately there are also an abundance of brilliant winemakers reviving the sullied name, such as the boys at Bellvale. This is fresh, joyful chardonnay with delicate flavours. Cuvee Anais Chardonnay, Vins D’Orrance, Elgin, South Africa 2010 £50.00 Meticulous wine making from Frenchman Christopher Durand has led this small winery in the Western Cape to produce some superb wines. The 2010 Cuvee Anais has nose of cold cream and buttered popcorn with a bright, fantastic acidity that brings to life juicy flavours of melon, white flowers and lemon peel. Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsular, Oz, 2011 £55.00 Recently rated 93 points by Aussie wine expert James Halliday, there is no better expression of what the Aussies can do with chardonnay than 10X. A poised and delicately perfumed wine with subtle vanilla and nut characters, complimented by a touch of lemon and white peach. RED WINES FRANCE, BURGUNDY & BEAUJOLAIS Maison des Bulliats, Regnie, 2012 £24.00 A delightful gamay with traditional Beaujolais fruits, a deep ruby red colour with hints of violet, and a wonderful nose of pepper, dark fruit, rubbed bramble leaf, and earth. On the palate it is medium bodied, fruity and sappy, with lots of dark crunchy brambly fruit, spice, and a hint of liquorice. Irancy, Domaine des Remparts, 2009 £45.00 A stunning and unusual style of Pinot Noir, grown from vines on very steep hills which can only be harvested by hand. This wine is now mature, bursting with flavours of dark cherry and a touch of spice and vanilla from old oak. Côte-de-Brouilly, Daniel Bouland, 2012 £40.00 This comes from 70 year old vines in a schist and granite derived soil on the southern slope of the extinct volcano of Mont Brouilly. Aged in old oak foudres, with a fine plum colour, it has rich spicy fruit with a marked stony flavour on the finish. Bourgogne Rouge, Dureuil Janthial, 2011 £40.00 The immensely talented Vincent Dureuil, only in his mid-30s, produces a stunning range of single- vineyard white and red Burgundies in the Cote-Chalonnaise village of Rully, where his family has been since the 1500s. His tireless vineyard work (he spends 14 hours a day among his vines during much of the growing season, doing most of the vineyard work himself) and his assured but light touch in the cellar make for some of the most surprising and incredible Burgundy values to be found anywhere. Rully, Dureuil-Janthial, 2008 £45.00 Bright, juicy fruit with a silky texture- Rully offers a great expression of all-round Burgundy without going into the upper price echelons of Cotes de Nuits and Beaunes alternatives. Savigny-lès-Beaune, Ez-Connardises, Domaine Jean Féry, 2008 £60.00 The great parcel of Ez-Connardises is just south of Les Lavières, the leading premier cru vineyard of Savigny. A more intense style of fruit and structure gives this wine a kick. Chambolle-Musigny, Domaine Confuron Cotetidot, 2007 £80.00 Vignerons since the seventeenth century, the Confuron family even have a strain of Pinot Noir named after them - Pinot Confuron. The domaine has several Grands Crus vineyards as well as the Premier Cru vineyard of Les Suchots, making it one of the very top domaines of the Côte de Nuits. Chambolle Musigny is often referred to as a more feminine style of Burgundy, elegant yet powerful. This is a good full, deep red. Captivating, pure aromas of purple fruits and crushed stone. Vosne-Romanée, Méo Camuzet, 2008 £100.00 Nuit St Georges “Aux Boudots”, Meo Camuzet, 2007 £120.00 A couple of great wines from a well-known producer in the heart of Burgundy. The Vosne is a wine with fine intensity, supported by a lot of freshness and a pronounced mineral character. The silkiness and balance of the appellation are also present and generally speaking, the wine is well developed aromatically. The Nuits is a step up- A wine which is very typical of the appellation- its roundness, its fleshy plumpness, and discreet but effective structure. Its great maturity and its balance belie the reputation for austerity which goes with Nuits. Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Domaine Corton Andre, 2005 £150.00 Mazis-Chambertain Grand Cru, Domaine Corton Andre, 2005 £175.00 A couple of cheeky 05’s for your drinking pleasure, from a great producer- 2005 was the best year for Red Burgs that France has seen in more than 40 years, a perfect season that gave the greatest quality of fruit and, hence, the finest of wines. Charmes Chambertain Grand Cru, Domaine Taupenot Merme, 1999 £300.00 Charmes-Chambertain is the largest Grand Cru vineyard in Gevrey. An abundance of sweet, rich pinot fruit and deliciously round flavors with good intensity and plenty of underlying material. The tannins are completely wrapped in velvet and pinot extract. Elegant, powerful and very long. Bonnes Mares, Domaine Dujac, 2007 (Magnum) £600.00 Only thirty odd years since the foundation of this domaine, Dujac is turning out some of the most wonderful wines in Burgundy – and has been for some years. The Bonnes-Mares is powerful stuff- Wild berry concentration and pungent, resinous and horehound-like herbal notes associated with this site. Dark suggestions of game with fine-grained tannins and an almost stony undertone takes on unexpected prominence in its forceful, gripping finish. Grands Echezeaux, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, 2005 £1000.00 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is possibly the world’s greatest wine producer- generally acknowledged to be the scarcest and most pure and perfect expression of Burgundy. BORDEAUX Chateau du Pin, Bordeaux AC, 2010 A youthful, fruit-driven style of Bordeaux, perfect for easy-drinking. A great quaffable red. £26.00 Château des Antonins, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2010 £30.00 Château des Antonins has belonged to the De Roquefeuil family since the 1850s. Excellent value claret with it’s inviting aromas of cedar, blackcurrant & plum. On the palate expect delicious flavours of dark fruits & a nice lifted finish. Cahors ‘Juline’, Domaine de la Berangeraie, Cahors, 2008 £38.00 Cahors is the original ‘home’ region for the Malbec grape. A little Merlot in this mid-weight cuvée ensures a fine, supple and rounded texture. Blueberry, cassis, liquorice and menthol hints are evident on the nose and palate. Château La Tour de By, Medoc, 2004 £45.00 A classy, every-day drinking claret with a bit of maturity. The blend comprises 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It is fermented in traditional wooden vats and aged for 16 months in new to 3-year-old barriques. Some of the best value Medoc around. Château Rahoul, Graves, 2005 £58.00 The focus in on finesse and elegance in this fine, red Graves. The sandy-gravel soils blesses the wine with extremely delicate tannins and a lacy structure. Some barrel ageing further enhances the fruit expression, from a blend of predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, lifted by a touch of Petit Verdot. A wine which reveals its feminine character. Château Le Boscq, Saint Estèphe, 2006 £68.00 Château Belgrave, Haut-Medoc, 2008 £78.00 A classic Bordeaux from fifth growth Château Belgrave in Haut-Médoc. A wine of depth, class and smoothness that really sings with rich fruit. This is the kind of wine your parents used to let you have a sip of at Christmas - austere but profound and full of the forbidden promise of adulthood. Margaux du Chateau Margaux, 2009 £80.00 Chateau Margaux have just released their “third” wine. Second wines of the great Chateaux have always been popular, offering an insight into the nuances and subtleties of the first wine without the price tag. While some Chateaux are really scraping the barrel to get a third wine out, Margaux have always had such a high quality product that even their third wine is better than many first wines. This is young stuff- don’t be put off, it’s Margaux, just youthful and fresh- it’s not designed to gather dust but just offer drinking pleasure right now. Château Batailley, Paulliac, 2003 £100.00 Named after a 15th Century battle that took place where the chateau now stands- between the English and the French... The wine is outstanding, every bit of the 03 vintage shining through- bucket loads of body, texture and fruit concentration. Château Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe, 2000 £150.00 By marriage, the estate came to be owned by Nicolas-Alexandre, marquis de Ségur who also owned Chateau Latour and Chateau Lafite. Despite his ownership of these two First Growths, the Marquis said that his “heart was with Calon” and the wine’s label today includes a drawing of a heart around the Chateau’s name. A beautiful wine with great density, heaps of ripe fruit and tannin but a lovely silky texture despite the concentration. Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, St Julien, 2006 £220.00 This classic, backward, tannic St.-Julien is made in the style of the 1996 and 1986. The 2006 Ducru Beaucaillou possesses a dense purple color along with a sweet perfume of graphite, black raspberries, cassis, licorice, and subtle toasty oak. This is a big, substantial, meaty, masculine wine. Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, 1996 £220.00 Château Lynch-Bages, Paulliac, 1990 £350.00 As well as ’90, ‘96 was an exceptional vintage in Pauillac and Lynch-Bages efforts are amongst the best. Heaps of voluptuous cassis fruit, fleshy and mouth-filling with great finesse on the finish. Pauillac in the hands of these guys really is first class. Château Lafleur, Pomerol, 1993 £380.00 The ’93 Lafleur is at about the peak of its expected maturity- so it’s pretty much as good as it will ever be right now. The wine offers gorgeously sweet black raspberry, kirsch and truffle aromas, followed by a palate of unbridled power, layered richness and ferocious tannin. Château Léoville Las Cases, 2ème Grand Cru Classé, 1981 (Magnum) £400.00 An incredible vintage from one of the all time great Chateaux. Deep and densely coloured wine, red- purple with a hint of mahogany. Wonderful blackcurrant and currant flavours, quite rich and yet a touch austere. A velvety texture, with a big structure, and a strong acidic backbone. More or less at full maturity, with an excellent deep ruby colour, a spicy, cedary, tobacco and currant-scented nose, and good depth and ripeness. Château Cheval Blanc, St. Emilion, 1990 £700.00 Château Cheval Blanc, St. Emilion, 1988 £450.00 1996 was a classic vintage for Cheval, and the perfect year for cabernet franc- 55-60% is in the mix. An intense and lovely fragrance, a wine that really defines awesome St. Emilion. The ’88 has a very healthy dark ruby color with only a slight lightening at the edge- this wine shows sweet earth notes intermixed with ripe berry fruit, cassis, licorice, and leather. The wine is spicy and medium bodied, with a moderately tannic finish. Château Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan, 1990 £650.00 In terms of the brilliant complexity and nobility of the aromatics, scorched earth, black currants, plums, charcoal, cedar, and spices, the 1990 offers an aromatic explosion that is unparalleled. Château Margaux, 1990 £800.00 Parker describes this as a legendary vintage for Margaux, awarding the full 100 points: “An extraordinary aromatic display of spring flowers, camphor, sweet red and black fruits, a hint of liquorice, and no evidence of its 100% new oak cask aging. Round and generous with low acidity, but an opulent, full-bodied richness that is fresh with laser-like precision” Château Lafite-Rothschild, Paulliac, 1990 £800.00 A bit more powerful than the Margaux. Dense, dusty and a little gamey on the nose. A beautifully balanced wine with awesome purity. It doesn’t get much better than this. LOIRE & RHONE Saumur-Champigny, Domaine Le Petit Saint-Vincent, 2011 £35.00 A supple wine with a natural quality. Black cherry on the nose preceeds heaps of cranberry on the palate with a slight chalky underscore. Jonqueres d’Oriola, Chateau de Corneilla, Cotes de Roussillon, 2011 £38.00 A lovely wine from a superb producer. A blend of syrah, carignan, mouverdre and Grenache make this a dense wine offering stewed fruits, punchy tannins on the palate and nuances of herbaceous vanilla on the finish. Crozes Hermitage ‘Les Amandiers’, Domaine du Murinais, 2011 £40.00 Northern Rhone has its fair share of top-notch wine regions, and Crozes is no exception. Restrained, mild black fruits with a honey nose makes for jolly drinking and even better with a bite like duck. A persuasive wine which will keep you happily sipping away. Chinon “Clos de Turpenay”, Château de Coulaine, 2010 £57.00 This comes from 30 to 50 year old vines planted high on a due south-facing hillside in a soil of sand, limestone and yellow ‘millarge’. Fermented in cuve and then aged in four-five year old 400ltr barrels. Notable red fruit aromas lead to a palate that has similarly intense, red fruits, and a marked limestone, mineral flavour, with good structure, ripe tannins and beautiful length. Gigondas, Domaine du Grand Montmirail, 2009 £55.00 Domaine owner Yves Cheron cultivates vines just below the Dentelles de Montmirail on pebbled clay soils that lend complexity and power to his wines. Made from old vine Grenache with small amounts of Syrah and Mouvèdre, this powerful, heady wine is bursting with warmth and flavours of blackberries, chocolate and coffee bean. Hermitage, Les Greffieux-Bessards, Bernard Faurie, 2008 £75.00 Sweet and aromatic with notes of brown sugar, juicy griotte cherry and violets. Fleshy and round yet with notable purity and focus, this is curvaceous and wonderfully fresh. Carnal yet elevated. Sublime. Chateauneuf du pape, Domaine de la Vieux Telegraphe, 2004 £150.00 A cracking wine from one of the most renowned estates of the Southern Rhône. Vieux Télégraphe is a large estate and there are about 45 hectares of red grapevines planted, with an average age of around 55 years. Blessed with one of the finest locations in the area, the particularly hot microclimate is such that the Bruniers, owners of the estate for almost a century, are able to harvest as much as a week ahead of their neighbours. The wine is boasting big, smoky, peppery, garrigue notes intermixed with black cherry, licorice, smoke, and sweet currants. Ripe and full-bodied with decent acidity and some mineral notes. SOUTHERN FRANCE Maison de la Paix Carignan, Vielles Vignes, Pays D’Oc, 2013 £26.00 Fabulously luscious and spicy with red fruit flavours, this is punchy stuff, with the old vines yielding less volume and higher concentration. This gem could be the best value red on the list! Corbières Rouge, Vielles Vignes, Château la Bastide, 2011 £26.00 Guilhem Durand makes excellent wine from his 70 hectares of old vines, some of which are up to 120 years old. The vineyard is south-east facing with chalky clay soil and alluvial gravel, the best parts of which are covered with large round stones. A benchmark Corbieres with superbly concentrated old vine fruit with flavours of cassis, red berry and hints of wild herbs. St Chinian “L’Ivresse des Cimes”, Domaine des Terres Falmet, 2010 £30.00 From a steel hillside vineyard in the Montagne Noire, this comes from 40 year old vines. St Chinian is one of the finest appelations in the Languedoc, and this spicey, menerally, tabaccoey wine is a superb example. Le Vin Des Amis, Mas Coutelou, 2012 £35.00 The wine world has recently seen a rise in the number of “Natural” wines and winemaking techniques coming to market. The idea is preserving all the flavours of the wine through avoiding the use of sulphura near impossible exercise. This has led to wines of huge character and unpredictability. The “Wine of Friends” (cheesy, I know) is actually rather good- a blend of ovely, stony minerality augmented by a host of flavours that, while still young and primary, are rewarding. Touches of forest fruit coulis, redcurrants, sweet damsons, herbs and a perfumed lift. Utterly delicious, both crunchy and lush. Château Bouscasse, Madiran, 2009 £44.00 Alain Brumont and his wife, Catherine, own this brilliant vineyard, as well as the more renowned Chateau Montus. A wine of great character- Tannat still dominates the blend and provides tannic structure and hints of liquorice but the Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc) offers softer, moreapproachable fruit. Cuvee 71, Les Clos Perdus, Corbières, 2009/2011 £40.00 Brit expat Hugo Stewart and Aussie Paul Old have teamed up to make this biodynamically grown blend of old vine carignan, grenache and mourvedre. It is bright in appearance with a youthful classic nose of wild blueberry/raspberry fruit with some herbal/garrigue notes. It’s medium weight, tense and firm on the palate with sense of granitic minerality. L’Emotion, Mas de L’Ecriture, Terrasse de Larzac, 2008 £42.00 Les Pensees, Mas de L’Ecriture, Terrasse de Larzac, 2007 £55.00 Pascal Fulla left the corporate world after 20 years to pursue a dream of making beautiful wine- and we’re glad he did. The attention to detail is phenomenal- organic and terroir driven, his wines are highly regarded by critics. L’Emotion offers a nose of red fruit and blackberries leading to silky generous fruit and spice on the palate. Les Pensees offers more mature intense style, but nevertheless beautifully elegant. Coume del Mas, Collioure Schistes, 2012 £52.00 Philippe and Natalie Gard have made a big impact on Collioure and Banyuls in only a few vintages. Their reputation far exceeds the small quantities of wine they produce. The Schist is a pure Grenache wine, unoaked and bottled straight from tank in spring, without fining or filtration. 30 different parcels of old vines really shine in this cuvée. This wine has superb natural freshness and balance, with crisp forest fruit balancing more earthy, mineral notes. Excellent balance and length. Le Soula, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes, 2008 £60.00 Gérard Gauby is a bit of a legend in the Roussillon, making distinctive but delicious wines at his own domaine, and, in partnership with his English importers, from a set of vineyards up in the hills of Fenouillèdes for Le Soula. This is a really special and evocative red, with aromatic fruit such as plum and dark berries, as well as rosemary, thyme and real depth that would appeal to anyone who likes the more elegant styles of the Rhône. ALSACE & AUSTRIA Pinot Noir ‘Tradition’, Domaine Léon Boesch, Soulzmatt, 2012 £38.00 Fabulously lush concentration of pure, ripe un-filtered Pinot Noir, the Boesch domaine is registered both both organic and bio-dynamic. Strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavours, with a nicely judged touch of oak. Pinot Noir Fuchsenfeld, Gerhard Pittnauer, Bergenland, 2011 £46.00 Gerhard Pittnauer’s supple, charming biodynamic wines never cease to tease the tastebuds of those who come across them. The Fuchsenfeld pinot noir is a superb wine- a spicy nose with an oaky smokiness on the palate. For those looking for wines with individuality, oozing with character, then look no further than Pittnauer. “Gigama”, Zweigelt, Weingut Leth, Wagram, 2009 £72.00 Leth produces excellent wines consistently- here, rigorous grape slelction, low yields and barrique againg have produced an aromatic blockbuster. Gigama is only produced in outstanding vintages. Blaufränkisch Kirschgarten, J. Umathum, Burgenland, 2009 £80.00 Umathum continues cultivation of the traditional terraced vineyards in the village of Jois, where vineyards were first cultivated as early as 1214. A dark ruby, fruity wine with fiery aromas- ripe cherries and blackberries, spicy and warm with a long lasting finish on the palate. SPAIN & PORTUGAL Beronia Crianza, Rioja, 2010 £28.00 A sensational Rioja from Beronia, a winery who is currently celebrating its 40th Year Anniversary. A full aromatic nose gives notes of blackberry and rich fruit which work in harmony with the gentle oak aroma. A round structured palate, which is sweet and balanced with interesting notes of cocoa and coffee. A perfect balance between fruit and wood. Quinto do Ribeiro Santo, Dao, Portugal, 2011 £30.00 Dao Sul have enjoyed a meteoric rise in size and status in Portugal, due the serious quality from excellent batches of small, single vineyard productions such as the Ribeiro Santo. “Drink Me” Tinto Niepoort, Douro, Portugal, 2011 £34.00 Niepoort was originally a small, high quality port lodge in Vila Nova, without any of its own vineyards. Then, in 1987 Dirk joined his father in the family business, and things changed. They acquired two Quintas in the Douro, Nápoles and Carril, and in 1990 began making table wines. This Douro Red is a blend of Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca. A wine of deep rich fruit, vibrant acidity and mature tannins. Vilosell, Bodegas Tomas Cusine, 2009 £32.00 In Spain’s Costers del Segre, Tomas Cusine has worked for years with his family’s iconic estate Castell del Remei, an estate very much responsible for driving international interest in Catalan wines over the last 20 years. Tomas left the family business in 2002, setting up his very own winery where he crafts incredibly fresh wines by using a variety of grape varieties and mixing up early picked fruit with riper, fruitier berries harvested later in the year. A fruity explosion that will not disappoint. Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition Riserva, Rioja, 2011 £35.00 Established in 1924 by Ramon Bilbao Murga, a prominent wine trader of his time, today the Bodegas is at the forefront of winemaking in Rioja. Carefully selected from the vineyards in the Rioja Alta, with 20 months of ageing in American oak casks as well as further ageing in the cellar, this wine displays deep cherry red colours, with aromas of blackberries, cedar, leather and spices. Good balance on the palate with a long finish. Cal Pla Tinto, Mas d’en Compte, Priorat, 2011 £34.00 The world’s favorite wine snoot, Parker, gives this wine a sturdy 94. The wine shows mature fruit, aromatic herbs, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves on the nose. The silky tannins lead into a structured, muscular expression of Priorat with outstanding concentration, depth and length. A delightful Spanish alternative to Rioja. Manium Crianza, Bodegas Abanico, Bierzo, 2010 £35.00 A superb, sm0key, leathery wine from 40 year old low-yielding vines. A dark, intense wine with a ripe, firm structure and superb length. Cepa Gavilan, Vina Pedrosa, Ribero del Duero, 2010 £36.00 From one of the most exciting regions in Spain comes this great wine. Three madly passionate brothers run this winery determined to produce wines with the trade mark depth and complexity, but with an elegance and seamless quality that sets them apart from other producers in the region. 100% Tempranillo at its most drinkable. Corriente, Compania de Vinos, Telmo Rodriguez, Rioja, 2010 £37.00 The Rioja vineyards for Telmo Rodriguez’ wines are in the cool Lanciego zone within Rioja Alavesa. Aged in a combination of both French and American oak “foudres” and barrels. A complex nose of black fruits with hints of aniseed and sweet spice leads to a palate full of blackcurrant, plum and dried fruits backed up by hints of fudge and vanilla. Lovely long finish and great structure. Manuel de la Osa, Bodega Parra Jimenez, La Mancha, 2006 £38.00 Three brothers have created this organic family of vineyards. Manuel de la Osa, one of the top chefs in Spain is responsible for this particular wine. He brings all his experience of flavours and balance from the kitchen to the winery and creates this beautiful wine which has won Medella Oro Biofach (an organic wine award). Manuel and Diego work closely together across all the vineyards always keeping control over the nurture the grapes and their wines. The wine is powerful but harmonious with elegant wood flavour, fruity cassis and a bit of spice. Dido “La Universal”, Montsant, Priorat, 2010 £40.00 A young red wine with great character, named after the heroic queen, and a particularly interesting expression of colour, aromas and flavours, the creation of Sara Pérez. A fruit forward wine with great depth and freshness. Quinta De La Rosa, Douro Tinto, Portugal, 2010 £40.00 La Rosa have produced outstanding quality ports for many years, with some of their vineyards pre-dating the first world war. Since the 1990’s, the Berquist family has turned the quinta’s potential to table wines as well- with excellent results. This wine shows dark berry fruit, cherries and plums with underlying herbaceous aromas, without any of the heaviness associated with Douro wines. Secastilla Old Vines, Vinas Del Vero, Somontano, 2008 £45.00 A very special and singular wine, quite different from the typical style of Somontano wines. It has a deep ruby-like colour with violet highlights. On the nose has very complex aromas, which combine the freshness of reineta apples wuth earthy nuances over a spicy/mineral background. In the mouth, it is dense, fleshy and has a long aftertaste that makes it unforgettable. Propiedad, Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Rioja Baja, 2008 £55.00 Alvaro Palacios is a 5th generation winemaker in Rioja, although his efforts in Priorat have met with dramatic success. His wines are focused on Garnacha, and are designed to be enjoyed young. Propiedad is the flagship cuvee- spicy, cedary characteristics are in perfect harmony with bright fruit. Les Terrases, Alvaro Palacios, Priorat, 2011 £60.00 Alvaro has created some of the finest wines in Priorat and Les Terrasses is a great part of the portfolio. A blend of 60% Carignena and 30% Garnacha with a dash of cab sauv and syrah, the majority of which come from extremely old vines. Vina Tondonia Tinto Riserva, Rioja, 2002 £62.00 Sweet, fragrant notes of tobacco smoke, dried herbs, plums, and currants are followed by Pinot Noir- like finesse and a mid-weight gaminess, which we love. Unico, Vega Sicilia, Ribera del Duero, 2000 £300.00 The blend is 93% Tempranillo and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it takes 7 years in vat and barrel before it leaves the winery. The wine offers a great, sweet, concentrated fruit nose, layers of red and black fruits, sweet and well delineated, with a lifted freshness despite all those years in wood. It also has that complex, meaty, spicy-savoury beef stock element to the fruit that can make the wines of this region so fascinating. A superb wine. ITALY Chianti Colli Senesi “Titolato Colombaia”, Casale Falchini, 2011 £34.00 Casale Falchini is located just outside the walled city of San Gimignano in Tuscany and is blessed with superior terroir. After Riccardo Falchini’s death in 2010, his sons Michael and Christopher along with consulting enologist Giacomo Tachis (the winemaker behind Tignanello, Sassicaia, Ornellaia and Solaia) continue to enhance the Falchini reputation for fine wines. A pleasantly rich wine, with appealing flavours of red berries. The palate is intense, dry and velvety with a dry and smooth finish. Pinot Nero “Umore Nero”, Castello di Luzzano, Lombardy, 2012 £34.00 “Umore Nero” literally means “Black Humour”. In Italian, “Umore” has two meanings- the juice that drips from the grape, or a state of mind. A young and modern wine, finely textured, leanly balanced with some softer red fruit. Kalterersee Castel Ringberg, Elena Walch, Alto Adige, 2012 £40.00 Made from 100% Schiava (an indigenous grape to the region), this wine is grown in the Castel Ringberg estate on a hillside of the Lake of Kaltern. A bright ruby red wine, with a delicate fruity aroma of cherries and berries. A velvety soft wine on the palate with a mild acid backbone. A delicate, elegant wine. Dolcetto D’Alba, Poderi Marcarini, Piedmont, 2011 £32.00 Poderi Marcarini is a Piedmont estate that can trace its roots back to in the mid-1800s, when Giuseppe Tarditi established his winery in La Morra, in the heart of the Barolo wine region. The bouquet is intense, ample and persistent, recalling violets and raspberries. The palate is silky-textured, almost velvety, reminiscent of ripe cherries and redcurrant. Extremely appealing. Barbera D’Alba, Cascina Ballarin, Piedmont, 2011 £36.00 Ballarin’s wines are located in La Morra and Monforte d’Alba. Their Barbera d’Alba has luscious, fresh red cherry fruit, really good richness, soft tannins and crisp balancing acidity. Poggio Salvi, Morellino di Scansano, 2010 £36.00 The Estate is situated 11kms south-east of Siena in the commune of Sovicille, in the heart of Tuscany. Il Morellino I Butteri has a warm and intense ruby red colour with purple reflections with a vinous, airy, elegante perfume of fresh flowers. It is a dry, flavoursome full bodied wine with persuasive and persistent tannins. Pinot Nero, Elena Walch, Alto Adige, 2011 £39.00 Elena married into one of the region’s most prestigious wine estates at a time when Alto Adige was becoming recognised as one of the world’s finest producers of superlative wines, and has since achieved some of the highest awards for her wines. This is an intensive ruby wine with a clear and fresh bouquet. The palate is soft and harmonic with a hint of spice in the background. Valpolicella Classico Superiore “Ripasso”, La Giaretta, Veneto, 2011 £42.00 Ripasso is a technique whereby the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation on the marcs of Amarone- this leads to a remarkably well-rounded, beautifully structured wine. An ideal accompaniment to any game or strong flavoured meats- definitely one to try with hare, pheasant and venison. “Erse” Etna Rosso, Tenuta Fessina, Sicily, 2010 £50.00 This wine is named after the Greek goddess of sunrise as a fitting tribute to the time of day when this dewkissed vineyard is the most picturesque. Bright ruby-red in color, Erse entices the senses with aromas of crushed berries, plums, and smoky minerality. On the palate, it is a delicate, finely textured red that unfolds into a lengthy, elegant finish. Castello di Ama, Chianti Classico, 2007 £70.00 A superb estate producing some of the best Chianti around. The man in charge here, Marco Pallanti, has won the wine a smattering of some of the greatest awards, and was recently elected as president of the Chianti Consorzio (no idea, but he’s pretty good at what he does). An elegent, refined wine that really shows what Chianti is all about. Rosso di Montalcino, Stella di Campalto, 2009 £68.00 Another tiny vineyard determined not to exceed the six hectares at their disposal. The winemakers have turned their hand to a biodynamic approach since 2002, and they were certified organic is 1996. The Sangiovese grapes are harvested in batches according to exposure and soil in order to maximize the terroir character. Brunello di Montalcino, Castello Romitorio, 2008 £75.00 The 12th century Castello Romitorio is located on a hilltop overlooking the Val d’Orcia and facing the township of Montalcino, in the provinces of Siena, Tuscany. A wine with bright fruit, spice and floral notes, a very good intensity and a long, complex, finish. The tannins here are perfectly ripe and polished. Villa Gresti di San Leonardo, Tenuta San Leonardo, Trentino, 2005 £85.00 A seductively versatile wine, Villa Gresti is the quintessence of Tenuta San Leonardo’s distinctively gracious style: a precise, satisfyingly balanced wine that instantly attracts attention. A velvet-smooth, caressing sensory profile has an assertive finish that is as enjoyable at it is alluring and the structure, resonant with authority, exalts the breadth of the close-knit texture. Castello de Bolgheri, Bolgheri Superioe DOC, Tuscany, 2010 £90.00 This truly historic estate, which once included Tenuta San Guido and Tenuta dell’ Ornellaia, has only recently released their first vintages. Under the guiding hand of Federico Zileri and Alex Dondi the wines are without doubt heading towards the quality of its two cousins at the top of Bolgheri rankings. “Il Blu”, Brancaia, Tuscany, 2009 £100.00 An elegant, refined wine with lovely blueberry and blackberry aromas, leading to flavors of chocolate, blackberry and currant on the palate. Crafted with grapes from two of the estate vineyards, Brancaia Estate and Poppi Vineyard, this full-bodied blend has silky tannins and a long, lingering finish. Amarone Classico Corte San Benedetto, Valpolicella, 2004 £125.00 Valpolicella and its sturdier brother Amarone della Valpolicella are the two most important red wines in the Veneto and San Benedetto produces superb examples of both. With a powerful nose of raisins, ripe black cherries and Kirsch, and palate which, like the colour, retains a wonderful fruit-driven freshness. Barolo Villero, Rocche dei Brovia, Piedmont, 2003 £130.00 The Brovia family has been making wine since 1863 and over the years has acquired some of the finest vineyards in the Barolo growing areas of Piedmont. The terroirs and microclimates of the Brovia vineyards yield top quality grapes that benefit, first, from meticulously careful viticulture and, second, masterful wine making. Full of just-picked fruit, spicy floral notes, and vibrant yet elegant acidity with a staying power that is other-worldly. THE TRI-NATIONS Listening Station Malbec, Western Australia, 2011 £26.00 The Listening Station is named after the tracking stations used in Western Australia to keep in contact with astronauts orbiting in the 60’s. A restrained wine with a complex cassis, pepper, clove nose and soft vanilla. Fine ripe tannins with dark berries on the palate and a nice long finish. Jealous Sisters Pinot Noir, Gladstone Vineyards, Wairarapa, NZ, 2012 £38.00 Classic Kiwi Pinot Noir- The wine has an initial brightness and clarity of fruit, before the darker, brooding notes come out on the nose. Black cherry and dark plum are the primary notes, with beautifully rounded tannins. Elegant and moreish. Schild Estate Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Oz, 2010 £40.00 A family run estate in this region famed for the quality of its Shiraz, the Schild’s work tirelessly in their patchwork of vineyards to create a wine of pure dark, juicy fruit, rich spice and subtle oak. Journey’s End Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, 2008 £38.00 Located in Stellenbosch, with vineyards adjacent to Vergelegen and Morgenster, Journey’s End is right at the heart of one of the cape’s most exciting terroirs. The last ten years have seen the estate grow into one of the most talked about in the region. The wine is young and fresh with no shortage of plum, cassis and mint on the nose. Juicy and bright on the palate, the blackcurrant fruit is matched with spicy oak and ripe tannins. Cederberg Shiraz, Cederberg, South Africa, 2011 £40.00 Back to the mountain climbs of Cederberg. The winery is so isolated that the only disease or pest they need to keep out of the vineyards are the baboons, and his 3 year old daughter! Again the trade mark elegance and purity is immediately in evidence, combined with a rich chocolately palate and hints of exotic Indian spices. Pinot Noir, Mac Forbes, Yarra Valley, Oz, 2010 £68.00 Mac produces top notch wines every year and has developed a following amongst Aussie wine aficionados. Stephen Tanzer gives this wine 90 points: “Light-bodied and racy but deep in red berry flavor, with a sexy floral quality in the background. Understated, even demure pinot that finishes with very good clarity, cut and sweet persistence. Those seeking hefty pinot should look elsewhere.” Adelina Grenache, Clare Valley, Oz, 2010 £70.00 Adelina has been owned by the Gardner family since 1910. Today it is Jen Gardner (also of Some Young Punks renown) who is at the helm. Only 1200 bottles of this Grenache are produced each year, due to tiny yields of brilliantly concentrated fruit. Jammy raspberry, redcurrant and a degree of oak derived spice. Great stuff. THE AMERICAS Convento Merlot, Central Valley, Chile, 2012 £20.00 Chilean merlots have a reputation for being excellent wines, and this one is no exception. Excellent by the bottle with friends and a braise of scotch eggs. Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina, 2012 £32.00 This family run winery has, for its one hundred year existence been a pioneer not only in their winemaking techniques, but also in the grapes they use. The classic Pinot flavours of red currents, cherries and strawberries are combined with Argentina’s signature chocolatey power. Luigi Bosca Malbec DOC Single Vineyard, Mendoza, Argentina, 2011 £36.00 The pioneer of Argentina strikes again. Luigi Bosca is still one of the only wineries to produce a wine along strict DOC quality regulations. The result is a single vineyard wine of immense intensity and concentration yet with tannins so soft and ripe they melt in your mouth. TH Pinot Noir, Ungurraga, West Casablanca, Chile, 2009 £46.00 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2011 £66.00 The Drouhins (not to be confused with, but related to, the Burgundian forebears) have masterfully created this Pinot Noir, receiving international acclaim since their first vintage in 1988. A wonderfully expressive wine, with a silky texture- another reason why Oregon is becoming know for excellent wine. Frog’s Leap Merlot, Napa Valley, USA, 2011 £70.00 John Williams has been practicing organic viticulture since 1988, and since 2005 the estate has become 100% solar powered in an effort to become sustainable and entirely environmentally friendly. The merlot is really head and shoulders ahead of the late-picked, high alcohol competitors that flood the Napa market. Le Cigare Volante, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Santa Cruz, USA, 2008 £90.00 Le Cigare Volante literally means flying cigar or saucer- a little odd? No more odd than the back story- Back in 1954, the winemakers of Chateauneuf du Pape passed an ordinance stating that no flying saucers were allowed to land near/on their vineyards, and such flying saucers or cigares would be impounded... Shiraz, Grenache and Mouverdre are the players involved here- a jammy, spicy homage to Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Opus One, Napa Valley, USA, 1994 £320.00 Opus One was a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild. The first vintage (1979) was released in 1983 at the then unprecedented price of fifty dollars a bottle. Opus One’s fruit comes from the densely planted vineyards that surround the state of the art winery in the Oakville appellation. Opus One is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. Without doubt Opus One is one of California’s most high profile wines, as well as being one of its best. SWEET WINE La Fleur D’Or, Sauternes, 2010 (37.5cl) £32.00 This sublime luscious Sauternes is a very characterful sweet wine. Rich peach and Victoria plum fruit accented by notes of honey, caramel and toast. The sweetness at the very start then gives way to a refreshing medium-dry finish. Suprême de Thou, Clos Thou, Jurançon, 2011 (50cl) £40.00 Only 1500 bottles are produced of this wonderful sweet wine. Grapes are left to shrivel on the vine (passerillage) until early December when the snows are falling in the nearby Pyrenees. An intense sweet wine with a cut of acidity. Grüner Veltliner Eiswein, Helmut Lang, Neusiedlersee, 2008 (37.5cl) £50.00 Eiswein is an intruiging sweet wine, made from grapes harvested in the winter months, super concentrated and super sweet. Scent of honey, lilies and jasmine. Beautifully pure and ethereally light palate of tangerine and honeysuckle. Chateau Haut-Bernasse Monbazillac, Bergerac, 2004 (75cl) A classic blend of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon show this elegant sweet wine at its finest. Exceptional value for money- it’s really not a million miles away from Cru Classe Sauternes. £52.00 Gold Lable 6 Puttonyous, Royal Tokaji Wine Company, 2008 (37.5cl) £65.00 The oldest dessert wine in the world. The wines from this region of Hungary are world renowned for their richness and balance. The 6 puttanyos bit is the grade of sweetness. Chateau D’Yquem, Sauternes, 1998 (37.5cl) £130.00 Chateau Yquem is generally known as the greatest sweet wine in the world. Occupying the highest hill in Sauternes has the advantage of the best growing conditions for the noble rot. The yields of the wine are so low that, despite the 150 skilled pickers, only one glass of wine is produced from each vine. The 1998 Yquem is made in an elegant style- gorgeously pure, precise, and strikingly complex.
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