Frederic Berne Beaujolais Beaujolais Lantignié `Pierre Bleue`
Frédéric Berne's Beaujolais Lantignié `Pierre Bleue` is a lovely deep purple in the glass. On the nose it is fragrant with perfumes of blueberries, black cherry and fruit compote. On the palate, the tannins are soft and ripe, Flavours of bramble fruit and violets are concentrated and well balanced with a lifted acidity.
Chateau De Dufort, Corbieres
Intense spicy fruit flavours, supple, soft, sometimes sweet tannins and a fresh acid core, which makes this wine from the Languedoc irresistible with all the hearty rustic fare of autumn - a rich cassoulet, or meaty slow-cooked ox cheek with garlicky mashed potato - the kind of stuff that makes you feel like Henry VIII.
Nuit-Saint-Georges, Dufouleur Freres 2015
Cherry, tobacco, herbaceous notes with silky tannins showing good weight and concentration, showing flesh and balance. A superb vintage!
Not to be confused with Dufouleur Père et Fils whose cellars are also found on the main route out towards Dijon, Dufouleur Frères is an artisan family domaine and winery who operate from their Château in Nuits-Saint-Georges. It’s not that the two cellars aren’t historically connected in some way – both claim proof of ancestry dating back to 1596 – spanning some 12 generations. For over 250 years (and before the family went their separate ways) the Dufouleur’s existed as a family of vignerons, but after the creation of Maison Dufouleur in 1848, the name became also synonymous as a négociant house.
Chorey-Les-Beaune, Grand Vin De Bourgogne, Edmond Cornu & Fils
Vines that are 35+ years old. The pinot noir spends 18 months in oak. Red cherry, spice with rounded tannins. A delicious Burgundy
Beaujolais Vintage 2014 Appelation Beaujolais Controlee
Deeply rural, the Beaujolais region runs on a north-south axis with the vineyards located on the slopes of a series of rolling hills.
Produced exclusively from the Gamay grape, the wines are simple, clear and unashamedly paysan, fresh, supple, delicate and fruity.
M de Moulin Riche Saint-Julien
The second wine of Château Moulin Riche which is meant for earlier drinking. Made with the same attention to detail, the blend spends less time in oak so has a classic Bordeaux nose of black fruits and cedar with lively acidity.
This is a fruity and classic Bordeaux with a nose offering black fruits and cedar with brisk acidity and structured tannins on the palate. The finish is bright and fresh.
M de Moulin Riche is the second wine from Château Moulin Riche, designed for earlier drinking but made with the same care. It is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The wine ages for six months in two-year-old-French oak barrels and then spends a further six months in stainless steel vats.
Until 2009, Château Moulin Riche was the second wine of Château Léoville Poyferré. It was bought alongside Léoville Poyferré in 1920 by the Cuvelier family. Château Moulin Riche's vineyards are located on what is considered one of the finest gravel rises in the Médoc producing wines of exceptional quality. Also within the Cuvelier family’s portfolio is the M de Moulin Riche, which is the second wine of Château Moulin Riche, which is meant for earlier drinking.
Vallet Frères Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Delicate garnet colour with peppery, strawberry fruit on the nose, the palate is light to medium-bodied with appealing nervy fruit and mouth-watering acidity balancing the dry tannins and elegant red fruit.
Founded in 1864 by Pierre Bourée, Vallet Frères is now in the hands of the fourth generation of the family, Bernard and Jean-Christophe Vallet. The family owns vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin, in the Beaune Premier Cru of Les Epenottes, and in the Grand Cru of Charmes-Chambertin, as well as the entire monopole vineyard of Clos de la Justice, also in Gevrey-Chambertin. Vallet Frères is also a négociant, and sources the best grapes from growers in other areas, with whom it has worked closely for decades.
Serve with a traditionally Coq au Vin. Roast chicken or young game birds and equally good with pasta bakes or wild mushroom linguine.
Domaine Berthelemot Pommard 'Noizons'
Big and beautiful.
This is a beautifully perfumed Pinot Noir with aromas of sweet red berries, subtle savoury spice and firm yet rounded tannins.
Serve decanted at room temperature with a rich braised beef casserole, or a warming, spiced lamb tagine with couscous.
Chateau Capburn St Estephe 2013
The sister property of Château Calon-Ségur, Château Capbern is a Cru-Bourgeois punching well above its classification. With excellent structure and intensity, it has charming cassis fruit and structured, fine-grained tannins.
91% Cabernet Sauvignon , 6% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
Crozes-Hermitage Cave De Tain
Powerful yet elegant; the lovely dark ripe bramble fruit is balanced by sleek oak and supple tannins. Definitely a step up from standard Crozes.
Serve with red meat such roast as lamb or duck, as well as hard cheese.
Vegetarian, Vegan & Sustainable.
Sourced from selected vineyard parcels on the best terroirs of Crozes-Hermitage, with stony granite soil. Destemming followed by maceration in vats (stainless steel or wood) and cuvasion lasting up to 30 days at controlled temperature (30°C) with regular remontage (pumping over) and pigeage to extract measured amount of tannins, colour and roundness. Regular tasting before ecoulage (transfer of juice before pressing) for the malolactic fermentation in barrel. Matured for 15 months in 400 litre French oak barrels of 1st or 2nd fill.
Domaine La Haute Marone ‘Le Cru des Dentelles de Montmirail’, Gigondas
Gigondas is a single village 'cru' of the southern Rhône valley whose vineyards nestle under the jagged, lacy peaks of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains.
Intense aromas of black cherries, then a wisp of smoke creeps in along with some hints of toasted cocoa beans. Deep and intense, this wine slowly reveals its secrets - black cherries, dark chocolate, a hint of clove and nutmeg - hugely rich and enveloping but with elegance.
Ideal with a good Provençale daube or game dishes. Also a treat with hard cheeses, particularly farmhouse cheddar.
Domaine Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
Proper, traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape with ripe black fruit aromas balanced by lightly herbal,
oaky notes. The palate is generous with dark plum and black berry characters, and plump textured
tannins balancing the significant 15% alcohol, which is expertly managed and integrated.
Try with traditional roast lamb, lentil and vegetable moussaka and any rich hot-pot that heavily
features aromatic 'herbes de Provence'.
The soils of the vineyard are made up of clay and chalk covered with a layer of the classic large
peebles ('galets') found in this area, which naturally keep yields low. The vines are over 60 years old
and situated near the plateau de Carbières (close to Château Montredon). Harvesting is by hand, with
selective sorting of the grapes. The grapes undergo a traditional long 'cuvaison' at quite high
temperature and with extended maceration on the skins, 21-24 days to extract plenty of colour, fruit
and tannins. This is followed by ageing for between 14-18 months in 'foudres' (large oak barrels), 70%
vats, 30% Burgundian pieces and casks.