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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Domaine Sautereau, Sancerre Rouge
Ruby red in colour, this wine shows notes of black cherries, raspberries, blackcurrant and spices. The palate is fruity and elegant with fine tannins and a touch of minerality which adds length to the finish.
The fruit for this Sancerre Rouge is sourced from David's vineyards, which are situated mainly in Crézancy, with a tiny proportion located in Bué. The soils in this area range from calcareous to iron-rich sandstones, which produce a variety of different blending components for the wine, which in turn results in fine and fruity reds with more complex and varied flavours.
The Pinot Noir grapes were 100% destemmed and pressed before alcoholic fermentation took place for 10 - 15 days at temperatures of 25°C. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation which helped enhance the fruit profile of this wine. Ageing took place mostly in stainless steel tanks with 20% of the wine matured in oak barrels, to add complexity and texture to this traditional red Sancerre.
Château Tour de Capet, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
Château Tour de Capet has 10 hectares of vineyard located at Saint Hippolyte, at the gateway to Saint-Emilion.The ripe, full-flavoured wine is exceptional value, packed with mouth-filling dark plum fruit and hints of sweet spice.
This wine is intense purple in colour, with a bouquet of ripe dark berries, tobacco and mint with hints of cinnamon, vanilla and cloves. On the palate, it is full bodied with soft, velvety tannins and a long, juicy finish.
Château Tour de Capet is a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. The property lies to the south of Saint-Émilion, close to the village of Saint-Hippolyte. The 10 hectares of vines enjoy an excellent position with good southerly exposure, making a ripe, full-flavoured wine that offers exceptional value. The vineyard is next to those of Château Capet-Guillier and the two wines are made in the same cellar, by the same winemaking team led by Stéphane Derenoncourt. Since 2009 the property has been run by Antoine Moueix Propriétés, a producer with over a century’s experience on the Right Bank of Bordeaux.
Located in Saint-Hippolyte at the foot of the southern end of the Saint-Émilion plateau, the vineyards sit at an altitude of 60 metres. The fertile clay and silt soils result in an open, forward style of wine. Crop thinning in the spring and leaf plucking in the summer ensures the fruit ripens evenly. Yields from the 30-year-old vines are 45 hectolitres per hectare.
The outstanding weather conditions in August and subsequent Indian summer resulted in red wine grapes with a particularly high sugar content, satisfactory levels of tartaric acid and promising aromatic potential. The thick skins and concentration of tannins required meticulous care during extraction. The Merlot wines are deep and concentrated, while maintaining freshness in spite of their relatively high alcohol level. Harvest took place between 24th September to 3rd October.
The berries were sorted upon arrival to the winery. After gentle destemming, the berries were placed into small concrete vats for a cold, pre-fermentation maceration. Temperature-controlled fermentation took place at temperatures rising from 24° to 28°C with four to five weeks maceration and gentle extraction by manual punching down three to four times a day. This is then followed by light vertical pressing in wooden cages and malolactic fermentation in thermo-regulated vats. Each batch was then aged for 12 months in 225-litre French oak casks (one third new, two thirds in one or two year old barrels), before the final blend was assembled.
Château Arnauld, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux
The 2014 Chateau Arnauld Cru Bourgeois is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. The 2014 has classic aromas of blackcurrant and cedar with smokey undertones, the palate is well-structured with intense notes of blackberry and plum and held together by taut tannins.
Château Arnauld lies between Margaux and Moulis, just outside the village of Arcins, next to neighbouring estates: Château Chasse Spleen and Château Poujeaux. Formerly the Priory of Arcins and a pilgrimage site on route to Compostella, it was renamed ‘Château Arnauld’ by Pierre-Jacques Arnauld, who bought the property in the 17th Century. The Theil family, owners of nearby Château Poujeaux, bought Château Arnauld in 1956 and looked after the estate until 2007. This Cru Bourgeois estate is now owned by the Allianz Group.
Jean-Marc Burgaud, Régnié
A fruit forward Beaujolais cru with notes of red currant and cranberry fruit on the nose. The palate is well structured with silky tannins and flavours of fresh strawberries and a hint of spice.
This Régnié comes from a one hectare vineyard where the vines are over 60 years old and grow on sandy soils, lending elegance and finesse to the finished wine.
Jean-Marc Burgaud was recently dubbed ‘Monsieur Côte du Py’ by Bourgogne Aujourd’hui magazine. His fine domaine has seven hectares of vineyard on the Côte du Py in Morgon, making the Burgaud family the biggest owner of vines on this famous hill. Jean-Marc is originally from Lantignié and his wife, Christine, is from Morgon, the 11.5 hectares in Morgon were inherited from her side of the family. “My father used to tell me that Lantignié produced the best Beaujolais, but when I first met Christine, her father opened a 20-plus-year-old bottle of Côte du Py for me and that opened my eyes to the potential of Beaujolais,” he explains. Today, the domaine has 18 hectares of vineyards across Beaujolais Villages, Morgon and Régnié.