French Reds for Spring
This case of 12 gives you a discount on the total of buying them all individually.
2 OF EACH WINE
|2018||Chateau Coudray-Montpensier Chinon||75cl||Red|
|2018||Boulevard Napoleon `L`Aberadou` Pur Cinsault de Schistes IGP Pays d'Hérault||75cl||Red|
|2018||Frederic Berne Beaujolais Beaujolais Lantignié `Pierre Bleue`||75cl||Red|
|2018||La Croix Gratiot Pinot Noir Les Zazous||75cl||Red|
|2018||Dominique Morel Fleurie||75cl||Red|
|2018||Chateau de Pierreux Brouilly||75cl||Red|
Dominique Morel, Beaujolais-Villages
Dominique's philisophy is to make wines that he likes to drink. Sourced from parcels of old bush-vines, his Beaujolais-Villages has plenty of fruit and a rounded mouthfeel. It encapsulates the approachable style of Beaujolais-Villages.
The vineyards face south west and cover 12 hectares. The Beaujolais-Villages is sourced from densely planted bush vines, which seem to give a degree of bramble-fruit potency more akin to the region's Cru wines. The average age of these goblet-trained vines is 45 years with an average yield of 50 - 55 hectolitres per hectare. Soils here are poor, stony and granitic, accounting for the perfume and finesse so characteristic of the good wines of this region. The grapes are all hand harvested.
Pre-fermentation maceration of the whole bunches was followed by semi-carbonic maceration. Dominique allowed the temperature to rise for a couple of hours only, which helped with the extraction of colour, aroma and tannins. Then, after chilling, the fermentation took place over seven to eight days. Minimum handling techniques were employed and the wine stayed in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks after fermentation.
At its best, Beaujolais is a deeply pleasurable wine and Morel's wines encapsulate this style better than most. Dominique Morel has 12 hectares of vineyard in Beaujolais and Fleurie. The vines are up to 70 years old, something that accounts for the intensity of his wines. To sum up his philosophy, Morel says: "I make wines that I like to drink, with lots of fruit, good colour and a rounded mouth-feel''.
Chateau Coudray-Montpensier Chinon
This Cabernet Franc has a deep, dark red colour. On the nose, it has bright aromas of pure black fruit with a hint of vanilla. The palate is refreshing with bright acidity and subtle, round tannins, with blackcurrant notes on the finish.
100% Cabernet Franc
Boulevard Napoleon `L`Aberadou` Pur Cinsault de Schistes IGP Pays d'Hérault
Named after the street the winery is located on in the village of La Livinière, Minervois, Boulevard Napoléon is the partnership between restaurant owner Trevor Gulliver and winemaker Benjamin Darnault. Seeing the potential in the vineyards located by his holiday home, Trevor started making the wines and then showed them to his other partner, chef Fergus Henderson, who was more than impressed, as were we! Each wine is a classic expression of the varietal grown on the dry, stony slopes of the south of France - yet they retain a vibrancy and definition that marks them out from the crowd.
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.
La Croix Gratiot Pinot Noir Les Zazous
This wine is bright ruby in the glass, and has an elegant aromatic nose with notes of red cherries, plum and a hint of cinnamon. It is full bodied, the palate has fine, silky tannins and finishes with lingering cherry flavours.
100% Pinot Noir
Chateau de Pierreux Brouilly
This wine is very aromatic, full of morello cherries, blackcurrants and sweet spices. The palate is complex, revealing flavours of wild strawberry and violet with medium body and soft tannins.
Situated in the heart of Brouilly, the magnificent Château de Pierreux was built during the Renaissance. Intense purple colour, this wine has aromas of blackcurrant, redcurrant and blueberry.