Christmas List

WHITE WINES

  1. False Bay ‘Slow’ Chenin Blanc 2016
    Coastal Region, South Africa
    £6.25
    A long wild yeast ferment produces soft creamy fruit with dried herbaceous notes, hints of fennel and aniseed.  Amazing value for money!
  1. NORE Grenache Blanc 2017
    IGP d’Oc
    £6.95

    Named after the dramatic Pic de Nore – the highest point of the Montagne Noire, this has a honeyed, floral nose.  On the palate it is bursting with lush stone fruit flavours especially apricot with a bitter twist
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  1. Domaine des Lauriers, Prestige Picpoul 2018
    AOP Picpoul de Pinet
    £7.25

    Consistently our favourite Picpoul, it has a green tinge, with a citrusy nose.  On the palate there is great concentration of soft fruit, an aromatic finish, a hint of refreshing spritz and a long aftertaste.
  1. Domaine Jouclary Chardonnay 2018
    IGP d’Oc
    £7.50
    Harvested in the early hours of the morning to maintain maximum freshness, this has a smoky/toasty nose with loads of exotic peach and mango fruit, finishing with a long nutty finish. Textbook Chardonnay!
  1. Domaine Pré Baron Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    AOC Tourraine
    £7.95
    Pure Sauvignon aromas of elderflowers and hedgerows lead into a racy mouthful of redcurrant leaf and gooseberry fruit. The 2018 vintage is richer than usual. More than a match for many more expensive Sancerres!
  1. Winterhoek Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Ceres Plateau, South Africa
    £8.95
    A very classy Sauvignon Blanc, made from 50:50 stainless steel and 3rd fill barriques vinification, giving it great texture and complexity with soft gooseberry fruit and a lovely savoury finish.
  1. Vila Nova Alvarinho 2018
    Vinho Verde, Portugal
    £7.95
    This vinho verde is made from the Alvarinho grape, well known in Spain. Citrus aromas with hints of mandarin mark the nose. There is lovely texture, delicious stone fruit and good minerality on the finish.
  1. Vidussi Ribolla Gialla 2018
    Collio, Friuli
    £9.50
    A great new find, made from the Ribolla variety, this has a wonderful floral nose with juicy fruit flavours of guava and mandarin, underpinned by a gentle aromatic quality, finishing with a hint of orange zest. 
  1. Clos Bagatelle Blanc 2018
    AOP Saint Chinian
    £9.95
    Crafted from 60% Roussanne, with Carignan Blanc, Grenache Blanc & Vermentino from a limestone terroir. Concentrated fruit, floral and mineral with superb balance and an almond finish.
  1. Domaine des Terres de Chatenay, Fontenay 2016
    AOP Viré-Clessé
    £11.95
    From a village adjacent to Pouilly Fuissé, this magnificent wine is made from 80 year-old Chardonnay vines, of which 10% is aged in oak. A stunning white Burgundy. Elsewhere it sells for £14.95
  1. Domaine la Motte Vieilles Vignes 2016
    AOP Chablis
    £11.95
    Good value Chablis is extraordinarily hard to find, and we’ve got this sensational old vine cuvée! This has all the hallmarks of quality – mouthwatering green apple fruit, steely acidity and great minerality.
  1. Tabali Talinay Chardonnay 2017 
    Limari Valley, Chile
    £10.95

    One of Chile’s best Chardonnays, this has an almost Burgundian nose. On the palate it is rich, complex, with mineral character from the chalk terroir, and an underlying salinity.  Very long. A stunner!                                                                        
  1. Emiliana, Signos de Origen La Vinilla Organic 2017
    Casablanca Valley, Chile
    £10.50
    An amazingly successful organic wine in the UK. An exotic blend of Chardonnay, Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne, it is rich and full of the flavour of lychees, honey, ginger and a touch of cream soda!

 

ROSÉ 

Forget the dull, sweetish wines of the past, now Rosé is made to be enjoyed all year round!  These two wonderful single vineyard examples are made from premium quality grapes, both bursting with freshness and flavour.

  1. Château Jouclary Rosé Medaille d’Or 2018                                                                              
    AOP Cabardès
    £7.95
    A joyous blend of Cabernet Franc, Grenache and Cinsault, this award-winning wine punches way above its weight. Redcurrant, raspberry and strawberry greet you, wrapped up in a gorgeous texture.
  1. Clos Bagatelle Rosé, Colline d’Assignan 2018
    AOP Saint Chinian
    £8.95
    A Provence-style rosé with 50% Cinsault with 30% Grenache and 20% Carignan, this is very pale rosé in colour, with a lovely floral nose, leading into white peach and summer pudding flavours.  

 

 

RED WINES 

  1. Percheron Shiraz Mourvèdre 2016
    Western Cape, South Africa
    £6.25
    From the Swartland area of the Cape, this is 65% Shiraz cofermented with 10% Viognier and 25% Mourvèdre. A rich, dark wine with wonderful fruit and chocolate and savoury notes.
  1. Domaine Cros Tradition 2017
    AOP Minervois
    £8.50
    This is made from old Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault with no oak ageing. There are black fruits & violets on the nose with a wonderful mouthful of soft, crushed black cherries and blackberries.
  1. Tabali Vetas Blancas Reserva Especial Pinot Noir 2015
    Limari Valley, Chile
    £8.95
    A blend from two vineyards with different terroirs, aged in French oak for 12 months. Strawberry and smoky plum on the nose, with silky redcurrant, raspberry fruit on the palate. Complex & stylish.
  1. Sileni Estates Plateau Pinot Noir 2015
    Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
    £11.50
    A wonderful Pinot Noir nose of strawberries with hints of iron.  Black cherry flavours explode on the palate with good complexity and a poised balance of fruit and oak. Gorgeous NZ fruit! 
  1. Château Lamothe Vincent Intense, Medaille d’Or 2016
    AOP Bordeaux
    £8.50
    This claret is 80% Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc making up the rest. It has minimal oak-aging with the focus on the fruit. Great concentration of black & red fruits, rich & spicy, complex, superb…
  1. Château Lamothe Vincent Heritage 2017
    AOP Bordeaux Supèrieur
    £9.95
    Made with low yields from old vines of 80% Merlot & 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, this flagship wine is soft & rich, spicy & complex, velvety and very long.  It has won many awards in France!
  1. Domaine Boutinot Les Côteaux 2015/16
    AOP Côtes du Rhône Villages
    £7.95
    Made from mainly Grenache with some Syrah from six adjacent villages including Cairanne & Seguret. This is full of juicy, soft gluggable fruit – Côtes du Rhône Villages at its best!
  1. Domaine Boutinot Les Côteaux Schisteux, Séguret 2014/15
    AOP Côtes du Rhône Villages
    £10.95
    From the adjacent village of Séguret this is made from very old Grenache vines in a high-altitude vineyard. It is aged for 24 months in a mix of new and old oak. It is deep purple in colour, with a wonderful nose of ripe cherries, which leads into a big mouthful of succulent black and morello cherry fruit, with a hint of cedar and finishing with very gentle tannins
  1. Sentiers de Bagatelle, Colline d’Assignan 2015/16
    AOP Saint Chinian
    £8.50
    A blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Carignan, aged in large oak casks. Intense black fruit nose with hints of mint and minerals. On the palate it is concentrated, with flavours of soft black fruits, displaying great elegance and finishing with lovely soft tannins and hints of balsamic and liquorice.
  1. Château Vieux Parc La Sélection 2016
    AOP Corbières
    £9.95
    Made from 50-year old Carignan, Grenache, Syrah & Mourvèdre and gently oak-aged, this is full of red berries, prunes and black olives. Much acclaimed in the wine press. Available elsewhere for £13.95!
  1. Château Jouclary Les Amandiers 2017
    AOP Cabardès
    £8.50
    Made from 50% Merlot, 30% Syrah and 20% Grenache, aged in 2-year old barrels, it is a sumptuous mix of blackberry, woodsmoke & liquorice. A knock-out success at this year’s YMS annual dinner!
  1. Ontanon Rioja Crianza 2015 
    Rioja
    £7.95
    Raquel, Ruben and Maria Pérez Cuevas are part of five generations of the Cuevas family making classic Rioja with a touch of modernity. It has a lovely, almost Burgundian style with mature, complex flavours.
  1. San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
    DOCG Chianti Classico
    £11.95
    Made only from their best grapes, this is aged in both Slavonian & French oak. There is red cherry and blackberry on the nose with hints of tobacco. It is velvety with black cherry and damsons on the palate. Lush and complex!
  1. Circle of Life Red 2015
    Waterkloof, Stellenbosch
    £10.50
    An organic wine, with fantastic balance, poise and elegance! Paul Boutinot’s award-winning red, handcrafted from Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot and Cinsault…
  1. Le Riche ‘Richesse’ 2016
    Stellenbosch
    £9.50
    Deep in colour with a minty nose, this Cabernet-based multi-blend is packed with velvety cassis and red berry fruit, soft tannins, hints of eucalyptus and great length. The complexity comes from too many varieties to mention!
  1. Salvaje Syrah 2018
    Casablanca Valley, Chile

    £8.95
    Almost opaque, this organic wine is made from 97% Syrah with 3% Roussanne. The nose is very perfumed, with concentrated, silky elegant blackcurrant and blueberry fruit on the palate. Delicious!

 

DESSERT WINES

  1. Château Crabitan-Bellevue 2013
    AOP Sainte-Croix-du-Mont
    £9.95
    This was an excellent year, combining great ripeness with freshness. Light gold in colour, on the nose there are citrus notes with hints of marmalade and honey. It is concentrated yet very elegant, with flavours of honey, confit lemons and frangipani , finishing with clean acidity and great length