CHRISTMAS WINE LIST 2017

Welcome to the new Christmas List!

We think they’re all great, but here are just a few suggestions.

If it’s a party wine that everyone will enjoy, then the delicious South African pair – the white False Bay ‘Slow’ Chenin Blanc 2016 and the red Percheron Shiraz/Mourvèdre 2016 fit the bill perfectly.

There is a quartet of Sauvignon Blancs – to suit every taste – from the racy Domaine Pre Baron Sauvignon Blanc 2016 in the Loire to New Zealand’s exotic Sileni ‘The Straits” Sauvignon Blanc 2016.

Enjoy some of the great Italian whites and reds on our list. We’ve managed to acquire a small quantity of a bargain Chianti Riserva, Uggiano Chianti Riserva Fagiano 2012 at a bargain price.

No Christmas should be without a Chablis and the La Motte Vieilles Vignes 2015 is stunning quality and value.

A real crowd pleaser is the Chilean Emiliana, Signos de Origen La Vinilla Organic 2015 with its exotic tropical fruit flavours.

If you want a Mixed Case of delicious whites and reds – at both levels of quality – then look no further than the excellent four wines in the Château Vessière Mixed Case Offer 

In the reds, the two Riojas from Ontanon are perfect for turkey, but my favourite for the festive meal has to be the award-winning Château Vieux Parc La Sélection 2014 from Corbières.

If you love Pinot Noir but can’t stretch to the high prices commanded by top Burgundy, then try the delicious fruit-driven Domaine Girard Pinot Noir Pech Calvel 2015 from the Limoux area of Southern France and the fruit-driven delights of New Zealand’s Sileni Estates Plateau Pinot Noir 2015.

And here they all are…

WHITE WINES

  1. False Bay ‘Slow’ Chenin Blanc 2016                                                                                                  £6.25
    Coastal Region, South Africa
    A long wild yeast ferment produces soft creamy fruit with dried herbaceous notes, hints of fennel and aniseed. Amazing value for money!
  1. Terrazze della Luna Nosiola 2016                                                                                                      £6.75
    Cavit Trentino
    Pale lemon/green in colour with a nose of white flowers and clementines, it is full of green apple fruit with hints of hazelnut and mint, finishing long with citrus notes. 
  1. Monte Schiavo Pallio di San Floriano 2015                                                                                     £7.95
    DOC Verdicchio Classico Superiore
    Beautifully crafted Verdicchio – soft grapy fruit with hints of lemon meringue pie, almonds and gentle acidity. Great value for this level of quality.
  1. Fuedo Maccari, Grillo 2016                                                                                                                   £8.50
    Sicilia, Italy
    An exceptional example of one of Italy’s unsung white grape varieties. Beguiling floral nose, on the palate it is multi-layered with ripe peach flavours, a soft texture and an almond/mineral finish.
  1. Villa Dria Colombard/Sauvignon 2016                                                                                             £6.95
    IGP Côtes de Gascogne
    Mouthwatering herbaceous, nettley nose. It is fresh and clean in the mouth, full of tropical fruit and grapefruit flavours, finishing with wonderful racy acidity
  1. Domaine Pre Baron Sauvignon Blanc 2016                                                                                     £7.75
    AOC Touraine
    Pure Sauvignon aromas of elderflowers and hedgerows lead into a racy mouthful of redcurrant leaf and gooseberry fruit. More than a match for many more expensive Sancerres!
  1. Domaine du Pré Semelé 2016                                                                                                                £11.95
    AOC Sancerre
    A new vintage of this great Sancerre. This gentle, understated style contrasts with the Touraine Sauvignon. It is elegant with lovely mouthfeel with subtle mineral flavours and good length
  1. Domaine la Motte Vieilles Vignes 2015                                                                                               £11.50
    AOP Chablis
    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. Domaine Girard Chardonnay, Los Salvios 2014                                                                              £10.95
    AOP Limoux
    Classy toasty nose, it has lovely mouthfeel with good concentration of juicy, ripe fruit.  There is a hint of vanilla, lovely acidity and good length. For all the world, like a good Pouilly Fuissé at half the price!
  1. Mas de Vessière Blanc 2016                                                                                                                     £7.95
    IGP d’Oc A delicious Grenache Blanc and Roussanne blend with a touch of Muscat. It is bursting with juicy, zesty fruit flavours, a hint of rose petal and finishing with racy acidity.
  1. Château Vessière Blanc 2016                                                                                                                    £8.95
    AOP Costières de Nimes This elegant white is made from 70% Roussanne and 30% Grenache Blanc.
    A nose of pear and honeysuckle, lovely mouthfeel with flavours of ripe peach and pear.
  1. Domaine Meyer Fonné Riesling Réserve 2013                                                                                   £9.25
    AOP Alsace
    This is classic Alsace Riesling with great minerality and length, wonderful purity of fruit and a racy lime/lemon zesty finish. A great match for smoked salmon
  1. Novas Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Organic 2015                                                                       £7.50
    San Antonio Valley, Chile
    This marginal terroir, influenced by the cold, foggy Pacific, is perfect for Sauvignon. More New Zealand in style – delicious, full-on, fresh, passion fruit, zingy style. 
  1. Sileni ‘The Straits” Sauvignon Blanc 2016                                                                                             £8.95
    Marlborough, New Zealand
    Classic Malborough Sauvignon is from a single vineyard, which gives great concentration. Passion fruit, gooseberries and tropical fruit abound – with racy acidity at the finish. Great value!
  1. Emiliana, Signos de Origen La Vinilla Organic 2015                                                                         £8.50
    Casablanca Valley, Chile
    Very popular find last year! A 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! Oriental food

 

RED WINES

  1. Percheron Shiraz/Mourvèdre 2016                                                                                                            £5.95
    Western Cape, South Africa

    Co-fermented Shiraz and Viognier, and Mourvèdre added later, produce a soft Summer pudding red, full of dark fruit and hints of chocolate, with a savoury finish. Great party wine and wonderful with casseroles.
  1. Domaine Boutinot Les Côteaux 2014                                                                                                         £7.25
    AOP Côtes du Rhône Villages
    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 it’s best!
  1. Mas de Vessière Rouge 2015                                                                                                                          £7.95
    IGP d’Oc
    A fascinating combination of 60% Grenache noir, 30%Carmenère and 10% Syrah. The dominant flavours are of ripe red fruits, especially red currants, with wonderful freshness and racy acidity.
  1. Château Vessière Rouge 2015                                                                                                                         £8.95
    AOP Costières de Nimes
    This is a delicious 50:50 mix of Grenache noir and Syrah. It has an inviting minty/herby nose with lashings of juicy blackberry and damson fruit on the palate with great elegance and freshness.
  1. Château Vieux Parc La Sélection 2014                                                                                                        £9.95
    AOP Corbières
    Made from 50 year old Carignan, Grenache, Syrah & Mourvèdre and gently oak-aged, this is full of red berries, prunes, black olives. Much acclaimed in the wine press. Available elsewhere for £13.95.
  1. Domaine Girard Pinot Noir Pech Calvel 2015                                                                                          £9.95
    IGP Pays d’Oc
    From the Limoux area, there is an almost Burgundian nose of strawberries and raspberries with a hints of animal and oak. Comparable to a good Bourgogne Pinot Noir but much less expensive!
  1. Domaine Girard Cuvée Tradition 2015                                                                                                         £7.95
    AOC Malepère
    A well deserved Coup de Coeur in Guide Hachette, this is a blend of 60% Merlot & 40% Cabernet Franc. Deep colour, with blackcurrants, blackberries, spice and great length. Superb value!
  1. Culte by Bagatelle 2013                                                                                                                                      £10.50
    AOP Saint Chinian
    Very unusual for the appellation, this is 97% Syrah with just 3% Grenache. Very low yields and subtle oak ageing. Fabulous nose of roses, raspberries and vanilla, with silky, ripe black cherry flavours. Very much Hermitage in style!
  1. Uggiano Chianti Riserva Fagiano 2012                                                                                                          £8.95
    DOCG Chianti
    Barrique-aged with 90% from old-vine Sangiovese. Black cherry and dried forest fruits, with a touch of almonds at the finish. A Decanter Magazine Silver medal winner. Available for £11.99 elsewhere!
  1. Montressor Capitel della Crosara Ripasso 2014                                                                                        £10.50
    DOCG Valpolicella
    This continues to be one of the great bargains that we show year after year. Made from the Ripasso method, this is medium/deep in colour with a gorgeous nose of morello cherries, and a soft, ripe, intense mouthful of morello cherry fruit.
  1. Ontanon Ecologico Rioja Organic 2014                                                                                                           £7.50
    Rioja
    Made organically from 100% Tempranillo, it spends just 5 months in oak. It is deep with a hint of oak on the nose, with super mouthfeel, juicy damson flavours and a hint of toast at the finish. Great value!
  1. Ontanon Rioja Crianza 2012                                                                                                                                £8.50
    Rioja
    From a 5th generation family run vineyard in the Rioja Baja, this marvellous Crianza has ripe plum and berry fruit with hints of vanilla. It combines classic Rioja with a touch of modernity.
  1. Sileni Estates Plateau Pinot Noir 2015                                                                                                             £9.50
    Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
    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. Sublime!
  1. Novas Gran Reserva Carmenère Cabernet Sauvignon Organic 2015                                                    £7.45
    Colchagua Valley, Chile
    Dense colour, a racy, leafy cassis nose leads into a silky mouthful of blackcurrant and raspberry fruit with ripe tannins and good length. All too easy to drink!
  1. Tabali Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014                                                                                                        £7.50
    Maipo Valley, Chile
    Almost opaque, this has a classic blackcurrant Cabernet nose, and is bursting with ripe blackcurrant fruit with hints of green pepper and liquorice, underpinned by soft full tannins. Superb!

 

Fizz & Dessert Wines

  1. Domaine J Laurens Les Graimenous 2014                                                                                                     £10.95
    AOC Crémant de Limoux
    A great find. Made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Chenin Blanc by an ex-Champenois vigneron, you’d have to pay double this to get champagne of comparable quality!
  1. Villa Dria Petit Manseng 2015                                                                                                                               £8.95
    IGP Côtes de Gascogne
    Made from the Petit Manseng grape, which makes the fabled sweet or moelleux wines of the Jurançon appellation. Lemon/straw in colour, it has a delightful honeyed nose with elements of quince and baked apples.  It is bursting with tropical fruit flavours, honey and apple with an underlying twist of lemon zest and marmalade.
    Not too sweet, it finishes cleanly with racy acidity and has great length.   
    Enjoy it, like the French, with Foie Gras.  But it is superb with blue cheeses, perfect with fruit salad, or decadently enjoyable on its own!
  1. Krohn Port LBV 2011                                                                                                                                               £10.95
    Port
    A superb port, this has all the style and flavour of a vintage port, but at an amazingly affordable price! It needs decanting to avoid the sediment. Then savour the intense aroma of black plums, spice and dried herbs….