Welcome to the new Christmas List!
- False Bay ‘Slow’ Chenin Blanc 2017 £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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Fuedo Maccari, Grillo 2017 £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.
- Les Costières de Pomérols Gemme Blanc 2017 £6.50
IGP Côtes de Thau A blend of 50% Colombard and 50% Terret, there is a leafy/herbaceous nose which leads into a full mouthful of gooseberry and greengage fruit, with a crisp citrus finish. A perfect quaffing white!
- Domaine Pre Baron Sauvignon Blanc 2016/17 £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!
- NORE Grenache Blanc 2017 £6.95
IGP d’Oc Named after the dramatic Pic de Nore – the highest point of the dramatic 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.
- Domaine la Motte Vieilles Vignes 2015 £11.95
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…
- Domaine des Lauriers, Classic Picpoul 2017 £7.25
AOP Picpoul de Pinet Consistently our favourite Picpoul, it has a green tinge, with a citrussy nose. On the palate there is great concentration of soft fruit, an aromatic finish, a hint of refreshing spritz and a long aftertaste
- Vila Nova Alvarinho 2017 £8.25
Vinho Verde, Portugal 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
- 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.
- Circle of Life White 2013 £9.95
Waterkloof, Stellenbosch A Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay blend, this has lime, grapefruit and peach notes, with tropical fruit on the palate, good minerality and great length. One of SA’s finest whites!
- Domaine des Terres de Chatenay, Fontenay 2016 £11.95
AOP Viré-Clessé 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!
- Sileni ‘The Straits” Sauvignon Blanc 2017 £9.95
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!
- Emiliana, Signos de Origen La Vinilla Organic 2015 £9.95
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
- Clos Bagatelle A l’Origine 2017 £7.95
AOP Saint Chinian Made from 30% Grenache, 50% Cinsault and 10% Carignan, pale pink, there is an inviting nose of red fruits, leading into flavours of peach and apricot. A perfect aperitif!
- Clos Bagatelle Rosé, Colline d’Assignan 2017 £8.95
AOP Saint Chinian 50% Cinsault with 30% Grenache and 20% Carignan, this is very much a Provence rosé in style, with a lovely floral nose, leading into white peach and summer pudding flavours. Perfect with food!
- Percheron Shiraz/Mourvèdre 2016 £6.25
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.
- Domaine Boutinot Les Côteaux 2014 £7.95
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!
- Domaine Boutinot Les Côteaux Schisteux, Séguret 2014 £10.95
AOP Côtes du Rhône Villages 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Sentiers de Bagatelle, Colline d’Assignan 2014 £8.50
AOP Saint Chinian 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.
- Clos Bagatelle Au Fil de Soi 2015 £11.95
AOP Saint Chinian An award-winning wine, made from 50% Syrah & 30% Grenache with some Mourvèdre, this is a lush, opulent, ripe and succulent wine with great complexity. Our choice for the Christmas meal
- Saint Jean d’Aumières, Les Collines, Merlot – Medaille d’Or Paris, 2016 £6.75
IGP Pays d’Oc This fabulous oak-aged Merlot has ripe berry nose with hints of toasted brioche. This leads into a soft, ripe mouthful of plummy dark fruit, finishing with soft tannins and hints of tobacco
- Saint Jean d’Aumières, Les Marnes, Cabernet Sauvignon – Medaille d’Or Paris, 2017 £6.75
IGP Pays d’Oc A gorgeous nose of cassis and lead pencils. Pure, concentrated cassis fruit dominates the palate, with a silky texture, leafy hints and a touch of cedar at the finish.
- Château Saint Jean d’Aumières, L’Affranchi 2016 £7.95
IGP Pays d’Oc Made from 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Carignan, there is a vibrant cherry-liqueur nose with hints of sloes and Kirsch. This opens out into a soft, mouthful of cherry fruit finishing with a touch of liquorice.
- Château Saint Jean d’Aumières, L’Alchimiste 2015 £9.95
AOP Terrasses du Larzac This blend is 45% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 15% Carignan with some gentle oak ageing. A gentle minty with hints of truffle. The palate is bursting with black fruits. It is rich and complex with gamey flavours, a hint of liquorice at the finish, very little tannin and great length.
- Il Cascinone Crocera 2016 £7.95
Barbera d’Asti Superb crunchy bramble and plum fruit flavours, with a bitter twist and lovely acidity. Made for pasta!
- 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.
- 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
- Ontanon Rioja Reserva 2010 £11.95
Rioja 95% Tempranillo with just 5% Graciano, aged in American and French oak, this deep wine is bursting with plum and blackberry fruit, with a great structure of ripe tannins and acidity. Will keep for another 10 years
- 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!
- Circle of Life Red 2014 £9.95
Waterkloof, Stellenbosch 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…
- Domaine des Tourelles Red 2014 £9.95
Beckar Valley, Lebanon One of the founding vineyards of this war-torn part of the world. This superb high-altitude blend of Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah & Cinsault is a delight of Morello cherries, cedar, rosemary and cloves.
Fizz & Dessert Wines
- J Laurens La Rose No 7 £11.50
Crémant de Limoux Rosé This is made from 60% Chardonnay, 25% Chenin Blanc and 15% Pinot Noir and recently won a Coup de Coeur in the prestigious Guide Hachette. It is a subtle pink colour, with mouthwatering strawberry and raspberry aromas of Pinot Noir on the nose. It has a lively mousse with a delicate creamy mouthfeel. The palate is bursting with strawberry/raspberry fruit, with hints of redcurrants towards the finish.
- J Laurens Les Graimenous £10.95
Crémant de Limoux A great find many years ago, we continue to import this delicious fizz. 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!
- 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!
- J Laurens La Rose No 7 £11.50