The name of this unusual Bourgogne Pinot Noir refers to the latitude of Burgundy, and it is a blend of out best Bourgogne Rouge, Cote de Nuits Village, Marsannay and Vosne-Romanee.Maison Marchand-Tawse
The 2018 is sourced from a very special parcel of over 100-year-old vines in Nezingnan l'Eveque (east of Beziers). This "Old Vines Series" release Carignan is a real treat. Large pudding stones cover the floor of the vineyard; gently warming the fruit, ensuring full ripeness and flavours. a combination of handpicking, extremely low yields, minimal traditional winemaking techniques and time in a combination of American and French oak produces this wine of fantastic concentration.
Great, deep, royal purple-black colour, fresh nose of blackcurrants, with thyme and mint notes, intense dark red and black fruits, as well as dark chocolate, joined by the addition of chocolate and treacle toffee on the palate. Very focussed, backed by a strong backbone of rich tannins and a long peppery and savoury finish.
The "other" wine made by Ch. Palmer, first made 1998 the grapes come from different plots than those of Ch. Palmer and with a different blend Alter Ego is produced (and marketed) as very much it's own thing alongside Ch. Palmer. Generally the Alter Ego has slightly more Merlot than "normal Palmer, but the 2020 vintage is actually the other way round, with this being the Cabernet Sauvignon dominated version.
"Chocolate shavings and smoked coffee bean on the nose, it's a vintage where you can't get away from the tannins, but here they have sinew and juice, like the best translation of the tannins in the year. This has real purity of fruit (very low SO2 addition at Palmer), together with the gourmet touch that you want in Alter Ego. 45% of overall production. 3.73pH. Survived mildew better than in 2018 because of experience in dealing with the conditions. August 15 to 29 for the harvest. A yield of 31hl/ha." Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
A gorgeous ruby red colour. The nose is intense and deliciously seductive. Red fruit such as cherry and redcurrant stand out, then spicy notes dominate the very agreeable finish. Supple, well-balanced, with extremely fine tannins and good length, its individual touch and its notes of garrigue underline the fresh fruitiness of the palate. This is a vintage and a blend that perfectly matches our vision of what a red Languedoc should be: Mediterranean in character, bright, fruity, and lip-smackingly delicious.
Dominique Romy and his son Nicolas cultivate their vines naturally according to the Terra Vitis requirements, so as to preserve the biological balance of the soil. Vines are grown in an old fashioned manner, with grass between rows and Green Harvest being practiced to lower yields and to increase the quality of the grapes.
A wine that offers delicious wild strawberry fruit aromas with berry flavours backed up by a touch of savoury liquorice providing complexity and a lasting finish.
A light aromatic wine with an abundance of juicy red fruit aromas. Bright and flavoursome with supple tannins that are beautifully integrated. The acidity is just right to keep the wine lively and refreshing.
COLOUR. from garnet red to mahogany according to the age.
NOSE. powerful, balancing between black fruits and stewed fruits subtly brought by cocoa aromas.
MOUTH. sumptuous balance between the solar strength of the wine and the fineness of its tannins. It has a great persistency with sweetness which develops greedily.
Made with grapes coming from the warmer southern end of Burgundy in the Maconnais this Bourgogne Chardonnay offers more in the way of richness than you might expect.
Aged in 25% new oak for about 10 months there's an attractive vanilla and toast edge to the nose, along with more floral aromas, white peacha dn almond. The palate is rich and round, echoing the flavours evident on the palate.
Chateau des Tours is a beautiful estate dating back to the 14th century with the Chateau surrounded by the vineyards. Their Brouilly is a wine that is all about elegance, balance and finesse. The nose is full of dark fruit, lightened by floral notes. In the mouth this is beautifully poised with silky tannins and a great length.Chateau des Tours
The southern Rhone is one of our favourite regions of France – dotted with fabulous, old medieval villages such as Cairanne where almost everyone has a hand in winemaking. Whilst Chateauneuf du Pape might be the largest and most famous appellation, the value is to be found elsewhere and we are delighted to include this full-flavoured, organic, spicy blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Perfect with red meats and summer barbecues.
A brilliant, gleaming white gold wine. We get the measure of the 2019 vintage in the glorious generosity of the nose with its delicate notes of white flowers and sweet almond. Clay limestone soil complexifies the aromatic palette with its exotic fruit and spices, adding volume and depth to the Roussanne which offers up more delicate fruity aromas such as vine peach and pear. Incisive and well-balanced, the palate opens with the immense freshness characteristic of our wines on notes of white fruit, mint and liquorice. Due to its continental situation, the Domaine’s terroir gives rise to surprising wine profiles… wines of great elegance that promise great cellaring potential.
An impressive purple hue. Made from Calmel & Joseph's oldest parcels (126 years old) of wines, which did very well in 2020 despite a very wet spring and a high risk of mildew.
The nose is classic for this grape… fresh grape juice, spices, and the vivacity of redcurrant… and shows great maturity. The attack is incisive, the tannins silky and the balance perfect. Only Carignan of this age, grown on hillsides, can offer such stunning singularity. Garrigue, wild cherry, fig and spices relay each other elegantly in the mouth. An old Carignan that, once again in this vintage, expresses its altitude terroir through a haracteristic freshness that balances its intensity.
Rebaptized since the previous vintage as “La Fabrique”, because if any grape variety truly represents Calmel & Joseph's “marque de fabrique”, or hallmark, it is Carignan.
This Carignan Blanc vineyard is planted in the village of Tarerach at 550m altitude on granitic sand soils. Rooted between the high peaks of the Pyrenees and the flats of the Vallée de la Têt that meet the sea, the specific block of vines face the Dragon Roc, a natural rock formation atop the Crête de Serrabonne.
Grapes are hand-picked late into the harvest, a month later than other white varieties of the Roussillon. A very long and slow fermentation with lengthy lees contact without stirring. Malolactic fermentation. No fining. In the words of the winemaker, ‘this is a wild wine, made in a shed in the hills of the Roussillon. Expressive, floral and vibrant. Citrus fruit flavours combine with a subtle herbal twist and minerality through to the finish.
Made from old vines of 50-60 years of age are rooted in the hills of the north-west of Perpignan on clay and limestone terraces alongside the Têt River. Expressive, aromatic and rounded. Ripe black fruits combine with red fruit and a touch of savoury smokiness through to the finish.
Fresh black cherries and cassis notes of the nose. With a juicy palate showing soft tannins with more red fruit flavours, and a touch of spice on the finish.
The wine has fragrances of red fruit with notes of blackberries, blackcurrants and cherries. The palate is riche, subtle and elegant, it remains supple and easy to drink.
One of the oldest vineyards in St Emilion, there is evidence of it being used for wine production by the Romans, the actual Chateau was built in the 1850s. Purchased by Americans Denise & Stephen Adams in 2004, they have spent a fortune renovating the Chateau and winery, and also embarked on an extensive replatning program- removing the Cab Sauv vines and converting the vineyard and winemaking to Biodynamic status, (they were certified organic in 2013, and Biodynamic in 2020). The 2017 is 90% Merlot and 10% Cab. Franc, wild yeast fermentation and surprisingly elegant and floral for 14.5% abv
Deep ruby red. A rich, expressive bouquet with notes of red-berried fruit, blackberry and blackcurrant with highlights of oak. The palate is rounded, ample and flavourful, displaying remarkable freshness. The harmonious balance of the tannins, which imparts fine aromatic length with a predominantly fruity back-of-palate, is to be savoured.
Chateau de L’Escarelle of one of the most prestigious wine estates in the heart of Provence, with 100 hectares of organically certified vineyards set in 1,000 hectares of beautiful woodland.
In the past year this property has made impressive steps to establish itself as a major player of sustainable agriculture in France. In 2016 the estate achieved Haute Valeur Environnementale certification (France’s most stringent environmental certification scheme, level 3), demonstrating their deep-rooted commitment to protecting the natural world. Their vines are planted at up to 500 metres above sea level, hugging the slopes of the Montagne de La Loube and adapting to the estates' clay and limestone soil profile. The terroir’s distinctive character is perfect for creating highly-expressive, elegant Rosé wines.
Chateau Pineraie is made of 85% Côt (Malbec) and 15% Merlot with the grapes being hand sorted according to very strict specifications. Fermentation is controlled to 30 degrees with maceration on the skins from 2 - 3 weeks, including frequent pumping over and aeration. The wine is then aged for one year in oak barrels, 20% of which are new barrels. It's only lightly filtered before bottling to preserve fruit quality and character.
Intense cherry fruit, blackcurrant and lots of spicy oak. Characterful and complex with a moreish balance of attractive chalky tannins and acidity. Drink with red meats or pork in wine, cream or even peppercorn sauces and game. Mature hard cheeses work nicely, too!
Domaine de la Motte is a 25 hectare, family-run winery handed down from father to son since 1950. Now under the stewardship of Bernard Michaut, an ex-chef, who works with his son Adrien. Their winemaking is meticulous and the wines are benchmarks for the region. They are fastidious about producing concentrated, mineral and very precise wines which reflect the particular terroirs of Chablis, with vines on both Portlandian and Kimmeridgian soils. Motte's wines are regularly chosen for the Tastevinage label, a rigorous selection by the Confrérie des Chevaliers de Tastevin of wines they regard as offering the best of the region in terms of quality and style.
The lieu-dit of Vau-Ligneau (meaning little valley) is one of Chablis' more recent promotees to Premier Crus status, elevated for consistently producing superior quality wines. Chardonnay grapes are grown on 40 year old vines in Kimmeridgian soil with a south easterly exposure (giving a more mineral style than the Premier Cru Beauroy which comes from south / south westerly vineyards). A deep layer of white clay gives the wine length, finess and elegance.
Lightly toasted, buttery oak on the nose, the palate is round, complex and mineral yet ripe with plenty of fresh Chablis acidity. This will be long-lived; expect at least five years' drinking.
Most famous appellation of Chablis, this Grand Cru has a south exposure and a soil from the Kimmeridgien, very rocky with white and dense clays.
The Domaine has a large (for the region) continuous parcel of 3 ha, running from the bottom of the hill, nearly up to the top, which allows them to divide it in three different parcels (the bottom, the middle and the top). They are always vinified separately but blended all together at the end to make one cuvée. The average age of the vines is 50 to 60 years old.
A generous vintage dominated by stone fruit, apple and melon with citrus and delicate apple blossom. Savoury minerality hovers in the background and supports the wine nicely, with long lasting acidity offering a bright finish and a food friendly profile.
Produced from a small (0.49 ha) plot of 50 to 68 year old vines, this is classic Chambolle. Hand harvested and fermented using only indigenous yeast it then underwent maturation in 35% new oak barrels.
Muscadelle & Sauvignon Blanc
A rich and expressive nose of exotic fruits and acacia flowers, accompanied by elegant oaky nuances with a fresh floral palate