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  • 2008 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise ‘Cuvée Les Trois Fonts’, Domaine de Coyeux – 375mlDessert Wine, Port & Dessert Wine

    2008 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise ‘Cuvée Les Trois Fonts’, Domaine de Coyeux – 375ml

    £1250

    A delicious sweet wine, with notes of lychee, candied apricot and pear, tropical pineapple complemented by honey undertones. Rich, smooth and sweet on the palate, beautifully balanced by freshness and elegance.

    The vineyard provides naturally healthy conditions, due to its altitude, exposure to the sun and the microclimate of the vineyard and enables gentle methods of cultivation to be employed, in order to maintain a healthy vineyard. The vines are planted in alluvial, sandy soils. Excessive buds and leaves are removed in the spring to aerate the strains and increase the leaf’s surface area exposed to the sun. Debudding reduces the production of berries and concentrates the flavours and aromas in those remaining. The living soils, where microbial life creates organic soil enrichment, nourishes the vines.

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  • 2020 ‘Est-Ouest’ Côtes du Rhône, Domaine André BrunelRed Wine

    2020 ‘Est-Ouest’ Côtes du Rhône, Domaine André Brunel

    £1395

    This is a spicy, juicy Côtes du Rhône with exuberant ripe red fruit framed by a good structure, rounded tannins and a lovely balance. A delicious and approachable Rhône blend with an elegant finish.

    The vines are grown in two plots located to the east and west of the Rhône (hence the name) and impart the complexity of the different Rhône terroirs. The complementary qualities from these two terroirs allow the 35-year-old Grenache vines to reveal all their potential: elegance and finesse come from the small yields of 35 hectolitres per hectare and clay-limestone subsoil of the Saint Geniès de Comolas terroir in the Gard, while the round pebbles and clay subsoil of the Travaillan in the Vaucluse impart structure and power to the blend.

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  • 2021 ‘1753’ Syrah Vermentino Rosé, Château de CampugetRose Wine

    2021 ‘1753’ Syrah Vermentino Rosé, Château de Campuget

    £1695

    A classic rose petal colour, this elegant, dry rosé shows aromatic notes of grapefruit and delicate citrus hints, through to a refreshing palate of red berry fruits with a lifted finish.

    The terroir in the vineyard is characterised by the ‘Galets’ or large pebbles that are remnants of Alpine glaciers that have been smoothed over millennia by the Rhône. These pebbles absorb and store the heat from the sun during the day and release it at night, encouraging the vines to ripen the grapes. The vines here have established a deep root system enabling them to draw the mineral elements they need to grow and providing a complexity of flavour to the resulting wine. The Mediterranean sunshine is vital to the maturation and phenolic ripeness of the grapes.

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  • 2019 Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu Vielles Vignes, Domaine Saint DamienRed Wine

    2019 Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu Vielles Vignes, Domaine Saint Damien

    £1695

    An opulent and spicy full-flavoured wine, with layered flavours of prunes and garrigue from this award-winning producer.

    The vineyards are located in the relatively new appellation of Plan de Dieu, which translates as Plan of God in English. Despite the first historical mentions of the “Plan Dei”, which date back to a parchment from 1326, the lieu-dit of Plan de Dieu was only designated a red wine producing appellation in 2005. The climate here is classic Mediterranean with the additional influence of the Mistral winds. The terroir sits on an alluvial plateau with calcareous gravel, which retains water, helping to preserve the vines during the hot and often arid summer months.

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  • 2022 Côtes du Rhône, Domaine de la SolitudeRed Wine

    2022 Côtes du Rhône, Domaine de la Solitude

    £1725

    Domaine de la Solitude’s wines are renowned for their characteristic elegance whilst expressing the true origins of their terroir.

    This 2020 Côtes du Rhône has an enticing nose of concentrated, ripe red berry fruits, enhanced by subtle notes of black pepper and spice. Supple and rounded on the palate, supported by a delicate tannic structure.  The Côtes du Rhône vineyards are situated mainly in Gard, with over 50% of the grapes coming from Côtes du Rhône Villages vineyards; the remainder coming from the named parcels of Plan de Dieu and Rasteau. The vineyards all have a stony, granitic soil structure.

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  • 2019 Lirac, Domaine des CigalounesRed Wine

    2019 Lirac, Domaine des Cigalounes

    £1750

    Domaine des Cigalounes winemaker Emmanuelle Gauthier is a non-interventionist and looks for finesse and silky tannins in his wines rather than over-extraction.  His 2019 Lirac is just that – a concentrated wine with aromas of deep, wild cherry fruits and spicy notes. Full flavoured with a smooth texture, silky tannins and a long, satisfying finish.  A portion of the blend was matured in barrel imparting a lovely subtle complexity.

    Lirac is an appellation on the western side of the southern Rhône Valley. Domaine de Cigalounes is a seven-hectare property which has been certified organic since 2012. It is located on the rocky plateau between the villages of Tavel and Lirac, on the opposite bank of the Rhône from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The vines are grown according to traditional philosophies, in red soils with pebbly topsoil.

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  • 2018 Rasteau, Domaine Combe JulièreRed Wine

    2018 Rasteau, Domaine Combe Julière

    £1950

    An opulent wine with a depth of concentrated black fruit. The tannins are present but enjoyable as they are polished and integrated. Black fruits on the nose are echoed on the palate with a touch of liquorice and spice through to a long, silky finish.  The 2018 summer was very hot and dry in the southern Rhône, which allowed the grapes to reach excellent maturity, resulting in expressive wines with wonderful fruit concentration.

    The vineyard is situated in the Rasteau appellation on hillside slopes which offer good drainage and sun exposure. The soil layers are complex due to their various origins. Brown clay, which comprises sediment from the Alps from the miocène period, and grey clay, which is made up of sediment from algae, overlap here at root level imparting extra complexity to the wine. The sunny weather and strong northern wind, known as the Mistral, keep the vines dry and healthy. The vines have an average age of 70 years and are cultivated according to sustainable methods.

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  • 2021 Crozes Hermitage’Inspiration’, Domaine de la Ville RougeRed Wine

    2021 Crozes Hermitage’Inspiration’, Domaine de la Ville Rouge

    £2150

    Domaine la Ville Rouge cultivates its vineyard organically; the environment is respected and biodiversity is encouraged.  This is surely one of the reasons that this 2017 Crozes-Hermitage is such an elegant, sumptuous and pure expression of Syrah. It is almost black in colour, offering intense aromas of red fruits with savoury hints of black olives. Spicy peppery notes come through on the silky palate.

    The vineyard is undergoing conversion to biodynamic status, a philosophy that recognises the connection between all living things, and utilises lunar cycles and earth rhythms to dictate viticultural timings.

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  • 2015 Saint Joseph Blanc, Domaine CourbisWhite Wine

    2015 Saint Joseph Blanc, Domaine Courbis

    £2750

    An excellent example of white St Joseph from the Northern Rhône; this is very aromatic, with floral notes combining with ripe peach and a touch of brioche on the nose. Richly textured, but beautifully balanced on the palate with a refreshing finesse on the finish.

     

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  • 2020 Saint Joesph, Domaine CourbisRed Wine

    2020 Saint Joesph, Domaine Courbis

    £2895

    This 2020 St Joesph shows the full character of its appellation in the attractive Courbis house style. In the glass, it is a refined wine with aromatic notes of ripe red fruits and blackcurrant characters that lead to a harmoniously balanced and fleshy palate. Hints of violet enhance the intense fruit flavours, which are supported by fine, silky tannins.  This cuvée comes from various vineyard parcels across the Courbis domaine, blended to produce a wine ready for near term drinking upon release.

    Saint Joseph is situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Isère rivers on the right bank of the Rhône. Domaine Courbis owns the most southern parcels of the Saint Joseph appellation, on very steep and terraced slopes, with a southern and eastern orientation. The soils comprise 30% clay and limestone, and 70% decomposed granite, which retains the heat from the day and promotes a long slow ripening period for the grapes.

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  • 2015 Cornas ‘Champelrose’, Domaine CourbisRed Wine

    2015 Cornas ‘Champelrose’, Domaine Courbis

    £3300

    This is an exceptional Syrah from Domaine Courbis, the masters of Cornas and allegedly there entry-level wine!   Intense and dark, the nose on this gorgeous Syrah immediately strikes you with notes of plum, of dark cherry and violets. The palate is silky, with ripe tannins that build giving the wine volume and a plush mouthfeel.

    Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 94 points
    ‘Sexy, rounded and voluptuous, the roughly 1,500-case 2015 Cornas Champelrose is the entry-level cuvée that’s all destemmed and aged in 25% new barrels. It’s easily the most approachable in this lineup and has gorgeous notes of cured meats, toasted spice, black raspberries, black cherries and licorice. Full-bodied, layered and rounded, it should drink beautifully on release, but evolve gracefully.’
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  • 2021 Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Les Vallons de la Solitude’, Domaine de la SolitudeRed Wine

    2021 Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Les Vallons de la Solitude’, Domaine de la Solitude

    £3595

    Rich, smooth and flavoursome with complex layers of black-berried fruit, brambly notes, a touch of the local wild garrigue and gentle spice. Elegant yet sumptuous.

    This Domaine stretches from the high terraces of the ‘La Crau’ and descends into the Solitude Valley. The estate covers a patchwork of soils, from sandy soil known as ‘Safres’, which offer good drainage, to clay and pebble. The vineyard has an abundance of rounded quartzite stones, known as “Galet Roulés”, which derive from the Villafranchian period. These stones absorb heat during the day then radiate it at night, promoting full grape maturity.

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  • 2019 Saint Joesph Les Royes, Domaine CourbisRed Wine

    2019 Saint Joesph Les Royes, Domaine Courbis

    £4200

    Opaque and opulent, this wine shows the characteristics of Syrah from the Northern Rhône, with ripe cassis and rich chocolate undertones. Smooth, silky and concentrated with fine tannins and harmonious balance through to a long finish.

    Saint Joseph is situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Isère rivers on the right bank of the Rhône. Domaine Courbis owns the most southern parcels of the Saint Joseph appellation, on very steep and terraced slopes, with a southern and eastern orientation.

    Located in a picturesque valley and surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, the Royes vineyard forms an amphitheatre and covers six hectares. This is a spectacular Saint Joseph site, on south-facing steep slopes, situated on the edge of Cornas. The soil is made up of clay and limestone, which imparts elegance to the resulting wine.

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  • 2021 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine de la SolitudeRed Wine

    2021 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine de la Solitude

    £4250

    Domaine de la Solitude’s wines are renowned for their characteristic elegance whilst expressing the true origins of their terroir.    This 2021 is a rich and opulent wine with ripe blackcurrant aromas layered with notes of the garrigue and cistus (a hardy shrub) flowers. Full-bodied but with a soft texture on the palate; this wine retains the estate’s characteristic elegance whilst embracing a modern style of winemaking. Ripe fruits combine with notes of cocoa and cherry and a hint of liquorice on the finish.

    Domaine de la Solitude has one of the best terroirs in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with its abundance of rounded quartzite stones from the Villafranchian period. These stones absorb heat during the day then radiate it at night, promoting full grape maturity. Yielding just 30 hectolitres per hectare, the vines are carefully managed throughout the year. The grapes are hand-harvested, once each variety has reached full maturity, which is based on tastings undertaken by an expert panel. The vineyard is farmed sustainably; the domain promotes and develops biodiversity in the vineyard by maintaining a flourishing wine-growing ecosystem.

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  • 2011 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc, Domaine Chante CigaleWhite Wine

    2011 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc, Domaine Chante Cigale

    £4500

    The 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc from Chante Cigale is a floral and exotic expression of Southern Rhone white wine. Rich and tropical, this blend of 25% Roussanne, 25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Bourboulenc, and 25% Clairette is age worthy and in a perfect spot right now after 12 years of development.

    The grapes were manually harvested from 25-year-old vines and carefully sorted. The wine was fermented in steel with no malolactic in order to maintain brightness, however the lots were kept on the lees for 3-6 months to best develop the wine’s full-bodied richness.

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