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  • 2019 ‘Est-Ouest’ Côtes du Rhône, Domaine André BrunelRed Wine

    2019 ‘Est-Ouest’ Côtes du Rhône, Domaine André Brunel

    £1150

    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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  • 2014 Côtes du Rhône, Domaine Roche AudranRed Wine

    2014 Côtes du Rhône, Domaine Roche Audran

    £1250

    The highly motivated and energetic Vincent Rochette is only in his mid-30s but has already made a name for himself for his superbly sculpted Visans and Cotes du Rhones. He owns land in both the communes of Visan and Buisson and this diversity of terroirs largely explains the extraordinary complexity in his wines.

    Stunning is a word that can easily be over-used but it is hard to think of another word for the quality. His organic, biodynamic wines have an additional depth to them and exhibit a purity of fruit and ripeness which manifests itself in the wines’ silky texture as much as its flavours.

    This is a wonderful Cotes du Rhone made from a 60-year-old vineyard on the slopes of Rasteau and Cairanne.  The vineyard is surrounded by natural vegetation that contributes to the aromatic complexity of the wines: Aleppo pine, white oak, viburnum, boxwood, rosemary, dogwood, thyme.   It is intensely fleshy, generous and full-bodied red wine packed with mulberry spice and damson fruit.   Smooth and soft tannins with excellent length and freshness.

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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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  • 2018 Lirac, Domaine des CigalounesRed Wine

    2018 Lirac, Domaine des Cigalounes

    £1450

    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 2018 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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  • 2020 ‘1753’ Syrah Vermentino Rosé, Château de CampugetRose Wine

    2020 ‘1753’ Syrah Vermentino Rosé, Château de Campuget

    £1450

    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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  • 2012 Côtes du Rhône Visan, Domaine Roche AudranRed Wine

    2012 Côtes du Rhône Visan, Domaine Roche Audran

    £1475

    The highly motivated and energetic Vincent Rochette is only in his mid-30s but has already made a name for himself for his superbly sculpted Visans and Cotes du Rhones. He owns land in both the communes of Visan and Buisson and this diversity of terroirs largely explains the extraordinary complexity in his wines.  Stunning is a word that can easily be over-used but it is hard to think of another word for the quality. His organic, biodynamic wines have an additional depth to them and exhibit a purity of fruit and ripeness which manifests itself in the wines’ silky texture as much as its flavours.

    This 2012 Côtes du Rhône Visan is made from grapes from a vineyard that originally belonged to Vincent’s grandmother.   The soil dates from the 4th ice age, 80,000 years ago… It is very arid and is composed of more than 60% stones. On this clay-limestone sandy terroir, Domaine Roche Audran planted Grenache on the soils with red-brown colouration and Syrah on the dark brown soils.    In the glass, the wine has aromas of red berries and blackberries with hints of violet.  The palate is full, silky and fresh with blackcurrant and white pepper.  The concludes with a long and refreshing finish of delicious black fruits.

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  • 2020 Côtes du Rhône, Domaine de la SolitudeRed Wine

    2020 Côtes du Rhône, Domaine de la Solitude

    £1495

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

    This 2019 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 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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  • 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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  • 2017 Crozes Hermitage’Inspiration’, Domaine de la Ville RougeRed Wine

    2017 Crozes Hermitage’Inspiration’, Domaine de la Ville Rouge

    £2095

    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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  • 2017 Gigondas ‘Tradition – Le Grand Montmirail’, Domaine BrussetRed Wine

    2017 Gigondas ‘Tradition – Le Grand Montmirail’, Domaine Brusset

    £2150

    One of the leading estates in Gigondas, Domaine Brusset covers roughly 18 hectares in Gigondas, all of which are located in the higher elevation, terraced parts of the appellation.  This 2017 Tradition Grand Montmirail is from a single plot and is a wonderful example of Gigondas.

    On the nose are aromas of just-picked raspberries and crushed black pepper enveloped by a mouthwatering yeastiness, like baking bread.  Really fresh in the mouth, with raspberry and black cherry flavours, although the youthful tannin and crisp acidity suggest pomegranate or cranberry. This is a very vibrant wine: if you order a few bottles, it would be a shame not to enjoy some of them immediately for their wonderful freshness and crystal clear sense of place. However, it will have no problem ageing 5-8  years and the wait will be worth it.

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  • 2016 Sainte Agathe Syrah, Domaine Georges VernayRed Wine

    2016 Sainte Agathe Syrah, Domaine Georges Vernay

    £2475

    This is a seriously claasy wine is made from a plot on a steep slope in Condrieu but that shares the same black mica soil as Côte Rôtie, indeed when the appellations were created in 1940, the original proposition was to allow Condrieu and Côte Rôtie to overlap in this area, but local rivalries scuppered that plan before it could be enacted.  So it really is a Côte Rôtie in all but name but has the additional premium of being a red Condrieu!

    In the glass it is a warming magenta colour with aromas of black raspberry, cherry liqueur and olive are joined by bright mineral and floral nuances.  Juicy and silky in the mouth with dark berries, pepper, spice and sweet oak flavours bursting through.  Smooth and supple on the finish with hints of herbs and plums.

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  • 2020 Saint Joesph, Domaine CourbisRed Wine

    2020 Saint Joesph, Domaine Courbis

    £2650

    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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  • 2018 Gigondas ‘Classique’ Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Saint DamienRed Wine

    2018 Gigondas ‘Classique’ Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Saint Damien

    £2695

    Joel and Romain Saurel produce amazing Gigondas wines from very old vines around the small hamlet of La Beaumette.  A powerful wine showing sweet fruit, prunes and hints of pepper, joined by hints of garrigue and liquorice.    It’s full-bodied, silky and easy to drink with a smooth texture; fine fruit and structure with a lovely length.

    The belief in the natural expression of terroir led the owners to introduce “la lutte raisonnée” in 1996. The vines are cultivated using sustainable methods and a reduced amount of chemicals, in order to respect the land and its environment. The soils are made up of limestone and clay with glacial deposits.

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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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