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Red Wine – France
La Troubadour Rouge 2015, Carignan Grenache, Languedoc, France
This is our new house wine from the South of France. This wine comes from the South of France and is made with two grape varieties: Carignan and Grenache. It is soft and smooth wine, with flavours of plum and blackberries. This is all complemented with rounded vanilla hints and a refreshing acidity.
Ventoux Rouge Terres de Truffes 2013, Cave Terraventoux, Rhone (14.0% abv)
Made in truffle country at the base of Mont Ventoux, one of the fiercest climbs in the Tour de France. Terraventoux is a modern producer and wine maker Richard Ohms has made a smooth, rich and stylish wine with intense black berry fruit and delicate liquorice notes. Cheese maybe?
Macon Rouge 2014, Domaine Dupre, Burgundy (12.5 % abv)
Jean-Christophe Dupré took over the family business in the late 1980s, with his brother Vincent joining him a few years later. The estate now extends to some 18 hectares. A great value red Burgundy, this Macon rouge has freshing flavours of red cherry, strawberry and a touch of dark candied raspberry(!). It’s a light-bodied wine is smooth with soft, elegant tannins.
GSM 2013, Grand Noir, Vin de Pays d’Oc (13.5% abv)
Le Grand Noir is a project pioneered by three industry experts, flying wine-maker Hugh Ryman, renowned journalist Robert Joseph and label designer Kevin Shaw. The fruit for their wines comes from the Minervois region and Hugh has crafted blends that are fruit forward and unashamedly easy to drink. This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre (GSM). It’s made in a modern style, so a little fruit bomb with toasty hints and vanilla. The emphasis on ripe fruit and soft tannins to give a new world style of wine and with elegance.
Gamay 2013, Cotes d’Auvergne, Caves Saint-Verny, Loire Valley
Produced in the village of Veyre-Monton to the north of the Languedoc and the west of the Rhone, Cave Saint-Verny has been crafting wines since 1950. Grown on volcanic soils, it almost has a smoky essence with a gravelly texture too. Easily comparable to many of the best Beaujolais ‘Crus’ – in particular a Morgon or Moulin-A-Vent style being smooth berry fruited with cherry fruit and an ever so slightly spicy, lighter weighted finish.
Bourgogne Rouge La Taupe 2014, Domaine Chavy-Chouet, Burgundy
Chavy-Chouet’s Pinot Noir is classified as humble Bourgogne Rouge, but the fruit for it comes from an excellent single-vineyard site near Pommard. “La Taupe” Soft, red cherry fruit flavours, nice earthy character, good structure and balance.
Château Batailley 2007, 5ème Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac Bordeaux
Owned by Denise and Emile Castèja of the famous negociants, Borie-Manoux, their son Philippe now runs the business. There are 55 hectares of vineyards planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Merlot (25%), with the remainder Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Batailley is an intensive typical Pauillac, with Cassis and very good structure. Very stable quality across the vintages due to the very old Wines. This is a younger vintage that is drinking particularly well.
Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru “Charmes” 2012, Domaine Patrick Hudelot, Burgundy
Patrick Hudelot farms 22 hectares of vines grown organically. The vineyards are located in the villages of Villars-Fontaine, Curtil-Vergy, Segrois and Concoeur in the Côte de Nuits. Medium ruby red in colour good weight and depth with balance, fruit and complexity. Really gorgeous!
Château Lagrange 2004, 3ème Grand Cru Classé, St-Julien, Bordeaux
“After a long period of mediocrity, Château Lagrange was purchased by Japanese liquor giant Suntory in 1983 with Marcel Ducasse as directeur général and winemaker. Large budgets from Suntory allowed Marcel Ducasse to invest in the remake of the vineyards and cellars and led to a successful revival of Château Lagrange.” The Château has the largest single vineyard in the Medoc, some 110 hectares, planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot (28%) and Petit Verdot (7%).
Pommard, 1ere Cru Jarollieres 2000, Nicolas Potel, Burgundy
Terroir is something which is perhaps more respected in Burgundy than anywhere else in the world. This is why Maison Nicolas Potel interferes a little as possible with winemaking and allows the fruit of the vine to fully express the characteristics of the land in these wines. The Jarollières vineyard is next to Volnay; wines are more elegant than traditional Pommard. No chemical pesticides are sprayed on the vines and only organic fertilisers are used. Mature, red fruit intertwined with aromas of forest floor; sharp and fresh; peppery dry finish.
Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru ‘Lavaux-St-Jacques’ 2010, Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot, Côtes de Nuits, Burgundy
This 23 hectare domaine based in Gevrey-Chambertin was for many years a prime destination for the best negocient houses, who were looking to buy top drawer wine from prestigious appellations (Maison Leroy were a regular customer for the Mazis-Chambertin). Selling off the production in barrel ended in the 90s, and since Didier Chevillon took over the reins in 1999 almost everything has been domaine bottled and sold under their own label. The style of the wines is a delicate combination of purity of fruit and expression of terroir. The preference is for elegance rather than power, although the wines still have excellent mouthfeel and are very expressive. The fruit is always destemmed, prolonged cold-soaking takes place and indigenous yeasts are used in an attempt to reflect the character of each individual terroir. It seems to be working, as the critics have raved about Dupont-Tisserandot over the last few vintages, with Wine Spectator scoring the 2002 Charmes-Chambertin a massive 98 points!
Les Pagodes de Cos 1998, Château Cos d’Estournel, 2ème Cru Classé, St-Estèphe, Bordeaux (13.0% abv) 1 ONLY!
Les Pagodoes de Cos is the second wine of Château Cos d’Estournel. The vineyard of Cos has 91 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Merlot (40%). Les Pagodes is made with declassified fruit that didn’t quite make it in to the first wine, as well as fruit from younger vines. It’s recognised as being one of the best second wines in the whole of Bordeaux.
Château Langoa Barton, 2005, St. Julien Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux
Langoa and its better known sister estate of Leoville Barton have been owned by the Barton family since 1821. This wine is a real mirror of its terroir, its refined aristocratic accent whispers of aromas fluttering in a whirlwind of sensations: freshly toasted bread, citrus, fruit stones…The palate is rich and unctuous, seductively revealing, layer after layer, its volume, power, fullness and succulent sweet tannins.
La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion 2008, Bordeaux
The little brother of the famous Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, La Chapelle made from grapes grown in the same vineyard, it is raised in the same manner and benefits from the same level of care. Beautiful violet color. The nose is mature with traces of cherries. Right from the out start, the wine shows a great purity. Then, it evolves into a new structure of melded tannins. Finally. we are left with a distinct impression of freshness. It has great charm.
Pavie Macquin 1998, St Emilion, Bordeaux
One of the three Pavies in St Emillion, Macquin was founded around the late 19th century by Frederick Bouffard, a Bordeaux négociant who owned numerous vineyards in St Emilion, as well as being part owner of Chateau Héritage-Haut-Brion, adjacent to Haut-Brion itself, in Graves. Today, there are 15 hectares at Pavie-Macquin, lying atop the limestone côte that characterises St Emilion, with typical clay and limestone soils. They are predominantly Merlot (70%), with 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, typical for the area. Since 1995 Nicolas Thienpoint has been hired to manage the estate and he has propelled it to the upper echelon of Cru Classe quality. The wines here are undoubtedly made in the modern style, and the fruit is certainly extracted fully during vinification but the balance is quite classic and they are a prizes addition to any St-Emillion lovers cellar.
Carillon de Angelus 2000, Château Angelus, Premier Grand Cru Classé, St-Emilion, Bordeaux
Château Angélus is a great property and a Premier Grand Cru Classé (B) of St-Emilion. After a slump in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Angélus is back on top form under the dynamic direction of Hubert de Boüard. Le Carillon de L’Angélus is their second wine. Made with the same care as the top wine, this is an earlier-maturing, softer wine with plenty of class.